If you’ve ever actually sat down and thought about going back to school as a graduate, you know that there’s a lot more to consider than just how many $10 pitchers your student loan can stretch to this time. Grad school is a big personal, financial and educational commitment, and it’s totally normal to tie yourself in knots figuring out what’s gonna be right for you.
So if you’ve been dreaming of another shot at student life but find yourselfwondering whether you did the right undergrad degree, what kind of program you should be shooting for, what exams you need to pass to get in, what the hell a thesis even is, or how you’ll hack another couple of years living off ramen and beer, don’t stress - the QS World Grad School Tour, hitting Montreal this month, has totally got your back.
Here are just a few things they can help you with:
Why on earth would I even WANT to go back to school?
If you've made it through a bachelor's degree, you know that school brings out the masochist in you. No matter how many early mornings, tight deadlines and monster hangovers university life throws at you, you always find yourself wanting more. That’s a good thing - a post-grad degree can give you a real leg-up in life, scoring you better jobs and solid career options. With industry experts on hand for advice, the QS event will give you pointers on how best to expand your options.
Am I really the kind of person who can go to grad school?
When you’re fresh out of an undergrad, equipped with nothing but your diploma and a strong taste for wearing your pajamas in public, it can seem like grad school is a million miles away from what you’re prepared for. At the QS World Grad School Tour, you get the chance to rub shoulders with hundreds of other prospective students, showing you that there’s no one right way to be a grad student - the key is figuring out which program is right for you.
Sadly, a good attitude and a charming smile won’t be enough to get you into grad school - there’s a standardized testing alphabet soup of LSATs, GMATs, GREs and IDK what else to get through first. Luckily, a whole host of academic alpha dogs in the form of top school's reps and their admissions directors are ready to help you figure out exactly what you’re getting into, and how many correct multiple choice answers you need to get there.
Do I really have to pay for all this? Like, really?
Working out a budget comes somewhere between dealing with house spiders and having teeth pulled in my own personal list of least favourite life tasks, but it's unfortunately a necessary part of going back to school. If the mere idea of tuition is making your head spin, getting some advice from grad school experts probably sounds pretty good right now. Oh, and the $1.7 million worth of exclusive postgraduate scholarships up for grabs at the fair are probably worth a mention as well.
Coming to Montreal on January 31, QS World Grad School Tours are old pros at matching confused graduates with their perfect post-grad programs. It doesn’t matter if you’re dead set on further education or just starting to think about it - with all the info you need collected under one roof, registering for this one event could save you a whole lot of frantic Googling down the line.
Reserve your place for the QS World Grad School Tour now. Entry is free for all MTL Blog readers (a saving of $15), so don’t miss out!
Montreal has been ranked the ninth-best city for students in the world, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education network that analyzes education throughout the world. It tied with Boston and Paris for ninth place.
The city fell three spots in the 2022 best student city ranking compared to 2019, going from number six to number nine.
London and Munich made up the top two student cities in the world while Seoul and Tokyo tied for third.
In order to be considered in the best student cities ranking, cities must have a population of over 250,000 people and be home to at least two universities featured in the QS world university rankings. Montreal currently has three: McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
Although Montreal's affordability is competitive compared to many cities in the world — including Toronto and Vancouver — it ranked 52nd for affordability, according to QS. The affordability ranking is based on tuition fees, retail prices, an iPad pricing index, and the city's cost of living.
Montreal ranked 10th in the world for the QS student view ranking, which is based on the student experience in the city and the proportion of students who would remain living in the city post-graduation.
QS cited a friendly student environment and a world-class education as Montreal's main attractions for students across the globe.
Through an anonymous form, Montrealers aged 15 or older will be able to report any police stop experience they've had — even stops that occurred months or years ago.
Each user can specify how and where the police stop took place, provide context, specify their age, gender, ethnic or racial group, and say what they were doing — including their means of transportation — during the stop.
Since the project is an open data resource, all of the map's data will be accessible to anyone who wants to download it.
The INRS news release states that only 5% to 20% of police stops are recorded by the SPVM.
A 2019 independent report analyzing SPVM police stop data found that Indigenous and Black people are four to five times more likely to be stopped by police than white people in Montreal, the news release says.
The bill was first tabled by Quebec's Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Ian Lafrenière, in December 2020, and it was passed following consultations between the government and Indigenous families in Quebec.
The goal was to meet the needs of Indigenous families while respecting their "culture and language, and also their suffering," according to the ministry.
The ministry also said it hopes "to support families in their quest for truth and also in the healing process."
In 2019, a report by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls called on the Quebec government to provide Indigenous families with information on children who had been apprehended following admission to a hospital or health centre in Quebec.
How does the new law work?
Once it's implemented on September 21, Bill 79 will give Indigenous families access to personal information from "a health and social services institution, an organization or a religious congregation" about the circumstances surrounding the disappearance or death of children admitted to a health and social services institution in Quebec before December 31, 1992.
The government will provide the information through exemptions to Quebec's current laws that prevent disclosing personal information.
Under the new law, Quebec's minister responsible for Indigenous affairs will also have the power to launch an investigation if government information could help Indigenous families, but can't be disclosed because of the province's existing rules on disclosing personal information.
How have Indigenous leaders reacted to the new law?
On June 14, leaders from the Cree Nation said that while the law is an important step to "apologize or begin to compensate for the harm suffered by Indian Residential School survivors," the scope of the law needs to be revised since Indigenous children "were taken and never returned" for reasons beyond medical care in Quebec.
The Cree Nation specified that Quebec's education system was the largest "pretext for the institutionalized abduction of children," and that the school system's absence from Bill 79 means more action is needed.
The Grand Council of the Crees stated that not all Indigenous youth or community members will feel comfortable contacting the Quebec government for help with traumatic events that were associated with "governments they do not feel are their own."
The Council recommended that Quebec put mechanisms in place so Indigenous governments can represent and serve the needs of their own people.
The 100,000 square-foot residence is designed specifically for 300 students, built with custom storage and a workstation in each room, along with two shared study rooms, colour schemes tailored to students' preferences and custom furniture by Werkliv.
Le Mildoré will be the tallest residential building in Montreal to be built of steel instead of concrete, and will only have bicycle parking. The temperature in each apartment will be controlled by a heating and cooling system that uses the building's water supply.
Rent will start at approximately $885 monthly per student, minus expenses.