Andrew

Year: 

3rd

Program: 

Human Biology; Pyschology

About Me: 

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

This may be cheesy, but every course I have taken thus far has been insightful in my educational journey, and has either taught me about myself, others or the world. If I were to choose my favourite ones, they would be PSYB45 (Behaviour Modification), BIOB10 (Cell Biology), PSYB65 (Human Brain and Behaviour). I found these courses to be thought-provoking as they covered topics like how proteins are made and modified within the body, or how we can be conditioned or unconditioned to behave. These concepts motivated me to want to study and learn more and to me, those are the best kind of classes.

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

My top two favourite professors would be Aarthi Ashok and Jason Brown. You can tell how passionate they are by the way they interact with students. Their teaching is not simply stating information off a power point slide, but actually making the concepts come alive with real-world examples and practical language that make lectures easy to understand. Plus, they both got a great rating online which is always a bonus! 

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

I would say my favourite place on campus would be the library. It’s funny because I never used to study on campus as I would get so distracted and end up on my phone for most of the time. But now, I actually spend most of my time here and it’s become a place that I can sit down at a cubicle, turn on some music and escape from the fast-paced student life. Oh yeah, and I’ve got a lot better at actually staying focused.

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

I was a pretty anxious kid in my final year of high school. I remember applying to a couple of universities, both near and far with UTSC being my back-up. I wanted a campus where I could grow, be challenged and find a group of people that I could journey with for the next years of my life. I feel like I’ve experienced all of that at this campus. I love how this place does not feel like a university, but a community of like-minded students who are working hard, and supporting each other. I feel part of this family now and I’m glad that I chose to come here.

Why did you decide to become an SRA?

The transition to university is definitely not easy, with so many changes and possibilities to consider it can be a stressful time in a student’s life. Being an SRA gives me the opportunity to connect with our prospective students and families in a personal way, and help them think through this important decision. I get to work alongside our dedicated admissions and recruitment team, to find the best students to come to UTSC and not to mention, share my advice and stories to help make this experience memorable for them.

Favourite movie/TV show?

Hands down, my favourite TV series would be The Flash. It has become a favourite at my house, and even my parents watch with me! Aside from that, I watch all the talent shows including American Idol, X Factor and The Voice.

I love a variety of movie genres including comedy, action, thriller and all things Disney.

Favourite food?

I love all kinds of food. I have quite a big sweet tooth so desserts are my favourite. In terms of real food, I would say pizza, chicken, pasta, salmon and good ol’ rice and curry are at the top of the list.

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

You have the unique ability at university to take a hold of your future by getting involved in student life, taking advantage of the services and resources on campus and learning at one of the best institutions in the country. Don’t spend your first year on autopilot, just going to class and then studying in the library. Make new friends, put yourself out there, get the help you need to do your best and don’t be so stressed about your grades. It is not as bad as it seems, and you will get through it.