My name is Logan Sampson, and I am a third year student at CBU, enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program. I am a Student Ambassador, a member of the CBU Dance Team and Pre-Med Society, and the Vice-President of the Biology Society.
Choosing my university in my grade 12 year was not as easy as I thought it would be. For a long time I wanted to leave Cape Breton to experience the city lifestyle and go to a large university. But boy am I glad I didn’t. CBU has provided me with more opportunities than I could have ever dreamed of at a larger university. Even though CBU is a “small-town” university, it networks with so many other universities all over the world, and you don’t experience many limitations. After my first year I travelled to Ghana, Africa with a group of fellow CBU students through a group called Global Medical Brigades. Had I not been at CBU, it is highly unlikely I would ever get involved in such a trip but the comradery of my classmates was infectious and I was hooked!
Through CBU, I was also able to travel to Quebec City for a 5-week French immersion program. I was very hesitant at first because none of my friends were going; however with loving encouragement of my parents, I was able to experience living on my own for the very first time. I also tried many new things like river rafting, zip lining, and learning a new language in a foreign city. In the end, I was very happy I went and made life long friendships. With opportunities like this offered at CBU I want to encourage new students to partake in anything they are interested in even if their friends are not! The best part was, I earned 6-credits toward my degree! That experience is definitely one of the highlights of my CBU story, so far.
In my third year, I became involved with CBU’s Student Ambassadors. My responsibilities included being available for questions regarding any aspect of CBU as well as attending and hosting events. We held events throughout the year, including multiple events during Frosh Week, Frost Week, Pizza with a Peer and several coffee house fundraisers. We also attended multiple events such as University 101 and Multi University. As a Student Ambassador I was able to meet so many students, new and old. My favorite part was helping first-year students get comfortable here at their new school as well as teaching them some tricks of the trade-great study spots, helpful study hints and making known the opportunities CBU has to offer. Without the guidance of a helpful upper-class student in my first year, I would never have thought to go searching for ways to get involved.
One of the most important experiences I have gained by going to CBU is the chance to work with an incredibly intelligent research professor. If I were at a larger institution, I can say with great confidence that I would not have this opportunity, especially just being in my third year. Research is not something I ever saw myself enjoying however it has been one of my favorite things I have done here at CBU.
If I had to do my grade 12 year all over again, I would choose Cape Breton University from the get-go and save myself the stress of applying for other universities. Make it Happen.