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1 point · 14 hours ago

November/December and March/April always suck for university students.

The strikes and such certainly aren't making things easier, that's for sure. Keep your head up!

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7 points · 3 days ago

Where and when was this? And what was it for?

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21 points · 3 days ago

Today, in Renfrew. Anti trans/convoy protest at the Catholic high school.

15 points · 3 days ago

Well that’s disgusting. I love how many counter protesters there were!

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7 points · 3 days ago

Yes, the fact that there are/were counter protestors is a good sign!

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-11 points · 3 days ago

Philosophy sounds laid back

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4 points · 3 days ago

if my philosophy undergrad was supposed to be laid back i want a refund.

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Op1 point · 3 days ago

Philosophy courses scare me

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1 point · 3 days ago

take one! they're so fun and really push you to think critically. so rare in undergrad courses these days. i recommend 2CT3 or 2B03 if you want something more "objective" since they're basically just soft math courses that teach you how to argue and prove statements. 2B03 is a bit more rigorous than 2CT3, but I still recommend taking at least one or both.

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22 points · 3 days ago

Holiday market. Copy pasted below from a SSC email:

Holiday Market November 28 to December 2, 2022 (Arts Quad and MUSC Atrium) Join us for an on-campus winter wonderland — there’s “snow” place like it! Will there be snow? Not sure. Will there be festive, seasonal fun? Definitely. The Holiday Market offers something for everyone, whether you celebrate holidays at this time of year or not. Featuring: • Community and campus vendors in cozy cabins throughout the Arts Quad • Student vendors in the MUSC Atrium • International student performances in the talent showcase globe • Featured menu items at La Piazza submitted by international students • And more

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3 points · 3 days ago

Damn, that actually sounds so fun. At Mac for 6 years and it happens the year I leave :(

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5 points · 4 days ago

If your calculus grades are not improving despite studying then it could be a sign that the study resources that you are using don't work for you!

Here is a helpful Calc I/II study resource: https://courseware.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/11

The above link is intended for high school Advanced Functions and Calculus students but the lessons also cover integral calculus, volumes, and a bit of ODEs so it is also good for calc II when you take it next term. The slides contain animations that clearly explain the material so you get an intuitive sense of how to solve the problems which appear on your tests.

Also do all of the relevant practice problems under each lesson

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6 points · 4 days ago

To add onto this, I only survived calculus in undergrad by using PatrickJMT on YouTube. He also provides clearly explained concepts at all levels of math in a way that just makes sense compared to how profs explain things.

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1 point · 4 days ago

US News and Fortune methodology for ranking is seriously flawed and lacks validity and reliability. I wouldn’t put too much stock into these rankings.

Before you even begin looking for programs: Consider your expectations - what do you want out of a program Consider what you want to do with this graduate degree - do you want to continue on for a doctoral level degree, or just want the terminal MS/MA are your plans for it applied or academic?

Knowing these things will help determine which programs are appropriate for you. Find a list of programs and begin combing through the program websites looking for ones that are designed for students with similar goals to yours. If you want to compare program metrics, use metrics directly from the program sites or from IPEDS.

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2 points · 4 days ago

US News and Fortune methodology for ranking is seriously flawed and lacks validity and reliability. I wouldn’t put too much stock into these rankings.

Yes!! I wish international students would stop relying on USNR so much. Some big universities even withhold data from the reporting since they're so bad at actually ranking universities. Just look at the Columbia scandal that happened either last year or the year before. Now Columbia doesn't even share data with them since they are so bad at being honest with the data they do have.

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4 points · 5 days ago · edited 5 days ago

Which is so fucking sad. Most McMaster students aren't Indigenous, and learning about Indigenous history, culture, and contemporary issues is smth all non-Indigenous citizens of Canada should be interested in. You're gonna be living on stolen land, at least pay its Indigenous peoples respect and help them out. As a settler (even fellow refugees), you have to recognize that it's not right that you get privileges not even the rightful owners of the land have. But, I understand that many students don't have room for the extra electives. There's also the fact that most of the courses don't have course outlines on the indigenous studies department website.

It's not necessarily McMaster's responsibility to make sure the student body cares about all this, but if they've noticed the demand was so low most courses aren't running, shouldn't they look into why? Again, the Indigenous studies department website is really lacking. They introduced this really cool course this year but didn't send out any emails about it (it's INDIGST 2IR3, I encourage you to look into it). There's no effort to promote Indigenous studies courses or projects initiated by the Indigenous studies department.

Don't know how to end this off, so I'm gonna take this as a chance to encourage ppl to look into Indigenous studies courses. I know the lack of ratings and discussion about them online can make them a bit discouraging to take, but the courses I've taken so far have been incredible, and the profs are amazing.

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9 points · 5 days ago

There's no effort to promote Indigenous studies courses or projects initiated by the Indigenous studies department.

While there needs to be work to address some of the concerns you raise, there's actually a ton of effort at the Faculty level to include Indigenous epistemologies. Most profs are encouraged to include Indigenous-related research into syllabi. Whether students actually care about this is another story (and definitely not a McMaster only issue but a more systemic issue at the provincial level w regards to how Indigeneity is integrated in K-12 education and mostly in Southern Ontario, where there seems to be more apathy toward Indigeneity).

Also, consider that sometimes Indigenous folk don't want non-Indigenous folk in their spaces (this isn't always the case, but it is certainly true sometimes). I'm not sure about the department now, but in the past they were fine with a more lowkey vibe. Work has been done recently to officially create an Indigenous Studies Department with a dedicated Faculty (this wasn't the case until either last year or the year before). This is nice because as they grow and accrue more dedicated funding they will be able to do the things you desire (better website, increased number of Faculty to teach courses, etc.) However, it'll take time (and money!).

McMaster has been very good at integrating the 6 Nations of the Grand River into the community - we have the MIRI and other dedicated Indigenous research institutes. We also have things like Ohneganos Ohnegahdę:gyo. We also have several Canada Research Chairs in Indigenous Studies.

Certain Indigenous knowledge is guarded by Indigenous communities in the sense that you need permission from Elders to learn and reckon with the ideas, such as the 6 Grandfather Principles. I'm not sure how that could be effectively integrated into non-Indigenous students' education, but it would be cool to see Elders and knowledge-holders having a more dedicated space on campus to help guide non-Indigenous and Indigenous student learning.

0 points · 5 days ago

There's no effort to promote Indigenous studies courses or projects initiated by the Indigenous studies department.

While there needs to be work to address some of the concerns you raise, there's actually a ton of effort at the Faculty level to include Indigenous epistemologies

I felt quite cheated that our prof did not incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing into BIOCHEM 4N03 (Molecular Membrane Biology), for example.

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3 points · 4 days ago

I mean, you also have to be realistic. Obviously you can't incorporate and probably wouldn't incorporate Indigenous knowledge into all facets of the university.

If you're not being facetious, there is a research method called Two Eyed Seeing that was invented by a Mi'kmaq Elder, Albert Marshall, that says to look to one eye and appreciate Western science and with the other eye look to and appreciate Indigenous ways of knowing. So, it's very fair to have courses that deal with only Western science, since they are in the domain of a Western scientific framework.

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