Kristen

Year: 

1st

Program: 

Co-op Psycholinguistics

About Me: 

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

CSCA20: Introduction to Programming. I like to keep up to date with the latest technological advancements, and I’ve always found coding and computers interesting. I hope to take it next year!

What UTSC event are you most excited to experience?

The Mosaic Showcase. It’s an event where individuals and clubs show off their singing, rapping, dancing, rapping, spoken-word poetry, and musical talents. I love to see people perform doing the things they are passionate about, so this is definitely something that has a spot on my calendar!

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

Right now it’s the room near the end of the locker corridors of the Bladen Wing. It has a nice view of the outside, it’s close to the bus stops, and it’s usually pretty quiet and calm. Overall a good place to study or to just chill.

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

UTSC had everything I wanted in a school. It was a small enough that I felt a sense of community, yet large enough that I would always get to meet new people. UTSC had the program I was interested in, and had a co-op option so I could gain real world experience in my field. But what I really appreciated then, and still do now, was the culture of the campus. Everyone has been very kind and welcoming, which being an international student is especially comforting.

Why did you decide to become an SRA?

The entire university application process can be a very stressful and worrying time. At a young age you’re being asked to make decisions that can potentially affect the course of your life. University is supposed to provide a foundation and framework for your personal development, and help the transition into the adult world. I just want to help younger students make the most informed decision they can, while showing them why UTSC could be that place for them.

Favourite movie/TV show?

My favorite tv show is Yuri on Ice, and my favorite movie is the Tale of Princess Kaguya!

Favourite food?

Baked Ziti! Or any kind of pasta really.

If you could give one piece of advice to your high school self what would it be?

Calm down. One bad test grade won’t prevent you from getting into university. But a cycle of perfectionism and procrastination will, so do yourself a favor and stop (congrats you eventually do!). Try to break out of your shell a bit, and take risks. Learn to accept things as they come, and go with the flow. Do your best—not for your parents, or your family or friends. Do it for yourself.