Sydney Ford says as soon as she set foot on campus, she knew Mount Allison is where she wanted to be.
"There are so many opportunities to get involved like I was in high school," she says.
At Colonel Gray High School she was an IB student, president of a Kiwanis volunteer service club, and was involved in choir and the UPEI Chamber Singers. She took voice lessons and up to eight dance classes per week. She also acted in professional productions of Anne & Gilbert and Anne of Green Gables.
At Mount Allison she is a wing rep for her residence and a member of the Bio Advisory Committee, Healthcare Outreach, and the Biology Society. She was a featured dancer in the chorus for this year's Garnet and Gold Musical Theatre production of The Addams Family.
A biology student, Ford says one of her main reasons for choosing Mount Allison is being able to combine her love of science and art.
"I have been involved in the arts all my life, so it has been really great to have opportunities here in both areas," she says.
Being a Bell Achievement Award winner, she says, was an absolute honour.
"There are so many opportunities that come from this scholarship," she says. "It has given me a mentor and the opportunity to meet people I wouldn't have met. It's just another reason to add to many for choosing Mount Allison."
So far, though, the people she has met have been the best part of her experience.
"Everyone is so welcoming and nice," she says. "It's easy to make friends on a small campus and develop close relationships with professors that you can build on during your time here."