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  1. It sounds like a headache, actually, since Quebec has its own immigration policies and a different civil law than the rest of Canada. In Quebec, even recognition of common law/de facto marriages is different. It may require an actual contract between the two of you before a notary in Quebec, before it is recognized. http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/choose-quebec/daily-life/family/marriage.html Even getting recognized as your spouse, it will not be an easy ball of wax to get her a legal work permit. Even to get basic residency, you'll probably have to show that you have enough
  2. you're hardly the only one to encounter this sort of situation; I'd be very surprised if UTSA is that inflexible. Contact your PhD supervisor at UTSA, too, and get their input and assistance.
  3. A friend of mine was just accepted at CUNY Brooklyn (within the last 2 days). He said their admissions were delayed because a key officer had been stuck in Europe during the volcano incident. Not sure if that was just Brooklyn, or CUNY-wide.
  4. I'm 41, an finishing up my 2nd semester in an MA program. I got an AAS in my 20s, but went back for a BA a couple years ago, and finished up last May. I really enjoyed being an older student, but there was a slight social distancing. I made friends, but certainly wasn't part of the usual social peer groups. As an older student, I was more focuses, more likely to ask questions/speak up, which made me appreciated by both profs and young students (thy often knew me even when I still couldn't tell them apart, especially those from larger classes). Here in my MA cohort, of 17 of us, 1 is in h
  5. the western portion of Albany is very residential, and it is possible to be reasonably close to SUNY without being right in the student ghetto others have mentioned. Don't be too scared by all the talk of Arbor Hill; it is a rather small region and unless you're lining up a place blind, you will most likely avoid it entirely during your entire time in Albany. You do get used to cold and snow, and it's only a few months of the year. At my last U in northern NY state, we had a lot of south Asian kids who were shivering in October but fully adapted by the January term. But good idea on not pl
  6. Lots of people go through CCs and make their way to grad schools - including me. No biggie. Just try to build the best experience out of it (not just grade-wise, but experience-wise).
  7. I think the point was that this thread's original issue is small potatoes compared to people who have had to grapple with much tougher life situations. Ethnicity-related comments aside (and I read the 'white' comment as a synonym for 'privilege,' rather than leaping to defensiveness), she does have a point; it'd be nice if questioning an optimistic partner was the biggest issue I had to face.
  8. also, a month or so in advance won't raise eyebrows - plenty of people do that. Especially to apartment-hunt.
  9. as long as you have your passport, letter of acceptance and award letter, and $ for your study permit, you should be fine. anything extra, like additional funds available to you (bank/loan papers) are assets, but probably not even needed. I brought a lot of extra stuff to be on the safe side, and didn't even need it.
  10. maybe your supervisor could lend their #? or the department? or the International students office?
  11. The only thing that comes to mind is http://www.ratemyprofessors.com but it's more about undergrads noting whose classes are easy than grads rating supervisors.
  12. re: credit cards: Avoid Capital One at all costs. Ditto Providian or any of the spam you get in the mail. Try to deal with a local bank rather than a big one.
  13. definitely McGill! Great U in a great city! Even beyond funding, it's a great choice.
  14. My credit is worse than yours. I rent from small-time landlords, with whom the impression you make matter most. Most of mine haven't even bohered to check credit. Granted, this is might be more approporiate to smaller cities than DC. in my experience, apartment complexes always check.
  15. One sunny day, a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy the fine weather. The day was so nice that she became careless and a fox snuck up behind her and caught her. "I am going to eat you for lunch!" said the fox. "Wait!" replied the rabbit," You should at least wait a few days." "Oh yeah? Why should I wait?" "Well, I am just finishing my dissertation on 'The Superiority of Rabbits over Foxes and Wolves.'" "Are you crazy? I should eat you right now! Everyone knows that a fox will always win over a rabbit." "Not according to my research. If you like, you can come into
  16. I'm from a lower income background. My dad had an Associate's degree from a state-run correspondence school, and my mom didn't even get her HS degree until she was an empty-nester. I spent 9 years prt-time working on my own useless AAS while working full-time; I had serious money hang-ups and completely resisted the allure of the student loan. After years stuck in crappy jobs, I've taken the plunge and am up to debt to my eyeballs, but I finished my BA at age 40, summa cum laude at a decent state U. Now in an MA prog in Canada. years ago, I largely stopped measuring myself against others.
  17. as a lifelong northeasterner of 41 years, there have literally been roughly a dozen days per decade where it has been too cold to walk around, and I do lot of walking. Granted, my threshold for cold is greater than many.... but it can be done. At my current and previous U, there have been lots of international students from the tropics (Vietnam, southern India, etc) who were shivering in their first autumn here but by their second winter totally loved the cold. I ditto the many comments about dressing in layers. Shoes/boots should have some grip to them, too. Warm hats and gloves are also
  18. I'm currently in a terminal MA program, but UMich looks like a perfect fit for a PhD program. What do you think of its History program? How insular is it, in terms of dealing with other departments? My field overlaps with Native studies.
  19. I think e-notifications is great - quicker the better. A formal, mailed acceptance letter is nice, certainly. A mailed rejection letter seems pointless unless it specifies reasons why, or encourages reapplication under different/future conditions.
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