For us shads, July 1st was not only Canada Day but the first full day of the Shad program at Mount Allison University! We were up bright and early, ready for our Shad adventure to begin.
“SHAD exists to empower exceptional youth to make the world a better place.” This is the mission statement of the Shad program. Our first full day began by expanding each word of the Shad mission statement. In doing this we acquired a deeper understanding of what each word meant and what Shad meant to us. We were also asked to reflect on how we got here, what we gave up to be here and who helped us get here, and discovered that each and every one of us put so much effort into being here and had to give up something important to them, whether it be spending time with friends and family or giving up a summer job.
After learning a little more about the program values, it was time for the first guest speaker. From the brilliant Sandy Maclver, we learned key concepts required for teamwork as well as many systems to help us to achieve this.
We put our new teamwork methods to the test in our next activity, the “2019 Shad Mount Allison Great Garage Sale Garage Band Battle of the Bands Music Recital of 2019.” After being separated into teams, each group was given $1000 Shad Dollars and challenged with purchasing items we could use to create instruments, and then construct a three minute song using these instruments! All sorts of new instruments were designed, including popcorn bucket drums, a tuba made from a yogurt container and some pipe, and even singing solos from our very own, Karim and Spencer!
After dinner, we went for dessert at Mels where we purchased milkshakes of three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry! On our way to Mels, we visited one of the only two street lights in Sackville and we played “Grounders” at a children’s playground.
After finishing our milkshakes, we had a light exercise in front of Bennett House where we played soccer, four squares, and ultimate. The soccer players were having a relaxing conversation while passing the ball to each other whereas the ultimate players were having a heated battle. After our brief “Rec” session, we relocated to the grand soccer field where we covered a blank canvas with our hand prints using red and yellow paint. We dipped our palms into the paint and slammed our hands onto the canvas, leaving colourful yet messy handprints; many shirts and jackets were nobly sacrificed that evening. Finally, after a long day of both physically and mentally strenuous activities, we returned to our lovely dorms and a wonderful night’s rest.