Claire Michelle GenestClaire Michelle Genest

A former Canadian youth delegate to the UN, Claire Michelle Genest chose Mount Allison for the opportunity to study international relations and the balance she saw on campus.

Genest has only been studying international relations for a few months, but she already loves it and sees many possible pathways for herself.

“I have always had an interest in human rights and sustainable socio-economic development. I can see myself working within the UN, or maybe with an NGO that works to empower women and girls, specifically through education or sport,” she says.

A graduate of St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Genest received the Bell Scholarship, one of Mount Allison's most prestigious entrance awards.

Genest chose Mount Allison because it offered her ideal program, but also because it would allow her to continue extracurriculars like Ultimate Frisbee, which she played in high school. She’s also involved already with Habitat for Humanity, the Meighen Centre, Jack.org, and House Council.

“Mount A is a very well balanced campus that encourages student involvement along with academic success. I knew it would be the perfect place for me to focus on my studies, become involved with the community, and still have fun with my peers,” says Genest.

She also loves being engaged with new people and ideas.

“The best part of my experience here so far has been being exposed to so many intelligent and passionate minds. I appreciate being able to interact with so many diverse and inspiring people on a daily basis. Since coming to Mount A, I have not had a single doubt that I am in the right place.”

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