Campus Ambassador at Mount Allison University
Class of 2021
Hometown: Vlorë, Albania
Major: Bachelor of Music, Major in Economics
I grew up in Albania and I always wanted to study abroad. Mount A offered me the opportunity to mix and match my interests from many different departments and I have ended up pursuing a Bachelor of Music and a major in Economics. I believe a liberal arts background is an asset in today’s diverse world. I knew that only at Mount A would I be able to pursue my passion for music and build a personality that is fully developed in all aspects.
Last year I was one of the recipients of the Bragg Women Music Opportunities Fund from the Mount Allison, Department of Music. This award gave me the opportunity to attend the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute 2019 in Vancouver, BC. The institute consisted of a variety of activities including coachings and masterclasses with the concertmaster of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Wright. After ten intensive days of rehearsals, the student ensemble performed an ambitious all-Russian program at UBC’s Chan Centre, under the baton of internationally acclaimed music director, Maestro Otto Tausk. Sharing the stage with outstanding young musicians from all around the world was truly an amazing and unforgettable musical experience. I am incredibly grateful to the Bragg family and Mount Allison for their financial support in my musical journey. I will always remember the lessons I learned, value the skills I gained and embrace the challenges I overcame to get to the final concert.
Starting an undergraduate degree may seem intimidating, but it is also one of the most exciting and unique experiences of your lifetime. Try to find a balance between your studies, extra-curricular activities, and your personal life. At Mount A you will always find an immense academic and mental support and I can guarantee that you will never feel alone.
Being an international student in Canada has completely changed my life. Mount Allison has shaped my perspectives in so many ways. I am confident enough to say that Mount A has helped me find my own voice and identity. Through a part-time internship from the Mount Allison Experiential Learning Office, I have also expanded my understanding at a deeper level about the real world. I have become more independent, positive, and open minded to new experiences and challenges.