The Mount Mentors

The Mount Mentors are here to help you. They know what it’s like to be a Mount student because they are Mount students. Think of them like a cross between a personal tour guide and an older sibling (even if they’re younger than you) who can answer your questions and provide you with advice on how to get the most out of the upcoming year. And they really mean it when they say: ask us anything.

The Mount Mentors work as a team to ensure that you have the best experience possible during your first year here. They’ll reach out to you throughout the year, but you can also contact the Mount Mentors in a number of ways:

Picture of Shannon. A Black woman wearing a black t-shirt smiling at camera.

Name: Shannon

Pronouns: she/her

Year and program: 4th  year Applied Human Nutrition (Dietetics)

Favourite food: I love all types of food and could never pick just one!

Fun fact: I love cartoons and still watch them to this day.

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? I was once a new international transfer student and I have experienced the different aspects of university life. As a returning Mentor, I’m excited to use my experience and acquired skills to help new students feel welcomed and comfortable.

Availability: Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Book an appointment with Shannon. 



Name: Jenna

Pronouns: she/her

Year and program: 4th year Bachelor of Arts Major in French and Double Minor in History and Political Studies

Favourite food: Grilled cheese

Fun fact:  I wear my socks inside out!

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? When I went through Mount 101 during my first year knowing that I had someone there in case I needed anything was comforting during the challenging transition. I am excited to be a Mount Mentor and that person for other students!

Availability: Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Book an appointment with Jenna.


Picture of Emily, a Chinese-Canadian with dark brown hair woman smiling and wearing a red shirt. Name: Emily

Pronouns: she/her

Year and program: 3rd year Bachelor of Arts, Major in French and Double Minor in English and Political Studies

Favourite food: Ramen

Fun fact: I love collecting sea glass and making jewelry.

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? I’m excited to get more involved in the MSVU community and make your first year at MSVU a positive experience like mine was.

Availability: Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Book an appointment with Emily.


Josh, a white man with blonde hair wearing an MSVU sweatshirt.

Name: Josh

Pronouns: he/him

Year and program: 4th year Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Women’s Studies

Favourite food: Lumaconi (sausage stuffed pasta shells)

Fun fact: I was a competitive trampolinist for 10 years!

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? As someone who went through the difficulties of Academic Probation, I understand the academic struggles that may arise and am here to help in any way!

Availability: Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Book an appointment with Josh.


Muskaan, an Indian woman wearing a Mount sweatshirt. Name: Muskaan

Pronouns: she/her

Year and program: Final year of Bachelor’s in Business Administration with Double Major in Marketing and Management

Favourite food: My mother’s handmade Indian dishes and pasta

Fun fact: I am legit fun to be with! I cannot wait to meet you all.

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? I want to help people enjoy their journey as MSVU students and try to make it as easy as possible.

Availability: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Book an appointment with Muskaan.



Rachel, a white woman wearing a light shirt with brown hair.Name: Rachel (or Rach)

Pronouns: she/her

Year and program: 5th year Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Anthropology with Minor in Communications

Favourite food: Waffles with mixed berries on top

Fun fact: When I need to get work done and I’m struggling to get motivated, I put my shoes on!

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? I’m looking forward to the opportunity to connect with new students and the MSVU community. I’ve learned a lot during my time here at MSVU and I look forward to sharing and learning more with everyone this year.

Availability: Fridays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Book an appointment with Rachel.



Marisha Caswell, Transition Coordinator and Program Manager

Marisha Caswell sitting outside of Evaristus Hall at Mount Saint Vincent UniversityI’m originally from a small town in Ontario but came to Halifax for university (at one of the other schools in town). Although I returned to Ontario for graduate school, I missed Halifax so much that I decided to come back!

Before coming to MSVU I taught at Queen’s University and Algoma University where I saw first-hand the need for a program like Mount 101. I’m excited to be working with the Mount Mentors on this unique first-year experience program. I’m responsible for overseeing all components of Mount 101 and making sure they run smoothly.

If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact me. When I’m not at work, you can find me spending time outside with my family, reading, rowing, or baking. Contact Marisha at