Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Oh Exams, here they come!

Hello there! 
So I changed the layout of my blog a bit, but I tend to like occasional change, it keeps life interesting. 

I just thought I would let you guys know that life is getting a little crazy right now, exams coming up, in-class finals already here, and submitting final assignments. Just a heads up that I may not be posting as much until after exams (done the 13th!) I will try and post a few smaller things, but I'm not making promises! 

Hope everyone is enjoying the snow, good luck to those with exams, and talk to you all soon! 


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A few things...

The Snow has arrived! 


A little hippie swing? A typical night in Campbell Hall...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Vegetarians beware...

Well it has come at last! The snow is here! I left Sackville on Tuesday afternoon when the ground was bare and came back Thursday to find snow!! I was only gone few days, but I’ve had a lot of work to catch up on, so I apologize for the delay in posting. I’m writing on the bus right now. I seem to be spending lots of time on the bus this week, though I still don’t like traveling by them. They make sense when you think about it, but they are just not as convenient as my own vehicle would be. Well my life hasn’t been overly exciting of late, aside from traveling around Southern New Brunswick. I was asked to go to Saint John for a presentation on the 19th at Samuel De Champlain, the francophone high school in the area. I think it went well for the first one that I did by myself, but I did learn a lot about how to deal with an unresponsive crowd. I think out of the 73 people that came to the presentation there may have been 4 or 5 of them considering Mount A for their post-secondary choice. It isn’t too bad for a francophone school, when you consider that Mount Allison is an English speaking university. I think I may have convinced a few more…they were just too shy to ask questions.
Random though:
If I had a MasterCard commercial it might look something like this:

Spending 13 hours on a bus: $124.34

Waking up at 6 am to catch the bus back to Sackville in time for class: 4 hours that I could have been sleeping.

…I couldn’t figure out a priceless moment, leave one below and I might post it next week….
I did get to spend some time at home, in Rothesay while I was down for the presentation, lots of good food. A change from meal hall is always nice, though they usually have some good options. I think now that I am in my 2nd year I am starting to get tired of meal hall. I do like having a kitchen in Res. but I just don’t use it that often. I think the reality of the matter is that I would have to buy groceries if I were going to cook for myself, which I am just too lazy to do sometimes. If only I had a Barbeque. I had a conversation with one of the guys I work with, Josh, all about BBQ and how it can just become an event. I think that it is more of a lifestyle choice than anything. Perhaps I will start an organization. PET=B, people for the ethical treatment of Barbeques. I respect Vegetarians, and Vegans, but to be honest, I don’t think I could enjoy food if Meat wasn’t considered food. I would probably be limited to Popcorn and French fries at that point. Oh, and Chips and Diet Coke, but still, I enjoy a good Steak, and Bacon is good with anything.
Vegetarians beware, if it ever came down to it, you may be fair game for BBQ as well, “Humans, Free Range & Grain-Fed”...
I had the chance to go to the World Barbeque Championships this summer, while I was living in Whistler; it was like Meat-Heaven, mountain side. Ok, enough about food. I am hungry now.

I think my next blog just might have some pictures of the snow I’ve been talking about, and maybe even some funny YouTube videos…never know what you’re gonna find.

Alrighty, the bust is pulling into Fredericton, and I will post this once I’ve got an Internet connection. I guess I didn't really post too much about Mount A today...maybe next time there will be more Mountie thoughts.

Talk to you next week,


Oh, I forgot to mention in my meat mania, that Mount A was named Canada's most Vegetarian Friendly University in Canada...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Well, it is yet another late night of studying for me. Mid-Terms are coming to an end, and the pre-exam preparation will soon begin. I had an early start to my day, bright and early, 10 am English class! I know it doesn't seem too early for most...but I do enjoy my sleep when I can get it. The most interesting part of my day had to be after classes were over, I was walking through the breezeway between Crabtree Building and the Library, and happened upon a photo shoot! I decided to stick around and got be in a few group shots for something the school needed pictures for! It was rather exciting! Perhaps nude-modeling for the Fine Arts department is next... kidding! I'm waiting for the call from Calvin Klein hahaha.

