If you read my recent life update post you’ll know that I just graduated from University, more specifically, McGill University. McGill University is literally huge and thousands of students every year make a decision as to whether that’s where they want to get their degree from. I thought I’d review my experience as a McGill Undergraduate right here on my blog as a moment of self-reflection and in the hope that it might help a couple of undecided college prospects should they stumble upon it. Here’s my McGill University degree review.
For reference: I attended McGill from August 2014 to May 2017 and obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology and minors in Behavioral Science and Sociology.
When I made the decision to attend McGill back in April 2014, it was a combination of 4 factors that really influenced my decision. Those factors were reputation, location, price and the fact I could get my degree in 3 years instead of 4. Looking back now 3 years later, I have no regrets.
As far as reputation goes, I’m not sure I need to elaborate much more – McGill is McGill. Location is undoubtedly one of the best things about McGill. I could write forever about my love of Montreal but I’ll spare you in this post and leave it here. Price-wise, in comparison to the US (which is where I had originally set my sights) McGill is so much more affordable. It’s such a great option if you’re looking to study in North America but can’t quite afford the extortionate fees in the US. Something so amazing and attractive about McGill is that they allow you to transfer up to an entire year of credits from A Levels, AP classes, University courses, and CEGEP classes. I was able to transfer an entire year of credits from my A Levels, which allowed me to not only get a year ahead of my peers, but also, to save my parents an entire year of fees.
There are other things that I didn’t know/care as much about when I chose McGill but that I have since grown to love. To start, I had no idea about the social climate I would be immersed in at McGill. McGill is the most fun and social place you’ve ever seen, there is always some kind of party going on somewhere. Also, because its students body is so large, there’s so much great diversity that no matter who you are or what you like to do, you will find your people at McGill. Secondly, I actually loved the academic environment at McGill. In the vast majority of my classes over the last 3 years, I learned an unbelievable amount from some incredible professors. Of course, I can only speak for the Psychology and Sociology department but I’m truly grateful to have the academic environment at McGill.
There are not many negatives about McGill, but there are a few that I feel like I need to mention. First of all, the pressure at McGill is insane, it’s something that you can’t understand until you’ve lived it. I’m no stranger to high-pressure academic environments, but still I found myself way over-stressed on more than one occasion. I feel like the difference between a degree at McGill and the A Levels that I did when I was 18, is that the pressure at McGill is constant. For almost all of my semesters I had exams from the second week of the semester until the end. The second thing I feel I need to mention is the winter in Montreal. Again, this is something you cannot comprehend until you’ve lived it. I know it sounds a little pathetic to cite the weather as a negative in a University review but it really does affect your life. Montreal feels like two different cities in the winter and the summer. For the past 3 winters I have hibernated inside because the outside really is just too cold. Clearly, it wasn’t a deal breaker for me but for some maybe it is.
Overall, my McGill University degree review is a positive one. I loved my time at McGill and it will forever hold a special place in my heart. As I’ve said in previous posts, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to study there and the things that it gave me. If you’re considering a degree at McGill and you don’t mind some pressure and a lot of cold weather, then I strongly recommend it. If anyone reading this has any specific questions about McGill or life in Montreal, feel free to contact me here. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my McGill University degree review.