I was and always will be a Pax loving, salsa eating, West Bank living, and Great Hall studying Champlainer
Amber Vance '10
Before school even starts, many eager students will head to their university bookstore and purchase a school sweater. They will wear it as a badge of honour for the rest of their lives to represent their alma mater. As a student at Trent University you become a part of many different communities, and for me that was one of the most unique parts of my undergraduate experience.
Above: Pig Bowl weekend group shot. Amber is the girl on Matt Harris's shoulders. (2014)
I was and always will be a Pax loving, salsa eating, West Bank living, and Great Hall studying Champlainer. That is why my badge of honour is my red and blue striped Champlain scarf. Whenever I meet someone who studied at Trent, my first question is always “what college were you?” Then we usually engage in some playful debate about why one college or bank is better than the other.
When I received my scarf it was a symbol of my engagement and participation in ISW. That was during my first week of belonging to Champlain College, and creating my new ‘Chamily’. ISW holds some of my greatest memories, it is the place where I met so many important people who made an impact on my life. These are the same people that I still turn to four years after leaving Trent.
I was on Champlain Cabinet the year “Earn Your Stripes” became a tradition, and I still remember the beaming smiles of pride on student’s faces as they received their symbolic Champlain Scarf. You can’t buy the memories or experiences of University or College in a sweater you get at the bookstore, but you can Earn Your Stripes and carry that with you the rest of your life. I know I do.
Left: (L to R) Drew Hampel, Sheldon Kennedy (Athlete in Residence 2013), Amber Vance.