So Mount A received the #1 spot in Maclean's Magazine again, so campus has been buzzing about that, though most of us have too much going on to get too excited about it. It is nice that we got the spot again though, I think it is the 13th year out of 18 that we've been up there at the top. We're also in a competition right now for the most Vegetarian Friendly Universities in Canada. It's pretty cool...even though I'm not vegetarian, mmm I like steak. That is beside the point, vote or Mt A, here is the link:

Pretty sure there is only a day or so left in the voting time, but give 'er a go anyway.

Hmm, anything else of interest today? Nope, don't think so. I am off to bed, 2 mid-terms in 2 different Languages tomorrow, and I'm not really looking forward to writing them back to back. That's the life of a Mountie!


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Oh, Hello there!

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Patrick Forestell and I am from Rothesay, New Brunswick. I am in my 2nd year at Mount Allison University, studying Arts, with a particular interest in German. It was a long and interesting summer, and I am so happy to be back at Mount A. I spent my summer in Whistler, British Columbia working as a front desk agent and concierge at a boutique hotel in the middle of the Village. I went out to BC by myself, and though I met up with some Mount A friends while I was there, being away from the East coast sure made me miss it, and all the people I made it through my first year with.

This is my 2nd year living in Mount A’s newest, and of course the best residence, Campbell Hall!!! It is an amazing place to live. I love the people, the North Side quad, and the facilities the house has to offer. We’ve all got pretty suite (haha) single rooms, and share a bathroom with only 1 other person!! We call the person we share the bathroom with a “Suite-Mate”. Campbell Hall is on the North Side of campus, which means all we have to do is walk across the quad and we’re in Meal Hall, it is nice not to have to walk too far when it rains, or even worse, when it snows. Last year we won House of the Year, and one of our Frosh, Sacha Nadeau, won frosh of the year. We were really spirited and we were always up for a cheer off in meal hall. Most of them we’d start, and finish.

Hmm, what else can I say...A lot of my time was spent at the Athletic Centre, in the pool with Mount A’s Varsity Swim Team up until a few weeks ago when I left the team to make some more time to study. I also got involved with a group that is new to campus this year, Global Medical Brigades. Global Medical Brigades is an international network of more than 50 university clubs and volunteer organizations that provide communities in developing nations with sustainable health care solutions. We are fundraising to go to Honduras for reading week, to volunteer at one of their clinics and to help with other infrastructure projects they’ve began. Living on campus has given me many opportunities to get involved, last year I sat on my House’s Council, as a Floor Representative. We planned our house parties, and coordinated the Campbell Cares campaign, our house’s community service campaign. We did everything from Coffee houses for the Retirement home, to making blankets for several Women and Children shelters around New Brunswick. I’m not too sure what we’ve got planned for this year, but I’m sure it will be fun!

Class-work and assignments are an ever present part of a Mount A student's life...of course I’ve got far too much procrastination to get to before any of that will get done, hahaha. I really do enjoy most of my classes though, my favorite this term is a German Culture class, Turn of the Century Vienna. The class is taught by Dr. Schelleberg, the head of the German Dept. If you ever get a chance to take a German language or culture class from her, do it. She makes things pretty interesting and is always willing to help you out with class work or understanding the readings. Human Geography is proving to be an interesting class too, it is a good mix of everything in one class; economics, geography, anthropology and even a bit of marketing.

Last year, I had the chance to be involved with the prospective students Facebook group, Mount Allison Class of 2012, which was lead by Sue Humphrey. This year I was given the chance to moderate the group myself! If you have any questions about Mount Allison, student life, academics, admissions inquiries, etc. send me an email at: or post a question on Mount Allison University Class of 2013’s Facebook wall:

If you want to take a virtual tour of Mt. A, book a campus tour, or see what other student have to say about Mt. A, check out It is packed with information for prospective students, applications, etc.

Ok, so there is my plug for the website, tours and such.

Like I mentioned above, there is always a lot of work to get done, I say as I am sitting in the Library looking at a just started essay due pretty soon. I had best get back to that, as it seems like I've got a long night ahead of me. Night All!