Meena

Year: 

4th

Program: 

Human Geography; Public Law; Sociology

About Me: 

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

My favorite course at UTSC is GGRA03 (Cities and Environments)! I enjoyed this course as the concepts that were discussed connected to current world issues, such as ­­­urban planning in informal settlements. I also loved this course thanks to the professor instructing at the time, Professor Michelle Buckley, who designed the course in a way that interested students and educated them about everyday things that younger generations may not be aware of. My favorite lecture in the course would be about technology and how our data is used. It’s important for younger generations to understand how our devices track personal data and how it can be used, since we use technology on a daily basis. I would like to give special thanks to Dr. Buckley as I still apply the foundational theories that I have learned from her course into my life and in other courses.

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

My favorite professor at UTSC is Professor Michelle Buckley! She is the most genuine, supportive, and interactive professor who strives to educate students about issues in geographic spaces. What I love about Professor Michelle Buckley most is that she connects current world issues with course topics and concepts, making the lecture fun and informative. Dr. Buckley also incorporates different learning styles and participation methods to keep the lecture engaging and a safe space for students to share their thoughts and ideas. She is always flexible with her office hours and always welcomes students with open arms.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus would have to be the Meeting Place. Not only is it a space for students to study, network, host club fairs, booths, and fun events but a great spot to bump into your professors and have a conversation! Since UTSC is a smaller campus, this benefits students and professors as you will see your professors on campus very often, which reduces the fear of starting a conversation!

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

Right from the beginning, after a campus tour and Fall Campus Day, I knew UTSC would be the perfect place for me to pursue my undergraduate degree. The small community, support from faculty and students, resources and opportunities have helped me so much from my very first day of university till today. I also love how UTSC is rich in culture and diversity, with many student associations representing their culture and constantly welcoming students to experience the multiculturalism and positivity on campus.

Why did you become an SRA?

Becoming a Student Recruitment Assistant and working with Admissions and Student Recruitment has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my undergraduate journey. Applying to university, especially being a first-generation student can be very stressful and intimidating (I was once in that position). As an applicant, I would always contact the Admissions office at UTSC for help, which alleviated a lot of my stress. In addition, as a student at UTSC, I strongly believe in giving back to the community and helping students and their families during the period of choosing the right institution. An inspiration for me to take this role was UTSC’s Student Ambassador Program, where I had the pleasure of being a tour guide. I loved sharing my campus stories and experiences with prospective students and their families. This role motivated me to become an SRA and I couldn’t be happier. I have helped many students and I am beyond proud and happy to see them at UTSC succeeding and enjoying UTSC and what our campus has to offer their academic and extracurricular interests.

Favorite movie/TV show?

Favorite TV show: Friends

Favorite movie: Beauty and the Beast

Favorite food?

Nachos!

If you could give one piece of advice to your 1st year self what would it be?

There is no such thing as a silly question! This is a new chapter in your life and you are going to have lots of questions. What I love about UTSC is that the students and staff are so friendly and helpful. So, don’t be afraid to ask for help!