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My Experience Studying For One Year in Halifax

When I received admission to a university in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I didn’t know what to expect. I was 18 years old when I moved out to live by myself and start university. I felt too young to be living along, as it was very far from home. In the first month, I began feeling lonely and homesick. I started taking classes in the summer and around this, it’s beautiful out there. Eventually, I met new people from my classes and made friends as well. People are very friendly in the city and will even smile at you when passing by on the streets. I started hanging out with friends, touring around the city and spending almost every day at the Harbour Front. Even though there are not many things to do, one can still enjoy their time in the summers, make lots of friends, and tour around the city to explore beautiful scenic spots. 

A few miles away from the city is a place called Peggy’s Cove. This is a gorgeous scenic spot that captures the best views of the sunset. People from all around Canada go to visit and spend time here. I have been there quite a few times and enjoyed every minute. 

Another town very close to Halifax that is very cute is Lunenburg. This little town is so picturesque with colourful houses and buildings that reminded me of Bob the Builder. Other than small coffee shops, souvenir shops, and seafood restaurants there is not much to do there. It’s worth visiting at least once to explore the beauty this town offers. 

The best part about Halifax was Cow’s Ice Cream. Some people might find this funny because it is open in a few cities, but I loved it when I tried it there. I didn’t really like ice cream until I had one from Cow’s. They make the ice cream fresh in their parlours and when you enter their shop it smells really good. One cool thing about them is that the names of the ice cream flavours are based on Atlantic Canada cities. It is Canada’s #1 ice cream and is original, authentic and delicious. 

Over one year, I got to explore these amazing things and felt very comfortable and happy living there. I met amazing people, made a lot of friends and learned to live by myself in a new city away from home. The university I attended was very small with about 9000 students. There were not many opportunities to get involved and the competition was not very high too. The course content, curriculum and school were relatively easier than Concordia. I didn’t feel any pressure from my academic and social life and remember waking up happy every day. 

Overall my experience is Halifax was amazing. Even though I didn’t get many opportunities to get involved and build my Co-Curricular Record, I had a lot of fun. I will always cherish the memories I made there.  


Yashaswi Vig

Concordia CA '21

Yashaswi is currently a student at Concordia University. She moved to Canada at the age of 14 to Ontario, started off her University in Nova Scotia and is currently living in Montreal. She is very adventurous and loves to travel!
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