So you’re starting at Dal in September as a first-year undeclared Arts or Science student? Maybe you have a particular interest in pop culture or ocean life? You’ve picked a good time to come! This year Dal is introducing First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) that focus on specific topics in the two faculties. They’ll also help make your first few months of university even better. This is how.
1. You’ll get to delve deeper into the stuff you’re interested in
Since the FIGs are limited to 15 students, you’ll have way more opportunity to talk about some of the big issues in your area of study. After all, sharing ideas, asking questions, and bouncing ideas off each other is a lot easier in a small group.
2. You’ll get to know other students
Sometimes it’s hard to get to know people in bigger classes. When you’re in a FIG, you’re with other first-year students who have similar interests and are in at least two of your classes. Chances are you’ll meet some new friends and study partners.
3. You’ll meet profs and professionals from your area of interest
It’s amazing being able to talk with people who actually work in areas that interest you. Find out first hand what it’s like to immerse yourself in a specific field.
4. You’ll learn about new opportunities
Get the inside scoop on things like scholarships, co-op, research opportunities, and future study abroad options. You may also find out about volunteer opportunities and student clubs and events that relate to your interests.
5. You may find your path
You may be undeclared, but you just might discover your passion in a FIG and figure out what you want to focus your degree on. Or maybe you think you know what you want to do but the FIG will give you some other ideas.
So how do they work?
The FIGs are all 50 minutes long, once a week during the fall term. The seven Arts FIGs and six Science FIGs are each led by senior undergraduate students and/or graduate students who seriously know their stuff.
They don’t count toward your degree, and you don’t get a regular grade for them, but they’re free and you’re able to withdraw from one if it isn’t what you expect.
It’s easy to register for them. Once you decide what FIG you want to join, you need to register for the two required co-requisite courses. Once you do that, just add the FIG’s course registration number (CRN) that’s in the timetable.