Amy SeetonInvolvement in the community can be an excellent way to enhance your university experience, as Amy Seeton would surely agree. With her involvement in a variety of volunteer and charitable endeavours, Amy is intent on using her time at the Mount to make a difference.

Entering her fourth year the Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study) program, Amy manages to balance a full and often overwhelming schedule of local involvement and academics. As a representative of the Mount, Amy served as co-chair for the first ever Halifax Metro University Cancer Relay for Life for the Canadian Cancer Society, in conjunction with Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities. In a groundbreaking fundraising effort, the March 2010 event raised more than $7,000 and the Mount was awarded the honour of top school, with much credit due to Amy’s hard work and commitment.

In addition to organizing the university relay for life, Amy also finds time to be an active member of the Students’ Union, including taking on the role of Frosh Leader during Orientation. Beyond this, she consistently volunteers for Shinerama, Canada’s largest post-secondary school fundraiser, which raises funds for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Federation. In addition, Shinerama also supports Children’s Wish Day, an annual event hosted by the Mount to raise funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Despite her busy schedule of volunteering and fundraising, Amy still manages to keep up with her studies, though she admits that finding the balance can be challenging.

Balancing school and personal life can be tough. I get stressed easily and I’ve second guessed my life and career choices,” she says. “The option of distance courses offered at the Mount has played a big role in helping me balance my school work and involvement in other areas at the school.”

Amy’s view of education and life is refreshing, and helps demonstrate how she manages to keep up with it all.

“A university degree is not a race,” she says. “You only live once so you have to have time to enjoy life.”

Enjoying life, and helping people along the way, Amy continues at the Mount with a number of tremendous accomplishments to be proud of. Unquestionably, she will continue to be a great representation of the Mount student body and an inspiration to her peers as she completes the final year of her degree at the Mount.