Yasmin

Year: 

4th

Program: 

Management (Finance)

About Me: 

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

My all-time FAVOURITE course at UTSC is Management Ethics (MGSC14). If you’re looking for a course that’s exciting, stimulating and not to mention interesting then look no further. What I love about Management Ethics is how relevant the information being taught is to our day to day lives. I can relate to a lot of the material being taught which makes it easier for me to remember certain concepts, lessons and examples communicated in this course. And maybe Im a little biased but any course professor Stark teaches is entertaining in itself. Normally I’m hesitant when friends suggest me to take certain courses because of the outcome of the last time I took an elective recommended by lots of students (which I didn’t find too interestingL). However Im telling you this is probably one of THE best courses offered at UTSC and you’ll always be motivated to come back to class to resume where your professor left off. Ahem you have been warned ;)

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

If you haven’t guessed from my answer in the first question my favourite professor at UTSC is Professor Stark. The reason being is that I love his method of teaching and how effective in class. Instead of pulling up PowerPoint slides or have us copy notes on the board he will sit in the front of the class and relay our lectures in a form of a story. Typically it’s up to you on how you want to grasp the information he is providing. (I work better copying my notes in my binder with a pen then a computer). The best part of it all is that our class discussions are more of a debate then teacher asks question student answers. It gives students the chance to really express their opinions and provide insights to different perspectives you may of not thought of.

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

Oh that’s a hard one to say, I’m normally all over the campus haha, but if I had to pick then my go-to fav spot on campus would be the BV study space. One of main reasons why I’m always there is the fact that the desks are huge (enough space for my books & laptop) chairs are comfy as well as the convenience of being open 24hrs. Yeah I know your probably thinking why it’s not the picnic tables outside of the HW building or the valley or any beautiful spots we have around campus but honestly when I come to school I usually use my laptop which needs an electrical circuit to plug into hence why I’m always indoors LOL. But of course with most of my management courses being at the IC building I’ve been spending more time there then at our main campus so I would say by default the IC finance lab would be my second home J.

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

I came to UTSC for two main reasons. One reason was the fact that I got accepted to the management program which I know is a great program to be a part of. Secondly (and probably the reason what finalized my decision) was its close knit community feel attached to this campus. As a young kid I always wanted to go to UofT. To be quite honest I didn’t know about the Scarborough or the Mississauga campus in my high school years until I reached my grade 12 year. I wanted to attend auniversity where I wouldn’t feel left out due to the thousands of students studying within your area of discipline. I wanted to feel comfortable interacting with professors and be able to have that one on one interactions with my peers as well. In the Scarborough campus that’s exactly what I vision my university experience would consist of. With my courses mainly being located in one building and having our food locations among the same area we wouldn’t have to walk too far to get from one place to another and the fact that our buildings are connected underground is a plus as well. Im glad I chose UTSC for my undergrad and I know incoming students that have the same interests like I have would definitely love this campus.

Why did you decide to become an SRA?

I became an SRA because I love providing my experiences and expertise to potential students, so that they can make what’s probably the most important decision of their lives. I was lucky and fortunate to have a cousin who attended UTSC, so she was a great help in my transition to university and helping me get familiar with the right support and aids useful in my first year. However, her program of study was completely different then what Im doing so she was not as familiar with themanagement department as she was a life science student. With the right help and guidance from program advisors, professors and networking opportunities I was able to differentiate what I liked and didn’t like which has lead me to choose to specialize in my current field, finance. If I can provide insight to potential students about my experiences or even relevant programs they are interested in I would feel accomplished and happier knowing that I was able to contribute in the decision process of what their future career may be 5-10 years from now.

Favourite movie/TV show?

TLC all the way. Funny enough I just started to watch almost every show on TLC (possibly my fav genre of shows J). Currently I religiously watch a show called 90 day fiancé on TLC. ITS SOOOOO GOOD GUYS you have to watch it. If that show wasn’t on you will probably catch me watching either say yes to the dress, outdaughtered, my giant life, cake boss. So yeah basically TLC haha.

Favourite food?

That’s not fair you can’t honestly make me pick L. If I had to pick it would be chicken. I would literally be full without any air capacity in my stomach but if my mom mentioned she brought home chicken wings id be the first one to stand there with a plate ready LOL. It can be anything honestly like a chicken leg, chicken burger, chicken wrap, wings, chicken on pizza etc.

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

My one piece of advice to first year students will be to get involved as much as possible within campus. I know grades are important and being on top of your readings and assignments will take you far however, having a fairly good social life on campus is the healthy balance students need especially in their first years. Not to mention when you look for jobs after you graduate there will be a high chance of them asking about some of the extracurricular activities you participated during your undergrad years. By proving to your employer that you were involved in school activities and maintained a good overall average will put you in an advantage against other competing graduate students looking for the job as well. Oh and one more reason to get involved… to give yourself a break and have fun!