Old Montreal // New Memories

Once a year, two of my friends and I go on a pilgrimage to Montreal’s China Town to appreciate the culmination of the island’s Chinese culture. We stuffed ourselves with vegetarian dumplings, Dragon Beard candies and Bubble tea. Happily satiated we continued our journey into Old Montreal, the historic cartier of the city.

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 Unfortunately, most of China Town was under construction while we were there so I didn’t get any photos of the area. Hopefully these dumplings and scallion pancakes will satisfy! 

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I’m never disappointed when I visit Old Montreal. With a European air, cobblestone streets and delicious food trucks, it’s always a pleasure to be there. My friends and I took pictures in Place D’Armes, in front of the Notre Dame Basilica where Celine Dion got married and the monument fountain dedicated to Montreal’s Founder, Paul de Chomedey. 

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While on our way to the water front, we passed by the Cours Le Royer. I pulled my friends over so that we could take a closer look. I felt like I was in Paris! Surrounded by converted warehouses, now made into apartments, the area had small water fountains and benches, acting as a quite get-away from the busy streets nearby.

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We made it a goal to take pictures at all the MTL MOMENT signs we could find. Located all over the city, the picture frames allow you to take a cute photo with a scenic Montreal background behind you. The two we found were located in Place Jacques-Cartier, surrounded by artist street vendors and one in the Old Port, with a view of the Cirque de Soleil tents behind it. 

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This past winter my boyfriend and I went ice skating on the canal. It was absolutely beautiful! Returning with my friends, I was even more impressed with the calm nature of the park. You can rent pedal boats on the canal or lounge on the grass while admiring the view of the Bonsecours Market. We bumped into friendly tourists from New York and Shanghai who though it was cool that we were having a tourist day in our own city. We explained that since one of my friends and I are both going to university outside of the province, we wanted to make the most of what we had here in our city.  

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It was a great way to appreciate the city I call home and a wonderful way to spend time with my friends. I can’t wait to have my next adventure!

A Rough Application Timeline for UCAS or CUKAS

~ Know the key dates for applications to UCAS and CUKAS ~

One Year or More before Applying:  

You might have known what you want to study since the age of six and already have your life plan completed, but for the majority of people who don’t, it’s important to leave yourself enough time to change your mind and discover what it is you want to do. This is a good time to begin researching various universities, programs and determining what you need to do in order to be accepted. During this time you should also begin researching scholarships and financial aid programs offered by the universities that interest you.

Nine Months:

By this time you should have a clearer picture of the programs and universities where you are intending to apply and what you will need to do in order to complete your application. Find out if you will need to create a portfolio, attend interviews or auditions or sit some standardized tests.

Six Months:

 With six months to go before the application deadline, you might feel like you still have loads of time. However, it is a good idea to begin brainstorming and writing your personal statement. Your personal statement is your way of selling yourself to admissions and distinguishing yourself from other candidates. You want to be original and appear to be the type of student the school wants. You also want to give yourself plenty of time to make corrections and let others, like parents or academic advisors, take a look and give you some feedback. 

Three Months: 

Prepare to send your marks to date. This might be a little confusing if you are from overseas. Contact the universities you are applying to and ask how they would like to receive your marks. You might be asked to calculate your average and enter it in the Education and Marks section on the application. However, they might ask you to send or scan your transcripts to them directly. If this is the case, you will need to dig up the transcripts you require before sending them in. You can always contact your high school if you cannot find a copy that you require.

One/Two Months before: 

You should contact the person you would like to write your letter of recommendation. They are doing you a great service, so you want to give them enough time to complete the letter without them feeling stressed. On UCAS, your referee will be invited to submit their letter online. However, on CUKAS, you are responsible for making sure that the letters get sent in. So for CUKAS it is very important that you give your referee enough time to write the letter and for the post to get it to the school. Always check how many letters of recommendation you require and what type of letter it should be (ex: academic or specialized). 

Perfect your letter personal statement, or start it if you have already!

Applications Open: 

Create your account as soon as you can and fill out the primary information. This allows you to see all the information that is required and if you encounter something you don’t understand, you will have the time to get the answer. If you have questions, the best place to ask is the actual website you are dealing with. Call the helpline or check out the Facebook page to ask your questions. 

Once you’ve filled out you primary information, have your referee upload their letter to UCAS or if using CUKAS, mail the letter, submit your marks, upload your completed personal statement, check over your application and make sure you have completed all the sections, then pay and submit!

 CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve submitted your application!

Following the submission of your application, you may be contacted about interviews or portfolios.