Orientation Leader at Mount Allison University Orientation
Class of 2023
Hometown: Delta, Nigeria
It is a tight-knit community and that has its perks. The small class environment gives you the opportunity to ask questions, participate in class discussions, and have one-on-one contact with your professors rather than being obscure in a class of over 300 students. Mount Allison University is one of the few universities with an immense push for academic research, which sets a strong foundation for a career in research. Likewise, it is situated in a small, quiet town that gives you the opportunity to stay focused while also enjoying the sweet little town of Sackville.
Going for walks around Waterfowl Park which gives me the opportunity to relax, reflect, and refresh my mind.
Believe me, it would be quite overwhelming at first. However, it is a normal experience at the beginning. Getting involved on campus has allowed me to gain a lot of experience and also learn so much through the resources provided by the university. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, getting out there, and trying out new things. Always be willing to ask for help and talk to your professors, they want to help. Take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. University is one of the best experiences in one's life because this is the time most people transition into a whole new stage of life. Just hang in there no matter the pressure and challenges you face. Use this time to know more about yourself and make connections for your future. University really pushes you to your limit and tests your endurance and resilience. It is up to you to "look the challenges [and fears] in the eye and give them a wink" - Gina Carey.
Certainly, things are very different now than they used to be in my first year. I have gained so much confidence in myself. I am definitely more proactive, assertive, expressive, and open-minded about the world around me. Now I realize the importance of teamwork because indeed nobody is an island of their own as John Donne quipped. I believe the efforts you put in discovering different people, places, and challenges can shape your experience and life, as a whole. The exposure you gain at university will completely alter your mindset. You wouldn't be the same person as when you first arrived. The journey of new discoveries and self-improvement never ends.