Meet Your 2018 Orientation Committee!2018 University Orientation Chair: Niki Mina ('19)
Program: Commerce and Psychology
Hometown: Raymond, New Hampshire (USA)
Hey Mounties! Welcome to Mount Allison! I am super excited to be your Orientation Chair this year! I am a fourth year studying Commerce and Psychology and come from a small town in New Hampshire in the States! I love to watch and play hockey, take naps, have a strong love for cheese and eating ice cream (even though my stomach would think otherwise), and I LOVE travelling! Orientation Week has constantly been my favorite week every year for the last three years and I have no doubt that this year will be the same! Starting university and coming to a new place can be scary, but I, along with my Orientation team, will try our best to make this week memorable and help Mount A and Sackville become your new home! I am proud to call MTA my second home! MTA and Sackville are known for the small, tight-knit community, and I can tell you that there is truly no other way to describe it other than we are all family. From my own experience, MTA helped me to come out of my shy shell, and I am a different person today than I was prior to coming to MTA. So, don’t be afraid to get involved, step out of your comfort zone, explore the university and town, and start a new adventure in a new chapter of your life! My biggest advice to you is to cherish every moment that you can while you’re here, because these are truly the best few years of your life and they will quickly fly by! I can’t wait to meet everyone and welcome you into the Mountie family!
2018 Shinerama Chair: Micci Davy ('20)
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Hello! My name is Micci and I’m a third year psychology student from Halifax, NS. Orientation is the perfect chance to meet the people you’ll be spending your time with at MTA, while getting to know campus and Sackville! With all the different events throughout the week its super easy to find the ones you’re most interested in, which is what I love about it! Personally, my favourite part of orientation is Shine day, which happens near the end. On Shine day, over 700 students come together to raise money for our Shinerama campaign in support of Cystic Fibrosis research and care. It’s really a fun way to meet new people while supporting an important initiative. I hope you’re getting excited and I can’t wait to see you all in August!
Orientation Committee Members
Program: Biology and French
Hometown: Miramichi, NB
Hi Mounties! I would first like to welcome you to the beautiful MtA campus. My name is Lindsey Gallant and I’m from Miramichi, NB aka “The ‘Chi”. I’m majoring in Biology and minoring in French and plan to do a Bachelors of Education after Mount A. I play on the women’s soccer team and love eating sushi. Now that you know a little about me, I CAN’T WAIT to get to know all of you!! As Entertainment Director this year at Mount Allison I can guarantee that there will be events that will include everyone! My one piece of advice to give you, these next few years of your life will fly by, so make the most out of your time. Entering this school, getting involved and embracing the small town is what Sackville and Mount Allison is all about. We are so excited to meet you all this upcoming year and get ready for lots of smiles and laughs!
Hometown: Quispamsis, NB
Hey Mounties! We’re so excited to welcome you to your new home. My name is Michael, I’m a fourth-year Commerce student from Quispamsis, New Brunswick and beyond excited to help you as a member of the orientation committee. One of the greatest things about Mount A is that it’s a small school that provides countless opportunities. Our campus gives you the chance to explore so many extra-curriculars and volunteer groups, get involved because the benefits are endless. Whatever your interests are, there’s something for everyone! My favourite orientation memories were the opportunity to make so many new friends and seeing all the spirit and positive energy that comes with it… and The Karaoke BBQ. If you have any questions about our amazing school, I’m happy to help! Welcome Home.
Program: Honours in Sociology
Hometown: Sydney, NS
My favourite memory of Orientation Week as a first year was dancing with my residence at the Karaoke BBQ! Now that I am involved in the planning of O-Week, my favourite part by far is Move-In Day. I love meeting all the new students and it is a day filled with energy and excitement! I'll be going into my fourth and final year at Mount A and I can't wait to experience another O-Week with all the returning and incoming students!
