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Shari A Williams

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  1. Hey I lived on Glacier for a year and it was pretty decent as far as space and noise levels were concerned. It's definitely one of the newer buildings (I think only Global VIllage is newer) - and that's why rent is so steep. I'm currently on Castle which is ok but definitely older and smaller...and darker because of the trees that are nearby. Thankfully, it's warmer for some reason so we don't need to turn on the heat too high during winter. If you want you can check out this site for off-campus housing: https://www.su.ucalgary.ca/ooch . Brentwood is one of the areas closest to the school, a
  2. Looks like I'm the first (only?) ESTJ. I normally get that or ESTP on these things, though I once got ENTJ as well. I've been taking this test randomly for about four years, and as I've gotten older I've gone from having strong preferences to only moderate or almost no preference of certain qualities over others...which makes sense, I guess.
  3. Totally understand. I spend most of my time listening to music, singing in the choir or in dance classes. I also have become interested in reading articles addressing cultural, historical and sociological issues. But I feel all of that is related to my research somehow...
  4. For the most part I stick to leggings with an oversized long-sleeved sweater, or solid colour skinny jeans with a long sleeved sweater-like top. Sometimes I might wear a short sleeved sweater dress/top that's not particularly long with my leggings, or a top that's super bright...but it tends not be on days when I have to do my TA duties. Granted, I live somewhere where there is snow on the ground from October to very early May...but I'll just switch to some nice button up tops at that point. Oh and I generally stay away from graphics or super-bold patterns. I too look and come off about 7
  5. Overall it's been decent. PM me if you have anymore specific questions.
  6. Nope, I didn't include one in my application. There's a list of countries that need to take those in, but Ja wasn't on it.
  7. I am Jamaican currently on a two year study permit in Canada. I downloaded the form, filled it out on the computer and printed it out to sign it before taking it to the Canadian High Commission. The only issue I had was not knowing that they required a standard police certificate as well (along with the application fee receipt, the photos, and the other things that iphi mentioned). I was able to sort that out pretty quickly though, and I don't know if it's necessary for T&T residents to do that. The application took about 4 or so weeks to process, and then the permit was issued May 30. I
  8. I wear skinny jeans all the time here, because I find them warmer than my flares for whichever reason. Since my hips are pretty broad I just try to cover them with a very loose, long sweater or nice top.
  9. I actually don't like potato chips (Gasp! Yes I know lol) but I love green plantain chips! They're so hard to find in Canada though, at least if you're not on/near the East Coast.
  10. Lots of Green tea and water, apples/bananas, nuts, dark chocolate, and stove popped popcorn. In the office I have Hershey's kisses and stuff too...with water cuz I find that if I don't my stomach hurts a lot afterwards.
  11. I am going through a similar situation and I'm still trying to work out a system....when I'm desperate I take melatonin but otherwise doing a bedtime ritual involving tea, get-ready-for-bed-instead-of-crashing-into-bed stuff, and some quiet music helps. But I work best at night too (I can wake up in the mornings but even when I was a baby I was most awake/likely to eat at night) so....it's been a struggle. Good luck to you!
  12. I always have in earbuds, partly because it cancels out all the noise around me....but mainly because I'm a musicology grad so I don't have much of a choice there.
  13. I feel like you wrote down pretty much everything I'm experiencing and feeling right now...went from being in clubs and stuff in undergrad where I made some good friends to my current situation which involves a friendly-but-busy cohort. And the friends I have made are good but obviously it's nowhere the same. Additionally I left home in a big hurry (LONG story) and didn't get to have any get-togethers with any of my close friends before leaving. I don't have much advice to give you since I'm honestly still figuring things out myself...thus far I've only tried kind of taking people outside
  14. I'm not losing a ton of weight but like sareth, I'm far more active. Naturally, no bus stops nor train stations are near to my residence building and especially in September I spent most of the time walking to and from there to get groceries. The result is that I've lost weight in my first six weeks - I can feel it in my jeans, which are all a little looser on me. Although I've DEFINITELY been stressed out of my MIND, I haven't been eating MUCH less than usual. However my lovely grad student budget means I can't buy everything I want to at the supermarket, nor indulge too much when I go out
  15. Walmart has become my best friend. I'm sure you guys have already said this, but shopping there literally cuts my normal spending in half. As of this month I'll be trekking to Real Canadian Superstore to save even more as well. I essentially season batches of chicken which lasts for some weeks, and do stews etc as well. I also have made best friends with oatmeal, since it's super cheap and filling. I'm trying as far as possible not to buy food on campus or on the road since it's more expensive and generally doesn't taste as good as my cooking (to me that is =P), so I try to walk with fruit
  16. Yep I get that. All the Caribbean people tend to stick together in London, NY, Toronto and Miami. I like the new experience though, personally. It may be because some of my preferences/interests may fit better here than back home, but that's a whole 'nother story.
