University of Alberta: Ajay from India talks about studying in Canada

University of Alberta: Ajay from India talks about studying in Canada

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hi so my name is EJ Peterman well I’m
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from Madeira India that’s the southern
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part of India in the state of Tamil Nadu
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I did my high school in Khartoum Sudan
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which is somewhere in Eastern Africa
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right below Egypt and this is my is
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going to be my fourth year of study at
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the U of A in honors astrophysics I
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applied for universities all around
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Canada and U of A gave me a lot of
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scholarships which was great so for me
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it was personally you know it was a good
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credit for my academic efforts in high
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school and I was also well known that U
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of A has a good tech Institute is it’s
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one of the best so I was certainly
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willing to come over here and see what
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they had so so this is pretty much where
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I work faculty Department of Physics is
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actually on this side and this is pretty
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much my environment I have the planets
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so astrophysics right there and we have
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the Observatory on the fifth floor where
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we usually a visit whenever we have
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solar observing during a noon time and
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yes so it’s my work environment I have
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my professors close by everything else
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is here so it’s perfect I think in terms
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of doing research I think it gives you a
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great opportunity to of course get a
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foothold on what you want for me in
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particular as an international student
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of course you know if I’m moving to
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another university or continuing here at
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the U of A you have to be sure about
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what you want to do and you have to have
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that passion for that so doing research
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it’s a it’s a great way to test your
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abilities it’s also a great place to
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know okay am I fit for this or not or I
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might fit for something else I had to
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apply for the undergrad research
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initiative as well as the international
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student work-study program and once I
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applied for that I got the funds
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successful and
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Here I am doing research so my research
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in particular it’s mainly data
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aggregation what in essence if I were to
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put in layman terms it would be taking
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data from international telescopes on
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online archives and then setting up a
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database for students here and
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professors who can use it and yeah
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that’s pretty much my research it’s
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sitting in front of the computer getting
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that data programming it in and making
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sure it’s updated daily and setting up a
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database for that so I live on campus
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here and I love that register residence
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and I’ve been living there for two years
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now you know it’s been a great
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experience the wonderful community of
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students and I think it was a it was a
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it was great for me particularly because
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coming in first year you know I was away
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from my family so it was a little bit
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tough but then you know I found new
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family of friends and it was a very
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welcoming experience for me at the Yoga
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inka personally I had expected when I
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came here and you know you would expect
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the majority of the population to be
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Canadian citizens or students from here
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and there there are a lot of people from
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Kim Canada in the school but at the same
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time I found like a huge international
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community yes people from so many places
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so I think you have a lot to relate to
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especially as an international student
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you have so many peers to relate to and
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get help from so for me it was it was
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great because first of all you have the
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International Centre where I got my
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advice and I got all the support I
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needed when I first moved in and then
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you have all your friends who also you
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know who are also international students
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as well as citizens and have a mix of
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that so you get both perspectives you
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know they help you out so it was great
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for me in that way so I I i like
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edmonton in one ways because it has all
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the four seasons and i’ve never really
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been in a country where it’s actually
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been like that for me coming over here
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my first winter was was enjoyable enough
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that you know it was it was just great
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have a wonderful campus you have a lot
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of facilities which allow you to get
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your work done at the same time so i
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think that was one of the best things
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being here your day
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you

University of Alberta: Ajay from India talks about studying in Canada