Eden (Year 2)
What made you choose this institution over all others? Did the university exceed your expectations?
The Studio Art Program offered at McMaster is known for its sustainable practices and eco-conscious outlook with a great studio. The benefits of a tiny program of 25+ students provides a very intimate space where you get to know those in your program and the studio professors really well also allowing for more guidance and discussion to take place.
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 put too much pressure on myself to make the most of Welcome Week. I went to every event but was a total anxious wreck. Welcome Week is not the "be all and end all".
Briefly describe the academic rigour of your program (in terms of competitiveness, courses, professors, etc.)
The Studio Art program at McMaster is overall very enjoyable and there's not too much written work involved. Within the first year a lot of the courses are somewhat basic and introductory. First year courses and profs don't provide a huge amount of instruction and I found it was more about experimentation and experience and less about technical skill.
Describe the social life at your campus based on your own experiences (making friends, clubs + extracurriculars, party culture etc.)
I joined the McMaster University Choir and found myself making friends within choir and also my small program.
What are some of the best and worst parts of your university experience so far?
Some of the best experiences were just discovering my program and enjoying the courses, as well as participating in choir rehearsals and performances. Some of the worst experiences were probably when due dates for assignments from multiple courses lined up all in one or a couple days all very close together. Plan ahead and do the work before it gets to be horribly stressful.
List three effective study techniques and/or habits:
Making a positive connection with my TA's in tutorials and getting help and advice from them when needed.
Attending all lectures and tutorials (you'd think it's a given).
Making lists of the assignments I needed to do for every class and the due dates so I could manage my time well.
List advice for first-year students:
Welcome Week is not the “be all and end all”
You will eventually make friends so don't sweat it if it doesn't happen right away!
Try and join a club that you're passionate about.
Plan ahead. Don't do all your work last minute. Don't keep doing it to yourself.
Try to enjoy your lectures, really listen to what the profs are saying rather than trying to write down every single word they're saying in your notes!
In your tutorials, put up your hand and SPEAK, you literally just get marks for speaking so try and break out of your shell and share your opinions!