On the recommendation of a guidance counselor, Richie Bloomfield took a tour of Huron. Coming from a rural high school just outside of London, the small class sizes and inviting surroundings appealed to this Ilderton native. “I knew right away that it was the place for me. It was just a really nice atmosphere and wasn’t big and cold like many larger institutions.”
As an off-campus student during his 1st year, Bloomfield is quick to point out that not living in residence is by no means a hindrance to involvement. “Some people worry about that being a challenge, but there’s actually a large representation of off-campus students at Huron, and they’re very well connected by Off Campus Reps and Council.” This 5th year student further comments that “University is really what you make of it, so I was heavily involved and didn’t feel left out of anything.”
Throughout his time at Huron, Bloomfield maintained a variety of extracurricular commitments. These activities ranged from Huron University College Student’s Council, acting as a college Tour Guide, and taking part in the Huron History Society. Along with these pursuits outside the class is a willingness to take advantage of co-curricular opportunities. In 2010, after finding himself completely engaged in his courses, this Global Studies student took part in the Huron in Honduras Community-Based Learning Initiative.
Now pursuing courses at Ivey for that portion of his degree, Bloomfield is one of two inaugural students currently pursuing this new Dual Degree option. Thus far, the transition to Ivey has been a smooth one and Bloomfield has found the relatively small classes at this institution a welcome parallel with Huron. Clearly, having this option to obtain degrees from Huron and Ivey is a noteworthy advantage Bloomfield describes as follows. “It’s a win-win situation. You have access to every single thing a main campus student has, and on top of that you get to have small classes, you know your professors, and you are part of the amazing community at Huron. You can’t go wrong.”
“It’s that community at Huron, that extra little connection we have with each other. That makes the difference for me.”