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Smitten by the international FLAVOUR

education Updated: Jul 07, 2010 10:09 IST
Rahat Bano
Rahat Bano
Hindustan Times
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Having recently graduated with a Bachelor of engineering (Mechanical — Dean’s Honor List) and a minor in management, I cannot help but look back five years ago when I was vacillating over which university to choose. I had admissions from INSA France, SMU Singapore, some institutes from USA and Canada and SRCC in India.

Now in hindsight, I guess, my choice had to be McGill. McGill is rated as one of the top research universities in the world with an esteemed faculty.

Moreover, the decision was also affected by my scholarship, which was the highest offer made to an international student at that time. In short, I chose McGill as it had the right ingredients and gave me the right vibes.

While leaving home, one of my prime worries was whether I would be able to cope with and absorb the ‘culture shock’. However, as I went on to discover more about McGill and its rich history and diverse traditions, I quickly began associating myself with it. Situated in the beautiful city of Montreal, McGill’s 150-year-old downtown campus stands out notably.

As a student, each and every one in McGill feels special. The richness of this university only motivates us to raise the bar higher every year. No wonder that the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship has gone to a nation-leading 131 McGill students.

I spent my first year in the university residence but then shifted out to a rented apartment, primarily, because it was more
economical.

Academic expectations here are high, and some of the courses are particularly gruelling. At the same time, the university offers a variety of social activities both on and off campus. It could be anything from being part of a varsity team organising or even volunteering for events.

In the end, living in a culturally-diverse country like Canada, is a socially-fulfilling experience in itself. Despite being affected by the recent downturn, Canada has been recovering fast. Recently, the country has also relaxed work permit norms for international students.

I am currently working as an aerospace engineer in Bombardier Aerospace. I am grateful to McGill University and Delhi Public School, RK Puram, for shaping my career. I extend my best wishes to all those aspiring students wishing to study in Canada.

As told to Rahat Bano

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