Seven Days Afloat

Ian Reid '61
Enjoy Ian’s account of the trip to NJC as originally published in the 1960/1961 Yearbook.
We boarded the R.M.S Ivernia on September 2nd and found ourselves face to face with what seemed like utter confusion. The disorder began with the Customs and the luggage and was soon followed by an endless series of new faces and was completed by a practice boat drill. Soon, however, we became acclimatized to our new surroundings. We settled into our cabins and began to be organized.  The stewards were very helpful, and Mr. Wilde was willing to help us out at any time.

Perhaps the most confusing - but enjoyable - part was meeting and trying to remember all the people of the College. With eighty new faces, we all had a wonderful time calling each other by the wrong names.  In addition, we were trying to learn as much as possible about European ways and, in particular about Neuchâtel, from Mr. Wilde. Yet, with so much to learn, we seemed to have enough time to sleep, play games, see movies or write letters.  

Life aboard the ship was very pleasant. With so much happening in the evenings, it was difficult to know what to do.  Every night there was a mammoth bingo game, dancing, cards and many other activities.  Many prizes were awarded and the Junior College had its fair share.  Abby MacInnis and Bly Ritchie won champagne as penguins in the masquerade, while Wendy Kaye won a dancing prize.  In the bingo, too, Bly won enough to keep her playing the rest of the trip.  Also, in the concert, we were successful.  Mr. Attridge sang a solo while Cheery Bower played the piano.  In addition, we had the companionship and the gay spirits of the boys of the Rhodes Tour for the rip. 

We will, I think, all have lasting memories of the boat trip.  Who can forget the excitement and the fun of the Ivernia? Nevertheless, it will be the people that we remember the longest, people like Scotty the steward, the Rhodes boys, the strangers who became friends from the College, and the courteous Cunard people.  These we will remember long after the rest has faced or has been forgotten. 
Neuchâtel Junior College offers the unique opportunity to study Canadian curriculum abroad. While living in Switzerland in a French community, students enjoy an international education through travel and experiential learning in Europe. Gap year and Grade 12  high school students gain international experience and develop independence and life skills that prepare them for university and the global workplace.

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