The transition from high school can often be a difficult one, especially if that includes moving far away from home for the first time.
But for former Golden Secondary School student and athletic all star Saje Gosal, the move to Prince George and the University of Northern BC has been a very successful one.
He was just awarded a CanadaWest Academic All-Canadian, an honour he shares with only 10 other UNBC students.
To be named an Academic All-Canadian, one must maintain a GPA of 3.67 or higher, as well as excel in his or her sport. Gosal pulled off this feat for the 2015/2016 academic year.
“I love UNBC. It’s a great school, rated number one in the country for primarily undergraduate schools according to Macleans, and it really lives up to that rating,” said Gosal. “The profs have been very good to me, and the atmosphere is great.”
Sports, particularly basketball, is very popular on the UNBC campus. The university see very high and enthusiastic attendance, which Gosal says can be quite rare for Canadian university sports.
As is typical in small town sports, Gosal has played with the same group of athletes most of his life. Playing on a new team for the first time can be tough, but this time that wasn’t the case.
“Neal Randhawa and myself both came from Golden onto this team at the same time, and have been able to live together and develop together which obviously helps with familiarity,” he said.
“But having new teammates is awesome too. We have guys from Greece, the United States, Australia and the Ukraine, as well as from coast to coast here in Canada. And everyone is really close.”
Success starts at home, however, and Gosal is very grateful for the experiences he had in Golden that prepared him for his future.
“I think that my time at Golden Secondary gave me the interactions and attention that I needed to flourish as a student and an athlete,” he said.
Whether it was the one-on-one time with teachers and coaches, or the encouragement from the community and the crowds cheering him on on the court, Gosal received the support he needed in Golden.
“That whole support system has certainly helped me on the way to being comfortable where I’m at here at UNBC.”