Travis Grace described attending St. F.X. as a “perfect fit.”
“It has always been, kind of, a dream of mine,” the St. Andrews, Antigonish County native said when asked why he decided to attend the local university.
Grace, who quipped his choice is pleasing to his parents’ wallets, will study in the Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics program.
“I am looking forward to meeting everyone and being part of the Xaverian experience,” he said.
Grace added he is looking forward not only to the academics, but also the many extra-curricular opportunities.
“I guess you could say ‘X’ marked the spot for me,” he said, with a laugh.
When she talked about her decision to attend St. F.X., Courtney MacDonald, like Grace, described it as a, kind of, “dream growing up.”
“It’s home,” the Brierly Brook, Antigonish County native said, adding the university has a “great campus.”
MacDonald, who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Math) program, said she is looking forward to the entire Xaverian experience, including “meeting new people.”
Here for you
Grace and MacDonald were amongst a group of soon-to-be Xaverians who gathered, Aug. 21, at Chisholm Park in downtown Antigonish for a welcome event hosted by the Antigonish-Guysborough Chapter of the St. F.X. Alumni Association.
“It gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation and let you know how excited we are that you have chosen St. F.X.,” local alumni chapter president Nicole Proctor said.
She added the local alumni, including her and the others who were on hand for the gathering, have “fond memories of our years [at St. F.X.].”
“Go to class,” Proctor said, with a laugh, in offering advice to the first-year students.
She reminded them to not only “study hard,” but also enjoy the myriad other aspects of the St. F.X. experience.
“Find a balance,” Proctor said of the academic and extra-curricular elements.
“It is not just about what happens in the classroom.”
She noted, as other alumni in the crowd nodded in agreement, the four years at St. F.X. pass by “very quickly.”
“So enjoy as much of the experience as you can,” Proctor said.
Along with local alumni, current St. F.X. students, including members of the USPORTS champion X-Women rugby team, turned out to show their support, share memories and offer advice and tips.
St. F.X. recruitment and orientation – ‘O Crew’ – representatives also provided information on what the new students can expect in their first days, including on Welcome Day, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 2.
Everyone enjoyed pizza, courtesy of The Wheel Pizza and Sub Shop, while playing St. F.X. trivia, with the winners receiving some university swag from the alumni association.