When Bailey Amadio graduated from high school, she was certain she wanted to get a degree. An educational partnership between Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and CBU allowed Bailey to study for two years at NSCC followed by another two at CBU. After experiencing the best of both worlds, Bailey is about to graduate with her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting.
Throughout the course of her program, Bailey has felt confident in her decision to experience student life both as a college and university student. She says the knowledge she gained from her instructors at both institutions confirmed that she had made the right decision for her educational journey.
During her time at CBU, Bailey made life-long friendships and says the people she was surrounded with were the highlight of her experience. “All of my instructors, especially Derrick Hayes and Kaitlyn Mesics, provided such a level of care for their students and really wanted you to succeed,” she says. “I’m so grateful to have learned so much from them.” Bailey says she is also thankful to have met friends who helped her get to this stage in her journey, and made incredible memories along the way.
For Bailey, time at CBU has prepared her for countless aspects of her future and she says she feels like a completely different person from who she was when she arrived on campus. “I urge those locals who are contemplating moving away for school to stay and give it a go at CBU instead,” says Bailey. “I had a terrific time here and I believe that living near my loved ones helped me get through my time at university.”
Originally from Port Morien, a community just over 20 kilometres from CBU, Bailey says her family and friends have been her biggest support system throughout her studies. “I’m very lucky to be surrounded by people who encourage and support the importance of getting this degree,” she says. “I truly wouldn’t have been able to do this without them.”
After graduation, Bailey looks forward to enjoying the summer while looking for work. She plans to take the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program in the near future, continuing on with her studies. Bailey says she feels fortunate to be graduating along with such talented individuals and wishes everyone the best in their future endeavours. “Achieving this degree wasn’t simple, it required a lot of time and patience, but the payoff is worth it,” she adds.
Congratulations to Bailey and the entire Spring 2023 graduating class!