Sunday, September 15, 2013

Grateful Sunday

Grateful for Small Universities 

All my life, I have always attended a small school. It's what I'm used to. Therefore when it came time to apply to universities, I was hesitant. I had wanted to continue to live at home, but the schools nearby were huge. They had over 20,000 students. As someone who is not comfortable in large crowds, I struggled with the thought of having to be in class with over 100 students. I wondered how I could possibly go to school every day without having an anxiety attack.

Luckily one day, I was searching the internet for other universities and I found the one; Bishop's University. A small university with only 2200 students! The average class sizes were only 20 to 40 students! After looking at their website, I was hooked. I knew this was the right school for me. However, there was a catch; it was located 4 hours away from home! Moving to a new town was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but it was also the BEST decision I ever made!

Attending a small university has helped me reach my full potential. I am not a small fish in a big pond, but rather a big fish in a small pond! All the professors know my name; they know my medical history and are very understanding when I have to miss class due to illness. This school has helped me come out of my shell and to be more outgoing. I am now an executive member of a club ('Pet Connection': we raise funds for our local animal shelter). I also volunteer at Reading Circle and community events. There are some days where I don’t even recognize myself! It just amazes me how far I've come and how much I've grown in the last 3 years.  

Every day I am grateful that I got accepted to this amazing school because I cannot imagine where I would be without it! I am now in my last year and I can't believe I will soon have a Bachelor's degree in Health Psychology!

This experience has showed me that it's important to choose the right school for you, no matter what the circumstances. Trust me, it's worth it! 


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