Orientation Leader at Mount Allison University Orientation
Class of 2023
Hometown: New Brunswick, Canada
Do things that scare you! Join clubs, volunteer somewhere, go to office hours and talk to your professors, talk to new people in your classes. Because MTA is such a small university, you have so many chances to get to know your professors and to get involved, so take advantage of those opportunities! I promise you that the things you do outside of your comfort zone will be the most rewarding! You will look back years later and be thankful that you did. I would also advise you to take it all in and really try to enjoy these next four years. A lot of the time you're going to feel overwhelmed and just wanting to get your degree, feeling like it's so far away. This may sound cliché but like everyone says, it really does go by so fast and before you know it you'll be graduating. Try to make the most of it and enjoy these last few years before you have to go out in the real world!
I love going to study at coffee shops! I am always more productive when I get work done outside of my apartment, and I love that I almost always see some friends while I am there; it makes a long study session so much better. The coffee helps too :) My personal favourites are Aidas and Cranewood.
The night I met my best friend! We actually met at the end of orientation while we were leaving the First Class Bash. My friends and I decided to leave before it was done because we had classes in the morning and as we were walking home we noticed this girl, who ended up leaving at the same time as us, was crying. We asked her what was wrong and she said she was crying because she hadn't really made any friends yet, so we all exchanged numbers and social media accounts. Three years later she's my best friend at MTA. It just goes to show how you can make lasting friendships in the ways you least expect.
I was so indecisive about where I wanted to attend university all throughout high school. I had no idea what I wanted to study and I didn't know if I wanted to be far from home or not. Everything changed the day of my campus tour at MTA; I knew this was where I wanted to go. The campus has that effect on people. It just feels so homey and Sackville is a great little town for someone who wants to live away from home but might be scared about living on their own in another city for the first time. The fact that it's so small makes it a lot less scary and my favourite part is that I run into someone I know almost every time I go out. I think the town plays a big part in the feel of the university and Sackville is definitely the perfect university town.