The waters around Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay are shark infested. The currents are cold and treacherous. And while swimming in shark-infested waters is just a metaphor for most of us, there are some people who have been there, done that, and have marked it off their bucket list; BBA student Sufyan Shaikh is one of them. Sufi is an accomplished open water swimmer—the Alcatraz circumnavigation is only one of many swimming accomplishments—who was recruited by former swimming head coach Chris Stone. Having swum the English Channel and the Seven Seas besides, what lured him to Acadia?
Wolfville is perfect for me because I want to focus on swimming and study, and a university outside the urban area will help me do that. In his native India, such schools away from family are called
Gurukul, centres of specialized study located in isolated places to avoid distractions. Acadia, a residential undergraduate university in rural Annapolis Valley, reminds Sufi of that special place, conducive to study, to which one withdraws in order to become a better individual. A BBA student with a Business Technology Management major, Sufi’s achievement in swimming is directly correlated to his academic study.
For me, staying in shape, having a good diet, and going to the gym, keeps me focused. I don’t have motivation to do well in my studies if I’m eating poorly and sleeping late. The discipline in one area helps me be disciplined in the other.
About the Manning School
Founded in 1957, the Manning School at Acadia University is home to over 600 students from over 20 countries. With 23 faculty members from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, the Manning School offers small classes that encourage concentrated interaction between students and faculty. Our students have opportunities to learn outside the classroom through co-op placements, projects with local enterprises, and international exchanges. Firmly rooted in a rich institutional legacy that personifies the very essence of a liberal education, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at Acadia is challenging and flexible, allowing students to explore a broad range of interests and producing well-rounded graduates who are well-positioned to pursue varied professional opportunities. As testimony, our graduates work in leadership roles across Canada and around the globe, with many having made their Acadia BBA degree a pathway to prestigious graduate programs.