Jessica V.

Team Member at Mount Allison University

Class of 2020

Hometown: Nova Scotia, Canada

Major: Biology

Minor: Biochemistry and Chemistry

How have I changed since coming to Mount A...

I am a different person than when I first started Mount A. In the first year I was really shy, and it took me a while to transition to life in Sackville. But when I forced myself to get out of my comfort zone and let my walls down, it was like night and day. By making myself get more involved I met so many new people and found clubs and societies I was really passionate about. Now in my fourth year, I am involved in so much and love living in Sackville, and it is hard to remember my times in first year when I was struggling with transitioning.

I chose Mount A because...

Academics have always been really important to me, and I knew I wanted to do my undergrad at a University where I would have lots of opportunities to further my education. Because of the small class sizes here at Mount A, I have been able to form class relationships with my professors and instructors really early on in my undergrad, and you are seen as more than just a number. This has allowed me to take part in various research projects and laboratory work outside of the classroom, as well as start working as a Teaching Assitant by my second year of undergrad. Getting this opportunity so early on in your education is so beneficial to your future, and you just can't get those experiences at a large school.

Advice I would give to incoming students...

It's okay if you feel scared or lonely when you first get to university, that is the normal experience and even if you feel like you're the only one you are not! Everyone feels that way at the beginning! University is a transition and it is a-okay if it takes you a while to feel settled in and comfortable. The best advice I could give is to step out of your comfort zone, as scary as it is, and go out and join a club or go out to an event even if it's just you. I met some of my closest friends here at Mount A by joining clubs, and its a great way to get involved and help you feel more at ease on campus.

Favourite Mount A memory (so far)...

Going away for dance competitions with Mount A's dance team! We would all stay at someone's house for the weekend, and just hang out and have so much fun!

I'm passionate about...

Coffee Dogs women in science STEM Medicine

I'm involved with...

University Senate Wellness Centre Teaching Assistant Dance Society Biology Society MASU Orientation Committee women in science Best Buddies
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