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  1. Thanks for all the recommendations so far! I will need to check and see which ones I can borrow from the library (municipal or university) and which I want to purchase to have on hand. I have my basic research proposal formulated (I needed to do so in order to apply for scholarships such as OGS) but it definitely needs to be refined (and will be over the summer, as my advisor wants me to apply for CIHR funding this fall). And I still have one paper from my master’s that I should really edit in order to submit it to journals.
  2. There are numerous books out there about academic writing, surviving the PhD process, etc. I’ve read through the Amazon reviews of a number of them, but I thought I would ask here if anyone has found any particular books useful? I’m not talking about discipline-specific books, but more general guides, such as How to Write a Lot by Paul Silva. I’m in the Health Sciences if that makes a difference (non-wet lab work) and both my future advisor and myself think I’ll be doing mixed methods research. Thanks!
  3. Hello fellow Canadian applicants! I was just accepted to the second PhD program that I had applied to at Queen’s University. Now I have a tough decision to make: which program? I’ve made a list of pros and cons, but both programs are still pretty much tied. Needless to say, I need to sleep on this and think some more. But it’s a wonderful problem to have! I hope all of you waiting to hear back will have good news soon!
  4. Is there anyone else who will be attending Queen’s University in Kingston this coming Fall? I’ve been accepted to the PhD program in Aging and Health and have accepted my offer. I’m very excited to begin my studies this fall, having been working as an allied health professional since completing my master’s in 2016. I’m currently living in Kingston, so it won’t be a huge change for me. I definitely enjoy living here!
  5. I couldn’t be more different from my parents, but I am adopted. My parents finished high school, and that was it. I was the first person in my family to attend university and to pursue graduate studies. It means there’s a lot of things I didn’t know about, especially during my undergrad. It also means my parents really never understood me, as I’ve always been a “good student” and driven to excel academically (perhaps because I am adopted, I felt I had to “prove” myself). Compared to many of my peers (who had parents who were professionals who had degrees or advanced degrees) I’ve defi
  6. Background checks can vary enormously in time. I obtained my most recent one in 15 minutes! Previous ones, for a higher level of security clearance (when I was applying for jobs with the RCMP in Canada) took months.
  7. So excited to be accepted into a PhD program at Queen’s University!  It’s been my dream to obtain a PhD, and now I’m one step closer!

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      Yay! Congrats! 

  8. For those of you worried about the lack of thesis at UofT MPH: I was just accepted to a PhD program with my MPH from UofT. I did complete an optional research practicum during my MPH, and chose research-oriented electives. Had completed an undergraduate thesis and done research via an NSERC USRA. Only two publications (neither first author), but otherwise very strong dossier (4.0/4.0 for both undergrad and MPH).
  9. Just received an offer of admission to one of my programs of interest at Queen’s University! The formal letter from the school of graduate studies to come sometime in the next two weeks. I’m so absolutely delighted and excited!
  10. Even at UofT MPH, where it is a course-based program, you have the option of completing a research practicum and/or a research-based independent study course. In my stream (Nutrition and Dietetics), I did a research practicum, and some of my class mates did a research-based independent study whereas one of them did both the research practicum and a research-based independent study course. I also chose my electives to have a research focus (i.e. nutritional epi, statistics for nursing research despite not being a nurse). I’ve currently been unofficially accepted to a PhD program, pendi
  11. I’ve finally had some contact with my POI! We had a lovely chat, and the POI will be happy to be my PhD supervisor if there is funding available from the department (as they guarantee all PhD students minimum funding). My POI thinks I’ll be competitive for external scholarships as well, so if I’m accepted, I’ll be applying for CIHR funding and CFDR funding. I’m trying not to get too excited, because it’s not a firm acceptance, and it is contingent on funding being available, but it is progress!
  12. I was accepted to Guelph’s MAN program, UofT’s MPH in nutrition and dietetics, and a stand-alone dietetic internship. Ultimately I chose UofT’s MPH. Anyone with questions about UofT’s program, please feel free to message me. I’ve worked in community nutrition and primary care since graduating from UofT, and it was the best choice for me at the time. I’m happy to answer questions about the MPH at UofT, or about Guelph (I have two degrees from Guelph).
  13. Both are great universities. It really depends where your interests in public health lie, and which school offers more opportunities for you to pursue those interests, whether through practica or courses.
