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  1. Ask a 1L at Dal

    1) I didn't go to dal, but I live downtown and it's a standard city IMO. However, depends what you're used to and what you're looking for. 2) The winter weather is also how you can expect it to be. It's snowy and cold. But not as snowy as way way up north and not as cold as somewhere like Manitoba/Northern manitoba or even ottawa. And solas is right, the unis get a ridiculous amount of snow days and its usually during midterm season which is awesome. 3) Be sure to take everyones opinion with a grain of salt (mine included)! Everyone looks for and prioritizes different things - whether or not you like it will be completely up to you and your preferences. I'm a "come from away" as they call it out here haha. I'm originally from ontario, I did my undergrad on the east coast and recently moved to Halifax. I absolutely love it here. Its a small city with incredible people, sooo many little coffee shops and hidden gems of restaurants/bakeries/places to grab a beer, the city is full of history and character, the buildings are so colourful (never seen so many pink, yellow, green, blue houses in my life), etc. I personally love the nightlife in Halifax, theres a few of your dirty grinding clubs (the dome, toothy moose, etc) then theres a wackload of sit down pubs with little dance floors once in a while (think alehouse, durty nellys, etc). I have not met a person who has came to halifax/the east coast for school and has regretted it. Sure, they might not stick around permanently like I did but they love it and appreciate it and end up being the rich people that flood the small ocean-side towns in the summers with their boats and kids and cute little cottages because the east coast will always be a soft spot for them. For any future readers, I do give you this advice: while sitting with a few east coast friends the other day, they were laughing at all these girls who come from toronto and vancouver to go to dal and they dont do anything. They go home, go to the bars, go to class, take pictures infront of the cute buildings and that's it. If you want to gain a full and complete appreciation for what the east coast has to offer and why people are so proud to come to the east coast (and to lead a healthy lifestyle and get off instagram), find an east coast friend who will take you out on their boat, kayaks, paddle boards, etc. Snowshoes are free to rent from the city of halifax - do it and drive an hour out of the city and go for a hike. Spend a weekend in september doing the cabot trail, but do it for real... don't just drive it and take a sweet insta shot of you gazing out into the ocean - actually stop, pull over, put your hiking boots on and do the hikes and the trails and swim in the waterfalls. Stay in halifax for a summer and you'll be treated to the beaches, the awesome night life (gets waaaayyyyy better in the summer), the good weather and the awesome hungover patio brunches. I apologize for my rant - a little off topic. Also excuse any typos. Didn't proof read it (good lawyer play right there).
  2. 25% drop confusion

    Hi Sang, To answer your question, if you're done your undergrad and you have 120 credits/4 full years of credit, you get rid of the worst 30 credits/25% regardless of what they're worth. If some of your worst marks are worth 6 credits (full year) and some worth 3 credits (half year) just keep adding up your worst grades until the credits reach 30/25%. Here's an example: The easiest way for you to figure this out/me to explain it is through Excel. Say you completed an undergrad with 120 credits (with a combination of 3 credit (or half year) and 6 credit (or full year) courses). 1) In Excel, I would title column A "Grade" and column B "Credit". 2) Fill in each grade with each subsequent credit from undergrad. Now, there are a few different quick calculations you can do from here, but since I don't know how fluent you are in excel or math in general (not saying you aren't, just saying I'm not sure), the easiest thing for you to do is the following: 3) Look down your list of credits. Locate all the full year credits. Since they are worth double the half year credit, you can take the grade you got in the full year credit, add it at the bottom, and change both credits to '3'. Do so until there are no '6' or full year credits left. For example, say in one year your grades are like so: Grade: Credit: 79 3 85 6 92 3 87 3 76 6 82 6 73 3 Then, doing what I said would look like this: Grade: Credit: 79 3 85 3 92 3 87 3 76 3 82 3 73 3 85 3 76 3 82 3 As you can see, the credits in both add up to 30, but they're distributed equally for better calculations. 4) After you do this for your entire transcript, you can "Sort & Filter" the grades by smallest to largest, and get rid of the worst 25% or 1/4 of your grades. Then, using UNB's GPA, you can set your grades equal to their gpa and figure out what your GPA is with drops. I know that may be super confusing - if you need any help or if you want me to calculate it via excel for you and send over the document I'd be happy to do so. Just send me a message! Good Luck
  3. Halifax crime rate

