“I heard about Mount Allison with its small classes and liberal arts focus,” says Gazendam, who is also the recipient of a Bell Achievement Award, one of the University’s top entrance scholarships. “When I came for a campus tour, I was sold.”
An accomplished saxophone and piano player Gazendam is currently taking a variety of classes to decide his future career path.
“I’m really enjoying my classes. I’m taking economics, human biology, archaeology, calculus, and photography,” he says. “It’s nice to be able to test out so many areas and see where my interests are. I actually took a year off after high school to be sure of what and where I wanted to study. During this year off, I worked in a fair trade coffee shop, volunteered as a tutor for Pathways to Education for high risk youth in Kingston, and travelled to Europe for seven weeks.”
Gazendam is also involved in several clubs and societies on campus including Get Real, a student group dedicated to eradicating homophobia, the Allisonian yearbook; Leadership Mount Allison; and the Mount Allison Garnet and Gold musical theatre society, which will be staging a production of Beauty and the Beast in January 2014.
“The Get Real group at Mount Allison is a wonderful group to be part of,” says Gazendam. “We’ve organized pink days on campus and will be visiting local schools in the New Year to lead workshops and give talks against homophobia. It’s been a great experience.”