Orientation Leader at Mount Allison University Orientation
Class of 2024
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
I wanted an experience that felt personalized and genuine. At much larger institutions, massive class sizes make the professor-student relationship harder to keep up, and socializing becomes more difficult; when there are hundreds of students in your class, it's unlikely that you will keep track of more than a few. At Mount Allison, it's much more feasible that you will truly get to know your professors (especially in later years), and it's easy to connect with your colleagues outside of the classroom. The connectedness of campus life has made my experience all the more welcoming and enjoyable.
Living away from my family has made me very self-sufficient, and more aware of things I have to keep track of myself, such as the way I eat, my mental health, and my responsibilities. It has all made me more confident in myself and my capabilities.
De-stress and relax at Waterfowl Park! There are so many pretty faunae to spot, and absolutely gorgeous views from the boardwalks—especially in winter, when the town is blanketed under so much snow. The park is a much-needed getaway spot from my studies, and I would highly recommend you use it to clear your mind if you start to feel overwhelmed!
Take opportunities when they come, and don't hesitate to get assistance when you need it. Throughout your time here, opportunities for growth will present themselves to you, such as jobs, volunteer work, research, teaching assisting, and more! You want to bolster your qualifications over the next 4+ years, so that when you leave the undergraduate level, you are prepared for what you decide on next. If this seems like a daunting goal to set for yourself, don't worry! You're surrounded by readily available help, whether that be in the form of the Meighen Centre, academic advisors, your professors and their office hours, or your friends!