Daniel

Year: 

3rd

Program: 

Political Science; Public Policy

About Me: 

What’s your favourite course at U of T Scarborough and why?

My favourite course is one of my elective courses I took, Experiencing Development in Africa (IDSA02H3). Coming from Africa, I enjoyed this course because it enabled me to understand why Africa is in its current situation despite the fact that it is one of the richest continents in the world. This course allowed me to use colonialism, political and historical explanations to explain complex development problems in Africa in Particular and other parts of the world. Above all, this course enabled me to understand the agenda behind development agencies and actors and what other alternative approaches to development are available.

Who’s your favourite professor at U of T Scarborough and why?

My favourite Professor is Professor Husseina Dinani at the department of Historical and Cultural Studies. She is my favourite because she is passionate, very creative and persistence when teaching. She takes her time in communicating complex topics to students and she is very detail-oriented. She makes sure that all the students get participate in class and thanks to her, I became so bold to participate in subsequent classes because I used to be very shy.

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

My favourite sport on campus is soccer. I love soccer because I grew up in one of the best soccer countries in Africa — Cameroon.  Winning or losing a soccer game in most parts of the world is like a matter of life and death. If you could ask Real Madrid football club manager, Zenedine Zidane, he would tell you “there is more in football than the eyes can see”. I love soccer because it unites the world and the fact that most soccer players are involved in humanitarian activities across the globe.

Why did you decide to come to U of T Scarborough?

I decided to come to UTSC firstly because it is the best University in North America and due to its strategic location surrounded by greeneries of different species. It provides a very conducive environment for studies, due to the good and fresh breeze from the trees. What also makes it unique is that, most of the Professors are always ready to have a one on one conversation with students in order to help them with studies.

Why did you decide to become an SRA?

I decided to become an SRA because one of my passions is to work in an environment where I will be in a position of helping others with vital information that would impact their lives in a positive way. As an SRA, I get to interact with the public (students, parents) by helping them out with information about UTSC processes and procedures on admissions. I really enjoy doing this.

Favourite movie/TV show?

I have 3 favourite TV shows — Family Feud, Maury and Jerry Springer.

Favourite food?

I like fried rice any day and at any time.

If you could give one piece of advice to your first-year self what would it be?

My advice would be to get involved and make use of UTSC student services. (Academic Advising and Career Centre, admissions office, registrar’s office, offices of professors) because they are out to make sure you succeed with your studies. Also, be open –minded, go out of your comfort zone and always know that people are ready to speak to you. Interact with many people as you can. Above all STUDY.