Abrar Hasin from Dhaka, Bangladesh Saint Mary's University Class of 2018

Abrar Hasin from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Saint Mary's University Class of 2018

    My name is Abrar Hasin. I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am currently in my fourth year of University and am majoring in Chemistry. Picking SMU was a great decision for me. A major reason why I chose SMU was that it was much more affordable than other universities in Canada. Another big reason was the amazing chemistry faculty SMU has, fully equipped with many modern instruments which aids me during research. SMU has an extremely diverse and open-minded community, which helped me fit in and find friends with ease. SMU also has great on-campus jobs, which makes it much easier to work and study since you don’t have to spend too much time commuting from the workplace. I was lucky enough to be selected as a Residence Assistant for one of the floors of our residence, and it is such an amazing and rewarding position. The campus is also connected with indoor pathways, which means less time outside during the tough winters.
   Having travelled to many countries, I can easily say Halifax is one of my favourite places. I absolutely love living here since it is way less crowded than my hometown, and is a very safe place to reside in. The many parks and waterfront areas are beautiful and vibrant, and are great to go to for walks. I am more than happy to call Halifax my home away from home.
   To the new students deciding to come to Halifax and joining SMU, try to befriend as many people as you know. It is a great way to start acquiring connections, and it is also an amazing way to get to know people from many different cultures and have a taste of what it is like to be from different parts of the world. Experiences like that cannot be easily replaced!

Asteria (Xue'er) Wang from Chengdu, China St. Thomas University Class of 2020

Asteria (Xue'er) Wang from Chengdu, China

St. Thomas University Class of 2020

I am Asteria, an international student who is studying in STU as a first-year student. In the past two months, no matter it was open-mind language courses or rigorous academic classes, I enjoy them all. The courses are so motivating and interesting that I do not even know which branch I'm going to choose for further studies. By taking small-size classes, I no longer feel restricted and have courage to ask what I am confused about during class time. Now I am living in a school off-campus residence called Rigby Hall. With lots of enthusiastic and amicable local and international students here, I do not feel lonely anymore. In addition, the numerous activities on campus and in residence fill my leisure time. The International Students Orientation Day especially gave me a deep impression. No matter where you are, no matter where you come from, language is not the border to gain new friendship. You can be happy in learning and can grow in a new environment - these are the reasons why I like this school. 

Nawaz Sani from Pakistan Huron at Western University Class of 2018

Nawaz Sani from Pakistan

Huron at Western University Class of 2018

Originally from Pakistan, Nawaz Sani moved to London at 14.  He heard about Huron from a guidance counsellor and decided to attend the March Break Open House, which convinced him to attend Huron University College.

“I love the community at Huron.  People really see you here.  You have conversations.  It’s inclusive; you’re not anonymous.  You Contribute.”

Ibrahim from the United Arab Emirates Saint Mary's University

Ibrahim from the United Arab Emirates

Saint Mary's University

Traveling and discovering new cultures is my passion; that’s why I decided to study abroad. Worldwide, there were many different opportunities at countless universities. Saint Mary’s University however, stood out against them all with their world class business program and their classic Canadian lifestyle. Like any new adventure in life, it was scary to leave home to go to a place that I had never been. Quite frankly, I did not know what to expect; would I make friends? Will my English improve? Will I miss my family? The answer to all of these questions was yes. While I missed my family and friends back home, their support for my studying abroad only increased my ability to make friends, improve my languages, and to work towards my passion of business. Every single person that I met in Halifax was kind, respectful, and did not hesitate to help me. Not only were students and the public influential in my success at SMU, but the teaching methods of our professors are what really prepared me to apply what I was learning in class to real life situations in the work force. SMU is setting up the building blocks to not only helping me find employment, but to help me find a career that suits me.

Kaan Kalkan from Turkey Huron at Western University Class of 2018

Kaan Kalkan from Turkey

Huron at Western University Class of 2018

Kaan is an international student at Huron from Turkey. With the goal of pursuing a Law degree in Canada, Kaan has made a home at Huron. “I’m happy to be in Canada and at Huron especially. Studying abroad gives you another perspective to learn about other cultures. Huron is the perfect university for me. The classes are small, you can interact with professors and making friends was really easy. In residence, I met many people and made lots of friends, including my current roommates,” Kaan says. On top of the residence community, Kaan found a classroom setting that facilitated discussion, an important learning tool for this international student. “In a smaller class you can really listen carefully and ask questions. Professors are always available to help you. You can just drop their offices to talk.” 