Program: Math and Physics
Hometown: Moncton, NB
Hello to all and welcome to Mount A!! My name is Everett Patterson and I am a 3rd year Math and Physics double major, but I really love just about everything! In fact, this is one of the reasons I chose Mount Allison; I wanted a liberal arts education that recognizes that education is not confined to one domain. There is something to be learnt from every course you take, every person you meet, and every thing you do. Being here is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone. I first started doing this during O-Week at Bazum, where I decided that despite my lack of dancing abilities, I would go up to the front row, and dance and just give it my all! Please stop me for a chat about anything at anytime, and remember: Be You(!!) – nothing is worth more than a genuine personality.
Program: Chemistry and Religious Studies
Hometown: Charlottetown, PEI
First coming to MTA made me extremely nervous but from the second you step onto the campus you can really feel a sense of community. I loved feeling truly at home and knowing that MTA was going to be a wonderful place to learn and grow over the next four years. During orientation I loved having the chance to participate in Shinerama and raise money to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis!
Program: Commerce and Science
Hometown: Grand Bank, NL
Welcome to MTA, it’s going to be the time of your life! As someone who originally knew no-one upon coming to Mount A I’ve made true friendships and great memories. It always makes me smile when I think about new faces joining our campus and adding to it’s prosperity! I’m in my 4th year pursing a double degree in Commerce & Science and this will be my 4th orientation. I’ve experienced O-week as an incoming first year, a residence exec and orientation crew member/ photographer. It’s always a blast! I am truly excited to be your health and wellness chair during orientation and I can’t wait to meet you all in the Fall. If you have any questions about anything feel free to reach out to me through my email, email@example.com See you soon!
Program: Geography and French
Hometown: Ingersoll, ON
Hi everyone! My name is Mary McGaffey and I'm a 4th year (ahhh) Geography student with a minor in French from a town called Ingersoll in Ontario! Moving to a new school away from home can be scary, so we are here to help make the first few weeks as welcoming and fun as possible. You'll quickly feel accepted into this amazing community and school which is one of my favourite parts about MTA. Orientation is packed full of so many events for everyone. Since I'm very spirited, my favourite parts was when I got to scream, yell and chant for hours on end! I'm so excited to meet you all and for you to start your adventure at this amazing school!
Program: Psychology and Sociology
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Hello Mounties!! Welcome to the next chapter of your life. Mount Allison is home to so many amazing students, faculty, and staff, and we are so excited to have you join us! My favourite part about Orientation was getting to meet so many new people, from other first years to the many upper years who help out with O-Week. My favourite part about MTA is all the amazing opportunities that are available. My advice is to come out to the clubs and societies fair during O-Week and find some things that interest you! Can’t wait to meet you!
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Hey Mounties! Welcome to Sackville and Mount A! My name is Kailey Wilock and I am from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am a 3rd year majoring in biochemistry and minoring in psychology. In my spare time I enjoy coaching figure skating and travelling. I have a passion for all that Mount A has to offer from the academic aspects to the social aspects. Along with being a member of the Orientation Committee I am also one of the science senators this year. My favourite part of my orientation was the Karaoke BBQ and meeting some life-long friends! This orientation week I am most looking forward to meeting all of YOU!!
Hometown: Moncton, NB
Hey Mounties, welcome to your new home! My name is Sara McConnell, I am a third year biology student and am part of the Entertainment committee for orientation. I can’t wait to welcome you to Sackville and MTA during orientation week. Although moving away from home can be intimidating I’m sure you will quickly realize (as I did) that Sackville becomes your home away from home. Orientation is the perfect way to get involved from the start of your time at MTA and to meet people who may end up being your friends for life! My favorite events of orientation are Karaoke BBQ- getting to dance and show off your residence pride (CAMPBELL CAMPBELL HALL Y’ALL) and Sackvegas – Dressing up and hitting the D-FLOOR with your entire school what could be better??? Can’t wait to welcome you home!
Hometown: Quispamsis, NB
Hey guys, my name is Emma and I can't wait to meet you all during orientation! I love Mount Allison because of how welcoming everyone is, it makes it so easy to make Sackville home. Orientation can be overwhelming, but all the different activities offered will help you to feel more comfortable. My favorite o-week memory is Karaoke BBQ because I got to bond with everyone in my residence while showing lots of house and school spirit! Welcome to Mount A!!
