Alaina

Alaina

Biography

Year:
4

Program:
Social Sciences and Humanities (English major, Sociology and Gender Studies minor)

Why did you decide to come to U of T Scarborough?
I like the tight-knit community and campus. There's a lot of greenery and the faculty and students care about your mental well-being and not just your academic sucess.

What's the best part of your program?
In my Sociology program, there are a lot of events and panels that happen for students. There's a group called SOS (Students of Sociology) and they help Sociology students with tutoring.

What campus activities are you involved in?
I'm in an extracurricular club called U of T Ahgases. It's a K-pop group that the president and I requested to make during the summer. I'm an executive there along with a few other girls. We create fun social events and parties for a group called GOT7. 

What's your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I like to teach archery at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and I like to practice shooting in my spare time. I enjoy giving encouragement to my little warriors (that's what I call my students!) during class every week and hope the sport itself gives the students a sense of confidence and power.

If you could give one piece of advice to your first-year self, what would it be?
Be bold enough to ask for help. Everyone around you is very friendly and are willing to help first-year students. The professors would not have a job to do if students don't go up to them and ask questions, so ask questions and ask a lot! That's their job! Also, go to their office hours!! Otherwise, they just sit there waiting for students to come in. They will be bored and looking for work to do if there aren't any students. Do not be afraid to try! Just like the song lyrics from my favourite rock band: "I'm not afraid to love, I'm not afraid to try, I'm not afraid to fly with my head high."