Everyone experiences the same classic milestones while attending university: renting their first apartment, making new friends, or passing an exam with a C. And then there are the McGill milestones. Here are 5 things that every McGill student will experience before they graduate:
1. You lose all sense of time while waiting in line at Tim Hortons on Sherbrooke Street
It can be 4 am and the place is still crowded with bleary-eyed students willing to sell their soul for a cup of coffee. And by that, I mean sacrificing precious study time in a line that is always unbelievably slow. With all the money they’re making from McGill coffee addicts, couldn’t Tim Hortons hire a couple of extra staff members to speed up the pace? Apparently, not.
2. You act like a snob telling your Concordia friends about McGill’s prestigious historical buildings
But deep down you know you hate these prestigious historical buildings. Sure, they have style, but the campus is under construction twelve months a year because they’re falling apart. Windowless classrooms and dusty old wood tables made you feel like a Hogwarts student for about a week, and then they stop being cool. Even your Ghetto apartment is in better shape.
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3. You find out you can, in fact, have the same thing for lunch five days a week
Of course, I’m talking about samosas. It’s either that or the overpriced cafeteria sandwiches. You love an easy decision when your life is packed with exams and deadlines. Besides, buying samosas always helps out a good McGill cause. Did I mention they’re delicious?
4. You survive the traumatizing experience of writing an exam in Tomlinson Fieldhouse
McGill exams are bad enough on their own, but your sense of self-worth suffers when you’re asked to sit for three hours at a numbered table among several hundreds of other numbered tables. The smell of dust and sweat reminds you of gym classes, which isn’t the best confidence booster. Oh, and you probably have wet feet after climbing the hill to get to the stadium in the middle of December.
5. You get lost in one of McGill’s many underground passageways
And you refuse to admit it because you aren’t in your first year when it happens. You end up discovering a corner of the campus that you’ve never seen before, when your original goal was just to find a printer that is functional and still has paper in it. Such printers are a rare thing on the McGill campus. No wonder you got lost.