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Hey there! My name is Christina-Jade Contrino and I’m from Montreal. I recently graduated from Bishop’s University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Management and Leadership. I first heard about Bishop’s at a school fair when I was studying at Dawson. Bishop’s was hands down the best decision I ever made from meeting some of my best friends, going on exchange or getting involved in the many extracurricular activities BU has to offer, I couldn’t have found a better fit! I am very humbled to be part of the recruitment team and to have the opportunity to meet all you future Gaiters across Canada!!
Originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, I moved to the Eastern Townships in 2012 to begin my undergraduate degree at Bishop’s. My double major in Liberal Arts and Sociology gave me the incredible opportunity to experiment with many disciplines and find my academic niche. I quickly fell in love with our tight-knit community, and it was an easy decision to stay here post-graduation. In 2017, I returned to Bishop’s as a student for my Masters of Arts in Education. Fast forward two years, and I am back on campus as a Student Recruitment & Admissions Officer. These days you can find me exploring downtown Sherbrooke, or at any one of our Region’s numerous lakes and beaches.
Get ready to have one of the coolest experiences of your life, future Gaiters! Choosing Bishop’s was the best decision I ever made, and I can’t wait to hear your Bishop’s story.
P.S. Be sure to say hi on campus!!
Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in modern languages, with a concentration in Japanese and Italian Studies. I was born and raised in Sherbrooke, QC and I first came to BU as a transfer student from another local university. I wanted to continue my study of languages and the setting I found at Bishop’s was perfect for that. Towards the later years of my degree, we were fewer than ten students in my classes. I did not know what to expect from Bishop’s before coming here, even though I had always lived fairly close. The liberal education model allowed me to learn about many different subjects, but in the end, it is about myself that I learned the most.
I’m Lyssa and while my family roots are in the Eastern Townships region, I grew up in London, ON and I graduated from BU with a double major in Political Studies and International Studies with a minor in French Language Studies. Bishop’s was perfect for me, not only on a social level, but in terms of academics as well. I learn best with a personalized teaching approach and this is exactly what Bishop’s provided. I would not change my Bishop’s experience one bit.
I am the Campus Tours and Events Coordinator but I also visit with students across the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, so watch for me at your local CEGEP. My fun fact is that I LOVE horses and Dogs! You can catch me at rodeos, races, or hiking the mountains in Quebec.
BA ’94 MCS ’05 UTC ’05
Born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario I’ve lived in three other provinces and have spent the last 20 years working in higher education for four Canadian universities including my alma mater, Bishop’s University. I completed an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in History at BU before I went on and completed a Masters in Communications Studies degree and a University Teaching Certificate, both at the University of Calgary. Although my time as a student at Bishop’s was long ago, I fondly remember being involved in a variety of things such as being a member of the varsity men’s volleyball team, a DJ for the radio station, Orientation leader, member of the history club, geography club, ski & snowboard club, and a campus tour guide. I also lived in residence – Norton 4th floor with my roommate Paul who I still keep in touch with nearly 30 years later! Today I’ve taken my residence experience to a whole new level as my wife and two children live in one of the houses located right on campus – nothing beats a five minute walk to work. There is no colour in the world better than Purple and no better place to be than in Lennoxville on the Bishop’s campus!
B.A.’14 B.Ed.’15 M.B.A.‘21
As with most of my colleagues, I am an alumnus of Bishop’s University and was lucky to have studied in the education program. When considering which university to apply to, as a Francophone, I was looking for an institution where I could live in an English speaking community and meet people from all over the world. When I visited Bishop’s, that was it, I found exactly what I was looking for. As a former school teacher I know how differentiation and experiential learning can make a big difference in someone’s education. The small classes and the passionate professors are only a few examples of what makes Bishop’s stand out from the others – its quality of education, student life, and so much more. As the Recruitment Coordinator, I have the pleasure of meeting with future students and sharing my experiences as a student, and the things that makes Bishop’s so special. I’m looking forward to meeting you!
I first stepped onto the Bishop’s campus just over four years ago, having driven from my home in Mississauga, Ontario. This past spring I graduated with a double major in Classics and Political Studies with a minor in French as a Second Language, and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything I learned and got to experience here at Bishop’s University. The engaging class lectures and discussions required us to think more deeply about issues facing our world today (and throughout history) such as climate change and social justice. As winter sports are my favourite, I joined the ski and snowboard club and have since skied, or snowboarded, all the hills within two hours of campus. From my first year in Mackinnon residence through opportunities like Model United Nations, and working on The Campus newspaper I became part of a community that encouraged me to participate, and develop great friendships. Bishop’s offers a myriad of opportunities for academic and personal growth and I encourage you to explore how becoming a Gaiter might be a great fit for you, just as it was for me!