Purple Runs in the Family

As Gaiters, we all become one big, purple family. But for some students, those family ties are already there! Meet Bishop’s alumni and siblings Georgina ’17 and Alexis Lamontagne ’18, who both graduated with a BSc. Honours in Biology – Health Sciences.

A little bit about us…

We are from a town just outside of Saint-John, New Brunswick called Quispamsis and we both love all things outdoorsy— hiking, biking, and especially skiing. I visited Bishop’s during my last year of high school and fell in love with everything its beautiful campus had to offer. A year later, after having heard all about the incredible experience I was having as a Gaiter, my brother Alexis decided to join me. We were both drawn to pursue careers as health professionals, as it would allow us to combine our fascination for science with an interpersonal aspect— getting to work closely with patients every day.

Thanks to Bishop’s and its small class sizes, caring professors and motivating environment, we gained a solid foundation in science which is essential before applying to postgraduate health professional programs. Not only did our Bishop’s experience provide us with the resources to thrive academically, the tight knit and supportive community we were apart of gave us the confidence to get involved, start new initiatives and be social, all while developing some very important life skills.

Georgina’s Story

It has been three years since I graduated. I am now studying dentistry at McGill University and I continue to realize the many ways in where my undergraduate university choice has had such a positive impact in my life. Bishop’s was so much more than a place where I attended classes. The extent of opportunities available to get involved were countless. I volunteered as a Big Buddy throughout my four years, was an Orientation Week Leader in my second year and a Charity Judge, organizing fundraisers for local non-profit organizations, during Orientation Week in my third and fourth years. I was also President of the Bishop’s MEDLIFE Chapter and led
initiatives to raise awareness about medical inequity. Through this role, I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with a medical and dental outreach group in rural villages around Cusco, Peru.

I can really appreciate how getting involved in campus life was extremely beneficial in developing strong interpersonal skills that are required in the dental field in order to collaborate with a team and work within a community.

Alexis’ Story

Before I came to Bishop’s, there were a few things I knew that I liked: people, science, and skiing! It didn’t even take a full year of Georgina’s stories for me to realize that Bishop’s would be a great fit for me. Throughout my time in the BUbble (oh and how it flew!) I managed to pursue these interests by helping to run the ski and snowboard club, getting involved in cancer research through Bishops’ partnership with Université
de Sherbrooke, and by cultivating friendships and stories that will last a lifetime.

It’s funny how aptly named the Be You @BU magazine is because it is the environment of acceptance and support that enabled me to develop confidence to become the person I am today. Further, I fall back on these formative experiences regularly as I continue to develop as a medical student at Dalhousie University.

Best regards Future Gaiters!
Georgina & Alexis

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