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Sarah Ambrose talks about 4th year

A day in the life

Sarah Ambrose talks about 4th year

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My friends and my brother were here and they all loved it. Everyone I talked to was obsessed with Dal. So I got in and came and really liked it.

Finding a good home in statisics


Sarah Ambrose first thought about a statistics degree when a university representative visited her high school.

“We were talking one on one. She and I were talking about math,” she recalls. “She said her sister just switched to statistics and loves it. I really liked my stats course in Grade 12 and I didn’t know I could do it as a major.”

Sarah’s road here took a few years. She tried two other universities before she came to Dalhousie. Wondering if university was for her, she took a year off, did a wilderness leadership program and travelled to Nepal to teach English.

When she realised she wanted to do something more academic, she reapplied to Dal.

“My friends and my brother were here and they all loved it. Everyone I talked to was obsessed with Dal. So I got in and came and really liked it for once. So I stayed.”

“I just liked that the teachers seemed to care,” she says. She found the profs really aproachable and the class sizes small.

“Profs will email you back within a day or you can just go and knock on their office door and they’re there. That’s really helpful and I didn’t really find that at other schools.”

She was also impressed with the Resource Centre, a drop-in workspace where she could get help and meet other students.

“Even though I didn’t know anyone, I could come here and I could get help from the tutors or ask someone else in my class. It’s like a meeting place where everyone’s working and everyone is on the same page.”

Sarah’s interested in applying statistics to epidemiology, the study of patterns and factors that influence the spread of disease. “It’s statistically intensive,” she says, but adds that you can apply statistics to most sciences.

“So many people take it – sociology, political science, environmental science – everyone needs to learn it and they don’t realize how much they use it until later.”

“People who graduate from statistics have the ability to look at things in depth and help everyone else out,” she says.  

After spending her summers in British Columbia tree planting, she plans to stay in Halifax after graduation and take a year off.  

“I definitely want to get out more in NS and be here in the summer. I want to go sea kayaking and hike some Nova Scotia trails, like Cape Chignecto.”