Campus Ambassador at Mount Allison University
Class of 2022
Hometown: Nova Scotia, Canada
Being on the Orientation Committee this past fall. It was so fun to be a part of new students’ first few days on campus and show them all of the best parts of being a Mount Allison student. Orientation Committee introduced me to so many great people and reminded me why I chose to come here in the first place. I also learned that you don’t just meet all of your friends in first year – I probably made more friends during orientation week in my second year than I did during my own orientation!
Go out to eat with friends! Even though it may feel like you’re constantly surrounded by your friends while at school, it can be easy to get caught up in work and other activities and forget to check in with them. I love getting out of the school environment for a bit to catch up with all my favourite people and make sure I’m prioritizing my friendships! My go-to Sackville meals are tomato soup and grilled cheese at the Black Duck Café or a chocolate peanut butter milkshake at Mel’s (yes, a milkshake counts as a meal).
Make sure you are giving yourself time to enjoy all of the university experiences that happen outside of the classroom. Especially when you’re in a small university town, it can be easy to become completely absorbed in school work and feel like you don’t have time to take a break. At the beginning of my first year, I focused only on school and it made me put a lot of pressure on myself and set expectations that were hard to reach. Since then, I’ve learned that balance is super important for mental health and that doing things that you enjoy outside of school can actually help your grades, not make them worse.
Growing up with lots of family in Sackville, I have always associated both Mount A and the town of Sackville with family – and this impression has only gotten stronger since I’ve become a student here. The university community is really supportive and students are presented with so many opportunities right from the beginning. At any given time, there are so many people around who really want to help you make the most of your university experience and prepare you for what is to come next.