Aishwarya Radhakrishnan from the UAE St. Thomas University Class of 2020

Aishwarya Radhakrishnan from the UAE

St. Thomas University Class of 2020

    I am originally Indian but I've lived in Dubai my entire life. When I was in the 12th grade, I went to a career fair to explore my possible options. That's where I found out about STU. What peaked my interest in STU was that it was an exclusively liberal arts university. I am planning on doing a double major in psychology and criminology, and so, the fact that STU is a liberal arts university made it a good choice for me. Also, I liked the fact that STU is a smaller university and has a smaller society. As I am not the most extroverted person, this made it easier for me to make friends and settle into the community. 

    STU has also provided me with many different opportunities. Last year, I was in the university’s track and field team and this was an incredible experience. I wasn’t used to running on hills so that was something new to me. This year, I got the opportunity to be a welcome week leader for the off-campus first year students. Due to this, I got to demonstrate my leadership abilities and I got to enjoy welcome week again! 

    STU is an incredible university, one that you will not forget. I’ve met so many amazing people this past year and I’m glad to call STU home.

Chandika Ramful from Mauritius Saint Mary's University Class of 2018

Chandika Ramful from Mauritius

Saint Mary's University Class of 2018

I was born and raised on the paradise island of Mauritius. When I turned 18, I decided to leave my island behind in search of better opportunities in the wonderful land of Canada. I chose to pursue an undergraduate degree with a double major in Chemistry and Biology at Saint Mary’s University. This particular university attracted me due to its relatively low tuition fees and small class sizes. I figured that this would be a great way to obtain world-class education while alsosaving some money that can come in handy later on should I get admitted in a medical school for further studies.

When I first came to Canada, I was amazed by how kind and polite Canadians are. Friendliness seems to be their best quality! Despite then being a shy girl, it was easy for me to build a friendship with them, some of which I know will last for life. I soon started to feel very comfortable being in this country. Moreover, SMU also plays a major role for making me feel blessed to have chosen to come to Canada. I am grateful for the amazing education that I have received so far. Professors are usually very friendly and helpful. I have enjoyed having small classes from my second year to my fourth. Professors know you, and you know them. SMU, being a relatively small university, provides a lot of opportunities for all the students to become active in the school community, giving us the chance to build strong resumes. I have been given the chance to be involved in societies as well as peer mentoring programs. I have had the fabulous opportunity to be a research assistant in the Chemistry department for more than two years now, and this has allowed me to see chemistry differently from how I used to see it in my classes. SMU has also been generous to me with respect to scholarships to help me pay for my tuition fees.

However, to me, till date the best thing about SMU remains the fact that we do not need to go outside in the snow to go to our classes in winter since most of the buildings are interconnected!

Candice (Jiahui) Wang from Tianjin, China St. Thomas University Class of 2020

Candice (Jiahui) Wang from Tianjin, China

St. Thomas University Class of 2020

My name is Jiahui Wang (Candice), majoring in economics. The first time I heard about STU was about one year ago on the Maple Leaf University Exhibition Tour. Then I found out that Fredericton is a peaceful and beautiful city, and STU is different than other universities. STU has really small class sizes, there are no more than 60 students in every class to guarantee the teaching quality, which is benefit to all the students. I am living in Rigby Hall, one of STU's residences outside the campus with independent bathroom and a public kitchen. It only takes 15 minutes to walk to campus or couple minutes by taking bus, and it's free to take buses with my student ID card. Additionally, there are many international and exchange students at STU. It has been a lot of fun to take ESL classes with those friends who come from all parts of the world, and hang out together on weekends.

Divesh from Mauritius Saint Mary's University Class of 2018

Divesh from Mauritius

Saint Mary's University Class of 2018

My name is Divesh and I am a 4th year Finance and Entrepreneurship student at SMU. I am from the small and not so popular island located in the Indian Ocean called Mauritius. Coming to SMU was more like a roller coaster ride for me, with all its ups and downs. At first, it was an overwhelming experience for me because I was experiencing a totally new culture and I was wrestling with the differences between the Canadian and Mauritian Cultures.

However, if I have the chance to live those past four years of my life again, I would choose SMU again without any hesitation. SMU taught me so much and allowed me to grow into the person that I am today. From the small classes and teachers who know you personally to all those work and volunteer opportunities on and off-campus, SMU and Halifax certainly contributes to a more successful transition into adulthood. The international experience at SMU is so big that you learn how to accept each other's differences and work together on an international market. SMU has always and will always welcome new students amongst its premises and I am glad and thankful for being part of the "Husky World".