Closing Ceremonies

Closing Ceremonies

April Fools is no joke. Today marks the first day of my last month at Bishop’s.

A lot comes to mind when I reflect back on the past four years: great memories, new experiences and lasting friendships. Looking back at the person I was four years ago, I see a lot of change. Bishop’s has definitely been good to me.

There is still a lot to celebrate. The party isn’t over just yet. Grad Reception at the Principle’s Residence is this week; Athlete’s Banquet is April 7th; and Convocation weekend starts June 6th. But things are definitely drawing to a close and before I go I want to leave returning and future students with some advice.

1) Get Involved! I know you have heard this a million times, but it really is the best advice I can give you. Take advantage of being at a small school. Join a sports team, school club, or the SRC. Just get involved. It’s the best way to meet new people and make lasting friendships. It also shows a multifaceted background that looks great on the resume – you’ll thank me when you’re applying for jobs after graduation.

2) See Your Profs During Their Office Hours! Try to get your name recognized by your professors. Whether it is research opportunities, independent studies, reference letters or work opportunities, befriending your profs opens up a lot of doors down the road. All of which look great when applying for grad school or jobs later on. At the very least, you might meet some interesting people who can leave you with some great academic and life advice.

3) Let Loose, But Think Smart! It’s important to think about the future, but don’t forget to live in the moment. University is only four years of your life. Make the most of it. Go out and have fun, but plan accordingly. In the past four years I have seen a lot of people who have either worked too hard (and haven’t enjoyed themselves) or have partied too hard (and dropped out). It is important to establish balance early on. It will help you at Bishop’s and it will help you later in life.

To those students who are returning to Bishop’s or just starting their journey here, I wish you all the best. I hope you can take away as much from this experience as I have. To my fellow graduates, I say good luck and farewell. I hope our paths cross sometime soon.

Until we meet again, Cheers!

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