Blog 11 and 12 week 3 and 4 - Last of November
Greetings all reader and welcome back to the CK@C weekly blogs, this blog will be a combination of both week 3 and 4 blog and I’ll be talking about the EduNova University tour that I had just been on and my impression on those universities. It was a four day trip to go tour around major Nova Scotian university, the tour was great and I had a good time on that trip. Without further ado, let's start.
First of all, as anyone may know, post secondary education is one of the factor that could influence the rest of your lives. Choosing a university that best suits your academic and lifestyle could be hard and sometimes may result in some second guessing, so getting to walk around on campus and experience the general feel beforehand could be beneficial in the decision that had the potential to shape the rest of your career and, life, forever. So, I have chosen to went on this tour to get a feel of some of the universities in Nova Scotia and make some alternatives for in case I decided to stay in province instead of going to a more well known one such as Toronto, Ottawa, or Montreal.
The trip begins on Wednesday, it's standard procedure of travelling, arrival, check -ins and then dinner. Nothing too special, except dinner. Dinner was great, especially dessert. Such an amazing chocolate cake. The main course, which consisted of Chicken and potatoes, was also good albeit a little bit too dry for my taste. I even met my fellow correspondent, Alex from Brazil during dinner which is pretty great. Then, the next morning, we all went on a bus and begin the tour of Dalhousie University, the well-renowned and probably most prestigious university in Nova Scotia. When we stepped off from the bus, I never expected to see a fairly modern looking building in front of me. As far as university goes, the one back home are mostly old-fashioned. Full with blocky, white, high-school-ish, old building with a lot of overgrown vegetation on it. The building there was nice, fancy, and full of glass. Even the older building looked fancy with a lot of pillars and styled in traditional European style you would see in the movies. I really liked it that they did that. It makes it looks nicer. The area are also pretty clean and aren't clustered with people or parking spots. After a few minutes on an introduction to the university, we went on the tour. The tour was great, we went to both Dalhousie and Kings college which is a subsidiary of Dalhousie itself. Both, combined, offers a tremendous amount of course and a lot of resources for students. I really liked the part where they even have a centre that offer help to students who have trouble in writing to write their thesis. I also got to see some cool things such as an aquarium, at least a miniature one where you can touch anything in it, and a museum filled with collection of stuffed animals. The residence halls are also nice, although fairly standard in both cases. In the end, though, the best part was always food. During all the four days Kings college probably had the best tasting food, thanks to the rice they served.
The second and third day, we went to some smaller university such as Saint Mary, Acadia, and Saint Francis Xavier (Yes, the one and only professor X). These universities, from what I was able to gather, all usually looked the same with generally the same building style and sometimes interior design, which probably came from the colonial era. They also hosted similar facilities such as gym, cafeteria, clubs, and students services with some difference where some universities may have more of these facilities available whereas some may contain specialized facilities unavailable anywhere else. Compared to Dal, these universities are 50 – 70 % smaller in size. But what they lack in size, they made up in class sizes. Usually when you think of some university course there would be a lot of students, with numbers upward to 200, jammed into a room with the professors all the way up front. These universities, due to their size, are able to provide classrooms with Max size of 50. in my opinion, this is a great thing that makes these kind of universities stand out as you get to know the professor more so you have more help available. Overall, the impression that these universities left me with the most are that they are good for some courses that does not require technical speciality such as Business and Arts whereas they usually do not offer a full engineering bachelor-ship.
On the last day we went to Cape Breton University, the northernmost university in Canada. It is cold up there, even when winter has just started, it snowed so much the visibility became foggy! The area up there were also very hilly while lying all along the coast, a fact which probably contributed to the cold weather. This university is, put simply, the most different out of all the other one we have visited. This university is very recent as it was just built in 1970s compared to the 1800s like the other ones. It's shaped and built like a high school. Even the hallways feel like a high school with lockers lining the walls and classroom with template design a few metres apart. Aside from that this university is small, and new but it doesn't really have any of the faculty others have. It still had an advantage in class size and number of students just like other universities. They had a good selection of some applied engineering programs such as petroleum engineering and environmental engineering though, which might be of interest to some. A side note, the cafeteria food is not really up to par, they still serve that terrible rice and I think I'm getting bored of pizzas already, it's true everyone serve pizza at every buffet cafeteria in every university so pizzas lover might love that but I'm starting to get bored after the 3rd meal in a row.
In the end, this trip was a great trip which allowed me to see how the universities was like. Generally universities in Nova Scotia and Canada had the same standard education but may provide something else above par such as services, communities, or just addition academics opportunities. These factors are some that I liked which makes it easier for students to learn, get help, get a job and experience through co-op programs, and enjoy their life while at the same time learning new things at school which would help them find jobs of their dream. For me, personally I'll probably go to Dal as they are the only universities with a bachelor in mechanical engineering program whereas others only have a diploma and for a bachelor you have to go ahead and transfer to Dal. But, I've made my choice and I'll stay and study in Canada, they had a great way of teaching and I particular enjoy the friendliness of all the staff. That's it for this blog, thank you for reading and see you next blog.