- Departure Date:
- May 21 2012
- Return Date:
- August 15 2012
- Local Institution:
- West Virginia University
- Local Advisor:
- Maura McLaughlin
- Foreign Institution:
- McGill University
- Foreign Advisor:
- Victoria Kaspi
- Student Status:
- Q. What country were you staying in?
- Q. What university were you attending/doing research at?
McGill University, Montreal Canada
- Q. How long were you there?
- Q. What sort of research were you doing?
worked on compiling a list of known pulsars re-detected by the PALFA
survey in preparation for the upcoming proposal. Additionally, I
timed a few newly discovered PALFA pulsars.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
The coolest thing was definitely the culture. Even though I was in
Canada (and expected most things to be similar to the US), I
experienced quite a culture shock. This is not only true because
Montreal is a large city, but because it is a mesh of English and
- Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad?
The hardest thing was not being able to speak French. While most
people you meet are bilingual, they do prefer to speak in their
native language. Ordering food from a French menu is not too
- Q. What did you do in your free time?
- Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
The coolest thing I saw were the student protests. There were
literally thousands of people protesting in various parts of city,
advocating for no tuition hikes. You could hear pots and pans
- Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
The weirdest thing I saw were naked protesters in the middle
- Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad?
Dealing with cable/electric/gas companies and landlords is quite
complicated while you’re abroad, especially without phone access.
Make sure everything is dealt with before heading out of
the country. Aside from that, keep an open mind and enjoy your
- Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
learned quite a few French phrases, which was really useful. I also
learned how to use BiXi (“public” bikes which you can rent all
through the city). They’re very convenient/addicting and I wish we
had them here in my home institution.
- Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d
Not really. I think I was able to balance getting a lot accomplished
and experiencing Montreal.