May 19, 2011
To start this blog off, I just want to say that I had a great time at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. It has one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada and I was lucky enough to be around for the convocation ceremonies where some of the brightest students in the country and from around the world were given their well-earned degrees. I had my own tour guide during my stay —fourth-year International Relations student and Boston resident Geoff Campbell.
We started off my visit at the Marjorie Young Bell Convocation Hall, which seats over 1,500 people! To say the least, it was filled to the brim with graduates, their friends and families, professors, and honorary degree recipients
Of all the amazing people I was able to meet during my stay at Mount Allison, I have to admit that I’m still extremely excited that I was able to talk to (and be photographed with, from left) Mount Allison President and Vice Chancellor Robert Campbell Canada’s Auditor General Sheila Fraser Canadian Author and Artist Douglas Coupland CBC Personality and Mental Health and Literacy Advocate Shelagh Rogers Canadian Photographer Edward Burtynsky New Brunswick Soprano and Canadian Opera Star Wendy Nielsen Mount Allison University Chancellor and CBC News Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge.
Of course visiting a university campus isn’t just about meeting the big names of today! If there’s one thing that this tour has taught me, it’s that Canadian campuses are filled with the great minds and leaders of tomorrow, so near the end of the my first day at Mount Allison, Geoff brought me to the students’ reception at the Wallace McCain Student Centre. It was a great opportunity to meet some of Mount Allison’s top graduates, and get some great shots with my new friends.
I decided to stop by one of Mount Allison’s computer labs (a completely wireless campus too!) to check up on media coverage of my tour. Admittedly I’m glad that so many people are interested in following my adventures, but what’s better than that is the opportunity I’m being given to showcase just how amazing Canada’s universities, like Mount Allison, are!
To end off my visit, I was invited to sit in on one of Mount Allison’s small classes. They were discussing bears in the Canadian psyche in Dr. Rosemary Polegato’s Consumer Behaviour class and they asked me to speak to them about my experience being AUCC’s mascot.
Everybody at Mount Allison did their best to make my trip memorable. Mount Allison University really is a one of a kind immersive learning community.
Take a look at the full photo essay of my trip to Mount Allison!