Victoria Rust first became aware of Mount Allison when she read that it had been ranked as the top undergraduate university in Canada by Maclean’s magazine. Despite being halfway across the country in Brandon, MB, she felt inspired.
“I knew Mount A’s consistently high rankings would attract like-minded people who would challenge me to do more than what I thought I was capable of,” says Rust.
Now, the Vincent Massey High School graduate is an award winner herself, earning the University’s Bell Scholarship, one of Mount Allison’s most prestigious entrance awards. She plans to spend her time pursuing a biology or biochemistry major with the hopes of one day following in the footsteps of her many family members who work in the healthcare field.
But before all that, there will be rugby. Rust says she was recruited soon after her arrival.
“Because Mount A is a small and close-knit school, I was only here two days before someone caught wind I was a rugby player and sent me down to the field where the women’s rugby team was having their fall training camp,” says Rust.
She adds that joining the team has been the best decision she’s made so far.
“Being part of a team instantly gave me a group of girls I knew I could depend on in those first few weeks of university, which can be so daunting. It also meant that I had the opportunity to speak with upper year students I may not have met otherwise. Playing on the team has been an invaluable experience,” says Rust.
She’s also happy to continue her other passions by joining the Choral Society, getting involved as a first year representative of the Biology Society, and volunteering for the SMILE program helping kids with special needs at the Amherst YMCA.