CS2AC Episode 5: A Dominican Student’s Journey from Canadian Boarding School to Studying Applied Computer Science at Dalhousie University

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CS2AC Episode 5: A Dominican Student’s Journey from Canadian Boarding School to Studying Applied Computer Science at Dalhousie University

On this session of the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast we talk with Samara Burton, a second year Applied Computer Science major at  Dalhousie University  in Nova Scotia. Born in Dominica, Samara attended Rothesay Netherwood School in New Brunswick before attending Dalhousie.  She tells us about her first coding experience, her current scholarship and so much more. Listen to the entire interview above.

In this session you will learn :

    • About the current state of Dominica after being hit by Hurricane Maria
    • Why Samara chose Dalhousie  after Rothesay Boarding School in New Brunswick
    • The difference between Computer Science and Applied Computer Science
    • About the courses that help make up a degree in Applied Computer Science
    • How Samara got her start in coding while in Dominica
    • What filling out her immigration paperwork was like
    • Why she recommends Caribbean students attend  international student orientation
    • Why students should utilize Dalhousie  webinars before you arrive
    • Why she moved off campus after first year and resources she used
    • About The Dalhousie scholarship she is on that is specifically for Caribbean students
    • Samara’s advice when it comes to applying for scholarships as a Caribbean student
    • Her upcoming co-op work term and Dalhousie’s co-op application process
    • What Samara’s first snow experience was like
    • Her tips for Caribbean students experiencing the snow


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4 Engineering Programs That You May Want to Consider

If you are considering engineering as a profession you may already be familiar with civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering. However, as we dived into this field of study, we came across some pretty interesting engineering disciplines that we wanted to bring to your attention. 

Offered by Memorial University of Newfoundland this program involves some of the world’s biggest structures that just so happen to be off shore!

The University of New Brunswick’s GGE program uses your aptitude  for math and science in order to analyze data about the Earth’s surface. 

Managing available resources and figuring out how to extract them in a sustainable manner are all part of mineral resource engineering. Offered by Dalhousie University, the  details can be found here.   

At the University of Prince Edward Island, sustainable design engineers design solutions and/ or products that utilize resources in a way that does not compromise the environment or deplete materials. Find out more here

Universities in Atlantic Canada that provide engineering programs include:  University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University,  Memorial University of Newfoundland , St. Francis Xavier University, and Acadia University . 

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Last week on the Caribbean Students to Atlantic Canada Podcast (CS2AC), we spoke to Andy. Andy, who is from the Bahamas, is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s computer engineering program.

Listen to what Andy has to say about his experience as a UNB Engineering student.

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