Halifax

SMUS-University-Counselling

Our travels took us from Sackville to Antigonish to Halifax, where the average age of a Haligonian is 28, thanks in large part to the nine post-secondary institutions that inhabit the city. It is clearly is a major hub for education and student life in Atlantic Canada.

Dal is in the midst of $150 million campus renewal master plan, both to create new buildings and refresh older spaces. There are actually four distinct campuses, each roughly 15 minutes apart, that house different clusters of programs: the Sexton campus has architecture and engineering; the Carleton campus has Medicine and Health Sciences (including undergrad programs of nursing, respiratory therapy, radiological technology, diagnostic medical ultrasound, diagnostic cytology, nuclear medicine); the King’s Campus; the Studely campus is for everything else, including popular programs like Management/Commerce, Oceanography, and Community Design. If you go to the Dal website, you will find a fabulous new section that gives great information about each undergraduate area of study, and future employment prospects.

Being a large university, class size also can be large, upwards of 500 in some cases, particularly in the first year. However, students may also have the opportunity to experience other unique learning situations. The Learning Incubator and Networking Centre (LINC) is in the library building and, as you can see in the picture, offers pods of different seating, screens and speakers at each pod, moveable white boards and dividers, and they even provide big, round paper pads for brainstorming on each table. In the Oceanography building, students might work in the research labs in ship containers that are currently being built as part of new building, or head out into the Arctic on an icebreaker to conduct field studies. Many of the commerce and management programs offer co-op or internships as part of the degree and, being a large research institution, there is to the opportunity to be part of some cool projects, as a volunteer or a paid assistant.

There is no shortage of opportunity for academic study (and distraction!) in Halifax. Ask any of the University Counsellors for their impressions of Dalhousie, or seek out some of the many SMUS alumni who have ventured to the east coast in recent years.

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Alison McCallum
Alison McCallum is Head of University Counselling at SMUS and one of the Academic Advisors.

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