Kinesiology at McMaster University
Yunqi (Year 3)
What made you choose this institution over all others? Did the university exceed your expectations?
It was the most research-intensive kinesiology program compared to other kin programs, which was exactly what I was looking for.
Do you have any lingering thoughts or regrets in your year as a whole (ex; application process, mistakes going into first year). If so, describe them.
I wish I had been more social going into uni. I buried myself in books and classes too much and I feel like that took away from my uni experience.
Briefly describe the academic rigour of your program (in terms of competitiveness, courses, professors, etc.)
The content is fairly difficult but the majority of the professors are nice and understanding and teach at a fair pace.
Describe the social life at your campus based on your own experiences (making friends, clubs + extracurriculars, party culture etc.)
I've made quite a few good friends since starting uni, many of which party pretty often. Although I don't party as often I still enjoy partying when I have the time. There were many opportunities to join many different clubs and extracurriculars, but I personally decided against it to focus on my studies, but I plan on being more involved in the coming years.
What are some of the best and worst parts of your university experience so far?
The best part of my experience was living on my own in a new environment where you have more freedom to schedule your school life and social life. Getting first hand experience at independence is a really refreshing feeling. The worst part is adjusting to a new academic system where you have to rely on yourself more, and teachers aren't there to hold your hand anymore. The relationship between student and professor is a lot less personal, and they expect a lot more from you. It's definitely a difficult adjustment process but really worth it.
List three effective study techniques and/or habits:
1. Taking necessary breaks
2. Finding a study environment that you are comfortable in
3. Taking my time instead of cramming last minute
List three pieces of advice for first-year students:
Be social, have fun, don't stress too much about school yet because first year isn't as important as the rest. Don't slack off either though.