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11-29-2006, 05:07 PM
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There's a slight chance I end up at Ottawa U for my Master's in Psychology. I'm assuming several of you attend the school... is anyone doing their Master's in Psych by any chance?

I'm looking to get a sense of what it's like and for someone to share their experience... especially if you came to Ottawa to study. I'm curious about the experience.

I've been on campus a few times, stayed at the residence last summer, and started to just get used to getting around. Residence is not something I'd consider. I'm really hoping to hear from someone who's doing their Master's but any other info is certainly welcome.

Thanks everyone... looking forward to your insight


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Well, I can't really help you since a) I'm not in Psych or b) doing my Masters. I'm at Ottawa U (in undergrad) though. It's a nice enough campus, right downtown so it's close to everything.

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There's a slight chance I end up at Ottawa U for my Master's in Psychology. I'm assuming several of you attend the school... is anyone doing their Master's in Psych by any chance?

I'm looking to get a sense of what it's like and for someone to share their experience... especially if you came to Ottawa to study. I'm curious about the experience.

I've been on campus a few times, stayed at the residence last summer, and started to just get used to getting around. Residence is not something I'd consider. I'm really hoping to hear from someone who's doing their Master's but any other info is certainly welcome.

Thanks everyone... looking forward to your insight


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Hi Ron

I didn't do a Master's there, but I did attend Ottawa U for law school.

My instinct is that Ottawa U is a bad undergraduate school. There is very little sense of community and the student body is largely disinterested. This is in comparison to Queen's, where I did my undergrad (if anything, people there are overly involved).

The Ottawa law school, was very much its own institution and there seemed to be very little interaction with the rest of the university. I think grad school would be the same way.

My experience at law school was great, primarily because of the fantastic professors on faculty. Your experience will likely be similar in terms of being dependent on the faculty. I have no idea what the quality of the faculty is in psych, but surely others can tell you. Other friends who have attended graduate school have based much of their decision on who their thesis supervisor will be.

Many students in law lived around the university in Sandy Hill or the market. As such, we went out quite frequently and extra-curricular interaction was by no means lacking.

Hope this helps!

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11-29-2006, 07:25 PM
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I may actually go to OttawaU for my masters in social work if they have one... i loved/miss ottawa

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I don't mind uOttawa, last year of my engineering degree there. I wouldn't go there for a graduate degree though.

I actually don't mind the "disinterestedness" of the student body. Yeah, people try, there's committees and clubs and groups and yelling girls with posters and t-shirts, but the school itself doesn't really have much of an identity. So no yelling girls or posters really work. Not to us engineers anyway, since we're glued to textbooks and assignments all the time. Maybe because Ottawa's way too humble a city for pride and crossfaculty involvement? I dunno.

I never really looked at many campuses in Canada other than Ottawa and Carleton. Carleton's campus layout felt like it was drawn out by someone with a coughing fit; trying to navigate around when I was trying to take a transfer course was probably the most aggravating experience ever.. so I didn't go there.

I was stunned as to how inferior our campus really was when I visited the University of Michigan: Ann Arbor campus.. practically everyone wore some form of UoM swag, layout was nice and open, complete with free cross-campus bussing, buildings were upkept nicely for the most part, old buildings getting refreshed looks, and they're known for a lot of academic (and athletic) accolades... and have you seen their stadium and hockey arenas?

I guess it comes down to what your options are, but I wouldn't put U of O on the top of any list for the education itself, but if you're looking for a decent campus atmosphere and a fairly laidback (yet still busy!) downtown experience then maybe it's worth the balance. I guess I don't know if a U of O degree really stands out among the psych brass.

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I actually enjoy CU's campus... stressful because of the uphill battle...but its friendly with gorgeous scenery. and i love the fact that it wasn't downtown... quite nice

res was fun


i need someone around carleton to do me a favor... go to dunton tower... as high as possible and look out into the canal... the dry part, tell me if anything is written/dug out in the mud

been a while since i've checked....but two winters ago 2nd Glen was still carved in the mud sick experience but soooo much fun. I got stuck Muahahhaa...

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Fact: The administration at UofO is terrible.

Okay, maybe that isn't a fact. However, many students share my opinion.

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Fact: The administration at UofO is terrible.

Okay, maybe that isn't a fact. However, many students share my opinion.
I'll second that. I think you'll be hard pressed to actually ever find a decent administration at any university.

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Fact: The administration at UofO is terrible.

