For Olivia Bizimungu, Mount Allison was different than any of the other universities she was considering and it made her want something more for her education.
"I felt like a small university with small class sizes would allow me to succeed, get involved, and make a difference," she says.
She says she could also tell during the application process that the University cares about its students and about creating a relationship with them.
"I realized that I would be in good hands and the services and supports that I needed would be available," she says.
She also had her eye on Mount Allison's cognitive science program — one-of-a-kind in Atlantic Canada. Her long-term plan is to pursue research and a master's in neuroscience.
Bizimungu says receiving the Bell Scholarship made her realize her potential.
"It showed me that everything I did in high school was just the beginning," she says. "It was an honour and really encouraging to have my accomplishments recognized."
She says the Bell Scholarship not only recognizes her accomplishments to date, but also that she will continue contributing to her community while at Mount Allison. At École Saint-Anne she was highly active in her student council and created an international club. She was also part of a national organization that promotes French-language education and bilingualism — Le français pour l'avenir/French for the Future.
She is currently on the Mount Allison Students' Union (MASU) Council, along with the entertainment and student life committees, and is the residence diversity rep on her residence's House Council. She also plans to get involved with Mount Allison's multicultural association, MOSAIC.
Bizimungu is an avid photographer and short film maker and is hoping to learn how to develop her own film while at Mount Allison.