Hi.I am an international student in Singapore (from another country)in 11th grade studying A Levels now.I want to major in Pure Math and obtain Phd and hopefully become a researcher/mathematician with my due efforts.I sincerely want to migrate to Canada in the near future.I am yet indecisive on if Mcgill is the most suitable uni for me to realize my dream and potential as I heard that Waterloo is also very strong in math.I come from a low income family in East Asia with household income lower than USD15k/year.I am always on a scholarship for my studies,including now.I am very concerned about my future now.Here are some of my thoughts and background(hope its not too long):
1.I heard that Mcgill and waterloo are 2 strongest school in pure math with good reputation,which is important for research opportunities and getting in touch with great professors.Most importantly,these 2 unis are the most affordable ones compared to UBC,U of T etc.
2.Although my parent asked me not to worry about finance,I am worried about the cost of living there.I want to live in a safe community,most ideally in campus,which is also more expensive,sadly.If i wanna pursue a Phd,I m not sure how many years it takes to realize my dream.However,I think it is worth it to invest in my future now even if it really costs a lot to go to Canada.
3.I have a longing for immigrating to Canada and heard that Montreal is more probable to migrate to than,say,Ontario as there are more options for immigrates there(I am not quite sure tho,but i will research on this later).As I am an Asian female and of a small build,I want to live in a safe environment where discrimination is rare,people are friendly and crime rate is low.
4.I am more fascinated with theoretical work than ‘hands-on experiences’,hence tho ppl say that internship and coop programs are really important to apply for,I always think that pure knowledge appeals to me the most.However,this is quite contradictory given the fact that if i dont go into the work industry early,my parent will have to support me for a longer time,waiting for the moment when I can be a postdoc fellow to come,which may still take quite some time.I also dont want to do part-time jobs as I want to fully dedicate to my studying and taking as many courses as i can to graduate earlier than per normal,saving a lot of money for tuition/rent.
5.I always wanna apply for more scholarships,so I took up any activity/competition/extracurriculum that I can to kinds ‘build my portfolio’ and sacrifice my sleep/recreation time.However,I always want a big chunk of time for me to systematically study math on a more advanced level instead of repeatedly participating in these competitions which test on rather limited ‘problem-solving skills and techniques’.I searched on Mcgill website and saw the merit-based scholarship,I really want to go for it.But the con is…I have less time left to myself for continuously studying what i really love…it’s a hard decision to make.
6.I heard that Mcgill is in the city area while waterloo is more like in the village…I want to be maximize my efficiency in uni by saving time on daily routines/duties such as commuting/food/laundry/shopping etc.i wonder if it is inconvenient in waterloo in terms of living a minimalist life…Also,I am a bit concerned about noise pollution in big cities as I am currently living in a noisy hostel with traffic sounds heard all the time…Regarding life there,I want a single room with privacy where I can talk aloud reciting/prepare my oral presentation things& play the sound out of my speaker of laptop/phone instead of needing to wear headphones&keep my voice down all the time(as my current condition).Long gone are the days where I can do my stuff in my room without others seeing what i am doing and make judgements on that.(sorry for my sensitiveness/sense of insecurity).In fact,I have some hobbies such as arts,singing and guitar which I would love to continue doing only if I can have a somewhat soundproof room for practicing.Sadly,in the current student hostel,I feel very uncomfortable doing these things as everything is ‘in the open’.I only hope that in Mcgill/Waterloo or other good uni in canada i can pick up my hobbies/interests again.
7.I want to know the culture/weather and suitability/friendliness towards immigrants in Montreal around Mcgill campus.As others often say to me that I am somewhat too idealistic,I want to plan my future beforehand and maximize my chance of making it come true.I want to get my bachelor’s and phd degree,even postdoc fellowship in Canada,and if possible and favorable,in Mcgill alone(tho some laugh at my ideas of considering these things at this age/level of education achieved) so that I can settle in Canada sooner.
8.Generally,I am most inclined to go Mcgill and I believe that I can learn what I want,experience what I expected,and learn French and immigrate there as i have planned to do.I sincerely ask for your advice for my situation and what other options are there for me to consider.For example,if I am over-ambitious,should I also apply to other good unis?What unis are best for learning pure math,given that I am not so concerned about jobs in the industry.
Thank you for taking time to read this and I greatly appreciate for your understanding of and advice for my situation.Any relevant info sharing will be very helpful!