When CBU student, Sanjib Biswas, landed in Canada on April 29, 2022, he had no idea it was the beginning of one of the most interesting chapters of his story. “I come from a very humble background and a small family living in one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the world, Mumbai,” explains Sanjib. “When I arrived in Canada, I was ecstatic that I had achieved one of my biggest dreams. But it was only the beginning.”
While working as a mechanical engineering professional in India, Sanjib realized that one of his strongest attributes was problem solving. Having worked in a number of tremendously challenging environments, he learned that no matter what challenges he faced, with focus and clear goals, he could make it through. It was this attitude that led Sanjib to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Supply Chain Management from Cape Breton University.
Since settling in at CBU, Sanjib has become very involved on campus taking on a number of different roles throughout the University. “CBU is a great place for students to excel and unleash their strengths while improving their weaknesses,” says Sanjib. “There are numerous opportunities on the Island and I want to use my knowledge and skills to work and grow here while also helping the community grow.” Sanjib says taking on student employment within different departments has allowed him to experience CBU both from the student and employee perspective, something he greatly appreciates.
While Sanjib admits that coming to a new country and starting a new life is challenging, it is worth the hard work and adjustment period. “It’s crucial to be able to make time for yourself as you settle in,” he notes. “I find comfort in cooking new recipes when I want to take a break from all of the chaos around me. I also like to go on long drives and hikes with my friends.”
Sanjib is currently the Jobs, Housing and Information Coordinator within the CBU Students’ Union, a role aimed at helping students understand the job market, housing options, tenancy rights and other information related to their experience at CBU. With large numbers of international students starting to call Cape Breton home, Sanjib says all members of the community can show their support by making newcomers feel welcome and offering a helping hand whenever possible.
To those considering coming to CBU, Sanjib says it’s a great opportunity. “CBU definitely offers a high quality education and is equipped with facilities that cater to students needs,” he shares. “Students who graduate from CBU leave with the skills they need to reach new heights in their personal and professional growth.”