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Venna P.

Campus Ambassador at Mount Allison University

Class of 2021

Hometown: Nova Scotia, Canada

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: Psychology


Advice I would give to incoming students...

Be open to new experiences and try to take everything in stride! Mount Allison has an abundance of new opportunities for you to access – whether its clubs & societies, residence life or academics, there are a ton of ways to get involved and get to know people. There is something for everyone. In terms of taking everything in stride, university is an overwhelming experience at times (for everyone – you are not alone in that!!!). The thing that helped me most in first year was noting that a bad day was just that – one day. Bad grades happen at times and there will be days where you feel overwhelmed. It is super important to remember that your current situation is not your final destination. One bad grade is NOT what will determine your final grade in a class. Take it as it is and move forward. It will only go up from there!

Favourite Mount A memory (so far)...

Would have to be in second year. It was the day after our house party, Cancun Campbell, which had taken so much energy & work and had come to an end. It was a Saturday afternoon and we had rented out the pool in the AC for an hour and invited the entire house. A huge group of us walked over and just splashed around in the pool for an hour, forgetting about our school work or responsibilities and just played like we were kids again. We played water polo and everyone got involved and we had popsicles after as we walked back to residence, laughing about our game and who the winner was. I felt so at home in that moment and it just warmed my heart to see our house so comfortable with each other.

My favourite thing to do in Sackville is...

Head to Cranewood with a friend for an afternoon study session. I LOVE their lattes, scones & BLTs!! It is a great way to switch up my usual routine of going to the lib AND in the summer & early fall they have tables outside under the trees. It’s a beautiful spot to sit outdoors and work.

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

I would say that I am much more comfortable in my own skin now and I know what I want to get out of my time here. It took me a while to understand that I can’t do everything and that it’s ok to say no to people. Now that I have, I feel much happier. I have more time to take care of myself and enjoy that things that I like to do outside of my academics. I know that I will leave here with way more than a degree.

I'm passionate about...

Walking Going to Cafes Skating Crosswords

I'm involved with...

MASU Residence President Right to Play Model UN Healthcare Outreach SMILE Best Buddies KAMP
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