  14. Personally, I think it is best to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Applicants haven’t been rejected yet, since only the first wave of acceptances have been sent out, but, as a UofT MPH grad, I think it is best to consider yourself on a wait list right now if you haven’t received an acceptance. Putting your life on hold because you haven’t yet been accepted or rejected is not a good idea. Planning for the future, in case you are rejected, is the best approach. I’m still waiting on a decision from Queen’s re: two PhD programs. If I assumed I would be accepted, I wouldn’t be doi
  15. The people I knew in Health Promotion at UofT who had to take a stats course took this one from Guelph (offered online): https://courses.opened.uoguelph.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=18978 I believe Athabasca also offers an online stats course. You can also check and see if any local universities offer a summer course in stats. You can also check out the Canadian Virtual University: http://www.cvu-uvc.ca/courses.php?page=subject&language=English If any of you have questions about UofT, feel free to ask. I graduated from the Nutrition &
  16. Come on Queen’s - give me an admission offer for a birthday present!
  17. I’m in my 40s and I still don’t feel like an adult! I don’t have children, and can’t imagine having them, because it’s hard enough looking after myself and our cats sometimes (I am married). So I agree with the others that for many people you never really feel like an adult, and that’s okay!
  18. I see you applied to Guelph. I have two degrees from Guelph. Love the university and love the city. My husband and I would have been happy to stay in Guelph forever, but the army had other plans! I hope you hear back soon!
  19. Wow, @TakeruK, you’ve certainly had some incredibly disrespectful experiences! It’s awful that people actually behave that way. I’m currently working as a health professional, and where I work, we have a lot of clients who are new Canadians. Quite a number of them have names that can be challenging for anglophones or francophones to pronounce. When I call them for their appointment, I always make a point of asking them how to correctly pronounce their name. Sometimes my mouth just can’t get it right (subtle differences in pronounciation that my ear just can’t pick up), but I’m not int
  20. Oh, how I really wish Queen’s would release their decisions. I’ve just been offered a job that would be absolutely perfect for me, but I would much rather do a PhD. However, if I don’t get into a PhD program, working is what I want/need to do! Do I accept the job just to potentially leave in August (I would feel horrible doing so)? Do I bug Queen’s to ask when they might release decisions? Argh! I’m delighted to be offered the job (the interview felt horrible, so I actually thought I didn’t have a chance), but the PhD is my priority!
  21. How adept are you at learning new languages? It took me one year of intensive language instruction (8-4 every day in a classroom, learning German, plus homework in the evenings) to reach ILR level 3. Note that’s a full year of doing nothing else - it was my job to attend language school. Other students at the language school, who were expected to be able to work competently in the foreign language, had similar training (one year). Those learning more difficult languages (i.e. Korean, Arabic), had a minimum of two years of full-time (8-4 plus homework) language instruction.
  22. Toronto is a very expensive city to live in. Have you looked at what you would have to pay for rent and living expenses? I did my master’s at UofT (not in English, though), and lived outside the city as we couldn’t afford (and didn’t want) to live in Toronto. So I had a long commute and wasn’t able to be involved in a lot of university activities, due to my schedule being dictated by the GO train. Toronto does have an excellent reputation in the U.S. (although I’m not in English, so can’t comment on that).
  23. I hear you. I’m trying to be patient, since one program I applied to only had applications close a month ago, and the other doesn’t close until this Friday! So even though I don’t expect to hear back yet, it’s hard to resist checking the application portals, where “application complete” is still front and centre! I did receive notice of a job that I’m qualified for, so I’ll be distracting myself by completing my application materials for that! With snow currently on the ground, I really hope spring arrives soon!
  24. Realize that no matter how hard they try, some native English speakers won’t be able to correctly pronounce a non-English name. My maiden name is French Canadian, and the vast majority of anglophones mispronounce it. As for me, despite years of intensive German immersion, I still can’t hear the difference between a “u” and a “u umlaut” in German. My ear and brain simply hear the same sound for those distinct German sounds. On the other hand, when we lived in Germany, the majority of Germans could not pronounce my husband’s name, which features a sound that does not exist in the German langu
  25. When I did my master’s degree, two of us were already married (in a class of 14), and one other student married between first and second year. I don’t think I would have been able to make it through my program without my husband’s support, although it was stressful when he was deployed to the Middle East during my second year! I’m also limited geographically in terms of the PhD programs I was able to apply to, as my husband’s income is significantly higher than mine at this time (and my current contract ends soon).
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