What's on my Mind as an incoming MiNDS student

Author: Patricia Al-Salom

Hello Everyone! My name is Patricia Al-Salom, and I am a new graduate student entering the MiNDS program this coming September. I’m starting this little "blog-style" column to share with you my progress during my first year in graduate school and even try to provide you with some tips and tricks I gather along the way. I'm hopeful that these insights will be of value to other incoming students, as well as those who join the program in future years.

First, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I am from Windsor and this is the first time I've moved to a new city, since I completed my undergrad in the same city I've lived my entire life.

Tiffany's Falls

Right now, I'm now exploring the best both McMaster and Hamilton have to offer. The first thing I noticed is that McMaster's campus is much bigger than Windsor's- so that will take some getting used to. The city of Hamilton is also quite a bit bigger and I am just getting to know some of the gems #hamont has to offer. Hamilton is known for it's waterfalls, so I took a walk over to Tiffany's Falls to explore, and it's definitely something you do not want to miss. 

However, I'd love to hear some more suggestions from those of you who are living in Hamilton in terms of what you love about this city and things that other students may enjoy! For now I will continue to explore Hamilton and keep in touch with my supervisor. Right now I am feeling both eager and nervous about graduate school! But I will keep you posted...

- Patricia A.