  17. Your posts always resonate with me ktel! I'm looking into doing Capoeira or a dance club so I can have that network as well. Side note: I thought Edmonton was a bit more cosmopolitan than that, I don't know why. I'm in Calgary myself.
  18. I should probably start by saying that I'm not in a PhD programme but I'm in Canada too (which is where you are right?). I'm also the only person of colour in my department - in fact I'm almost sure that there are less of us here than in Toronto. I'm also coming from the Caribbean where I was in the majority. But even though at the back of my mind I know I have to sensitive to how that may manifest itself in my dealings with other people, I'm choosing not to fixate on it, but just focus on being myself and taking the opportunity to make friends with people from a variety of backgrounds. So far
  19. July 26 2011 I was sick. I remember this specifically because I remember lying in bed, fretting that I had to miss a few days of working in the Music office and prepping for a conference at one of my two prospective schools in Canada. I hadn't started REALLY preparing to apply, but I was thinking that the paper I was writing for that conference could be one of my writing samples. I DID end up using it, and it also became part of the first chapter in my thesis. Now...I submit my thesis in 5 days (!) and then since I can't do most of my shopping here, I just plan to enjoy my last days of
  20. Interestingly, I LOVE my topic, and my supervisor is pretty liberal with letting me do what I want, within reason. But I mean...I looove spaghetti but eating it every day, three times a day for two years? That ain't happening. Essentially, for many of us, no matter how much we love something, there are periods where it's stale for us. You eventually get past it and get a second wind.
  21. Oh wow, you pretty much described the second year of my M.Phil (2010 -2012). After all my courses were done at the end of year 1, I actually got work done that summer because I was presenting at a conference in late August. After that, from September to about January/Feb I was getting a decent amount of work done too with only a few breaks. But from about March till now I've been having massive blocks where I'm just unmotivated to do anything at ALL. And after I hit my first draft deadline in late February, I didn't hit most of my others. To top it off I got veeery sick TWICE in March and mid
  22. My programme at University of Calgary starts Sep 10, international student orientation is Sep 6 and graduate student orientation is Sep 7. I'll be leaving JA the 31st of August n total flying time will be about 8 hrs (not counting the 3hr stop in Toronto). My move-in date is Sep 3 though so I'll chill in a hotel and explore a bit for the 2 days before.
  23. For me it was most CERTAINLY my statement of purpose. Even though I knew exactly what I wanted to put in it and everything, just finding the exact right way to say it was an issue. Then again, this is a problem I have in general when I'm writing papers as I tend to be a perfectionist and want my things to sound as natural but sophisticated as possible. Every other part of it was a breeze for me....even the writing samples which I just pulled from my current thesis and slightly modified before sending them off. But the Statement of Purpose literally had me in tears for a second. I laugh
  24. I find that when I do that consistently enough, I get more done, PLUS I get to relax some weeknights. Really, consistency is key. Even if you get super frustrated at the difficulty and volume of work you get, and you end up taking a break or something, it's really important to just keep working. Any work you can do every day is useful, even if it doesn't seem that way initially.
  25. Hi, thanks for responding! I actually wanted to know about the arts scene so that's good to know! I also wanted to know about shopping for fish and fresh produce....noticed that Alberta is land-locked province so I was wondering if fresh fish is hard to come by? Are there any places near campus with a good fresh produce section? Any farmers markets? Stampede actually sounds like something I'd want to take in even if only a few events. I'll probably still be working on my thesis so it would be a nice break Thanks again!
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