From her first day on campus, Stacey Lee felt at home at Cape Breton University. Now, as she prepares to graduate with her Bachelor of Science Honours, she says moving on will be bitter-sweet.
After graduating from Glace Bay High School, Stacey was thrilled to be able to stay close to home throughout her undergraduate degree. She found her second-home in CBU’s Biology department, and says it has been an integral part of her university experience. “The department is so supportive and everyone is so willing to help you. I think that close-knit support system really made my program unique,” says Stacey.
When Stacey began speaking to students from other universities, that’s when she realized just how unique her program really was. “I was speaking to a grad student from another university who told me she hadn’t touched half of the equipment I was using by second year, during her entire undergrad degree!” says Stacey. “We really get these amazing experiences that people at larger institutions don’t always get.”
During her study-abroad semester in Ireland, Stacey met other science students who were shocked that she had worked two summer research grants through CBU, and says, “I really made a note not to take those opportunities for granted anymore, CBU provides so much for us that it just seemed normal!”
Stacey made the most of her four years at CBU, getting involved in countless ways. She was a member of the Biology Society, welcomed new students as a frosh leader, volunteered in the Women’s Centre and also worked for the University newspaper. She says she knows how easy it is to become a commuter student, especially if you’re living at home, but encourages future students to make an effort to get involved on campus, and says, “There are so many ways to get involved at CBU, it gives you the opportunity to get to know people and really enhances your university experience. You’ll be surprised how much you love it.”
Stacey says CBU has given her the confidence to pursue obtaining a Master’s degree and eventually a PhD so that she can continue doing what she loves most — research. And best of all, she knows she can always reach out to her CBU professors for support along the way.