Mount Allison had a booth there and, due to a last minute illness, a local alumnus was representing his alma mater.
“After a few minutes at the Mount Allison booth I found out that the admissions counsellor was sick so this local graduate had come instead as a volunteer,” says van Walsum.
“Now, the gym where the fair was hosted was a pretty unpleasant place to be on a Friday evening; crowded, hot, and way too loud. I thought, ‘If this guy is willing to stand here for three hours, just to convince people to attend the school he graduated from two years ago, there’s got to be something special about it.’”
Following this conversation, van Walsum applied to Mount Allison, receiving a Bell Scholarship, the University’s most prestigious entrance award, valued at $48,000 over four years. She is studying anthropology and involved in a host of activities, including writing a graphic novel.
“Writing and art have always been twin passions of mine,” she says. “I love exploring ways in which I can combine them to tell more meaningful stories.”
Van Walsum is also involved in the creative writing society, Underbridge Press, a student-run independent publishing press, swing dancing, fencing and Leadership Mount Allison.
“Leadership Mount Allison been really interesting, and a great chance to meet other people who really want to make a difference.”