Yeah, that’s right, I said it. The gloves are coming off and I’m not afraid of the rebound. Concordia trumps McGill every time, no contest. Okay, maybe not in football, but we do win in the stuff that actually matters. Obviously, I’m biased, I do go to Concordia, but that doesn’t make my statement any less valid. See for yourself.
More Diverse Programs
McGill is one of the most prestigious schools in the country, however their programs are incredibly narrow when compared to what Concordia has to offer. They try to cover more of a broader spectrum; while Concordia can get so specific, it becomes weird. When you have more room to try new things, there is more of an opportunity to find what really makes you happy.
Yes, McGill’s campuses are historic and beautiful blah blah blah. But Concordia has both an old, grandiose campus at Loyola and the modern downtown vibe at Sir George William. Plus the trek to Loyola is NOTHING compared to what you have to do to get to MacDonald.
You can’t deny that there is a stigma at McGill when it comes to “being the best”. It can be a lot of pressure, especially when the expectations are impossible to live up to. Concordia is a relatively new school in comparison. This means that we can create our own expectation, you’re in the process of creating a new legacy, rather than following one, which I think is much more exciting.
There is a pretty amazing creative community at Mcgill, but it pails in comparison when you see what Concordia has done. There are some incredible artists who attend McGill, don’t get me wrong, but they’re smaller in numbers. Concordia is absolutely riddled with artistic people, who are all in collaboration with each other. This community has pretty much taken over the entire school, and gives the whole campus a wired, creative energy.
If you don’t believe Concordia has a green campus, I wrote an entirely separate article on what the school is doing to promote sustainability. McGill is doing their part, what with the sustainability fund, but they are light years behind what Concordia is up to.
Our Frosh Won’t Kill You
The reason Montreal frosh has such a crazy reputation is because McGill is so damn insane. I’ve attended some of their events and while it’s fun, it can get out of hand. This is why I like the ASFA and JMSB frosh. Concordia knows how to party, but they also know how to keep it together.
Like I said previously, McGill has a long legacy to live up to. They’re constantly compared to Ivy League schools, and the students are expected to achieve what others have been doing for hundreds of years. While it's not a bad thing to promote students to be great, it can also be stifling. This is why Concordia is so spectacular. They want you to live up to your own expectations. And when you’re given the freedom to create your own rules, and have a whole community to support you, amazing things can happen.