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Daniel You talks about fourth year

A day in the life

Daniel You talks about fourth year

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Before I came to Dal, I was always stressed, trying to get things done one at a time. But Halifax's slower pace has taught me to take a step back at times—to just be a part of Dal and enjoy the learning experiences.

Balancing biology and volleyball


“I’d never been to the east coast before, so it was a new experience to live here,” says Calgary native Daniel You, adding he’s been on Dal’s varsity volleyball team since first year. “But also, I was interested in the classes offered, and I heard good things about the profs from friends who’d gone to Dal—they had good experiences in Halifax.”

His own view of Halifax is even more positive. “I love it,” he says. “It’s very different than Calgary, which has a very fast pace. But in Halifax, you can take a step back—I can walk from the Life Sciences Building to the Tupper Building and have several conversations with people. In Calgary, it’s just a quick 'hi'.”

Having conversations with his profs comes easily, too. “I’ve always felt comfortable approaching them for help,” he says. “And they’ve been very understanding of my volleyball schedule—they realize I’m representing Dalhousie, so if I have a game or tournament, sometimes they’ve helped me by rescheduling an exam.”

Daniel admits that balancing volleyball with schoolwork was stressful, especially in first year. “But volleyball has taught me time management skills,” he says. “Volleyball is also about perseverance and facing adversity, which you deal with in everyday life. And it’s an outlet: when I’m out on the court, I don’t think about school or other things. So the two really balance each other.”

Finding balance is something he’ll be able to incorporate into his future career. “I’m looking into medicine,” he says, adding that his Biology classes, like Animal Physiology and Histology, “have deepened my desire to be doctor.”

“Animal Physiology is giving me a greater knowledge base and understanding of anatomy in humans as well,” Daniel continues. “We’ve just done a lab on the nervous system and reflexes—it’s good to have the theoretical knowledge in class, and then apply it in labs.”

But before med school, if the opportunity comes up, he might pursue volleyball professionally. “My coach told me I have one more year of undergrad and I won’t have this experience again—competing in varsity volleyball at a high level combined with the great friendships and bonds I have formed during my university career have been very valuable to me.”