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Meet five of Dal's fresh new faces

- September 6, 2017

Incoming Dal students Cassondra Davis, Andreya Skrlac, Grace Erikson-Mireau, Dylan Bennett, and Bronwin O'Connor. (Molly Marcott images)
Incoming Dal students Cassondra Davis, Andreya Skrlac, Grace Erikson-Mireau, Dylan Bennett, and Bronwin O'Connor. (Molly Marcott images)

All moved in and with goodbyes out of the way, Dal's newest batch of students took to the Studley Quad last Saturday afternoon for the start of Orientation activities in Halifax.

We caught up with some of them there to find out why they chose Dal, what they're most looking forward to this year, and what the university's upcoming 200th anniversary milestone means to them.

Bronwin O’Connor – First Year, Integrated Science Program

Where are you from?
Brockville, Ontario.

Why did you choose to come to Dalhousie?
I came to Dalhousie because I have family that came here in the past.

What are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m most excited to meet new people!

What might your new friends be surprised to learn about you?
I come from a huge family. There are nine of us.

Dalhousie celebrates its 200th anniversary next year. What does this milestone mean to you as a student? A lot of people are going to be coming together to celebrate throughout the year, so it will be interesting to be a part of that.

Grace Erikson-Mierau – First Year, Sociology and Social Anthropology


Where are you from?
Ottawa, Ontario.

Why did you choose to come to Dalhousie?
My Mom came to Dalhousie, so I have a family connection.

What are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m excited to start classes!

What might your new friends be surprised to learn about you?
I own a business – Gracelets by Grace. I sell bracelets in the Byward Market.

Dalhousie celebrates its 200th anniversary next year. What does this milestone mean to you as a student? It sounds like the school has been around for a LONG time!

Andreya Skrlac - First Year, Commerce


Where are you from?
Calgary, Alberta

Why did you choose to come to Dalhousie?
I’ve never been to Halifax before and wanted to try something
brand new!

What are you most looking forward to this year?
Meeting new people!

What might your new friends be surprised to learn about you?
I’m bilingual – I speak French and English.

Dalhousie celebrates its 200th anniversary next year. What does this milestone mean to you as a student? We get to continue the “Dal Legacy”!

Cassondra Davis – First Year, Arts and Social Sciences


Where are you from?
Just up the road in Prospect, Nova Scotia.

Why did you choose to come to Dalhousie?
I wanted to stay close to home, and Dal is the best school around!

What are you most looking forward to this year?
New experiences!

What might your new friends be surprised to learn about you?
I looked into my ancestry, and it turns out I am distantly related to Princess Dianna.

Dalhousie celebrates its 200th anniversary next year. What does this milestone mean to you as a student? It’s cool to know we’re not the first ones that have gone here. There are 200 years of alumni.

Dylan Bennett – First Year, Arts and Social Science


Where are you from?
I’m from here! Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Why did you choose to come to Dalhousie?
I have a family history here, and I wanted to stay close to home.

What are you most looking forward to this year?
Pursuing what I am interested in studying instead of just taking general classes.

What might your new friends be surprised to learn about you?
I had two uncles that worked at Dalhousie, but the entire time they worked here they never met!

Dalhousie celebrates its 200th anniversary next year. What does this milestone mean to you as a student? Well, a lot of new buildings, that’s for sure.



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