Leaving your childhood friends, peers from school, and family can be very hard! I remember being very worried about where I would make friends in University. The huge classes and new faces can be daunting. Making friends in Canada was a little different than it was for me at home. In fact, coming from an island of 150 people, it wasn’t very often that I had the opportunity to practice my friend-making skills! Upon arriving at Dal, I was surprised at how quickly I acquired a great group of friends from my residence, classes, and other universities. In this article, I’ve put together a quick list of ways to grow your Dal family once you get here!
Clubs and societies allow to you connect with people of similar interests at Dal. They can also be quite a lot of fun. During my orientation, I was approached by the Dalhousie Caribbean Club and was asked to join. It ended up being the beginning of lots of activities with my fellow members. Furthermore, there will always be posters for department societies during the rest of the school semester. Since I’m a Biology Major, I joined the Dalhousie Association of Biology Students (DABS). There really is something for everyone!
As academics begin to get rolling on campus, study groups will form. You’ll find that professors will give you group assignments. This is a great way to make friends! Make sure to talk to people in your classes so you can have someone to talk about homework or study for exams with. Don’t be afraid to ask for their number or Facebook information once you get acquainted so you can contact them later!
Study spots near campus
It’s easy to meet other Dal students at some of the many study spots around campus. The The Muse Café is one of the closest and many students spend time there having a coffee or studying between classes. Coburg Coffee is also a popular student spot, as well as Just Us on Spring Garden Road. During weekends, the Halifax Public Library is teeming with Dal students writing papers or studying (plus they have two great coffee shops!). Another great spot on campus is the Killam Library or the Wallace McCain Learning Commons. Just make sure not to bother someone who looks super busy!
I met many of the people in my current social group in my first residence. Be sure to knock on your neighbour’s door when you arrive and introduce yourself! Offer to sit next to someone new in meal hall. Ask your RA for advice when you need it—they’re often a 2nd or 3rd years and often have a really great know-how of Dal’s ins and outs. You can also opt-in to residence’s Learning Communities, which place you in an environment filled with people of similar interests. They can be academic or focused on things like gaming, health and wellness, leadership or the environment!
Other Social Events
Other various social events occur throughout the year and are hosted by students. People in Halifax are friendly and you will probably be invited to these often. Get-togethers at your friends’ homes are common. Also the Grawood, Dal’s campus bar, often hosts on-campus events in the evenings, although they are often 19+. These are a great way to meet and mingle with fellow students in a non-academic setting. Dal After Dark offers free/low-cost events that are another great ways to meet fellow students and have a good time. Check out the student events calendar for the most up-to-date campus events.
Catalina is from the Bahamas and loves meeting other international students!