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Discovering what Bermuda College has to offer

I’ve been thinking about my future a lot recently, like where I’ll end up, or what I’ll be doing. Am I going to be successful? Am I going to be satisfied with my life? In these times of economic pandemonium these types of questions are dire. It’s not like years ago when even if you didn’t go to college you could still climb up the office hierarchy through hard work and hard-willed tenacity. It’s sink or swim out here, with the world being the great vast ocean and the only thing keeping you afloat being an inner tube called education.

Due to my ECCP work placement I was instructed to pay a visit to the Bermuda College to partake in a tour of the campus. This is not to say I’ve never been there before. More times than one I’ve ended up there seeing as how my mom work’s there. Obviously I’m not a novice to the place, but I find it funny how much of a different perspective I have of it now. Up until a few days ago I hadn’t really given the place a second glance. I always got off the bus, went to my mother’s department and then waited until she knocks off from work. I hardly gave a second thought to the Bermuda College or what takes to get a place there.

My journey began at the information desk, a room filled with women behind reception desks and quiet chatter. As I met up with Thaao Dill, my guide for the day, he greeted me with a cheery demeanour and a smile that told me he loved his job. He informed me that this was where registration for classes took place and that if you took the stairs to the right upwards it lead to the management of college department. I was aware of it being the place to pursue registration, but I’d never been upstairs before so it was interesting to know there were other areas.

Before I could even stop for a breath I was steered out of the room, outside, and to the bookstore. I’ve got to say I was pretty comfortable with the place. I’d spent a good bit of time in there, buying snacks and drinks for my mother and I, but when Thaao Dill lead me further to the back and showed me all of the books lining the shelves I was surprised. I must’ve missed it!

The bookstore is the place to go to get the various college books that’ll you’ll need. I was informed that books can range in price from $40 to $200 and while that may be expensive it’s just a part of college. Books everywhere are around those prices. “You can get the first two years of college, your bachelor’s degree, with the same level of academics and pay the same amount you’d pay for a nice vacation,” Thaao Dill said, upon my inquiry on the other things you’d have to pay for at the Bermuda College.

Up until now the bookstore had been my favourite place on campus, but as we said goodbye to the woman at the desk and travelled down a couple of hallways we came to what is now my favourite place: the cooking department. Students, focused on their tasks, greeted my eyes. Delicious smells wafted through the air and were welcomed by my nose. I could see how hands-on the work was and also that the students were enjoying what they were doing. I was even used as a taste-tester! I was given cheesecake and a sorbet made out of loquats that were out of this world to eat and my taste buds rejoiced. The students were meticulous and particular about their food. If the food wasn’t the way they wanted it they’d start again, so that it was.

The thing I really liked about this department was the fact that they grew some of their own herbs. It was nice to think that not only are they learning how to become culinary artist, but also to plant, grow and cultivate fresh ingredients. I’m sure their food benefited by this as well.

Throughout the day I was taken to many different places. Thaao Dill took me to Brock Hall, where some classes take place, the student government office, where students can voice their opinions and the student centre which was filled with students relaxing, playing pool and chatting among themselves to take a break from their academics. What I really found nice was the seniors learning centre, because it was nice to know that even though it’s a college for young adults, it still offers things to the older audience.

Then I was taken to the library, the human resource department, the academic resource centre which offers one-on-one tutoring for free to whoever needs it (I know I will!), the Corange science centre for the natural sciences and the Technical Education department for the applied sciences. Everyone I met was friendly and smiled when spoken to.

The Bermuda College is a community college enabling determined students to pursue a higher education. In order to register for classes you will need to go to the information desks and book a spot for the class you want to take. If you’re thinking about signing up this year the deadline is June 7. Tuition for your full two-year Associates Degree will start at around $4,800 (excluding books), but once again on average going to an American college would cost “at least four times as much.” If you have questions about registering or are conflicted in deciding whether Bermuda College is for you Mr Dill is always available at 239-4099 or tdill@college.bm. “We can help you find success in any course,” Thaao Dill said excitedly. “We will help you find your future.”

Photo by Thaao Dill Student Nari Williams during her tuor of the Bermuda College campus.

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Published May 02, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 01, 2013 at 3:04 pm)

Discovering what Bermuda College has to offer

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