Hometown: Sussex, NB
Hello Mounties!! My name is Samantha Feener and I am a 4th year Biochemistry Major. I came to Mount A after graduating from Sussex Regional High School, here in New Brunswick. After having such a great experience during my orientation week, I am so excited to be a part of your O-Committee. The Mount A community has given me so many wonderful friends and opportunities to get involved in both extracurricular clubs as well as research. My love for Mount Allison stemmed during my Orientation week where I was surrounded by such positive and exciting people. I cannot wait to meet you all and show you what makes our school so great!!
Hometown: Pictou, NS
Hey everybody! My name is Sean, and I am so excited to meet all of you in September. Coming into university I was pretty nervous about finding my place at MtA, but orientation week was a great way to start getting accustomed to our new home, and this year’s committee is here to make sure you feel the same way! My favourite O-Week memories were exploring Sackville at the Corn Boil, and dancing with my residence at the ICONIC Karaoke BBQ. It’ll be here before you know it, so see you all soon!
Program: Environmental Science and Biology
Hometown: Kingston, ON
Hey future mounties! My name is Shen and I'm so excited to meet you all! Orientation Week is one of the best and most exciting times of your university career. From the Karaoke BBQ to the Mount Alympics to Shine day to exploring Sackville, there is always something to do! Coming to university can be scary but we're here to help make your transition as smooth as possible. My advice to you is to participate in O week events, step outside your comfort zone and try something new! (It's the easiest way to meet new people!) Have a good summer and welcome to the MTA community!
Program: English, History, and Canadian Studies
Hometown: Sackville, NB
Hey there Mounties! My name is Cecilia, and I am a third year English major! I grew up here in Sackville, so I know better than anyone how small and closed in it can feel at times. However, I also know that this town is full of people who are excited to meet you, welcome you and make you a part of their community. Your time in Sackville will be what you make of it, and Mount Allison offers such a wide variety of courses, clubs, societies, sports teams, employment, community involvement, events and more that will help you build and customize your experience to fit you! O Week and first year can be very intimidating and new, but Sackville and Mount A are the best places (with the best people) for you to figure things out. My favourite part about orientation is move in day! Everyone is dancing and full of energy, and its really comforting to see all the smiling faces when you drive into the quad!
Hometown: Middleton, NS
Welcome Mounties! My name is Lauren Wentzell, and I'm a fourth year student pursuing an honours degree in chemistry. I am also a part of the women's basketball team here at Mount Allison. I'm so excited to be a part of Orientation Week this September. My favourite Orientation Week memory was driving into the Northside quad up to my residence for the first time and being greeted by so many smiling faces!
Program: Chemistry and Environmental Studies
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Hello! My name is Andrew, and I’m from Halifax, but I now more often call Sackville my home! I chose Mount Allison for the small community feel, and after Orientation, I knew I had made the right choice. One of my favourite aspects of Orientation is the diversity among events offered. There is a range of high energy and low key activities, so you can pick and choose based on your interests and how you’re feeling, or you can attend them all! It’s amazing how many meaningful connections you can make in the first week, and before long, the Mount Allison campus will start to feel like home. My advice to you is to take some time to explore the town of Sackville too! There’s an awesome farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, and the amazing Sackville Waterfowl Park, which leads you through the Tantramar marsh on weaving boardwalks, is only a two-minute walk from campus. I’m super excited to welcome you all to Sackville in the fall! See you soon!
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Hello Mounties, welcome to Mount A or back to Mount A for all you returning students!! My name is Hanna Bowers and I am a fourth year psychology student from Halifax Nova Scotia! Orientation is going to be an awesome week and I can’t wait to get to know all of you! My favourite orientation event is the town corn boil so be sure to check that out and get some free corn!
Mount A has a great sense of community that you will quickly become a part of. There is so much to get involved with so be sure to join a club or society that suits your interests, there is something for everyone! Excited to meet you all, be sure to stop me to talk sometime, I’d be happy to answer any questions about MTA or just have a chat!
