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The University of Waterloo (Canada)

Total Grad Surveys 2
Females 0
Males 2
Avg years at University 1.0
Research Quality A- (8.2)
Research Availability F (0.8)
Research Funding C+ (5.5)
Graduate Politics C (4.5)
Errand Runners D- (1.5)
Degree Completion F (0.8)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] A- (8.5)
Sufficient Pay C+ (5.5)
Competitiveness C- (3.8)
Education Quality B (6.7)
Faculty Accessibility B+ (7.4)
Useful Research F (0.8)
"Individual" treatment D (2.3)
Friendliness A- (8.2)
Safety B+ (7.7)
Campus Beauty D (2.3)
Campus Maintenance B+ (7.5)
University Resource/spending A- (8.2)
Extracurriculars A (9.0)
Success-Understanding D- (1.5)
Surrounding City D- (1.7)
Social Life/Environment D- (1.5)
Research AvailabilityF
ExtracurricularsA

Joining to the PhD Program in Economics in

Sep 08 2014Economics
Joining to the PhD Program in Economics in 2013-14 was the worst decision of my life. I was surprised when I find four PhD students has been transferred to MA program from my previous cohort. Six students has start PhD program in 2013-14 including me. As expected they kicked out one student and transfer two to MA just after first semester. I was just panicked do not know what to do because by this time I realized their not judging us on the basis of our merit. I was more than serious and studying more than twelve hours per day and doing reasonably well in all mid exams. My final exams were good and I was preparing for the comprehensive exams. However, they (specially micro Porf) have decided my grade even before the semester!! I have applied for the reexamination. When I examined the reassessed test I found serious inconsistencies in the marking, for example, for the same question I originally got 8 out of 12 and the reassessor give me 3 out of 12. Further the first question was a straight definition question out of 10 marks and I received only 6/10. I had memorized these definitions and wrote out exactly what we were given in our notes and do not understand why I lost marks. No one helps me. They make my life miserable both mentally and financially (they literally cut my PhD funding which are promised for the first year). I know this is not the end of the life and am sure to overcome this disaster. My advice for the future students, "STAY AWAY FROM UWATERLOO ECONOMICS"
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Started as PhD student there

Apr 07 2012Math
Started as PhD student there. Studied at two different universities in two other countries before and had a good time. Not at UWaterloo though. High workload and way too much busy work, not really goal-oriented. Lack of time to socialize, some people sleep less than 5h for many days in a row. Life happens elsewhere, but not at UWaterloo.
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