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Kelsey Z.

April 28, 2007 at 12:21 AM

OH MY WORD. I've been accepted at all three institutions - Dalhousie, Memorial and UBC. I have 48 hours before the first deadline and I will greatly appreciate any words of wisdom and thoughts and prayers as I try and figure things out!
From Richard Hellinger
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 12:32 AM
I don't have any advice (SORRY!!) but Congrats!!!
From Tom Holzman
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 1:39 AM
Congratulations. I have no words of wisdombut my prayers are certainly with you as you try to choose.
From Albert Justice
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 1:44 AM
Choose--and continue to let the music lead the way. And congratulations!!!!.

It's like this: I'm a Computer Science engineering flavor graduate. The curriculums at any of many many schools were very similar. So, after making a choice, I tried and made all I could out of my cirriculum.

With such excellent choices, just make a decision and don't look back--the violin is a jealous creature and will know if you are letting extraneous worries interfere with your attention for her! ;).

From Jennifer Leong
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 2:22 AM
Congratulations, Kelsey! No words of wisdom from me either, but my thoughts are definitely with you while you have the happy task of deciding from amongst your three choices. I am confident that you will make the perfect decision. Since I'm sure you did a lot of research before choosing where to apply, you probably can't go wrong with any of them. Take good care of your hand while you’re deciding!
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 4:15 AM
Congratulations! Fantastic! UBC is very, very hard to get into. If I remember correctly, 500 people compete for two slots. I believe that you really want to go to UBC because of the location and the teacher there. If you can manage it financially, go for it. I'm so excited and happy for you!
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 5:29 AM
Thank you so very much, Everyone!

Pauline, UBC is incredibly competitive but not THAT competitive! There were over 300 applications to the entire music program this year. There was very limited space available (this was one of the biggest and hardest years to get in in recent times) for all disciplines this year and those chosen are all very lucky.

From Eugene Chan
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 6:00 AM
Well, if you go to UBC, I might see you there next year. :-)
From Elizabeth Smith
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 1:05 PM
I'm not surprised that you were accepted to all three programs, based on reading your blogs for a few years! You are an accomplished, intelligent young woman. I don't know much about these schools, but FWIW, I would guess that UBC is probably closer to home and a more stimulating and competitive environment. Did you have a special feeling or affinity to any of the schools when you visited them?
From Yixi Zhang
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 3:44 PM
Congratulations! Make sure you are taking the following factors into careful consideration when choose which one:

· Professors (their reputation and your level of desire to study with them)
· Funding/scholarship offered (only on for financial reason but also will look good on your resume)
· Success career rate among the recent graduates
· What other program/assistance they offer to prepare you for the trade
· Location – do you want to stay in BC or it’s time to flex your wings and go a bit farther?
· Also, make sure you figure out how easy it is for you to transfer from one university to the other after first year.

You probably already have your first and second choices already by now, and without knowing what’s most important to you, I can’t say much more other than by telling you this. I went to UBC for two philosophy degrees in the 90s, during which I took some music courses and meet some music teachers and students there. They all seem to be extremely tenanted and professional. I can’t say enough good thing about UBC, the environment, the diverse culture among professors and students, and of course, who doesn’t want to live in Vancouver!

Good luck in choosing and let us know which one you decide.

From Pieter Viljoen
Posted on April 28, 2007 at 7:25 PM


Dalhousie is quite a party school and I never really saw you as the drinking type. Also, UBC is the best music school out of all of those choices. Personally, I don't even think there's much to consider.

From Emily Grossman
Posted on April 30, 2007 at 10:43 AM
Did I mention I'm really excited for you? Because I am. Good job!

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