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Bishop's University (Canada)

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The program is specialized, hence do not enterQuite BrightPhysics
The program is specialized, hence do not enter if you want to go in the industry, it is a school turned toward theoretical subjects (astro, particles, relativity).

You can easily take classes in other programs and even add a major/minor/honors whenever you want.
The faculty offers services to help you with the assignments (help center, office hours); use them!
Small classes (less than 10 students) and many opportunities to do some research during the summer.
Two very distinct students type, you can party every single night, or be part of one of many more serious association. BU also has a cultural life of its own with concerts, publications and exhibits. Despite the smallness of the university, you can choose between many types of social groups.

I was told their was some favoritism from teachers, yet I haven't seen it in the four department where I studied.

The cafeteria is quite awesome, don't hesitate to ask for food that isn't of the menu (like crepes each morning), if they have it around, they'll give it to you. Dorms are either super great or absolutely disgusting. I guess it depends on the team that takes care of it. It is super easy to live in Lennoxville and walk to school and Sherbrooke is a ten minutes bus ride away. Some teacher are not English speaker, but it shouldn't be a discouraging factor.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2018
Individual Value: A+, Campus Maintenance: C-
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As a BU Alumni let me just tellSociology
As a BU Alumni let me just tell you this:
1. Whatever major you choose to pursue, do yourself a favor and do a lot of research on what the job market / outlook is like for your chosen degree. Also, MAKE AN EFFORT TO SPEND WEEKS AND EVEN MONTHS WITH A SEASONED PROFESSIONAL IN YOUR DREAM FIELD BEFORE ENROLLING IN UNIVERSITY. I cannot stress this enough. Spending your days on glossy blogs and filtered Instagram accounts of the people you think you admire because of their jobs / lives is not the actual realty of things. Trust me. Get to know yourself before doing anything drastic such as taking out a $60 000 student loan.

2. If you were popular in high school you will love Bishop's. The student government is run by the "popular" kids, and by "popular" I mean students who have very wealthy parents and who mostly come from the GTA. If you are different and still choose to go to BU for whatever reason, then let me tell you this -focus on your studies (it's why you're there anyway. Surround yourself with people who share your values and interests. Don't mind the others who make you feel inferior (because they will try). Network with people in the field you wish to pursue and don't mind the bullshit on campus(because there's a lot of bullshit on campus). If you try to participate in an activity and feel left out or rejected, start your own event / charity / event / blog and be GREAT. What the cool kids don't know is that nobody really cares about them, so just let them believe they're better than you...they're not.

3. Stay away from the football players - don't ask, just trust.
4. Remember that how far you go in life depends entirely on YOU. It sounds cheesy, but it's true. Don't be afraid to pursue your own interests, start your own company, and so on. A degree is nice, but it won't complete you. It's a piece of paper that confirms that you read a lot of books that, at the end of the day, you could've purchased and studied on your own....

5. Have fun, don't get too hurt when something or someone breaks your heart. You're a kid and you'll grow and you'll survive.

Finally...wear purple, have fun, go for a jog and enjoy the scenery, enjoy your youth...The world is yours, best of luck.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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The university presents itself as a small oneBrightPsychology
The university presents itself as a small one -it is-, with an average to good education quality in liberal arts or humanities. The program I chose was Psychology and it was not as good as expected. People at BU call themselves friendly, outgoing and open minded, like everybody who don't have these qualities. While there are many nationalities around the campus and in classes, most of the students here are as -or more- exclusive as they can get. Either you party everyday of the week and let go of your education, or you just don't party and don't have any fun. Anywhere in between you'll be considered as weird, but it's not a big deal; I chose education over partying after a while. The real issue is that the professors don't know their subjects fully or are sometimes unprofessional in their approach. They are accessible, but don't expect to learn much in the psychology program except the statistics and biology-related classes if you like to explore the field of your study a little more than some people. Also, I'd like to point out that residence life isn't that good either. We had a broken door for a shower for more than a month, without any fixing. This led to having only one shower for a lot of people. There are many kids that drink every night and are loud, obnoxious. If you are a bit serious in your studies, take a quiet residence. Also, try to avoid teamwork, as BU students in my department are lazy and just like to have a good time, leaving you most of the work. BU has its bright sides though, with a really clean environment, a sports complex and an above the average cafeteria. The support for the students outside of the educational aspects is also something to look at if you're in need (personally, I didn't have to use it, but I've heard they are really competent).
1st Year Female -- Class 2019
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Education Quality: F
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