Graduating from University

Nathaniel Christopher
I came to Trent alone but left surrounded by countless friends.

For the last three and a half years I have been sleeping in, procrastinating like hell, evading textbooks, and frequently contradicting my superiors (ie. professors). My efforts, not all of which are mentioned here, were rewarded with a degree from Trent University!

An overhead view of the graduands for Trent University’s class of 2005.

These individuals are: Melissa Webster and Joyce Sutton. They both came into my life during my first days at Trent and have been beside me every step of the way. Melissa has opened up her heart, and home to me and always been supportive in every conceivable way. Joyce Sutton, the head of Financial Aid at Trent, restored my faith in education and gave me the motivation to get on with classes and life.

Joyce Sutton was a hero in my mind.

There is so much I could say about my university experience but feel that my interactions with Melissa Webster and Joyce Sutton defined my life here. I must also acknowledge my friends back home in faraway British Columbia. They encouraged me to apply for university, gave me the courage to come here, and never gave up faith that I would return home someday. They let me go knowing full well that I would return and in doing so always made sure there would be a place for me back home.

Receiving my “degree” from Dr. Roberta Bondar who was then Chancellor of Trent University. The paper she gave me was just a letter. We only received our actual degree certificates once we returned our outfits.
Bata Library on June 2, 2005 – a beautiful day to graduate.
I am a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, who has been blogging here for nearly 25 years. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and feelings on my own online platform. From 1998 until 2017, I worked as a journalist, and I have posted most of my articles in the 'News' section of this website.

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