Welcome to Mounties in the Making! This blog was created as a way to provide prospective students with an authentic look into the lives of MtA students while also giving current students a creative outlet to share their experiences and advice. Our bloggers write about a variety of subjects in the hopes that each person who visits the blog can find a story that resonates with them and helps them begin their own journey of becoming a Mountie. Follow us on Instagram @mountiesinthemaking for the latest updates and exciting announcements about the blog, as well as how you can get involved!


My Plans for a Sackville Summer

by Lucy Poole

With exams and final projects finally done, it’s now time to start making plans for my second - and most likely last - Sackville Summer. Sackville is beautiful year round, but there’s definitely something...

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My Favourite Memories from Mount A

by Brianna Green

During my final weeks

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My Favourite Study Spots on Campus

by Joelle Kavanaugh

This year more than ever, I’ve had to take the initiative to seek out study spots. I find that I never get much accomplished when I stay up in my room and I know others are feeling the same way! However, I’m not a...

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Top 5 Drinks to Try in Sackville

by Brianna Green

There is nothing I enjoy more than a good beverage, whether it be hot or...

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To Do Lists

by Emma MacMillan

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Why Self-Care is Still Draining

by Chloe Patterson

While everyone, including myself, enjoys doing a bit of self-care in order to make myself feel better, it often does more harm than good. In buying candles and skincare products (neither of which are cheap if you’re...

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Tips for Reducing Environment Anxiety

by Amy Thompson

With classes being mostly online this semester, it can be challenging to spend what feels like every waking moment in your residence room, apartment, or house. Because of this, it can be hard to feel motivated to...

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A Day in the Life of a Residence Student

by Alix Corwin

I never realized how different my days are in residence than at home, until Covid forced me to finish my second semester of first year and first semester of second year at home. Studying at home and finding a good...

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Halftime Shows

by Emma MacMillan

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Winter Break - Stuck in Sackville

by Lestyn V Lobo

The time you realize that all your friends have already booked a flight...

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Why You Should Attend an Open House!

by Celina Aalders

During my grade 12 school year in 2017, I decided I wanted to attend Mount Allison’s fall Open House and let me just say, it was the best decision I have ever made in my life (no exaggeration). I attended the Open...

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My New Definition of Productivity

by Lucy Poole

Every January, we are flooded with messages of resolutions, healthy habits to start in the new year, and generally just a whole lot of (usually unsolicited) advice for how we could be doing so much...

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Quintessential Dining Experiences in Sackville!

by Maggie Pickard

Coming to university comes with so much change, so much excitement, and so many new and exciting experiences! Coming to Mount Allison and living in Sackville means that there is never going to be a shortage of...

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Bachelor Tuesdays… and Other Reasons to Live in Residence

by Alix Corwin

I was NOT an extrovert my first semester of first year. I was terrified to leave my room, I’d have an anxiety attack every time I had to walk to class alone, and you wouldn’t have caught me DEAD alone in Jennings....

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After an Undergrad

by Brianna Green

It is a huge accomplishment to get accepted to university and experience all it has to offer. At any point in time during your educational journey, you may ask yourself, what am I going to do after my bachelor's...

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How to Make a New Town Feel Like Home!

by Aashni Talati

1. Identify your favorite coffee spot: The first few days in a new town can be exceptionally exciting because you can gallivant all around the place seeking the pleasures of caffeine while...

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Expectations vs Reality

by Lestyn V Lobo

The thought of a topic for this week’s blog post left me quite bewildered as to what content I could possibly cover under this interesting topic; but, something incredibly interesting occurred last weekend which...

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Best Running Routes in Sackville

by Ava Waugh

With the new Red Phase hitting us hard and a lot of amenities like the Fitness Centre closed for the foreseeable future, students at Mount A are in desperate need of some peace. A good alternative to the gym that...

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My AVATARS Program Experience

by Nel Pedroso

In the duration of my COVID summer, I isolated three times, so six weeks’ worth of quarantine in total. Yeah, I consider myself as an isolation survivor...Having said that, when I returned on campus to isolate...

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Far Away From Home

by Nel Pedroso

So far in my life, I have only lived in small, rural towns. When I was a child, I lived on a farm; during my high school years, I lived in the Arctic and now in the lovely town of Sackville! Back in the Northwest...

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Monster Mash

by Emma MacMillan

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The Benefits of Taking a Year Off

by Lexi Delong

After I graduated high school, I decided to take a year off before starting a new adventure. I made this decision mainly because I had no idea what I actually wanted...

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Sackville from an Urban Viewpoint

by Lestyn V Lobo

Living in 

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Mental Health Matters

by Aashni Talati

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5 Surprising Items You Can’t Put into the Recycling Bin

by Anna Hardie

In the town of Sackville there are three different waste bins: Organics, Garbage, and Recyclables....

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Supporting Local

by Brianna Green

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The Tea on Box Dye

by Catie & Madeleine

PHASE 1: MOTIVATION*glitter emoji* “You have to start...

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Jennings Hacks

by Celina Aalders

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New is Always Better

by Lestyn V Lobo

How do you respond to a new environment? A new feeling? Do you feel terrified...

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Explore our Surroundings: Things to do if You're Looking to Leave Sackville

by Joelle Kavanaugh

Sometimes staying in the same place

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Residence Room Essentials

by Nel Pedroso

Residence life is one of the many...

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Online Semester Survival Guide

by Emma MacMillan

Online school is something almost everyone is adapting to as a result of COVID-19. The funny thing is that I did an entire semester of online school before the pandemic was around. In the winter of 2019, I...

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5 Song Recommendations for When You Have to Leave Home

by Olivia Nowe

One of the key elements in the transition from being a teenager to being an adult is leaving home. Growing up, I...

