What do you think I should do?

It’s time to give your two cents in this matter…

I got a dilemma. I pleasant one, but still a dilemma.

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“>I am uncertain what college to choose for the fall. I have been accepted to two colleges, on in Med Hat and the other in Victoria.

These are my prerequisites when I choose between the schools:

  • Has to be at least two years & with two years of study I get three years worth of open workpermit in Canada afterwards.
  • Has to have a co-op so I get the ‘foot in the door’ right away and can start working (with some luck) during and after graduation.
  • Has to have GIS and North American biology/zoology courses
  • Transfer agreement with a University so CSN agrees to pay for it.

“>So this is the program I am accepted to at Medicine Hat College
http://www.mhc.ab.ca/calendar/…technician/1234.html and this is the program at Camosun College that applied to as well
“>http://camosun.ca/learn/programs/envr/index.html

The largest differences are Camosun being 3years (funding could get stretched out and I would be able to have a part-time job after 6months) instead of 2years, both still being a diploma.
“>After 6mo I am eligible for a work permit, so it’ll be nesseccery to earn that extra $$$ to do all those activities offered out there on the Island. I am really into the outdoors, I love adventures and a water and snow based outdoors right there are all BIG bonuses for Victoria! I wont bore you with the nitty gritty details but after paying the tuition (which is rediculiously high) I have about $736/mo left for room, food, insurance, fun etc if I go to Victoria, and about $1004/mo if I go to the Hat.. (plus Medicine Hat is cheaper to live in and mercendise is normally cheaper too, plus I earn more when I do get started in a job.

I SO want to go to Victoria since I love the ocean and always dreamt of a loghouse on the westcoast.. but maybe that dream should come later…

Pros for Medicine Hat:

“>Very attentive teacher/program coordinator that made a personal schedule for me with my previous Bachelor of Science in mind.
Small class size (30people)
WHMIS, H2S, PST(Petroleum Safety Training), Ground Disturbance, TDG, ATV Safety, Standard First Aid, Pesticide Applicator (Ag/Industrial) – courses and certificates outside of the program
Graduates of the Environmental Reclamation Technician program may be eligible to register as CEPIT (Canadian Environmental Practitioner in Training).
Being in Alberta – no GST, closer to mining, oil and gas industry etc

Cons for Medicine Hat

“>Being in Alberta (no ocean not as lush nature (I miss the ocean badly when in the mountians).
Small town on the prairies.

Pros for Camosun College in Victoria, BC

“>Graduates as a Environmental Technologist – become a technologist instead of technician – A new graduate can put “Grad. Tech.” after their name on business cards and later change that designation to “AscT” after they satisfy the requirement for years of work as a technologist.
More chemistry subjects (not sure if it’s a pro or a con)
Aquatic, marine and forest focused
Two work terms instead of one.
Small boat operation course.
Vancouver Island and Victoria – lush nature, OCEAN, mountains… SO many adventures available on the island!!

Cons for Camosun College in Victoria, BC:

“>Really inattentive Student Advisers and one quite rude.
BC + 7% GST
Risk of becoming on in the pile and not an individual with the instructors.

“>This is not everyday I have the choice and I want to make the correct one…
Please give me your 2cents…
“>So what do you recommend I should do!?

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