What’s the best way to reach your potential at Dal? Take advantage of all the services and resources that are available for you. If you never used support services in your pre-Dal life because you thought there was some sort of stigma attached to them, we have two things to say: 1) there really wasn’t, and 2) there definitely isn’t in university.
Everyone from first-years to PhD candidates use the services at Dal. Here’s how and why you can best use the support services and resources at Dal:
Whether you’re doing well but want to do better, are in need of some extra support, or are looking for guidance making decisions, there’s no shame in asking for help. And there are plenty of people at Dal happy to help you.
Studying for Success in Halifax offers one-on-one coaching and free workshops covering 10 study skills (such as time management, effective reading, and exam prep). Attend sessions early and as often as you need. In Truro, the Student Success Coordinator offers similar services to help you with your study skills.
The Writing Centre in Halifax and Truro offers one-on-one support and seminars that help you improve your writing skills for research papers, course assignments, and in-class presentations. Get advice on citation, grammar, sentence structure, planning, and more.
Advisors in the Student Accessibility Centre in Halifax and the Student Success Centre in Truro provide access, inclusion, and accommodation support to students who require assistance due to a disability, religious obligation, or any barrier related to any other characteristic protected under Human Rights legislation.
There are six—count ’em, six—libraries on Dal’s campuses! Use them to find eBooks, books reserved by professors, films, journal articles, and more. Our libraries are a part of Novanet, so you have access to books from 30 university/college libraries in the region. And through document delivery, you can access books from libraries all over Canada and beyond.
The incredibly knowledgeable Subject Librarians can help you find relevant information, the IT Help Desk can provide technical support, and the library facilities themselves have quiet study spaces (including learning commons where you can book rooms for your study groups to meet).
Career and leadership
Career advisors and counsellors in the Bissett Student Success Centre in Halifax and Student Success Centre in Truro provide guidance on things like finding part-time work, summer employment, building a resume, and mapping out a career plan.
There are also some fantastic leadership programs that can help build your skills and confidence, as well as provide incredible experience that will look great on your resume—DalConnects in Halifax and SAIL in Truro.
Health and wellness
Your mental and physical health is incredibly important to Dal and it should be important to you! The better you feel, the better your university experience will be.
Dal has on-campus clinics in Halifax and Truro that cover a wide range of services—everything from mental health support and counselling to medical exams and consultations. If you’d rather ask questions anonymously, you can submit them online at dal.ca/askanurse or call 1-833-292-3698 to use Good2Talk, a free and confidential telephone counselling service.
The Q-Life resilience program helps you better prepare for everyday challenges and stress. Over nine weeks, you’ll get expert advice that addresses your feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed.
To help keep you physically active, Dal has three main fitness facilities: Dalplex and Sexton Gym in Halifax, and Langille Athletic Centre. They each have different offerings that include swimming, climbing, basketball and badminton courts, cardio and strength-training equipment, and fitness classes.
It takes a village to get through university! Dal’s made up of a bunch of diverse communities that can be valuable resources for information, networking, social opportunities, and spaces to relax and hang out.
Are you into anime, world politics, or Latin dancing? Chances are there’s a student club or society on campus that focuses on each of those. With over 300 of them, there’s pretty much something for everyone’s taste.
For our students of African descent, the Black Student Advising Centre (BSAC) provides academic support, advising, advocacy, and mentorship programs—along with plenty of social activities throughout the year.
For Indigenous students, the Indigenous Student Centre in Halifax provides tutoring, advising, financial info, and traditional activities including smudging. The Manager of Indigenous Students provides much of the same support on the Agricultural Campus.
The International Centre in Halifax, and Student Success Centre in Truro, provide support to international students transitioning to life in Canada. The International Centre also runs the Exchange and Study Abroad programs that give you the opportunity to spend part of your time at Dal studying in another country!
Looking for somewhere to follow your faith while you’re at Dal? Multifaith Services in Halifax offers a place to worship, study, or meet with someone to listen when you need a person to talk to. It has a number of chaplains from various faith traditions available to answer your questions, or you can submit them online at dal.ca/askachaplain.
Make sure you use the services and resources that are relevant to you, and make sure you step out of your comfort zone and try new things. You never know how it’s going to help you!