myinnerdemonsandme asked:

Okay thank you! Do you have a basic structure I should follow for the pse/things I need to include? Sorry if that's really vague/confusing.

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!  

myinnerdemonsandme asked:

Hey! I have a few questions for you about queens. Is there anywhere I can make/cook my own food on res, can you help me get an idea of what I need for my pse, what is the rough ratio of teachers to students and your overall opinion on the school? Thank you in advance!

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! 

catchme-jumping asked:

Hey! I'm going to Queen's this year. Could you tell me anything about residences, if you stayed in one? What was it like? Also any major advice you wish you had known before you went to uni? Thanks!
Awesome. Well welcome to Queen’s! Get ready for a long answer. 
I stayed in Victoria Hall in first year, the largest residence on campus. I can go into detail if you like about the specifics of Victoria Hall or any other residence if you like, if you already know your residence assignment. Generally, residence was an amazing experience. It was something that I think that everyone in first year should do, but as many upper years would agree with me it isn’t something that you want to do again (just because there are a lot more freedoms of living in off-campus in your own place that fits the upper-year lifestyle more). I know this sounds like a cliche, but residence is really all about what you make it to be. Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t help it, but you may end up with a few bad eggs on your floor. I was really fortunate to have a very tight knit floor where we ate dinner together everyday. But even if your floor doesn’t end up becoming family, it’s really up to you what you want it to be. For example, there were a few people on our floor who never joined in on any floor activities or only hung out with their friends from high school. They were probably pretty happy doing their own thing, but personally I feel like they missed on the true residence experience and on meeting/making some great friends. So I would recommend leaving your door open and joining in on the floor fun whatever it may be. I don’t know if you are coming to Queen’s with a lot of friends or you don’t know a single soul, but whatever the situation I bet you that there is at least one other person on your floor that is coming from the same boat. 

Advice: 

  • Do your best to follow all of the advice you are given, no matter how cheesy or “obvious” it may seem - For example, you probably heard this one: “Talk to your professors/TAs”. I definitely shrugged this off in first year and I wish I hadn’t. Profs sure seem intimidating at first, even TAS, but they are all interested in hearing from someone who is equally passionate or even remotely curious about what they are teaching. And you may feel pressure to impress them, but honestly if you go talk to them in first year, about anything, you are already impressing them. TAs are also not as scary as you think. Most are just students like you and not much older than you. 
  • Get out of your comfort zone
  • First year is your year to really grow and just have fun, so try to not pass up on opportunities to go out and try something new. That being said, don’t forget that at the end of the day you are here for school, so study! 
  • Learn time management early. Once you do, you realize you have a lot more time than you think you do and therefore, can get a lot more done. 
  • Have an open mind to classes, profs, people on your floor, food in the caf etc. It will make your life a lot less stressful and you will find yourself getting a lot less irritated. 
  • Get involved early! It’s a great way to meet people and find your passion. 
  • Just do you! Cliques and labels unfortunately don’t disappear in university, but you will learn that nobody really cares anymore. You will find that everyone is happy in their own circle and that people become a lot less judgmental. No one is really “popular” anymore so don’t worry about trying to be. Sure, you will definitely see the cliche groups of people at uni, but you realize that everyone is just happy to be in their group of friends and that’s who they are comfortable with. 
  • Good luck, have fun and just try to experience everything you can! 

Feel free to ask me any other questions, specific or not and anytime throughout the year while you are at Queen’s!