The BU Double Double: Student & Employee

The BU Double Double: Student & Employee

Pictured: Melissa, during one of her favourite BU experiences: football games!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m quite the coffee and tea addict. I met my next Bishop’s character during my many, many trips to Tim Horton’s on campus. She is always a smiling face waiting to take my order, always asking me about my day, and we’ve come to be great friends. This got me thinking, what’s it like to have a job on campus? This week’s interview is with Melissa Cavanagh, a student and coffee-connoisseur at Timmie’s:

As always, I want our readers to get a feel for who you are, and why you love Bishop’s. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I’m a fourth year Bishop’s student from Montreal, Quebec. I studied psychology at Dawson College, which lead me to want to pursue a psychology major here at Bishops. I intend on graduating in May 2016. I really enjoy going to see the football games and working them when I have the opportunity to do so. Our school has so much school spirit that just being at any sport event in general is a good time. 

Aside from football games and sporting events, can you describe some of your your favourite Bishop’s memories?

My favourite Bishop’s memory would have to be experiencing the two floods since living here. Growing up in Montreal, I had never seen anything like it in my life; it was a whole new world. It was so much fun being able to go around and explore with my friends. So many students were all out in their rain gear playing in water. Some were even water-skiing… or driving jeeps around….

I explained that I met you during one of my coffee runs. Can you describe your on-campus job, and what attracted you to want to work here?

On campus, I work at Tim Horton’s. I started working here in my first year, which was almost four years ago now. I thought it would be a good way of getting some spending money. I liked that it was on campus so I would be able to get to my classes easily before or after work. It’s also really close to my house, which is ideal.

I’m sure you are very busy, as are most university students. Can you describe a typical day in your life?

Everyday is basically the same for me; I go to class in the morning, then I work at Tim’s, followed by some more classes. Once all the important stuff is done, I try to go to the gym. I usually end my day by trying to get some work done at home while watching Netflix and playing Xbox with my boyfriend and roommate. It’s busy, but it’s not too painful!

What is it like to balance working while in school?

Sometimes it can be a bit tricky. I’m pretty bad for procrastinating and when I do, I always end up paying for it. Though, if I’m able to manage my time appropriately, everything is usually able to be finished at a reasonable time. I’m lucky in a lot of ways because where I work accommodates my school schedule and my schoolwork. They’re always willing to give me plenty of time to study for exams and work on essays and such.

Every day you interact with Bishop’s students, faculty and staff at work. Can you tell us a funny story that you’ve experienced while working?

Something that is just funny about work in general is how few people actually realize who I am in my “real” clothes. It’s happened so many times, that while I’m working, I try to speak to someone about a class that I know we have together, and they don’t even realize I’m a student, let alone in their class. It happens the other way around as well, I’ll often talk to people around campus when I’m not dressed in my uniform and they know that they know me from somewhere but have no idea how. Apparently the visor has a huge effect.

Finally, I’m sure there are many students who hope to work while they attend Bishop’s. What advice would you give to student who hope to work while in school?

I would highly recommend working while going to school because it gives me the opportunity to not be solely reliant on the money I make during the summer. I know this is the case for a lot of students and it must be hard. I find working on campus especially fun because you get to meet a lot of different people, that you wouldn’t have necessarily noticed in your classes alone. I’ve also become friends with many of the people that I work with, they’re all awesome.

I love how Melissa encompasses the Bishop’s student: being able to balance work, school and play. Her experience working at Tim Horton’s on campus truly shows how accommodating the Bishop’s community is, allowing her to focus on her Psychology degree while also making some spending money on the side. She definitely proves that at BU, you’re able to have it all: great classes, an accommodating and enjoyable job, and a social life.

Until next time,


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