Emily ShawEmily Shaw

Fine Arts student Emily Shaw says the idea of a liberal arts experience was one of the factors that brought her to Mount A.

"I was looking for a school that focused on and valued liberal arts," she says. "The Fine Arts program and its amazing facilities also helped."

Shaw, who is from Stratford, PEI, is the recipient of a Bell Achievement Award, one of Mount Allison's top entrance scholarships, as well as a Joyce Foundation Purdy Crawford Bursary.

"Financial aid was also a deciding factor for me [to attend Mount Allison]," she says. "I didn't expect to receive a Bell Award but was impressed with the offerings and attention the school gave to students."

As a Fine Arts student, Shaw completes a number of introductory courses in various mediums. She's also branching out with her classes including English, drama, and art history.

"I'm really interested in art curation and history," she says.

Outside the classroom and the studio Shaw volunteers with a number of student clubs and societies including ACID (Association of Chronically Ill and Disabled Students), the Improv Team, CHMA radio, and is a representative on her residence council and the Fine Arts society.

She's also involved with the Terry Fox Foundation, Shinerama, and works as a note taker for the University's Meighen Centre.

"I did a lot of volunteering at my high school, it's nice to be involved at Mount A as well," she says.

A graduate of Chartottetown Rural High School, Shaw was involved with a number of groups as a student there and participated in an Oxbridge exchange, spending a summer studying in Paris. She also participated in an Encounters with Canada program in Ottawa and a Canada 150 youth initiative in Winnipeg this past summer as well as a six-month exchange in Quebec.

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