By Joel | May 13, 2009
It is sometimes hard to realize the depth and even truth of a claim unless one experiences it firsthand. A good example is the familiar catch statement that tour guides use and that is, “Hello folks! Here in Canisius you are part of a big family that knows you by name and cares for you as a person.” Well, let me say that such a statement is not only a claim but in a fact a true and accurate description of my home and alma mater, Canisius College.
I have to say that the premier Jesuit college of Western New York has been very supportive of its students. I am grateful to this institution that has truly welcomed and embraced me, even if I am an international student. I especially could attest to this especially with my recent expedition to the Philippines.
I needed to go back home ASAP to take care of some immigration business with my mom and sister. I had to make a decision to pursue this case or not in less that a month, while school was in session. I had to also consider the status of my passport, which was about to expire and other extenuating circumstances like my financial disposition and all that fun stuff. I had to make the most inconvenient decision to go home and go for the bigger picture of becoming a US citizen one day. I emailed my professors, the Campus Ministry staff, and yes, even administrators, as soon as I came to this decision and even updated them when I was there.
Within a few days, I received a number of replies allowing me to move my exams to earlier dates and submit my papers late. They also wished me luck and promised to pray for me in this ordeal. I don’t know if you have been in an ultra sensitive scenario where your decision is pretty much going to be a life changer. I basically am fighting for my future in this situation. And it is such a relief to have professors and friends and even administrators tell you how much they support you.
I am deeply overwhelmed by the tremendous support I received from the college. Thank you so much! So if you are looking for a home atmosphere that would challenge and push your boundaries and still continue to care for you, then this is the place. I am no tour guide and I don’t know the fancy language they use. All I know is that by my experience, Canisius has been my home and my wish is that it would also be for you!