I’m not sure what the format of the PSE is like now, but I found th eone I sent in and the first part I listed out my extracurriculars, awards and employment history. Then I think we had to write about goals. I started off with a brief paragraph on my opinion of goals and then I wrote about what my goals are at Queen’s and how Queen’s will allow me to achieve my goals.
Hope that helps!
1) No not really. Only on West Campus, is there an actual “kitchen” (I stress the quotes) in the common room. There is a stove, fridge and oven. There is also an oven I believe in McNeil. If you actually want to cook you are going to need to get creative (ex/ microwave meals etc.). That being said, microwaves aren’t technically allowed in rez, but as long as you don’t broadcast that you have one and don’t use it with an insane amount of other appliances/devices (so you don’t short circuit the entire floor) you will be fine.
2) Don’t try to write based on what you think “they are looking for”. I know this is cheesy and probably not that helpful, but just try to be yourself in your pse. Try to convey what is unique about you.
3) That’s a difficult question to answer. In first year courses, the ratio is a lot bigger, because intro classes are so much bigger. But depending on your program and your year, the classes get significantly smaller. I had a friend in physics and one of his classes was only 11 people.
4) It is no secret that I love Queen’s. I think that the greatest thing about it is it’s sense of community, both academically and socially. Since it is located in a small university town, it is very tight-knit at Queen’s and you basically see students everywhere. It becomes a bubble, but you really feel supported by everyone, safe and that you are at university. We have so many unique events and things that could only happen in this type of environment. Academically, I find that it is a lot easier to develop a relationship with a prof or TA here at Queen’s. At least from what I hear from my friends at other schools, it seems to be a lot more encouraged at Queen’s to get involved and to talk to your profs, volunteer in their labs etc. I can go on and on about how much I love Queen’s, but there are also flaws of course. If you are wondering if this is the right school for you I would definitely do a lot thinking and research. If you are very academically focused, then you want to make sure that Queen’s offers the programs/opportunities that you want. If you are just looking for a fun time, Queen’s has that, but so does every other school. I find Queen’s to be a perfect balance. Basically people work hard and play hard here. Obviously I am biased, but I would 100% recommend coming to Queen’s!
Feel free to ask me any other questions, specific or not and anytime throughout the year while you are at Queen’s!