Getting to know Bishop’s: Amanda Manning

Getting to know your #Ubishops community is a must if you wish to fully immerse yourself into the BUbble! We decided to help you out by conducting monthly interviews with staff and faculty that contribute to the school’s success. This month we had the opportunity to talk to Amanda Manning, Accessibility Coordinator for Student Services.

Favourite book of all-time?
I love to read, so usually whatever book I’m currently reading.  But I would say that Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom have left the biggest mark on me.

Favourite group or singer?
It’s ever changing.  There’s no real favourite.  I’m a Broadway nerd, I love listening to stuff from the 90’s and when I would get stressed or overwhelmed at work, I would listen to Joni Mitchell.  I grew up listening to the Beatles with my mom.  I’m feeling very nostalgic lately and currently going through a Beatles phase.

Favourite movie of all-time?
The Shawshank Redemption or The Devil Wears Prada.  Depends on the day. 

Favourite spot on campus?
The VIP Room in the Sports Plex.  I would go there in the spring/summer on lunch breaks and do yoga.   

Favourite spot off-campus?
I’ve only lived here a little over 2 years and am still discovering places.  I would say the Johnville Bog and Le Parc des Deux Rivières in East Angus are my favourite places to go with my family. 

Favourite #Ubishops moment?
I’ve made so many great connections here, I can’t pick out one moment.  But the first basketball game I went to was probably my favourite.  It was so great to see faculty, staff and students letting their hair down and supporting our athletes.  My son loved interacting with everyone and running the track.  He was both intrigued and terrified by the mascot. 

Describe #Ubishops in three words.
Unique. Dynamic. Wonderful.   

If you had to switch jobs with someone on campus, what would it be and why? 
One of the librarians.  I could be in the LLC.  There’s something so comforting about books and coffee.  And helping people find the information they need. 

If you had to join a club or student group on campus, what would it be and why? 
The ASL Club.  I have wanted to learn ASL since I was a kid. 

If you had to go back to school, which program would you pick and why? 
I think I’d come back as a General Interest student.  I’ve taken a lot of specialized courses and would love to take classes across a continuum of programs.  I love History and English.  I have never taken a Political Science course and never ventured anywhere near Business or Economics courses.  I love to look at the timetable for each coming semester and see what courses I would take if I had the time.   

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