“I picked political science almost on a lark, an American friend of mine told me about the classes he was taking and it really captivated me. I fell in love with international relations, strategic studies and Canadian politics when I first came here. This stood in contrast with my twin. Although he loves politics, he fell into history and hated the more science aspects of my field. This difference set a contrast between us that hadn’t really existed before and we both were better for it.
When I came to Concordia I was really taken aback by the incredible diversity here. Coming from a multitude of classes, nationality, religion, ideology and ethnicity, we are all united by a love and passion in political science. During my time with many of these wonderful people, I’ve realised that friends and the personal bonds we make with others are vital to everything we do in life and how we manage to succeed.

I ran for VP Academics when my friends pushed me to do so because, according to them, they saw potential in me. When I look back on it now, I’ve come to understand that personal strength, the strength that makes us get up in the morning and go that boring meetings or sit and figure out paperwork like the Da Vinci Code comes from those bonds. I recently had a professor remark at how much I had matured over the past 2 years that he’s known me and although a lot of that comes from me, it also comes from all the special people in my life who have all in their own ways pushed me to do better and be the best. I really wouldn’t be the person I am without their support and love. ”

– Alex Decarie, VP Academics for the PSSA