Meet Your ACM Mentors

Welcome to ACM at UTSC! Even though the Fall term will be a virtual term at UTSC, we want your transition to our ACM community to be smooth, supportive and vibrant. We will be assigning mentors to incoming ACM students based on the program of study. They would help guide you through this time and share with you their personal journeys as you embark on your own.  

We wish you the best of luck, and please know that you are not alone. We are here for you, to provide you with much-needed support. Please email us at manaal.hussain@utoronto.ca if you want to be paired with an ACM mentor. 

ACM Mentors  
Delicia Raveenthrarajan

My name is Delicia Raveenthrarajan and I am a second year student, double majoring in Music and Culture and Mental Health Studies, with a minor in Psychology.

My passion in the arts centres around vocal and choral music, however I also play other instruments such as the cello and care deeply about accessibility in the arts, music education, and the intersection between music and mental health. As a combination of my passions for youth empowerment, social justice, and music, I currently work as a Choral Conductor at Sistema Toronto.

A fun fact about me is that my full name is longer than the English alphabet!

To incoming students, welcome to UTSC! Know that this next chapter is about much more than academia. View this journey as an opportunity to follow your spark  

Anjali Sharma

My name is Anjali Sharma, and I am a 3rd-year UTSC student, however, this is my second year in the Arts Management program. I had started off as a Business Management student but switched over to ACM in my second year.

A fun fact about me is that, although I was born and raised in Markham, I have travelled to many places across the globe.

After I have completed my post-secondary education, I see myself working in an environment where I am able to educate people. I want to help people learn and understand new and exciting things.

To incoming students, university is an amazing experience. A piece of advice that I wish I had been given before I started is, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, as mistakes are often the most valuable lessons. 

Mortasha Chan

My name is Mortasha Chan, and I’m a third-year student doing double majors in Human Biology and Studio Art, my goal is to be a graphic designer.

At UTSC, there are many different co-curricular activities. I met new friends and gained valuable experiences from participating in various activities.

Fun fact about me, I love watching TV shows and I can binge-watch Netflix for 24 hours!

To incoming students, I encourage all first year students to get involved in the UTSC community and to not be afraid to join clubs.

Sara Currie

My name is Sara Currie and I’m a second-year student at UTSC, double-majoring in Theatre and Performance, and New Media Studies.

Fun fact about me, I’ve been a background actor in movies like Wish Upon (2017), and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019), and TV shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, Private Eyes, and Anne with an ‘E’.

My future goal is to work in the entertainment industry, specifically TV and film.

To incoming students, the transition into university is difficult for most people, and if you ever start feeling alone or like you don’t belong — especially in this online climate — know that so many other students are feeling that way too (and take advantage of the free mental health resources on campus).

CJ

My name is CJ, I am a third year in the joint new media studies program with Centennial college and the pronouns I use are she/her.

A fun fact about me is that my sister and I were both named after men in our family. CJ was my dad's nickname since he was a kid and it was given to me.

My future career goals are not certain at this point, but I think I would like to do multi-media consulting or something in that field.

To incoming students, do not get hung up on the small things. You don't need to have all the answers to your university life or early career right now. Take a deep breath and explore the options UTSC has to offer, you may find a new interest or passion you never knew you had!

Anastatsiya Gordiychuk

My name is Anastasyia Gordiychuk  and I am a 3rd-year student doing a Specialist in Journalism and a Minor in Media.

In the future, I would like to work in broadcast journalism

Fun fact: Any day that starts with a cup of latte is a good day for me!

To incoming students, do not stress. You can be worried about plenty of stuff, but eventually, everything is going to be okay! Adjusting to university life takes time, so don’t panic if something goes wrong. Remember that there are always opportunities to meet new people through student clubs. Go at your own pace and enjoy your university experience.

Dameli Bolat

My name is Dameli Bolat, I am a second-year international student from Kazakhstan. I am studying New Media Studies and Arts Management. Learning about a crucial role of media convergence in the global distribution of music increased my interest in the new media. Although I am not a musician, I consider music as my closest friend because it gives me priceless support and lots of positive energy if I face any challenges in life.  I believe that studying New Media program at UTSC will bring me closer to my dream of working in the world of music where I will be able to create the best experiences for the audience as well as innovative approach in the process of music promotion.

To our incoming students, follow your heart and study something you truly love. And do not be afraid of asking questions to your professor! It is better to understand a new topic from the very beginning.

Annie Sahagian

My name is Annie Sahagian. I am going to my last year of undergraduate majoring in both Human Biology and Media, Journalism and Cultural Studies.

Fun fact about me, I speak multiple languages fluently including Armenian and Arabic.

My future career is definitely leaning more towards the Media and Entertainment industry as well as politics and governance structures.

To our incoming, 1st-year students is that 5 years from now when you look back at your undergraduate journey, what would you want to say; yes I did it or I wish I did it a different way. Follow your heart and take courses in programs that you really are interested in and make sure to be involved on-campus by joining student groups such as ACMSA. Also, make sure to check the Work-Study program on CLNx so you get work positions and develop your professional skills and meet incredible staff, faculty and fellow students.

Junyu Liang

My name is Junyu Liang and I am in my fourth year of study and I double major in New Media and Media Studies.

In the future, I plan to work in education and digital media field. Education changes life, digital media changes the world. I believe these two fields will make a perfect combination in the future and contributes greater to the world.

Fun fact about me is that I love singing at home, so try not to be my neighbour!

To our incoming students, academics are important but isn't the only thing you should spend your time on, be sure to enjoy your undergraduate life!

Please email us at manaal.hussain@utoronto.ca if you want to be paired with an ACM mentor.