Why did you choose your program, what makes it unique to you?
I chose Desautels because of its international presence. I can see myself working abroad in the future, and wanted to make sure that I chose a recognizable school. More than prestige, however, I wanted to move to a city where I could be happy. Montreal is consistently rated as one of the top cities in the WORLD for students to live in, and it's absolutely true - I have never had so much fun in my life. The campus is in the heart of downtown, the multiculturalism is unmatched, and no matter where you go, you're bound to find something to do.
How would you describe the workload and work-life balance?
What is one advice you would give high school students when applying to Desautels Business?
McGill, and most Canadian universities, are unique in the way that admissions are entirely based on grades. For Desautels in particular, you need a minimum of 95% as a top-5 average. Make sure you meet the threshold. However, for major scholarships (ranging from $12k-48k), you need good extracurriculars. I cannot stress quality over quantity enough. Pour your heart out into a single project and show your passion - make sure your essay reflects your dedication.
For a McGill DeSautel's Faculty of Management Student...
How would you describe residence? Would you recommend someone live on-campus?
I was the President of Douglas Hall in my first year. Douglas is next to "Upper Rez", on the top of the same hill. People often refer to it as "Hogwarts", and it very much is so. It's almost like a castle - there's an underground tunnel that connects all of the "houses", our dining hall (which has its own cafeteria) looks like the Great Hall from Harry Potter, and best of all, the community is so small and tightknit. By the end of the first semester, I knew almost everybody in my residence, which is a feat you can't find in ANY other residence. If you're coming from outside of Montreal, I would most definitely recommend living on-campus. All of the residences are different, ranging from boujee hotel rooms to the traditional brickwall dorm experience - there's a fit for everyone. My one piece of advice... really make an effort to meet people in your residence from outside your faculty! Especially in Desautels, same faculty students tend to live in a bubble. Residence is a perfect time to meet people with different interests from you.
McGill really is the epitome of work hard, play hard. While we are an academically rigorous schools,
we have weeks dedicated to partying (Frosh, Hype, Carnival, Fac-O). Outside of classes,
there's a plethora of clubs that range from playing the game "Mafia" to an entire league of
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What do you think is special about the McGill campus life?
We're in the heart of downtown Montreal, and in very close proximity to 3 other universities (Concordia, UQAM, Université de Montréal) so it is very much a student-hub. McGill is also incredibly beautiful. In the fall, we transform our lower field into an open-air-pub (OAP) and... no words can describe the vibes of listening to music with your friends while drinking beer-grias. Desautels is a very tight-knit faculty in the way that all of our classes are in one building. You definitely get close to people you share classes with for 4 years, especially once you start narrowing down your interest in your later years. If you want a stellar nightlife, a huge community, and outstanding architecture (but never-ending construction, lol), then McGill is perfect for you.
A very special thank you to our interviewee...
A second-year student at Mcgill University. She is currently a student at the Desautels faculty of management. She's an extremely active member within her community.