Alexandra Baillie didn’t have to ask around too far to get a recommendation for university — her grandfather graduated from Mount Allison in 1959.
“I grew up listening to stories of ‘the good old days at Mount A’ and couldn't help but want a similar experience for my undergraduate degree,” says Baillie.
A graduate of the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, Baillie was awarded Mount Allison’s Bell Achievement Award, one of the University’s top entrance awards. She’s taking a Bachelor of Science degree with an interest in chemistry and biochemistry and could see herself pursing medicine or optometry.
Baillie is also passionate about volunteerism. Since arriving on campus, she’s been involved with Shinerama, Best Buddies, Free the Children, and Global Brigades. She has volunteered with Relay for Life, Trick or Eat, and she attended the East Coast Student Leadership Conference in November.
She keeps up her love of the sports that she pursued in high school as a member of the intramural volleyball team for Campbell Hall.
This February over Reading Week, Baillie will travel to Honduras as a member of Global Brigades on the medical/dental team. It won’t be her first experience abroad: in Grade 11 she was an exchange student in Ireland for several weeks and in the summer of 2015, she volunteered with Me to We building bathrooms in the rural Andes mountains of Ecuador.
“Volunteerism is something that is especially important to me,” says Baillie.
Baillie says she also chose Mount Allison for the opportunity to explore even more.
“Searching for my passion was part of my reason for coming to Mount A — a small school with such a wide array of options,” says Baillie.
So far she hasn’t been disappointed.
“Since arriving at Mount Allison this past September, I have met so many incredible people. I am continuously amazed by the sheer diversity, creativity, and intellect that are present on one small campus.”