Orientation Leader at Mount Allison University Orientation
Class of 2021
Hometown: Nova Scotia, Canada
Minor: Psychology and Chemistry (Double Minor)
Mount Allison was always on the top of my list because there are a lot of passionate Mount A alum in my family, including my dad. I was searching for a small school, with a tight knit community and a good Science program. When I came on a tour in Grade 12, I immediately fell in love with the campus, the town and the general feel of the University. Coming to Mount A felt like coming home, and I’ve felt that way ever since!
Take advantage of the knowledge that upper year students have to offer! I know that it can be incredibly nerve wracking to reach out to upper year students, especially when you may already be overwhelmed trying to create connections with students in your own year, but the advice of students who were very recently in your shoes can be so, so valuable! Make connections with the members of your residence teams, ask one of your TAs about upper year courses that you may be interested in, and of course don't hesitate to reach out to anyone on the Orientation Team! Especially now when some of these important connections will be made remotely and virtually, it is incredibly important to remember that upper year students are more than willing to offer guidance and advice, and more likely than not have experienced very similar things to what you are feeling now. MtA’s small size encourages students to branch out beyond their own year and get to know students in all years. You will be surprised by how quickly upper year students who seem intimidating at the beginning can become some of your closest friends!
I've definitely become more open minded and open to new experiences! When I was in high school, I liked to stick to my comfort zone when it came to making friends, my extra-curricular activities and just generally what I liked to do. However, I have found that I’ve been able to open myself up to more and more new people and new experiences since coming to Mount Allison – even though it is such a small school, there is no shortage of clubs, societies, and other ways to get involved. I've definitely taken the time to immerse myself in the community and this has helped me create some incredible memories as well as take advantage of some amazing opportunities that my high school self probably would have never pursued.
This is definitely a tie for me between getting coffee at one of the local spots in town, or going for a walk through town or in Waterfowl Park! I guess I would say combining the best of both and getting coffee to go to talk on the walk. As a coffee lover, I feel super lucky that there are so many great places in town to get coffee, and at each place the owners are so kind and welcoming to students, and they brighten my day each time I visit. We are also super lucky to have such a pretty town to explore, and a great green space in Waterfowl! Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed or stressed, going to get some fresh air with a friend and taking a bit of a break from campus and the indoors always makes me feel better!