The New Class is a web series which follows a group of new students as they experience Memorial University’s St. John’s campus throughout the 2016-17 academic year.
The series offers an insider’s view into the opportunities and challenges new students face during their first year on campus, and features 10 students from across the province and around the world.
Meet Jeremy Blundon
Jeremy Blundon is 19 years old, is in his first year of the bachelor of pharmacy program and lives in student residence on the St. John’s campus. The Gazette caught up with the Bloomfield, N.L., native to get to know him a little better.
What are you enjoying most about university life?
Right now, I am enjoying the independence of university life as well as the abundance of new people I have met and became friends with. Living on my own in a city is a huge change from living at home with my parents. While it offers new challenges daily, it allows me to become more independent and self-sufficient which will benefit me greatly in the future. The people I have met, especially my friends from residence as well my pharmacy classmates, have made university life easier and more enjoyable. They help me with school work if I ever need a hand, make classes more enjoyable to go to, as well as help me unwind after a long day of classes, studying or a big test.
What do you find most challenging about university life?
The most challenging aspect of university life is balancing school with the rest of life. While school is important, so is your health, cleanliness of your living space, sleep patterns, etc. It is sometimes difficult to be able to manage all of these things and finding a balance that works for you.
How is campus life different from what you’re used to?
Campus life is extremely different from what I am used to. I come from a community called Bloomfield, N.L., which is located in Bonavista Bay. It is a rural community, so it offers me the ability to go Ski-Dooing, boating or fishing whenever I want, essentially. It is peaceful, quiet, and I know — or know someone who knows — just about everyone in town, which is a nice feeling.
I currently live in Shiwak Hall in Macpherson College. Macpherson College houses about as many people as the community of Bloomfield. I definitely enjoy the abundance of people my age living in one space, as it has enabled me to make many lifelong friends. However, St. John’s is a busy city, and the consistent sirens and general noise outside is something I am not used to. Overall, I love both places and enjoy my time spent both at home and at school.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, you can always find me at the Field House or the arena playing hockey, spending time with my friends in the common room at residence, playing guitar in my room or walking around the city with my friends.
What are you hoping to accomplish at Memorial?
At Memorial, I am hoping to become the best pharmacist and professional I can become. More than that, I hope to create a network of people that will help me in the future, gain friends that will be with me for the rest of my life, and in general, help make the world a better place in any way I can.
Watch the latest webisodes of The New Class on YouTube at MemorialUVideos.