Why were you inspired to do this?
During my last year of high school I started doing research and came across Bishop’s, which is a small school in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Only a handful of students from my high school had ever gone there, the most notable was my neighbour who went on to become a star basketball player for the Bishop’s Lady Gaiters and represent Canada. The school had a very good business program and a top Rugby program. I went on a visit to the campus in the fall of 1988 and I knew it was the school for me.
What were 3 things you did to make this happen?
Getting accepted was a big challenge and following a less then impressive first year at UNBSJ my marks had fallen from high school. Through perseverance and some good luck I was accepted for winter enrollment.
The support of my parents was very important. I did earn good money as a lifeguard and working on the Coast Guard but I would need a little parental top up to cover the estimated $8 to $10k it would take a year.
Getting there was as simple as boarding the VIA train in Saint John. The train ride went overnight and arrived in Sherbrooke at 5am in the morning. I made some great friends on the train and as I arrived at my new residence at 6am I knew I had made the right choice.
How did you feel once you had accomplished this?
That fact that it was a challenge for me to get in really influenced my experience at Bishop’s. I took nothing for granted and applied myself to my studies and made many new friends. One of the proudest moments of my Bishop’s life was starting for the Bishop’s Gaiters Rugby team. I remember feeling so excited to be putting on the Bishop’s Rugby Jersey. We went on that year to win the Quebec Varsity Championship in a thrilling overtime win over McGill. The team later honoured me by naming me as Rookie of the year. There were so many other great moments that followed such as winning 2nd for debating at the Quebec Commerce Games, being elected by the students as VP Academic affairs and of course the Elks. In the spring of 1993 at my graduation I was elected as a member of the Golden Mitre Honour Society, for outstanding contributions to the University. I am very proud that I went to Bishop’s University. Some of my greatest friends come from this period in my life. So all I can say is ‘Raise a Toast to Bishop’s University’!!
Additional notes and tips:
Bishop’s is a small school with just over 2,000 students and is located about 2 hours East of Montreal. You can get more information from www.ubishops.ca