Bishop's University (Canada)
Bishop's University - Comments and Student Experiences|
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.
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.
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