For what type of degree? I think that would impact my decision quite a bit.
As a fellow grad school applicant, one thing I've considered when choosing where to apply: could I potentially find a job/see myself living and working in this city?
As far as I know, Newfoundland is booming, and currently doesn't have enough young people around since they're all away working elsewhere in the country. The opportunities are probably there...but I'm curious about why you would necessarily want to live where you have studied? I guess it could be important if it's an esoteric academic discipline with few faculties around, but for a professional degree, probably not. The OP didn't say which one it was
Heh... the atmosphere seems to be one of the positives.
It is a rather esoteric degree I suppose. *shrug* It's ethnomusicology that I'm looking into. And since I"m interested in music from the British Isles and immigration. It seems to be a good fit. ;-p
As for living/working I think what Tha Ridge is saying, is that it's going to be a few years of your life and you should at least be happy with the area while you're there, since there's more to life than school. (at least that's how I took it!)
I would love a double major in Labrador and Landseer, but I think I already have one in Pembroke welsh corgi! :-D
The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....
Oh ok propspony, I thought Tha Ridge was talking about *after* graduation.
One of my majors was anthropology, and I got to take an ethnomusicology class at the end of my degree - WAY cool!! Good luck with your grad school applications - I'm only 2 weeks from finishing my MLIS, and I can't wait.
PS, To walk the corgi, you might need to ride a snowblower in front while they follow behind
I was talking about after graduation, actually, but I totally understand what Propspony was saying as well. Personally, for grad school, I've chosen cities I would like to live/work in after graduation. For me, there's something to be said about not having to relocate immediately after finishing school.
Oh, Folkore is fun too! That department was stuck in with my other major, English - one of the best classes I ever took was folklore based. Of course, how could it not be, with the prof's other speciality being pirate literature! Arrrrr!
And if you move to NL, you will definitely be given MOOSE as a welcoming gift. Probably in the form of stew. Easy to find in any local grocer!
I have a young horse here we're keeping for his Mom who is in vet school in Newfoundland (or insert some other small, desolate Canadian island--can't quite remember what she said).
She is a CA native, though from the north so not quite a desert person, but anyway, she's loving it. She decided on it because they offered the specialties she was interested in, and they had a lot of incentives to make it a very affordable option. She got in to the vet school at Davis, but figured when all was said and done she'd come out five to six figures ahead on loans by choosing Newfoundland.
Anyway, she loves it. She says it's cold and gray in the winter, but still beautiful in it's own way, and she's so busy with the school the isolation doesn't bother her. In fact, she thinks she's doing better because of it. The spring is beautiful and they have everything set up so you don't have to go outside much when it's really bad weather.
ya, you have to be careful about driving from dusk all the way until the sun is fully up, the meese are not shy about crossing roads at night, and all the twists and turns means you have to have your wits about you - or a big truck with a good pipe-metal grille on the front.
Pheonix Farm, you must be thinking of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland doesn't have a vet school. PEI is just gorgeous - lucky girl!
While conventional wisdom amongst musicians is to live where the action is, if it is a perfect fit and you are looking at a 2 year Masters degree program, I say go for it. If you are looking at continuing on for a Ph.D. program, then maybe not.