At 14, Abigail Cave left her hometown of Alliston, Ontario, and moved to Toronto so she could pursue her love of dance. It was an experience that opened her eyes and made her want to travel more.
That same spirit of adventure led her to Dalhousie where she could fulfill her goal of studying at a research-intensive university while exploring a new city. Cave is majoring in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science, a degree that relates to her curiosity about new places and people.
“I’ve always just had a fondness for exploring more about life and the systems of life. And understanding how that works and how everything is interconnected.”
This year, in the third year of her degree, Abby took another leap. With the support of the Fulbright Canada Killam Fellowships Program, which provides exceptional undergrads the opportunity to study elsewhere as an exchange student, she’s studying at Arizona State University.
“I always wanted to go to school in another country. I’ve had a strong connection with the U.S. through dance and thought the Killam Fellowship Program would help me make binational academic connections in my undergrad.”
Her semesters in Arizona are allowing Cave to experience residence living, which she missed because of the pandemic. It’s also giving her a chance to learn some new dance moves.
“I was able to take a ballroom swing dance class and a couple of friends from class took me country swing dancing the other night. I’ve never done that before. It was amazing.”
Cave had the classes she’s taking at ASU pre-approved for transfer back to Dal so she can continue her degree without missing a beat.
“I look forward to reconnecting with my friends and to returning to the Black and Gold Dance Team, but I’m enjoying the enriching experience of making connections at ASU. So far, it has been an amazing journey.”
This story appeared in the DAL Magazine Fall 2022 issue. Flip through the rest of the Fall 2022 issue using the links below.
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