University of Sherbrooke: Student life on campus

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An insider’s guide to the best place to live, campus food and more

Chynna Odjick, 25
Literary translation and translation studies

Chynna Poon Odjick (Courtesy of Chynna Poon Odjick)

Why did you choose the University of Sherbrooke?
I wanted to become an English teacher, so I applied for the Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). I liked having the opportunity to do one of my internships abroad; the opportunity seemed like an exciting experience. The location of the school was also an important factor in my decision. In Montreal, I would have had to take the bus and the metro to get to school and pay for an expensive apartment, whereas in Sherbrooke, I could easily get to school by car, and the apartments near the campuses are much cheaper than those near the Montreal campus.

Describe some of your best experiences so far.
My first week of college in 2017 was awesome. Sophomores organized races and activities for beginners, and I got to meet some great people who I now consider my best friends. There were music performances on campus and huge outdoor parties. I had my best academic experience when I took a road trip to Quebec with some of my peers at the annual SPEAQ on Campus conference.

Do you participate in extracurricular activities?
While working on my bachelor’s degree, I was part of the student council for my program. I really enjoyed the experience and realized that I’m good at managing budgets and working on big events or projects. Unfortunately, now that I’m doing a master’s and started a business, I no longer have time for student council or other extracurricular activities.

What do you think of your teachers?
I had a great experience with all my teachers. Generally speaking, they were approachable, helpful, supportive and wise. I admire how some of my teachers have the ability to make any of their subjects interesting and entertaining. They are the type of teacher I hope to become when I graduate.

What do you think of the school administration?
They have a well organized system. In 2017, I had applied to many universities across Quebec; Sherbrooke was by far the easiest to apply for. It is also very easy to register for courses. However, in my program, there are not many optional courses offered, and some of these courses fill up very quickly.

What is off-campus life like in Sherbrooke?
During the summer, I like to hike or take walks with my friends. I also like to go to the park to play volleyball or Frisbee. During the winter, we will go skating or go indoor climbing. I also like going to study in cafes with friends or sometimes alone.

PROFILE: University of Sherbrooke | Sherbrooke, Que. | Founded in 1954

If I wrote the school motto: “Work hard, play hard”
Best place to live: In a fully furnished rented house shared with other students, so the rent is cheap and a short walk from campus. This way, after school parties, you can go home without calling a cab and you can invite friends over to keep the party going.
Best place to study: Faro Roastery on North Wellington
The best events on campus: The evenings organized by each faculty which take place every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (pre-COVID)
The strangest tradition: People dress in neon colors during the first week of school
Best kitchen on campus: Sushi
Best Pizza: All the pizzas of Au Pot Au Feu
Best place for a fancy dinner: OMG Restaurant
Best gift: Scholarships
The best bar to go out: Shaker Kitchen & Mixology
Best Live Music Venue: Sherbach
Best place for a nap: Eclipse, the education student lounge, which has a few sofas. There are not many people during the day.
Best activity of the weekend: Play board games with friends
The thing that surprised me the most about school: They let you buy alcohol on campus
If I could change one thing about school: There would be more English courses offered

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