I have been working at University of Toronto full-time (More than 10 years)
Immense freedom, as a faculty member, to explore many aspects of society. A wonderful privilege to teach the next generation.
Very complicated at times; too many smart people make too-complex systems and occasionally lose site of the important thing - the people - the students.
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at University of Toronto.
Once admitted to a graduate program, you will be assigned an advisor (if not already previously arranged) or you will meet with the department administrator. Based on your previous studies or current research interests, you will typically be assigned, rather than be asked to choose, a professor to work with. There's no negotiating this. Because of this, it's not uncommon for scheduling conflicts to arise between the undergraduate class you're assigned and your own graduate school courses.
In some cases, professors will ask to meet you ahead of the class starting to judge the fit, but the likelihood of swapping assignments is slim. Show confidence so you're not taken advantage of by unreasonable work expectations, but do ask as many questions as needed to clarify the professor's expectations and avoid surprises later.
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