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The Mount Allison Semester Studies in English program offers specialized English programs for students from Mt. A’s international partners. Mt. A students can volunteer to join the conversation partner program and be assigned a MASSIE student to hang out with once a week. The program is intended to be a casual way for MASSIE students to improve their language skills and adapt to the exchange experience.

Maggie Hlushak (right) , pictured with her conversation partner (LEFT), is a second year with an undeclared major.

“[The MASSIE conversation partner program] is a wonderful program that I would sincerely recommend to anyone to apply to be a part of! We are technically meeting to help them but it also helped me; working on my communication and social skills and learning new and interesting things about the Japanese culture.”

Anna Campbell (right), a second-year psychology major, with her conversation partner (LEFT), Shiho.

“The MASSIE conversation program was a unique opportunity that allowed me both to learn about another’s culture and make a new friend. I loved that you were paired with a student with similar interests as your own – and my conversation partner, Shiho, and I enjoyed movie nights, picnics by Swan Pond, photography and sledding. We grew very close and I looked forward to our weekly meetings.”

Marina Mavridis