Be you at BU: Take a chance

by Enzo Evangelisti

When I think back on my decision to come to Bishop’s, for some reason, the first thing that comes to mind is the song “Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA. As I write this, I have the song playing in the background and so many memories about my journey at Bishop’s come flooding back to me but I really want to focus on how it all started. 

I was a shy guy, still living at home in a city just two hours away from BU. I remember feeling anxious about going to university and in many ways, this made me want to stay within my comfort zone, so naturally, I was looking at universities close to home. I stumbled upon Bishop’s and fell in love before the realization that Bishop’s was in another city dawned on me. If I wanted to go to Bishop’s, I would have to move away from home for the first time, live on my own and take on an experience I didn’t think I was ready for. It seemed too big a leap. I remember thinking, what if I go and don’t like it? What if I can’t fit in? What if Bishop’s isn’t for me? But still, with all those thoughts, the campus called to me. A gut feeling kept telling me it was worth a shot. But was I ready?  

I figured I would apply and go through all the steps required and then worst-case scenario, if it felt like it was too much then I would change my mind and stay home instead. The day finally came for me to move in. My parents helped me pack my things into the car and I remember putting my seat belt on and thinking to myself that I wasn’t going to be able to do it, that I would regret my decision to go but I took a deep breath and took a chance.  

Three years later, and countless incredible opportunities experienced, I look back to my pre-BU days and I can’t believe how much I have grown as a person. Bishop’s has provided me so many great experiences that I don’t think I would have gotten had I stayed within my comfort zone. 

I think in many ways for some students at Bishop’s, they knew right away that BU was right for them and for others like me, it takes a bit more time. If you are like me and you aren’t sure if you should take the leap or you don’t know if this is the right place for you, my advice is: put on some ABBA and take a chance on Bishop’s.   

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