Ansley

Ansley

Biography

Year:
4

Program:
Biochemistry and Population Health Studies Double Major with a minor in Biology 

Why did you decide to come to U of T Scarborough?
My initial reason for deciding to come to U of T Scarborough was because it was close to home. However, after attending March Showcase, I was given the opportunity to visit the campus and speak with professors and current students. It was then that I really decided that this was the right university for me! The university was in a beautiful environment that was close to nature and a lot of support is provided for students to succeed. The campus was relatively smaller in comparison to other universities and it made the campus much more appealing to me as I felt much closer to other students who may be in the same or different programs. My campus tour guide was also very approachable and enthusiastic which made me excited about the campus as well. It was clear that she really enjoyed her time studying at U of T Scarborough and that she thinks highly of the campus.

What’s the best part of your program?
I had always been interested in sciences, however, I did not want to study pure biology or chemistry. Biochemistry gave me the opportunity to study a combination of both as it focuses on the chemistry of living systems. I came to realize that the combination of theory and laboratory techniques intertwine in a way that makes you truly apply the knowledge you learn from lecture and put it into practice. This program provided me with hands-on experiences that will always be remembered as I continue with my education. Population Health Studies focused on biological determinants of health, epidemiology and the life cycle, allowing me to apply my knowledge of the human body and health at a more applicable and societal level by examining health systems and public policy. This program proved that first-year courses truly are just the tip of an iceberg. The higher level the courses you take, the more diverse yet specific and interesting the courses become!

What campus activities are you involved in? 
I have been very involved on campus since first year which has allowed me to make many new friends, who in turn helped me to adapt through the transition from high school to university. I am currently a student recruitment assistant (SRA), the Vice-President of Academics for the Environmental and Physical Sciences Students' Association (EPSA), and Vice-President of Internal Communication and Coordination of Regenesis, in which I have held these positions last year as well. I also volunteer with AccessAbility Services, Let's Talk Science, and the Women and Trans Centre. I have been involved with these clubs for several years and they have helped me make more connections and gain useful skills.

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
My favourite thing to do on campus is (usually) to put on my headphones, blast some music and take a walk down the Valley. The walk down the trail mixed with the quiet atmosphere and fresh air helps me to relax and unwind. If I am at home, I would be doing the same thing but most likely rather than walking, I would be playing games or surfing the Internet.  

If you could give one piece of advice to your first-year self, what would it be?
If I could give advice to my first-year self, it would be to not be afraid of reaching out for assistance. The university and student clubs provide a lot of assistance that are both academically and socially related. Be active and join student clubs because you can meet amazing friends and mentors who can aid you throughout your undergraduate academic career.

Don't spend time hesitating to do something you want, because with the time you spent hesitating, you could have already done it. And if you spent the time thinking about it, then it's probably worth doing.