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Top 10 Ways to Get Outdoors & Active This School Year (Sackville and beyond)

by Nadine Robinson

It would be an understatement to say Vancouver Island, British Columbia is an...

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The Tea on Relationships

by Catie & Madeleine

Listen, we know you came to university with excitement to meet people and perhaps an underlying desire to meet “the one”. You’ve had a vision in your head of bumping into someone on the first day, locking eyes and...

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How to Make the Most of the School Year Under COVID-19 at Mt. A

by Anna Hardie

University is a place where students can have huge learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. One...

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Coast to Coast -The East Coast Perspective from a West Coaster

by Alix Corwin

“Mount Allison University? Where’s that??” 

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Checking in with Residence Students in Isolation

by Lucy Poole

A couple weeks ago, I caught up with Emma Yee, Lestyn Lobo, and Aashni Talati, three first year students who completed the isolation period in residence. Here’s what they had to say about their...

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'Twas the Night Before Move-In Day...

by Lucy Poole

Welcome to move-in day! As someone who likes to plan everything to the last tiny detail and always be in control, move-in day was both the most exciting and most terrifying day of my...

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The Year That Wasn't

by Aashni Talati

This year began like any other, with glasses clinking and people in ridiculous party hats shouting the countdown. My eighteenth birthday also went by like any other, with me complaining about...

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Why You Should Study International Relations at MtA

by Mike Cormier

When choosing a university, I was looking for a degree program that would be engaging and unique and the International Relations (IR) program is just that. Most primarily...

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Starting a Small Business in Quarantine

by Celina Aalders

I think we can all agree that quarantine was a very hard time for us all. As university students, we are social butterflies. We are used to seeing our friends every single day, so...

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Sackville's Charm

by Will Lint

Although Sackville is such a small place, many students, including myself, do not explore and experience all that Sackville has to offer. There are obviously the Sackville staples...

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How I Quit Watching Netflix & Got Productive During Quarantine

by Amy Thompson

It is now month five of the pandemic and let’s be real, some days are better than others. Even with the greatest intentions for the day, it can be easy to just stay in bed and binge...

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My Favourite Travel Memories of the Maritimes

by Linnea Bidder

When I came to Mount A, I knew I would be able to get to know the small, close-knit town of Sackville but I didn’t realize how easy it was going to be to explore the Maritimes!...

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The Sackville Self-Isolation Guide

by Lucy Poole

Happy August everyone! It’s now officially the month that many Mount A students will return to campus and to Sackville. I know I can’t wait to be reunited with friends that I haven’t seen since...

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10 Tips for Decorating Your Residence Room

by Celina Aalders

One of the most exciting aspects of my summer before going into first year was shopping and planning how I would be decorating my residence room. I saw it as an opportunity to design a fresh...

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Clubs & Societies at Mount A

by Linnea Bidder

Before coming to campus in my first year, I remember researching everything there was to know about Mount A; from what to bring to residence and virtual campus tours, to the clubs...

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My Favourite Residence Events & the Residence Experience

by Will Lint

Moving away from home can be very daunting, especially if you’re living with a group of people that you’re unfamiliar with. Although this is a rational fear for all incoming students...

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CHMA FM & The Argosy

by Mike Cormier

You would expect to do a lot of learning in the classroom at Mount Allison. The university is the reigning #1 undergraduate university in the country with world class professors and...

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The Best Part of Distributions

by EM Doucette

Some people dread distribution credits. You have to veer away from your passion to take 8 courses in subjects you may not care about. I wasn't excited. I'm a...

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A Day in the Life of Monty

by Claire Dunlop

Monty is a beloved icon at Mount A.  As the university’s mascot, Monty is responsible for attending important functions across campus throughout the year....

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What I Wish I Knew in First Year...

by Will Lint

If you’re anything like many undergrad students, you dread the question that is asked so often, “what do you want to do after school?” The first thing I wish I knew in first year was...

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My Favourite Things About the Small Town of Sackville

by Linnea Bidder

One of my favourite parts about Mount A is the small town of Sackville that it’s located in! I have come to realize over the past few years that there are so many reasons why I love...

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Welcome to the Blog!

by Amy Thompson

Hi future Mountie! We’re so happy you’re visiting our blog.  First, we’ll introduce ourselves! Our names are Amy Thompson and Lucy Poole, and we’re both MtA students heading into...

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Packing for Residence - Don't Forget These Key Items!

by Danielle Dickson

Living in residence is one of the best parts of life at Mount A! From house events to living with your friends, the residence experience will undoubtedly create many amazing memories. Packing...

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Birthday Cakes & Best Friends

by Lucy Poole

When you first start university, there’s no way of knowing how you’ll meet people & which ones will become your closest friends. For most, it’s hard to remember a single moment...

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Why You Don’t Need to be a Varsity Athlete to Play Sports at University

by Amy Thompson

The transition from playing a lot of sports in high school to not being on any varsity sports teams in University can be a bigger adjustment than you might expect. For many students (myself included) this is the...

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Why I Chose MtA + Finding My Fit

by Mike Cormier

Back when I was in high school, I had the same worries about graduating and going to university that many students do: would I fit in, should I follow where my friends are going, what should I pick as a major,...

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Six DO’S and DON’TS of Course Registration

by Celina Aalders

Course registration can definitely be kind of nerve wracking, especially when you are doing it for the very first time. Making sure you choose the right classes, trying to get a good schedule, and ensuring that...

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Getting Through an Online Semester!

by Lucy Poole

After leaving campus a little over a month ago, myself and all of my friends have had to find ways to adjust to online learning to finish our semester. Now that we’ve all finished our exams and have another year of...

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