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Post by n00bk1ng on Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:56 am

Just curious to anyone here, just wondering what are your opinions on universities. I'm gunning for a few, but am not sure which ones I should try for, considering I am limited to a few. Not to mention if anyone is close enough to play 40K, Flames of War or Warmachines would be good! XD

I intend to do Political Sciences Majoring in International Relations and Minoring in History/Military History. I will be attempting to do an Honours Degree.

My said options include:
University of British Columbia
University of Melbourne
UC Berkeley
UC Los Angeles
University of Auckland
University of Dundee
University of Aberdeen
University of Nottingham (We already know why now don't we? XD)

Although I would consider the Singaporean universities that I live close to, its a bit difficult to get into no thanks to IB, which Singapore doesn't look too favourably upon... So here they are. Opinions on them would be appreciated.

I've also chosen these few also because I intend to pursue other hobbies such as Airsoft and the like, considering 3-4 years there would surely take something to keep me alive and kicking, not to mention the modelling and painting I will do.

Oh and other options and recommendations would be good also! Just bear in mind that I will have to complete my Military service (approx ending Dec 2013)

Thanks!

Edit: Added UCLA

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Post by Rivan on Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:19 am

The UC system (Berkeley and LA) have always had good reputations. I just don't know enough of the other universities to make a comparative suggestion.

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Post by Aubec le noir on Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:00 am

i read an article in "le Monde" and there's 3 notation systems for International Universities ... i think you could find them on the web (the only system i remember is the Shanghai notation ... scratch ) even though those systems are very subjectives the crossing of the three is pretty acurate. in my memories UCLA is in the top 3 of the 3 notation systems.
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Post by Chaplain Thrace on Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:21 pm

Never went (or planning to, for that matter) to Uni, so I'm going with what google says. Very Happy Check out:
http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2011/subject-rankings/social-sciences/politics-international-studies
UCB is 5th in the world. Very Happy

However I do know Auckland City.
It does have GWS, other hobby stores, Airsoft clubs and the like, but not many. There are only two GWS (four in the whole of NZ), none of them very big. ie two/three gaming tables and one modeling/hobby table. Staff are good, although I don't know what the "norm" is.
Auckland is only a city of 1 million, in a Country of 4.

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Post by Sai on Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:20 pm

Notingham is good fun. I'm not sure if it's the same but at the time I was around that way the uni was almost 2/3 female which is never a bad thing and GW HQ is nice to have as your local game room. There are a fair number of universities in that area- You've got Nottingham, Loughborough and two in Leicester so the local nightlife doesn't get dull. Remember- the first year doesn't count to your final degree, all you have to do is pass and party Very Happy

Also a UK honours degree is different from the US version as far as I understand it. In the US I think you have to rate favourably against your peers while in the UK you just have to be good at what you do. I mean, I've got honours but I'm not entirely sure where I got them from. Not complaining though.

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Post by DOMIN4TRIX on Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:02 pm

Im a fan of Vancouver myself - was driving round UBC campus when I was there last month, they have a whole peninsula to themselves - its a great city, no idea how they are rated academically.

When I lived there all my mates played airsoft, It seems big in Vancouver - not so much in England.

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Post by Sai on Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:21 pm

I haven't seen all that much in the way of airsoft here besides groups of mates going off into the woods to shoot each other. Lots of paintball about but it can be expensive.

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Post by n00bk1ng on Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:21 am

Hmmm... Might look at Loughborough if they do have my course, not to mention my cousin is in his first year there! I'll keep looking, I do have 2 years before I go in sadly :/

Vancouver was always an interesting one, keeping options open as always Smile

Airsoft was just something I'm interested in, will probably see what it develops into once I get into the hobby/sport.

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Post by Constantine on Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:16 am

I know that UBC's focus is primaraly research, so lots of oportunities there.

I see a strong focus on recreation activities in this thread Very Happy
British Columbia is a great province and has no shortage of the activities you listed in your original post and many more besides.

As you may have guessed, I am from BC Razz
I suggest you seek some advice from the schools you are interested in directly in regards to programs, courses, etc...
I know that my Brothers and I here on this forum give nothing but the BEST advice possible, but we are a GK forum, not career counsellors! Razz

Godd luck with your choices! Uni is an exciting and rewarding experience!

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Post by n00bk1ng on Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:36 am

Haha, of course we need recreation. How else would I keep sane? XD If I do end up there, perhaps I'll hound you down for a game XD

I will surely be asking them in time to come. I asked here because I hoped to draw out those (like you) who are actually from there and could give me an impression of the place Smile

I do realise that this is a GK forum, but its always good to seek opinions on well intentioned individuals Very Happy

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Post by Constantine on Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:29 pm

n00bk1ng wrote:Haha, of course we need recreation. How else would I keep sane? XD If I do end up there, perhaps I'll hound you down for a game XD

I will surely be asking them in time to come. I asked here because I hoped to draw out those (like you) who are actually from there and could give me an impression of the place Smile

I do realise that this is a GK forum, but its always good to seek opinions on well intentioned individuals Very Happy

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Post by Sai on Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:24 am

I went to Loughborough University 5 years ago. Actually, I went 10 years ago and stuck around for 5. It's a fairly small town centered for the most part around the university. The campus is pretty neat and self contained and the town itself is aimed at having enough bars to keep your average Brit student happy. The good thing is that getting to Nottingham and Leicester is an easy 30 minute drive/train ride and you've got East Midlands airport which doesnt get as busy as the London ones but still links you up with a good amount of Europe. London is a couple of hours away but I think the high speed link might be in now which will cut that to about an hour.

