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  1. This is the awkward conversations I was talking about. I just e-mail my advisor - we had discussed this possibility before. The problem is that I only applied to a handful of American schools. So I have to make some decisions fast. I also have to decide if my health will even allow me to start a PhD in the fall - I may end up seeking a medical deferral. Has anyone tried to get a medical deferral for SSHRC before? Any thoughts or tips?
  2. Got the letter today in a town just outside the GTA. I was awarded a CGS (doctoral)... but unfortunately I didn't get into any of the schools to which I applied. Awkward discussion time. I am in history and scored a 21.6, for what it is worth.
  3. Cool. I was just curious since the only historians I know who consider going there tend to work on Atlantic Canadian history and I was curious if someone from SoCal was going to work on the history of New Brunswick. Fredricton is one of three small cities in NB. Saint John is kind of a bit more historical and working class with some off beat cultural stuff, Moncton is a land of strip malls, Fredricton sort of falls somewhere in the middle. It's just small (50k people) and very isolated from a major urban centre. I also find it architecturally very bland, even though there are some nice older buildings. It's also a very white, fairly conservative (by Canadian standards) place.
  4. Smoked meat sandwich (fatty ideally, medium is good too, but you'd be a moron to order lean) from Schwartz's in Montreal served with a kosher pickle, french fries and a black cherry soda. One of my favourite meals of all time. Montreal smoked meat is similar to pastrami... only better. And Schwartz's is an old school Montreal Jewish deli that is always jam packed full of people (think Katz's only much smaller) and smelling delicious.
  5. Honestly: it's an awful place. (never lived there, just visited on more than a few occasions) If you don't mind my asking, who would you be working with/what field are you in?
  6. Check the dates of posts before responding.
  7. I just wish SSHRC would push all the deadlines earlier to try to get results out closer to people making enrollment decisions. Even a month earlier would make a HUGE difference to students. Don't count on it.
  8. I grew up in Halifax and did my first degree there. One thing to keep in mind is that people's understanding of space in Halifax is really strange. For example, there is a grocery store literally 800 meters (a 10 minute walk) from campus but this is considered far by students. If you are willing to commute/bike/walk a bit you can save a huge amount of money on rent and live in a near neighbourhood. The area that "kittie" is talking about is loud, expansive and often referred to as the "student ghetto", despite being mostly nice century homes. Rent in Halifax is generally a bit pricier than similar sized cities but the area between Quinpool Road and Saint Mary's University is the most overpriced part of the city due to the the fact that there are four universities within that block. I've lived there and it is super convenient but not cheap or quiet. The two "hip" but affordable neighbourhoods are the "North End" and increasingly Downtown Dartmouth (or as some folks are now calling it DDT - Dartmouth Down Town). I'll be moving back to one of these two neighbourhoods in the fall. You can get from the "shallow" north end to campus in 20 minutes on foot or 5 minutes on a bike or in a car. Dartmouth is on the other side of the harbour so if you're downtown (and you don't want to be anywhere else in Dartmouth) looking at a 10-20 minute car commute, 30 minutes by bike depending on how fast you climb hills and about 30 minutes by public transit (DDT to Dal is well served by buses and ferries). Two things to keep in mind: most bus routes run infrequently and Dalhousie (as well as SMU, AST, King's and NSCAD) are very much urban campuses. I took it for granted when I was there but the universities really are part of the city and you can easily leave campus for downtown very easily. This is a good thing compared to universities way out on the edge of town. A friend (and former boss) of mine has been building this map collaboratively with a bunch of people for awhile. Its basically a map of how Haligonians view neighbourhoods in the city in terms of boundaries: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=h&msa=0&msid=107162203978532359265.000466ce0e68251d1937b&ll=44.664746,-63.609467&spn=0.252483,0.560989&z=11 My neighbourhood suggestions for grad students: Central Halifax is where the previous poster is talking about living. It's convenient, filled with undergrads and expensive. The South End also has lots of students and parts of it are even more expensive than central Halifax. You might be able to find some deals, but the area near the grain piers can get a bit sketchy. Rosebank is expensive as well but you might be able to find a basement apartment there. The West End is great as long as you are south of Bayers Road. Mostly residential but well served by transit and relatively affordable. The North end is where the art school grads, musicians and working poor live on the peninsula. Some great deals on rent in older buildings can be found here, but you want to check out any place you'd move to carefully since there are also a lot of slum landlords in the area. Lots of cute shops and restos are in this area. Bloomfield, Gladstone and the hydrostone are all very similar to the North end and good places to look. Downtown Dartmouth is on the rebound and a lot of locals are calling it "Halifax's Brooklyn." There are a lot of cool coffee shops and restos opening here and rent is the best deal in town. It is a bit of a commute by Halifax standards (but not if you have lived in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, etc.) but might be worth it to get a decent place with an affordable rent. What's listed as "Dartmouth Shore" has a few very nice streets but also some totally sketchy ones. Austenville is super close to the Dartmouth bus terminal and downtown Dartmouth but there isn't a lot of decent stuff to rent there since it is mostly family homes. Hawthorne is also a super easy commute to Halifax (even more so if you have a car) and is one of the best school distracts if you have young children, but it is probably as far east into Dartmouth as you are going to want to get. Anyway, that is probably more than you need to know about my opinions. Halifax is a wonderful medium sized city, particularly if you're into things like art and music. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
  9. All I know is that after not getting into any PhD programs I will be actively hoping against every school that rejected me. Fortunately for my mental health only one of them is in the tournament. GO UNLV! (at least in the first round)
  10. I won't enter into the genders stuff that is going on here even though it is obvious that there is some pretty overt sexism happening here. In general I think that you should dress in a semi-respectable manner at the least. Sweatpants just cross a threshold into sloppiness that they should be avoided by anyone over the age 8 unless you're at a sporting event. They combine to make you both look like you absolutely don't give a shit about doing work and like someone who has no sense of style. Is it really that hard to fasten a belt?
  11. Yeah, it's why I asked. I double checked at the e-mail I got from Grad studies at my program (3 and a half weeks after hearing from SSHRC and 3 weeks after I asked them for confirmation that I was forwarded with recommendation to receive a SSHRC) says "around mid-May 2011," but the person who sent it to me is not known for her reliability. Basically I am going with "whenever SSHRC officially says it will be out plus three to five weeks." Tiger Lily, I know people who have had graduate programs threaten to pull funding after discovering they were working over ten hours a week. This is definitely something that varies department to department and school to school so I would ask around your department and see what things are like in your specific situation.
  12. I hate to be the person to ask this but: Anyone have hear anything about when SSHRC claims it might be sending out decisions this year?
  13. As of right now most Canadian schools offer decent funding for grad students that aren't dependent on citizenship. The big one to look at in terms of external awards for international students is the Vanier Scholarship offered by the tri-councils.
  14. Three things: 1) I find it hilarious that in the section I bolded you (and/or you instructors at your MA school) forget that Cornell is an Ivy. 2) Make this decision for you, but don't attribute motivations to others who may actually have your best interests at heart. Unless they've done something overt to suggest that they're worried more about their reputation than your well being I wouldn't assume they're looking out for themselves. 3) Contact Cornell and ask what's going on before you withdraw your application. They may be close to making a decision (or may have already made one and are sorting out funding or whatever).
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