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  1. yhk331

    Toronto, ON

    It seems like quite a few people are trying to get to know Toronto. I am going to be finishing off my Masters and I started a blog to record down some of my experiences. I wrote two post related to this topic. The first one is related to University of Toronto itself shown in the following link: http://controlgradstudy.blogspot.ca/2013/07/quick-orientation-tour-guide-to.html The other one relates to the area near University of Toronto: http://controlgradstudy.blogspot.ca/2013/08/quick-introduction-to-toronto.html I hope that it will be useful to you guys.
  2. @ jeftfster - What you mentioned really rang a bell of my first year in my MSc program. Especially, when I didn't have strong foundations in modern mathematics. I definitely agree that you should identify the diminishing returns. There is no need to get perfect scores on a course. My advice is focus more on research and try to think how the things you learned can be applied to your research.
  3. Hi guys, First of all, congratulations on being admitted to University of Toronto. I am sure you guys will have an excellent time here. For those who are new to the UofT St George campus, you can find a quick introduction to our campus from my blog to help you get familiarize with the campus. http://controlgradstudy.blogspot.ca/2013/07/quick-orientation-tour-guide-to.html#more All the best on your endeavours.
  4. I am currently a 2nd year Master's student at University of Toronto. I am graduating in mid-September. From my experience at University of Toronto, Master of Applied Science (MASc) is the research-based degree and it is definitely more prestigious. Having that said, it doesn't mean M. Eng. has no value to it. I have definitely seen examples in which M. Eng. gets hired quickly, whereas MASc's have to strunggle to find job. Perhaps it is like what @123456789 said. M Eng program focuses on getting a job. Here is the catch though - MASc is almost free because UofT provides you with funding (which is capable to paying for daily expenses plus tuition), but M. Eng, you got to pay yourself. M Eng is a way for universities to make more money (whether you believe it or not). My personal preference is still MASc because not only it is free (at least cheap), you get learn how to do research. Research is not something you born to know how to do it. Plus, doing a MASc is a great way to test if you actually like the life of a PhD. Here's a little of my own story. I always thought I wanted to be a researcher or professor and wanted to my PhD after my MASc. But after 2 years in research, I am tired with it. I have never foreseen that I will actually get tired with research. The sad truth is I don't like research as much as I think I like. But, I am cool with it because I got a nice job offer. LOL.
  5. Life at grad school can really consume away your energy and time meeting and developing relationship with another person. That's basically what happened to me. Glad that I am almost over with it.
  6. Definitely publish them. Having papers published in your profile is a great plus. Professors like students who can published a lot.
  7. I think it is extremely important to ask yourself what are you aiming for if you go do grad school. Everyone should have a reason to go to grad school. If you are in it just for experience, it is not worth. Realistically speaking, two good reasons would be either (i) to find a better job, or (ii) to be a professor. If you are very sure that you can get better job after you get a PhD or Masters (with good pay), then perhaps it is a good idea. I have wrote a short post on 8 factors that you should consider before going to grad school. http://controlgradstudy.blogspot.ca/2013/04/factors-to-consider-before-coming-to.html As for you debt issue, here is my suggestion. Why don't you work for 2 to 3 years and try to see if you can pay them of within that time limit? If you can't, it means chances are you have a tougher time to pay off the debt you accumulated after you finish grad school. It is important to get a sense how the job market is when you have quite a bit of debt.
  8. I would definitely say not to go into something you don't like, especially when it comes to PhD. It is a long program. Imagine yourself doing something you don't like for at least 4 years. If you plan to a faculty job, you are better off going for something you like. You have to find some adviser to discuss this with. I think it is a serious issue.
  9. If you want free Masters, you can consider Canada. For example, I am studying my Masters in ECE in University of Toronto. I don't pay a cent.
  10. Hi Decaf, I think there is no harm applying it first. You can always reapply it again. Typically, if you have 1 research paper published in a conference, then your profile will be relatively good. You GPA seems good too. As for GRE, personally, I won't be too concerned about it. What I suggest you to do, is to find and contact a potential supervisor for your MS. If a professor replies you back, then you have a good chance of getting into the school. Basically, if a prof wants you, it is hard for the school to say no. So, it is important how you write you first inquiry email. I have written a blog post on this: http://controlgradstudy.blogspot.ca/2013/04/ace-inquiry-email-for-your-potential.html Furthermore, I have also written a blog post on how to select a supervisor, program and a grad school. http://controlgradstudy.blogspot.ca/2013/04/selecting-your-program-supervisor-and.html I hope you find this useful.
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