Heather Barlow, 19
Political Studies and Economics
When I first visited Bishop’s University for a tour, it was mid-April and the school had just reopened after a huge flood that had made the bridge across the Massawippi River impassable. The first thing I saw was the oldest building on campus, the 168-year-old McGreer Hall, a sprawling, red-brick edifice that includes a tower as well as the administrative offices. The campus, nestled between the Massawippi and St. Francis rivers, was surrounded by lush greenery of forests, fields and the hills of the Eastern Townships.
Bishop’s reigns supreme for its unique and vibrant atmosphere and school spirit. Costumes are not just for Halloween, and can be seen at any Gaiters sporting event. Every student owns a neon snowsuit for Winterfest, where a giant snowboard rail is set up in the middle of our quad, and waterskiing in the flooded waters surrounding campus in the springtime is a thing. Finally, our school song, Raise a Toast, is without a doubt a top favourite for every student who has passed through the university.
With our reputation as a primarily undergraduate university with a real community feel, Bishop’s is the ultimate place to receive a liberal education, meet friends for life, let loose and grow into a well-rounded individual—far from the average grad churned out at the larger degree factories out there.
Bishop’s offers an array of impressive opportunities and initiatives. Centennial Theatre sits on the campus, and hosts one of the most anticipated events of the year: the Donald lecture series, which has featured speakers such as Col. Chris Hadfield, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Free the Children founder Marc Kielburger. The Bishop’s University Students’ Representative Council also owns and operates the on-campus bar, the Gait, a convenience store, Doolittle’s, and is starting up its very own radio station, Toast Radio.
Lennoxville, Que., may be small in size, but it is home to the Golden Lion Pub—just a quick walk from campus—and a decent number of cute and reasonably priced cafés and other places to eat. For outdoor activities, there are loads of walking trails around campus, and if you don’t mind a short car ride, there are beautiful spots nearby to explore: Mount Pinnacle, Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, and the charming town of North Hatley. Last, for anybody who doesn’t want to walk more than a few steps, there is nothing like a relaxing float down the Massawippi River on inflatable rafts when the weather warms up in May.
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