Program: Honors in Psychology, French, and International Politics
Hometown: New Hamburg, Ontario
Welcome to Mount Allison everyone! My name is Kaelan, and I’m from New Hamburg, Ontario. I’m in my fifth year at MtA, studying for an Honours degree in Psychology with a major in French and a minor in International Politics. In my free time you’ll often find me settled in with tea and a book, baking way too many cookies, or spending time with friends. I also love to travel and hike! My favourite thing about MtA is that it’s such a small school; it’s so easy to get to know your classmates and professors, and to get involved on campus! My favourite orientation event was definitely the corn boil, it’s a great chance to hang out with new friends and really feel welcome in the Sackville community!
Anneke van der Laan
Program: Mathematics and Computer Science
Hometown: Rothesay, New Brunswick
I am so excited to be a part of the Orientation Committee this year! I can't wait to welcome you into the small but mighty Mount Allison community. I know that you are going to love this campus and this town as much as I do. You're going to meet incredible people and have amazing experiences while you're here, so don't take any of it for granted! Come into Orientation Week with an open mind, be ready to meet people, and push yourself outside your comfort zone, but also remember to take care of yourself! It's going to be a busy week full of lots of activities and events. We're here for you to make sure you have as positive of an experience as possible, so don't be afraid to approach us if you have questions or want to chat! Can't wait to meet you soon!
Program: Biology and Chemistry
Hometown: Moncton, NB
Hello and welcome Mounties to your new home! My name is Gregory Nason, I am from Moncton, NB and I am doing a BSc, Majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. I love playing sports, namely basketball and volleyball as well as traveling. After highschool I did a year long rotary exchange to Belgium and I am currently on exchange through MTA in Newcastle, Australia. My favourite part about MTA is how much of a community the school is. With just over 2200 students, it is easy to make new friends and to see them all over Sackville. My favourite orientation memory was dancing at the karaoke bbq getting to show off your new house spirit.
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Hello new friends!! I’m Laura, a third year music/ voice student from Halifax, NS. I love orientation for a lot of reasons, but namely I love it for the amazing new energy you all bring to the community that we returning students start to think we know inside and out! I cant wait to see you find your own favourite places and people in this awesome little town. We have a lot of fun planned for you, but If I had to pick my two favourite events I would have to go with the karaoke bbq and the corn boil: a hilarious display of house pride and an opportunity to eat the best corn of your life, respectively. I hope you are getting as excited as I am, I can’t wait to meet you all soon!
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Hey everyone! My name is Morgan Day, I’m a fourth-year commerce student from Halifax, Nova Scotia. My favourite things are sunshine, my pet bunny and the beach. One of my favourite memories from my orientation week was Mountie Mania and Mount Alympics. it was so much fun! I am so excited that I get to be a part of orientation this year and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Can’t wait to meet you all in August!
Program: Biology and Commerce
Welcome to your new home Mounties! Orientation week was definitely one of my favorite events during my first year! I am super excited to meet everyone and looking forward to have another awesome year at MtA!
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Hey everyone! My name is Nigel Verret and I am from Vancouver, BC, and I am super excited to be a part of your Orientation Committee. Going to Mt. A was the best decision I ever made, partly because you have the chance to really come into your own as an individual. A big part of this process is Orientation, which is chalk-filled with lots of fun activities, which I have the honor and privilege of helping to organize. I love Mt. A because of the rich and vibrant community we have. As a student, you have endless opportunities to get involved and to meet new people here, and that is what I cherish most about this place. It has allowed me to grow and develop into someone that I am proud of. I hope you’re all just as excited as I was to arrive in Sackville and to start a new journey, a new fun-filled and exciting chapter of your lives.
Program: Psychology and Chemistry
Hometown: Fredericton, NB
Hi there! My name is Grace and I am going into my 4th year here at MTA. My hobbies include watching Netflix, singing in the shower, and eating ice cream. One of the best O-week activities is the waterfowl park walk. They’re usually pretty early, but it’s a great way to explore the town! Orientation Week is my favourite time of the year and I hope that you guys enjoy it as much as I did. See you in August!
