Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Hundreds of high school students explore StFX during annual Open House

October 19th, 2019
Students and their families attend an Academic and Student Services Showcase during the StFX Open House.

Hundreds of high school students from across Canada and into the United States visited the StFX campus on Oct. 19, 2019 to see firsthand what life is like as a StFX student as the university hosted its annual Open House. 

StFX welcomed about 900 visitors, high school students and their families, to campus during a day designed to discover all the university offers, from incredible faculty and academic programs to amazing student leadership opportunities to that special feeling of community StFX is famous for. 

“You’re here today to walk across this beautiful campus and see how it feels to you, to get a sense of what it’s like to live here, to study here,” StFX President Dr. Kevin Wamsley said as he welcomed a full house to campus and spoke about what makes StFX special during the President’s Welcome held in Coach K Court in the Amelia Saputo Centre for Healthy Living. 

“We’re all here for the same reason, post-secondary education. It’s a big decision to make,” Dr Wamsley said as he encouraged the high school students present to visit at least their top three choices. 

“You need to walk across the campus and feel like you belong.” 

WHY STFX?

Why should you come to StFX, he asked? What makes the difference for university?

“What makes StFX different is its values.”

We believe in respect at StFX, he said: respect for yourself, your families, fellow students, staff and faculty and the Antigonish community. 

“The second thing is about service.” You’re here to get an outstanding education, but it’s more than just graduating and being successful, it’s also about giving back and serving your community, he said.

It’s also about leadership. “We have so many opportunities for leadership, including the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership,” he said, noting you don’t have to the be loudest voice in the room to be a leader. 

The X-Ring also makes StFX stand out, he said, “but you don’t just come here to get a ring…you come here for what the ring symbolizes.”

Dr. Wamsley advised the students that when they’re making this very difficult decision, don’t do it because you like the look of a certain building or you received the highest scholarship. Make the decision based on the academic programs and the people that are there that will provide an outstanding education and that will respect and care about you. 

GREAT OPPORTUNITY

For high school student Logan Jones and his father Larry of Halifax, NS, the day provided a great opportunity to learn more about StFX in general and its political science program in particular. 

Logan says he is interested in the degree, and several StFX political science alumni they know rave about the program. On his way to a program information session, he says he really liked the open feel of the campus. 

Luke Conlon and his mother Sheree of Dartmouth, NS, visited the StFX campus for the first time to learn more about the Gerald Schwartz School of Business. They say they’ve been enjoying the experience. Luke says he was impressed with the President’s Welcome. “I liked how passionate he is about education.”

The visiting students and their families had a full day, starting with early bird campus tours, exploring campus before the day’s events started. The tours, led by knowledgeable student guides, were again offered in the afternoon, giving visitors a taste of StFX life by touring residences, academic spaces and student life building. 

Professors and program chairs from all departments were on hand to meet students and their families and to answer questions during an Academic and Student Services Showcase held in the recently opened Mulroney Hall. During the showcase, students also had an opportunity to meet with student services staff to learn how StFX can support their personal and academic growth. 

The day also included lunch in Morrison Hall dining room. 

Students who had applied online before Oct. 16th, were able to receive a decision on their application at the Open House. 

Anyone who missed the event, but would like to explore StFX is invited to arrange a personalized campus tour at any time by contacting the Visitor Centre by email at visit@stfx.ca or by phone at (902) 867-4964

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