Aw man, now I want to go back. Maybe it'sPhD time.

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Post by MJSwasey on Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:00 am

Here's my story - I originally went to a top X school in the country because i chose the one with the best academics and the most $$ in scholarships that i applied to. it was very prestigous. However, I realized that in my field, engineering, I wanted to work in industry instead of do research, and i hated the student life there - to me everyone was the same and booring, and there wasn't a lot to do. I did a quick reality check and instead transfered to different school, still well respected and nationally recognized, but not quite so much as the other one, and with a LOT more students, diversity, different people, and more stuff to do around town. I landed a job with one of the top engineering firms in the country, and ended up being in the same new hire class as someone from that previous university.

Now about 80% of the people that went to that first university and had passing grades loved it there, and stayed. They found cool stuff to do and had friends. For me though, it wasn't what i wanted. I'm not giving advice to lower your standards or choose the more "fun" school, or even putting any value between them. My advice would be the same if i went to a school i found was too distracting and people didn't care enough, there weren't enough people like me, and i worked hard and transfered up to a tippy top echelon academy instead. My advocating is simply about the METHOD i came to my decisions- What are your goals? are you ready to put in the effort required for certain things? Are there things that you really value that might not be in the area (if you can't live without paintball, or basketball, or 40k, make sure theres some store or program or league nearby)? If you're after a top job, can you get it with this university? Employers look for extracirculars a lot now, can you get into what you want to do (certain clubs, programs, research, working with specific professors)? I realized i could like without the 'geek' games, but i needed more stuff out of where i was living, i needed a wider variety of people and things to do, and more hands on stuff, maybe not just books all the time. Dont make your decision just on academics, or just on hobbies you can live without.


Dont be afraid to be introspective frequently and find out if your happy, and why/why not. And if you decide your not, and you mull it over for quite some time, give a good long time and are still sure, dont be afraid to make a change, 'better' or 'worse' school. I did, and it's the best decision i made. Im super happy i did what i did.

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Post by n00bk1ng on Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:42 am

Thanks for the advice Smile I do hope I will find something I'd like/prefer in a uni.

For now, I think I may have narrowed it down to:
University of Louborough
University of British Columbia
University of Auckland
University of Melbourne

Will talk more about this soon

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Post by Klomster on Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:22 pm

Perhaps not the most serious tip, but here is mine.

Umeň university. Sweden.

You ask "-You mad bro?" and i answer yes, i'm mad bro Razz

Sure it's 273 in the world, sure it's in a city with 100'000 citizens.

But it's a gamers dream.
The uni itself i don't really know to much about, but it's very popular and it's also international, but it's the gaming community here that is so appealing.

We are a tight knit group of easily 50 people that often show up, and if a major tournament is held, easily over 100 will play.
There is always a game to be had, no matter if you play 40k, fantasy, flames of war, warmachine/hordes, gothic, necromunda. Whatever you fancy, chances are at least two or three wants to play if you mention it.

There was a small 1000pts 40k tournie today, 40 people played. A few others just looked.

There is also airsofters here, alot actually. Both the kind that likes super serious military sim, or just wants to shoot a bit of plastic around.

The local gaming store stock most miniature games regularily, it's the biggest store in scandinavia and has great personell.

The city itself is a bit small, but charming and there is little crime. Generally, the most scary thing out in the night is usually yourself.

Plus we have alot of hot chicks Razz


Perhaps the uni doesn't have the course you wanted, but there are others, and as said. I love the city.

Here's a link from topuniversities.
http://www.topuniversities.com/institution/umea-university
And it's own. (English version top right.)
www.umu.se

I'm guessing you're not going to move to sweden Razz
But at least i'm throwing it out there. That's my tip.

Plus i live here, and i'm awesome Razz

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Post by Sai on Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:49 am

Hell, I'm sold. PhD at Umea is now on my list of things to do.

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Post by Klomster on Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:55 am

PhD?

Well, i'm glad you think that way Razz

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Post by Sai on Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:35 am

Yeah, I've been in the real world for a while and while the money is nice it's terminally dull.

New country, new people, new ways to screw up. Sounds like a brilliant plan to me.

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Post by Zealadin on Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:10 pm

If by University of Melbourne you mean Monash University it has a good reputation.
Here in Australia though you generally chose which Uni depending on what area they specialise in (I'm not sure if this is what is guiding your choices atm).
So while some Unis are renowned for 1 area, they may be less so in others.

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Post by Sai on Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:14 am

It's the same here in terms of specialisation. Loughborough has a focus on sports and engineering for example. Joining a course that the uni doesn't specialise in has advantages too though. If I went to a uni that specialised in English I probably wouldn't have been in seminars of 5-6 and able to hang out with my tutors at the pub and shoot the shit from time to time. All my lecturers knew my name, and not because of any particularly noteworthy exploits. I made sure they never found out about those.

I guess it depends on what you want from your course. More prestige is probably useful if you want to go for those top-end jobs.

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Post by Klomster on Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:49 pm

Well if you ever seriously go here, i would love to meet you Razz

I could even try to pick you up at the airport Very Happy

If you are serious ofcourse.

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