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A message from the International Orientation (IO) Chair: Marissa Trott

Marissa TrottMarissa Trott
Year: 3rd 
Home Country: Bermuda
Program: Dramatic Arts & Sociology

Hey Mounties! My name is Marissa Trott, born and raised on the beautiful island of Bermuda, and I am your International Orientation Chair this year! Coming to Canada was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I can’t wait to be a part of making your transition to Canada and Mount Allison one you will never forget!

I know that moving to a new country can bring about some nerves and anxiety, but I promise - when you’re here all the nerves and jitters will go away! We have such a great IO team, made up of students from all around the world, who are ready to welcome you to Mount Allison and the Sackville community. 

I strongly encourage all new international students, whether you're coming from just across the border or from halfway around the world, to sign up for International Orientation! IO provides a great environment for students from different countries to meet each other, and I guarantee you will build friendships that last a lifetime! Mount Allison and Sackville might be small, but we have big hearts, bigger smiles, and a place for everybody in our community in the marshes. I am looking forward to meeting all of you in August! 

International Orientation (IO) Facilitators 

Carly PullinCarly Pullin
Year: 4th
Home Country: Canada
Program: International Relations

Hello and welcome to your new favourite place! My name is Carly, I’m from British Columbia (Western Canada), I’m in my 4th year of studying International Relations, and like most of you I have a small travel obsession. I did my first yearlong international exchange in Cúcuta, Colombia, and my second this past year in Strasbourg, France. I love languages and can speak Spanish, French, and ein bisschen Deutsch, so feel free to come say hi and teach me some words in your native language! My advice to you is to make the most of the time you have here at Mount Allison. It really does fly by, so try new things, don’t say no (within reason), get to know people different from you, and sign up for as many clubs and outings as you can! You will have low days of course, but don’t dwell on them too much, because in the end it’s the good memories that will really stand out. I can’t wait to meet you all! 

Aisha MatiasAisha Matías
Year: 2nd
Home Country: Mexico
Program: International Relations

Hello everyone! Welcome to Mount A! My name is Aisha and I'm from Mexico. I hope you are extremely excited for IO because I am!! It’s also okay if you’re nervous or scared to come study in a different country, because I am sure that it will go away quickly after IO week begins! You’ll start to meet people from the first day that you arrive! IO provides a great opportunity for you to get to know campus and get settled into life in Sackville long before classes start! IO week is one of the best experiences I’ve had at MtA and that is why I am so excited to meet you during this time and help you with any questions or concerns you may have!


Sam SmedleySam Smedley
Year: 3rd
Home Country: USA & Canada
Program: Geography & Sociology

Hello everyone! My name is Sam and I’m so happy to welcome you to Mount Allison and Sackville. International Orientation is a great chance for you to get to know other international students in a calmer, more relaxed environment than University Orientation, which can get pretty busy. I would definitely recommend that all international students coming to Mount Allison join IO. It’s an excellent chance to get to know Sackville and to make new friends. Sackville may seem small, but there is always something to do here! There are plenty of events happening, clubs and sports to get involved in, and of course there are always classes to go to and work to get done. It is a really great place, and I hope you come to love Mount Allison as much as I do. See you soon!


Rija AliRija Ali
Year: 2nd
Home Country: Pakistan
Program: Computer Science

Hello guys! Welcome to Mount Allison and Sackville! My name is Rija Ali and I am from Karachi, Pakistan. I am majoring in Computer Science and my minor is Mathematics. I love travelling and aspire to travel the world someday! This is my first year as a facilitator for the Mount Allison International Orientation and I am really looking forward to seeing you all. The International Orientation is an ideal opportunity to make new friends and a perfect head start to your life at Mount Allison. I hope to meet you all and make this experience worthwhile along with my fellow facilitators!




SakurakoSakurako Goto
Year: 4th
Home Country: Japan
Program: International Relations, Spanish, & History

Hi everyone! Welcome to MtA! My name is Saku and I am from Japan. This is my second year being an IO Facilitator and my final year at MtA. I have been to many countries and have met many people from all around the world, but spending such a wonderful time with MtA international students has been one of the best memories in my life! I have met so many people here at MtA from different backgrounds and have learned about different cultures, which has made me a more open-minded person. Starting a new life in new place and making friends with new people at first might seem hard, but you must try to be open and please do not hesitate to ask any questions you have! We, the IO facilitators, are here for you, and we love meeting people from all over the world! See you in August :)

Keith NicholsonKeith Nicholson
Year: 4th
Home Country: USA
Program: International Relations & French

Hello Mounties! I'd like to be one of the first to welcome you to Sackville and to Canada! My name is Keith and I'm originally from Florida in the USA. I'm so excited to show you around  our quaint little town and to introduce you to all the wonderful things Mount Allison has to offer. International Orientation was, for me, one of my favourite memories during my time at university. My job is to help you have a similar experience - so don't hesitate if you have any questions or concerns; we're here for you! Take it from the Floridian, don't be scared of the snow or the cold - the warmth of the community you'll be immersed in will help balance it out. Sackville may be small, but it has pretty much everything if you know where to look (and we do, don't worry). So be prepared to have some fun, make lots of friends, and have unforgettable experiences! Safe travels, and I'll see you in August!

