Merely nine months from now, a grandiose celebration of achievements called graduation awaits many grade twelve students. For all the hard work that precedes that event, it is no wonder that some (or many) acquire a condition known as ‘senior-itis,’ linked to apathy towards school and often, all else. Sadly, grade twelve is likely the most inopportune time for such things like university applications to begin to creep up on us.
I am a firm believer that the decision to attend post-secondary is an important one. Whether or not a person goes on to pursue more advanced learning truly affects the rest of his or her life. In my mind, there has never been a doubt. In my family, university is an expectation, not a choice as I’m sure many others can relate to. Instead, the debate goes on over which university to attend, not whether to attend.
Upon recent research of possible programs of interest, I have been carefully perusing the numerous Canadian university websites. University of Calgary, McGill University, Queen’s University, Carleton University… the list goes on. At the same time, it is hard to ignore university rankings that are released annually from a number of sources with varying criteria. There are always the chart-toppers, but I always wonder, does it really make a difference? For an undergraduate program, what distinguishes a school that has a historic reputation versus any other school? Is it really vital to attend an Ivy League for an undergraduate program?
Sometimes, the choice to attend university itself is the most important one of all.
Here is a link to the most recent rankings offered by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2011-12:
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