WOLFVILLE - An Acadia student who died of meningitis last week is being remembered as an athlete, good friend and someone who embraced university life to the fullest.
Sarah Hastings was a first-year business student from Cambridge, Ont., a letter posted on the university’s website from enrolment and student services vice-president Susan Mesheau states.
She celebrated her 18th birthday just 10 days before her death.
“Sarah lived in Chipman House where she was surrounded by a circle of close friends and where she grew quickly to embrace everything about Acadia, both inside and outside her classrooms,” Mesheau said.
Hastings was found unconscious in her residence room by her roommates on Jan. 31 and was taken to hospital in Kentville. She passed away from bacterial meningitis on Feb. 1.
The university says Hastings was very active in events at her residence, Chipman House, and frequently organized activities and encouraged other students to participate.
“Because of her enthusiasm and willingness to help others, Sarah was loved by everyone who knew her,” the letter says.
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Hastings was also a member of the Acadia ringette and field hockey club teams.
“She played with an intensity that was consistent with her personality: bright, funny, spontaneous and free-spirited,” Mesheau said.
Her obituary describes Hastings as “an incredible athlete and avid canoe tripper and her determination and dedication inspired her friends and teammates.”
A graduate of the International Baccalaureate program in Kitchener, she is the youngest daughter of Iain and Susan Hastings of Cambridge and also leaves behind three sisters.
Mesheau said she met with Hastings' parents and sister on Feb. 3.
“One of the first things they told me was how much Sarah loved Acadia and everything that is at the heart of this university,” Mesheau wrote.
A memorial service is planned on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. in Acadia’s Manning Chapel.