    Hi catchthetrain, I can help you out a bit here - I'm originally from Ontario, but I've been living/going to school in NS for a few years so I can compare the Ontario city life to the Halifax city life. The city is split up into a few 'areas', as neymarsr mentioned. There is the south end (where the universities are), the downtown, the north end, Fairview, Clayton Park, Dartmouth, etc. The stats that these articles talk about generally tend to include all of these areas, which is equivalent to including Mississauga, Etobicoke, Markham, etc in a review of Toronto. If you went to UofT downtown, you wouldn't care what the crime is like in Mississauga because you wouldn't be spending time there. That's exactly what's happening here. Let's review these areas: Fairview, Clayton Park, Dartmouth: As a student at Dal, there's literally no real reason you would spend a ton of time here (unless you find a good hairdresser or something in one of these areas, in which case you'd be there during the day anyways).They're the Mississauga/Etobicoke of Toronto. Completely insignificant to a Dal student and can be ignored. North End: The North End is an area that sparks debate. It is known to be 'sketchy'. In reality, there is one section of the North End that can be seen to be 'sketchy'. As neymarsr said, Gottingen St. is the street in the North End to be avoided. Drive a few streets over and you'll be in cute residential areas with beautiful houses. It's really just that one street/area around Gottingen in the North End that I would be skeptical about. Overall, though, you wouldn't really rent a place in the North End as a Dal student because it can be a hike to the universities, so you wouldn't be here super often. And, if you did head to the North end at night for something like the axe-throwing bar (which is awesome) it'd be with friends and in a cab so nothing to worry about. Trust me, though, I've only heard of the North End being sketchy. I have friends that live right off of Gottingen and I've been down there tons and it really doesn't seem to be sketchy or dangerous at all. During the days, its an awesome spot to find a neat little coffee shop or boutique, but at night it's not a place I'd want a female to walk around alone, if not just for the stories alone. Downtown: Downtown is downtown. It's where the bars are, the ocean is, the cute little cafes are, the Scotiabank Centre, etc. I currently live right next to the Scotiabank Centre, and I can say with confidence that a) the bars here are awesome, the nightlife is bumpin and there's something for everyone and b) I have never felt unsafe. I mean, obviously I'm not recommending you run around downtown Halifax at 4am alone until you find an alley with a homeless man then proceed to cuddle up to him, but I do mean it when I say it's not a scary place at all. (However, again echoing neymarsr, don't go across the Commons after it gets dark. I'm not sure why you would, it's a park so I don't know what you'd want to do there after dark, but I've heard it's not somewhere you want to be. No personal experiences here though). South End: Ah yes, finally the beloved South End. This is where the universities are. There's a significant amount of students living here. It's a pretty location, near the water, the infamous Point Pleasant Park, and a short walk to the downtown bars. This is likely where you'd live, as it's where most people who attend uni live. The crime that happens here consists of drunk dudes putting buckets on their heads and seeing if they can have a fist fight. Nothing to worry about here. I've lived in Fairview and downtown, and I can say from experience that the majority of crime occurs outside of the actual core city. Where you'll be as a student, you'll feel totally safe (as long as you aren't doing dumb things haha). I feel infinitely safer in Halifax than I do in Toronto, London, or even Ottawa. You'll find crime anywhere you go, and if crime is a reason you don't choose Dal you'll be shorting yourself an incredible experience. If you haven't experienced the east coast, I'd recommend doing it. I have yet to meet a person who has come here and failed to love it. I'm one of them! If you have any more questions about anything feel free to PM me! disclaimer: writing this in a rush, please don't hold any grammar, spelling, punctuation etc against me.
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