Mount Royal University: Student life on campus

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An insider’s guide to the best place to live, campus food and more

Cassidy McKay, 21
Journalism, Digital Media and Marketing

Cassidy McKay (Courtesy of Cassidy McKay)

Why did you choose Mount Royal?
I chose Mont-Royal because I wanted a smooth transition after high school. I got accepted to a few big universities but they intimidated me. I remember coming to the Mount Royal Open House, having not yet decided which school I was going to go to, and being greeted at the door by a teacher. She asked me my name and talked to me for 10 minutes about my life. That’s when I knew Mount Royal University would be the best school for me.

Describe some of your best experiences so far.
One of my best experiences in Mount Royal was my second year reporting course. The professor was an investigative journalist and brought his passion to class every day. He also took a great interest in every student in his class. I still refer to what he said in his lectures when I write stories. Another favorite experience of mine was the Crowchild Classic, the annual hockey game between Mount Royal and the University of Calgary hockey teams, held at the Saddledome.

Do you participate in extracurricular activities?
I got involved with the International Business Students’ Society in 2021. I was the social media coordinator for the club and loved the sense of community it provided.

What do you think of your teachers?
The professors in the journalism program are exceptional. I’ve never had teachers, even in high school, who care about me as much as the teachers in this program. They are incredibly approachable and ready to help in any way.

What do you think of the school administration?
Each faculty has an academic advisor who helps students plan their academic career at Mount Royal. These advisors are super knowledgeable and provide students with one-on-one advice on their courses; I think taking their advice is so important. I would also recommend signing up for classes as soon as enrollment is available. Classes fill up so fast, and waiting until the last minute can mean you don’t get into the ones you want.

What is off-campus life like in Calgary?
Growing up here, I always knew Calgary was where I wanted to go to college because of the city’s energy. Whether I’m going to Kensington for coffee with a few friends or heading downtown on a Friday night, I think there’s never a dull moment in Calgary. There is always something happening for the students.

PROFILE: Mount Royal University | Calgary, Alta. | Founded in 1910

If I wrote the school motto: ‘Presence is mandatory to succeed!’
Best place to live: On the campus. You make so many friends and you become really independent.
Best place to study: Riddell Library and Learning Center
The best events on campus: All sports games, including the Crowchild Classic. The students really show their school spirit.
The strangest tradition: The carnival on the last day of orientation, when students compete on tricycles and in obstacle courses
Best kitchen on campus: Mucho Burrito, located at Wyckham House
Best Pizza: One Pizza + Wine
Best place for a fancy dinner: river cafe
Best gift: The number of scholarships offered to students
The best bar to go out: Greta
Best breakfast for hangovers: OEB Breakfast Company in the University District or on 5th Avenue downtown
Best place for a nap: The sofas in the communications lounge
Best activity of the weekend: Catch a concert at the Palace Theatre, go bowling at the National on 10th Avenue or get tickets to a hockey game
If I could change one thing about school: I wish there was a better public transport system, with a train station located near the school

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