Living in residence can be fantastic. You don’t have to cook your own meals, deal with absentee landlords, or worry about paying for your heat. But a lot of students choose to live off campus, and it has its own set of benefits. Beyond cooking for yourself, dealing with monthly bills, and being responsible for your own space, there are some things you need to think about when deciding to live off campus. Here are 8 things to keep in mind.
Having a good landlord can make or break your off-campus housing experience. Constantly fighting to get every little thing repaired (and not having much luck) can be incredibly frustrating, let alone worrying about them dinging you for every pinhole. Don’t get me wrong, there are incredible landlords out there. These are ones who genuinely care about your well-being and will go to bat for you if they need to. And those are the ones we want you to find! So here are some signs of a bad landlord, and some tips to help you navigate a potentially bad situation. [Read more…]
It’s easy to get stressed out this time of year. The excitement of the start of the year has faded, you’re dealing with midterms, and thinking about what needs to be done before the end of term and exams. Fortunately, Dal has a lot of services and resources available to help support you. [Read more…]
A semester or year abroad is a foreign concept to a lot of Dal students (pardon the pun), but it doesn’t have to be! Take it from me, it’s possible to go abroad, graduate in four years, and have the time of your life—without breaking the bank. [Read more…]
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!
Starting university in a new country can be pretty scary! Before my arrival in Halifax, I was a mess of nerves- worried about how I would make friends, what classes would be like, and how to get comfortable in the city. Lucky for me, I attended International Student Orientation! I found myself surrounded by other international students and there was so much to learn. Lots of the great tips that got me through my first year came from the information at International Orientation. Here are 7 reasons to attend International Student Orientation!
One of the most important things anyone can tell you about coming to university for the first time is that family is everything. And while your folks back home are No. 1, I’m referring to your Dal family. University isn’t all about classes and assignments, it’s also about building lasting relationships with people you can relate to, building support systems, and making memories that last a lifetime. [Read more…]
Before you arrive at Dalhousie for the first time, you’ll find yourself packing for your trip. If you have a large distance to travel before you reach Canada, it’s a good idea to put some thought into the things you’ll be bringing with you when you begin your new adventure! Here are a few things to consider while you’re zipping up your suitcase.
Finding an environment to feel safe and spiritually connected can be difficult in the hustle and bustle of student life. You may find that the shape your worship takes can shift along with your routines and customs. If you’re worried about finding ways to practice your faith on campus, don’t fear! Here are a few tips on how to maintain your spiritual beliefs as you enjoy your university experience.
For this international student spotlight, I had the opportunity to chat with Amber, a Dal student from the Netherlands. Amber Bonsee is a third-year International Food Business Major at Dalhousie’s Agricultural campus in Truro. Her home university is Aeres University in Dronten. Amber is 20 years old and currently on a food safety internship in Kamloops, British Columbia. She told me about her move, making friends, and advice she has for students considering studying abroad. [Read more…]