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Updated on Wednesday, March 11

#6979

QUESTION:
If you had the chance to start university all over again, would you still choose UW or would you go to another school/change programs?

14 comments

  1. After realizing that I'm only here because I thought it would make my dad happy (he's an alumnus), I'd definitely go somewhere else.

    Probably one of the UCs through their guaranteed acceptance program - you take two years at a community college while maintaining a high GPA and then you'll be granted admission to the UC system (though it's not guaranteed which specific campus you'll be admitted to).

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  2. I would probably go to Mac for Engineering. I came here to "follow my dreams" and now I have almost no job prospects and social anxiety after having a "friend" shit on me for all of first year.

    I'm not saying its all bad, I have some really great friends and I do love what I'm studying, I just feel like it would have had as more stable future if I had followed my initial plan of becoming an engineer.

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  3. Same program, same school. Best school for the program east of Alberta, or maybe Canada. Only Calgary might be better. Most other schools have my program as an engineering program, but UW has the best reputation for it.

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  4. same school, same faculty, different program.
    i'm an international student and I left home to do this program but now I realize it isn't what I actually want but I can't switch now.

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  5. same everything. in the end it made no difference what school or grades i ended up having. (the MCAT did tho)

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  6. I would study physics instead of biochemistry! I was accepted to a bunch of physics programs and I've never received less than 100% in a physics class in high school or uni, but my mom was like "babe ... physics is so hard! I just don't think you're smart enough" so I did biochem instead, which I'm kinda mediocre at. Now I only have one term left until I'm finished my biochem degree and I still wonder what could have been.

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  7. Same university and faculty, same program, but maybe different course choice. I didn't plan my first 2 years well.

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  8. I did a semester abroad at the University of Sheffield, and I much preferred both the program and the University itself to Waterloo. If I could've afforded the international fees, I would have done that. That said, I think I would've been better off at another University or College. I'm just not sure which.

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  9. I would have pursued entry for colleges in the US, Ivy League included. But at the time of my decision this was the best course. Hindsight is 20/20.

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  10. I often wonder this myself. I switched to a program that isn't very popular at waterloo, so sometimes I think I should have gone to a different university that specialized more in that field.
    But then I think about all the great people I met and all the experiences I had and realize I wouldn't change a thing. :)

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  11. I would still choose UW. It would have been nice if I didn't switch my major part way through causing me to add an extra year, but meh, it all worked out fine.

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  12. I transferred here from Laurier because it was convenient. After experiencing both schools, neither of them are a good fit for me. both are too far along opposite sides of the study/fun line. I found Laurier to be like a giant clique-y high school mostly populated with preppy popular kids. I find Waterloo to be boring and mostly populated by nerdy socially awkward kids.
    I wish i had gone to Guelph instead, it's much more of a middle ground between the two. oh well, hindsights 20/20, and at least i'm finally graduating after this semester.

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  13. I wish I had accepted Western's offer instead of UW's (Kinesiology). I am grateful for the one close, life-long friend I made and two profs that really stood out, who continue to be in touch and have offered much needed help and advice in terms of professional school applications. But that's about it. I found everything else in terms of acquantainces and experiences to be rather unsatisfying, mediocre or boring. UW just wasn't a right fit for me.

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  14. I would have still gone to Waterloo, but I would have picked Computer Science instead. Unfortunately, I did not realize this fully until fairly recently when I decided that I didn't want to be a lawyer, and will live with my Arts degree.

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