For sure! The experience and opportunities are definitely what you make of it, I think the big and shiny thing more refers to wanting to be in a big city after having spent the majority of my life growing up in Alberta
Thank you for this in-depth post! Most of the people I've asked have only been able to speak to U of T so this really helps.
Saving money is a HUGE factor that's making me conflicted about this decision, but I feel like I do need to base it on more than just money.
Most of the other Edmonton-related things I think I subconsciously already considered due to growing up there, which is perhaps why Toronto is so appealing in terms of things to do/social life
For school-related things, I do like the small class size and easy access to the hospitals. On the other hand, having talked to a student at U of T, I guess having the multiple academies helps create a family atmosphere with a small group of people. And for matching, I did look at the match numbers and U of A's percentage of unmatched grads seemed lower. However, I do know that it's really hard to tell anything consistent from match numbers.
Would you have any insight on how the med school culture is at U of A, any thoughts about the teaching style, or how supportive the administration is?
Thank you! Yeah, I'm not really sure where I want to end up long-term but I definitely don't see myself living in Alberta long-term. Congrats on your acceptances! Good luck in the fall