Okay, maybe that isn't a fact. However, many students share my opinion.
That made my mind up right there. Ottawa U had the slightly better rep and was closer to my place at the time, then I talked to those nasty harpies.... Carleton it is!

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Fact: The administration at UofO is terrible.

Okay, maybe that isn't a fact. However, many students share my opinion.
Thirded. I don't think you'll find anyone who disagrees.

They seem to employ a fembot army of short-haired, gravely-voiced, cigarette-sucking, Gatineau-living admins.

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Fact: The administration at UofO is terrible.

Okay, maybe that isn't a fact. However, many students share my opinion.
This is strictly anecdotal, but I have honestly found that the administration is much better if you address them in french. I tried both, and got better responses always when I spoke French.

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Karleton... where the k stands for kwality.

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This is strictly anecdotal, but I have honestly found that the administration is much better if you address them in french. I tried both, and got better responses always when I spoke French.
I bet if you could speak Orc, you'd get an even better response.

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I bet if you could speak Orc, you'd get an even better response.
I lol'd

But the one time I ever went to the OttawaU library to get a book for one of my classes (I go to Carleton) the librarian gave me the dirtiest look when I said "hello" instead of "salut".

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I hate U of O. But I keep coming back......

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I like it. What can I say, I'm strange. Plus I barely have to deal with the administration. *knock on wood*

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I did one class of psych as an elective at the University of Ottawa and thought it was a pretty good class. Our teacher was a bit of a nutter though. I transferred and finished my undergrad and masters in French immersion at Universite Laval in Quebec. The campus is ugly, but the people were really nice... and the City is simply amazing!

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This is strictly anecdotal, but I have honestly found that the administration is much better if you address them in french. I tried both, and got better responses always when I spoke French.
This is true, my friend, who goes to Ottawa U, said that whenever he went up to any of the administration, they would say "Bonjour" very enthusiastically but right when he starts to ask them a question in english, they respond kind of rudely. That in my opinion is enough of a justification for me to go to Carleton (other than the fact the Ottawa U's engineering department sucks in comparison to Carleton's), although the majority of my highschool friends who stayed in Ottawa go to Ottawa U

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Fact: The administration at UofO is terrible.

Okay, maybe that isn't a fact. However, many students share my opinion.
Fourthed.

I'm a psych undergrad at UofO and I have to say everything's been kind of mediocre. I don't know how undergrad studies compares to graduate studies or how it compares to other campuses, but I honestly don't feel like I get the full value for my money. There are MANY terrible pscyh profs and a lot of medicore ones. I think I can only say I've really had a few real good ones. The bottom line is, I definitely can't say it's been great.

By the way, I don't think UofO offers an MA in psychology. They told me if I wanted to go on in psych at UofO that I'd have to do a Ph.D. Please correct me if I'm (they're) wrong...

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It's probably worth noting that the graduate experience is very different from the undergrad. I went to Calgary, which is by all accounts a terrible school, but found my grad experience to be excellent. When the program is small and your profs are involved it makes a big difference. I'd worry more about that than the experience of undergrads.

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Hi Ron

My instinct is that Ottawa U is a bad undergraduate school. There is very little sense of community and the student body is largely disinterested. This is in comparison to Queen's, where I did my undergrad (if anything, people there are overly involved).

Many students in law lived around the university in Sandy Hill or the market. As such, we went out quite frequently and extra-curricular interaction was by no means lacking.

Hope this helps!
I concur with Mrs NyQuil. I took my undergrad in Psych in the late 90's. Loved the area, loved the city, campus was ugly but okay, did not care for the school very much at all for the reasons quoted above. However, I am not able to give you any info on the masters program.

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lol, people complaining about lack of student participation. Try UofT. Its basically like an old-folk's home with the streets cleared and quiet by 6pm. I considered our football's team's game against Queen's a success based on our team scoring a touchdown and keeping it within 50. Of course I didn't actually go to the game, since I am a UofT student and I believe its more of a family and friends affair. Beyond that there really is not much to talk about in terms of student involvement.

Even better, I am actually in a program that is kind of like the UofT program of UofT. There are three programs that are almost identical, but I chose the one that is extremely rich, tons of distinguished profs, no student involvement, and people complain about admin. Fun times.

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Fact: The administration at UofO is terrible.

Okay, maybe that isn't a fact. However, many students share my opinion.
Fifthed.

And the whole biliguism thing (i.e. English students can be treated more rudely) pisses me off.

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