How are BMHS students making decisions about post-secondary schools?

As we approach the end of the school year, the grade 12 students are faced with the decision of what to do once they have graduated. The majority plan on attending university or college, while some have decided to take a year off before attending a post-secondary school or working full time as soon as they graduate. I interviewed three BMHS students to get their perspective and philosophy on life after high school and how they chose their universities.

Quentin Macmillan is a grade 12 student at Bernice MacNaughton who has decided to attend St. Francis Xavier in the fall.

What university will you be attending in the fall? / What influenced your decision to attend this school?

I’ll be attending StFX this fall, I was originally going to attend UNB but I didn’t pass one of the required courses to get into my program of choice. I also have a lot of friends attending StFX so that influenced my decision, too.

What attracted you to this school in particular?

Very nice campus with small class sizes, very clean and well kept as well as a great history.

What will you being studying and why?

Business, because I am interested in this field and learning about the economy and how money circulates.

What you looking forward to or nervous about university?

Definitely enthusiastic and looking forward to being on my own, but the responsibility will be greater too and I’m a little worried I won’t always go to class.

 

Matt Gagne is also a grade 12 student. He’ll be attending Carleton university in Ottawa next year.

What university will you be attending in the fall? / What influenced your decision to attend this school?

Carelton University in Ottawa, Ontario. I chose the school based on the program, since I’ll be taking Political Science. I felt like Ottawa would be the perfect fit.

What attracted you to this school in particular?

It’s being in a new city, the campus being nice and the Senators being my favourite hockey team.

When/How did you officially decide?

I decided when I sort of got over the fear and nerves of living far away.

What you looking forward to or nervous about university?

Looking forward to living on my own, the experience and growing as a person.

 

Liam Buchanan is a grade 11 student who has not decided what to do after graduation. Here were his thoughts on university.

Do you have an idea of where you’ll  be going?

Possibly StFX, UNB, Acadia or Ontario schools.  

Do you know what you’ll be studying? /  Why are you interested in these programs?

Business or humanities, anything other than sciences.

What reasons would you want to go farther, or to stay closer to home?

I’d like to stay close to be near family and friends, but potentially go far because I’d experience something different and step out of my social circle.

Why are you interested in these programs?

Both my parents took business, and sociology and psychology have always interested me in school so far.

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