Aminah SimmonsAminah Simmons
Year: 3rd 
Home Country: Bermuda
Program: Religious Studies & Women's and Gender Studies

What’s up everyone, welcome to the Mountie family! I’m Aminah and I am so excited to be on the IO team this year! I loved my experience with IO in my first year as I made many meaningful friendships that I still cherish today; as I am sure you will too. My favorite things to do are karate, learn new songs on my violin, talk, listen to music, eat, and meet new people. Moving away from home can sometimes be difficult, hence participating in IO is a great way of beginning to immerse yourself into tiny old Sackville culture. My only advice for you right now is to be ready to have one of the best experiences ever! If you have any questions feel free to send me a message or pull me aside once you get here! I look forward to meeting you in August! Safe travels!!

Minaho AeMinaho Ae
Year: 3rd
Home Country: Japan
Program: International Relations, Sociology, & Hispanic Studies

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Mount Allison! I am very excited to meet all of you in International Orientation! A fun fact about myself is that I fell in love with Latin American culture after coming to Canada. I started taking Spanish classes at Mount Allison and have since traveled to three Latin American countries: Honduras, Peru, and Mexico. So what I want to say to you is that you never know what you’ll encounter in this new adventure, so just be open-minded to learn about new things! IO is definitely going to be a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know other 1st-year international students and to build a connection with upper-year students as well! Please don’t hesitate to ask us about anything on your mind! I can’t wait to meet you all in August!!!

Francisco SanchezFrancisco Sanchez
Year: 3rd
Home Country: Venezuela
Program: Commerce

Welcome Mounties to your new home in Canada! I am from a very warm country in Latin America called Venezuela. I enjoy travelling and trying different food!! Before coming to Mount A I was a little nervous because I did not know anyone. During my Orientation week I realized how easy it is to meet new people, and some of the people I meet in my IO are my closest friends today! As soon as you arrive in Sackville you will notice the warm and charming community this place has to offer. Apart from being a member of the IO facilitator team, if you see me walking around campus I am very approachable – you can ask me anything! Can’t wait to meet and get to know everyone! See you soon Mounties. Travel safe!

Tamlyn MafikaTamlyn Mafika
Year: 2nd
Home Country: Zimbabwe & Canada
Program: Aviation & Physics

Hey guys, my name is Tamlyn Mafika. I am a second year aviation student minoring in physics and I am so excited to be one of your facilitators for orientation. I come from Saskatchewan, Canada which is all the way to the west of this big country, but I was born in Zimbabwe. I love to meet new people and I am so excited to get to know all of you in just a few months. Orientation will be some of your best memories here, as you will meet so many lovely people. A tip I can give is to try everything and step out of your comfort zone, you’ll be surprised at how much stuff you can do. I am so excited to meet you all in August!

Rohil BasapaRohil Basapa
Year: 2nd
Home Country: India
Program: Biology

Hey everyone, I’m so excited and looking forward to meet everyone during IO. I made all my closest friends during IO and I don’t know how many times I’m going to say it, but IO was and still is one of the best things Mount Allison has to offer (seriously). Coming to Canada may change your life, but coming to Sackville for sure will. The small town can be a little mundane which can drive you crazy, and the weather; Oh! don’t get me started on that. However, by making the right friends and slapping a smile on your face, Sackville has a way of quickly becoming your home. With such an amazing team of facilitators, and with the help of Marissa (the IO Chair) and Christa (the International Student Advisor), your IO week is going to be mind-blowing! 

TingtingTingting Lin
Year: 4th
Home Country: China
Program: Chemistry & Economics

Welcome Mounties! My name is Tingting and I’m from the extremely large and multi-cultural country, China. I’m a big fan of traveling and making friends all over the world. Can’t wait to meet you guys during IO week! I’ve been to England for exchange, went skydiving in Switzerland, volunteered as a teacher in Bali, and have visited a lot of other places like Australia, Bermuda and New Zealand for sightseeing! Share any thoughts on travelling with me! Some of you might be nervous about studying in a different country and also starting your first year of university, but don’t worry, we are all here to help you out! Sackville is a small community that gathers people together like a family. I’m one hundred percent sure you will like it and become comfortable in this new environment very quickly!


TomokazuTomokazu Kato
Year: 2nd 
Home Country: Japan
Program: Commerce

Hi everyone, My name is Tomo. Im from Tokyo, Japan. What I really like to do is to work out. If you want to join me, feel free to ask!! Lets work out!!! When I first got to MtA, I was very excited, but at the same time, I was very anxious about starting this new life in Canada. However, IO was a really good start, and allowed me to get accustomed and make new friends. I cant wait for IO!! I'll see you guys at MtA!


Othello DaviesOthello Davies
Home Country: Liberia
Program: Sociology

Hey guys, welcome to our quiet, yet amazing and interesting little town, and most importantly welcome to Mount A. I’m Othello, one of your facilitators. I hope you guys are pumped up and excited for the International Orientation, because I am! I'm also really excited to get to meet all of you guys. You know it’s okay to be afraid, but one thing you guys need to know is that all of the facilitators are here for you. We are here to help you with any questions or doubts that you may have. IO will help you meet new people and get adjusted to Sackville life faster than you can imagine. Can’t wait to meet all of you!