It’s a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

“Are you in fourth year?” Those were the first words my now best friend said to me, in our first class together, in our first semester, of our first year at Bishop’s University. If you would have asked us on that day where we would be in September of our fourth year, I’m not sure either of us would have answered that we would be sitting together at Tim Horton’s on Queen Street (one of our now favourite hangout spots), catching up on Saturday night’s activities over bagels. But here we are. That’s what Bishop’s does to you, or rather, gives to you: a quiet coffee shop on a busy main street of a township in Eastern Quebec, with a newfound sister.

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Today, Megan shares with me a glimpse at her Bishop’s experience.

What is your favourite place on campus?

“The Quad- Because I love that it makes the campus feel connected and close. Everyone has to pass through there to get to class or wherever he or she is going. Plus the gazebo is beautiful, and in the fall, it’s so stunning.”

The English Department is known for their talented and interesting professors. Do you have a funny story about an experience with a prof?

“The first and only time I would miss a class without reason, the professor saw me in Tim Horton’s in the SUB [Student Union Building], and said, “Megan I really missed you in class this morning!” It made me feel bad for missing class, but also appreciated that he noticed and cared.”

Speaking of class, what has been your favourite elective or course outside of your program that you’ve taken?

“I took a course on introduction to painting in the spring semester of this past year. I was skeptical, but I loved it! It was such a unique experience and we spent a lot of time outside sketching and painting. It was a kind of class I had never taken before.”

Besides Bishop’s campus, what do you think you’ll miss the most when you graduate?

“The friendships I’ve made and having everyone and everything I love within a ten or fifteen minute walk. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have everything from groceries to fitness to fun be so close.”

Looking back, I’m so grateful that she spoke to me for the first time in that introductory English course. I met a friend who was born and raised on the other side of the country that I probably would have never known if it wasn’t for our mutual choice to study at this tiny piece of heaven. What I hope to share in this series of blog posts are the hidden gems within the Bishop’s community: the students, professors, alumni, faculty and support staff that make us feel at home and remind us why we love Lennoxville.

Until next time, Gaiters!

-Natalie

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