Program: International Relations and History
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Hello incoming Mounties! My name is Greg, and I am so excited to be a part of the 2018 orientation here at Mount Allison! I am a third year student, majoring in International Relations, minoring in History. I hail from Halifax Nova Scotia but have now also lived in Sackville and Ottawa during the short 19 years of my life. I will be working as a member of the entertainment committee for this year’s orientation committee. Our job in entertainment committee is to make sure everyone has a blast during their introduction to this fantastic university! During my time at Mount Allison I’ve been able to grow and mature as a person, but I have also been able to meet so many incredible people and take away so many amazing experiences, and I want to make sure your introduction to this school was just as memorable as mine was during my first year! I look forward to meeting all of the new members of our community in the fall! See you at orientation!
Program: International Relations
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Hi I'm Kira! I'm a 4th year international relations student with a little religious studies and geography mixed in! I hail from the lovely Victoria, British Columbia, where you can find me in the library/used book store hunting down books, playing board games with my pals, or paddleboarding at the lake! It feels like just yesterday I was at my own orientation, so I'm very excited to meet you and help organize a fun and helpful intro to MtA, so that your first year rocks (:
Hometown: Moncton, NB
HELLO MOUNTIES!!!!!!! My name is William Ngo, a third-year aviation student and I am one of your orientation leaders. I love sports in general and play on the varsity badminton team. I also play classical guitar for a long time and love country music. In my experience, O-week will be the best time of your university experience so try to get the most out of it. Say yes to life but no is ok too (Its opt-in). My advice for you is to go to all the activities and look up society as well as sport teams to join. WORK HARD, PLAY HARD, PARTY HARDer!!!!!! If you have questions about anything, don’t hesitate to send us a message or email or whatever because we are here to help! I cannot wait for this to start and meet you all! GO MOUNTIES!
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Hey Mounties! My name is Jaden and I cannot wait to welcome you to campus! I’m a fourth year Commerce student from Calgary, Alberta. Growing up next to the mountains has made hiking and camping a big part of my life and I love planning new adventures. I’m also a big fan of shopping, baking and brunching. I came to Mount A for its stellar reputation and close-knit community vibe and I couldn’t imagine going to school anywhere else! One of the best things about being a student here is that you can’t walk across campus without passing at least one person you know. We also have a ton of school spirit and so many opportunities for you to get involved in whatever you are passionate about. My favorite Orientation memory is from last year. I met one of my best friends because we stood beside each other and bonded about our lack of dancing skills. So, my biggest piece of advice is to take advantage of all the events and the chance to meet new people and make new friends. Remember to bring your Garnet & Gold!
Program: International Relations
Hometown: St. John’s, NL
Hey guys! My name is Claire Genest and I am wildly pumped to have the opportunity to help plan your orientation this year. I come from the island of Newfoundland and live in the lively city of St. John’s, where people love to live happy, and where nobody is a stranger. I would consider coming to MTA as one of the best decisions i’ve ever made in my life, and i’m sure by the time you finish your first year, you will feel the same way. You’re going to hear this until you graduate: “starting university can be a scary thing”, but it’s totally true and I can 10000% relate. If I could give you a piece of advice for starting your time in this little town with its incredible people, it would be to trust the MTA community, and to put yourself out there. Easier said than done, I know, but one of the safest and easiest things to do in your first year is to get involved with your residence! There is nothing more rewarding than putting your heart into the place you call home, and knowing that you’ve made a difference in the lives of your soon to be family. If you live off campus, get involved with a club/society that will develop your interests, and that makes you happy. “Get involved” is another thing you will be hearing all year, but it comes from trustworthy folks that have all been in the exact same position as you! I can assure you that if you commit to being yourself, by the time graduation rolls around, you will be able to look back on the best four (or five, or six!) years of your life, and not want to change a thing. I look forward to seeing what the class of 2022 has to offer to the MTA community, and I can’t WAIT to experience your energy during my favourite time of the year…. O-WEEK! My favourite memory of both of my O-week’s is falling in love with my Harper family over and over again. Have a fantastic summer, and SEE YOU SOON MOUNTIES!!!