When I graduated high school, I knew I wanted to study engineering.
Choosing a university was difficult—I had good offers from a few, and friends going to some of them.
In the end I chose McGill, in large part because the idea of living in Montreal was appealing.
Queen’s was the runner-up, and Kingston didn’t attract me as much, though I’m sure I would have enjoyed either.
I knew I wanted to study engineering for a couple reasons.
The first reason was that the subjects I enjoyed most were math and physics.
The second, and larger reason, was science fair.
My favourite projects followed a pattern:
1. Find a problem,
2. Use physics to come up with a solution,
3. Build and test prototypes.
Those projects were the highlights of my education.
Who builds things in the real world? Engineers.
And I wanted to build things.