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:

Book an appointment with a Mount Mentor

Get tips about being an MSVU student by reading Mount Mentor Tips


Asmaa wearing a blue and grey hijab with a blue shirt

Name: Asmaa

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Biology

Favourite food: Grape leaves

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor: I’m thrilled to be a Mount Mentor because I enjoy interacting and assisting students. I know how it feels to have challenges and require assistance as a student. I’m here to help, so don’t hesitate to come and meet me or even just to say hello.

Book an appointment with Asmaa


Mount Mentor Lily wearing glasses and a backpack in a tourist shot.

Name: Lily

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Honours Biology with a Psychology Minor (4th year)

Something I wish I’d known in my first year: That people want me to succeed, and I should take advantage of every opportunity here!

If I could have one superpower, it would be: Teleportation

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Megan - a white woman with brown hair wearing a white top that shows off vine tattoos on her clavicle. Name: Megan

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Psychology (2nd  year)

Something I wish I’d known in my first year: Start studying early for exams

The one thing in the world I would love to be able to take credit for inventing is: The wheel

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Natalie - a white woman wearing striped shirtName: Natalie

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Honours Certificate, English (5th year)

Why are you excited to be a Mount Mentor? I love the Mount and can’t wait to share everything I love about this school with new students. MSVU has the perfect mix of an inclusive, welcoming environment and amazing people. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

The one thing in the world I would love to be able to take credit for inventing is: Water bottle refilling stations

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Philip, a Black man with short-cropped hair wearing an orange hoodie and smiling at the camera. Name: Philip

Pronouns: he/him

Program: Psychology (2nd year)

Something I wish I’d known in my first year: Security can change your notes into loonies

My dream destination, which I have not yet visited: Switzerland

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Shermiaya - a Black woman with chin-length braided hair wearing a black and plaid shirt smiling at camera. Name: Shermiaya

Pronouns: she/her

Program: Business Administration, major in Management

Something I wish I’d known in my first year: How to schedule my classes a bit better so it’s not just early morning classes

One of the main lessons I have learned in life: Always let your light shine

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Marisha Caswell, Transition and Retention 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. I work to ensure your first year at MSVU is a great year and oversee a number of transition and retention programs. I’m excited to be working with this year’s group of Mount Mentors to help support you during your first year at MSVU.

If you have any questions or concerns about Mount 101 or the Mount Mentors, 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 or 902 457 5511.