What’s your favourite course at UTSC and why?

ANTC67 (Foundations in Epidemiology) and ANTC68 (Deconstructing Epidemics) would be my favourite courses that I have taken at UTSC. Both courses are heavily focused on the origin, spread, maintenance and emergence of old and new infectious diseases in human populations. The courses also focused on statistical analyses and reasonings along with issues in sampling and controls in investigating epidemics.  I find these topics to be very interesting, fun to learn and relevant as some diseases studied in these courses include yellow fever, cholera, influenza, and SARS. 


Who’s your favourite professor at UTSC and why?

Nirusha Thavarajah and Larry Sawchuck would be my favourite professors so far at UTSC. 

Professor Thavarajah was my CHMA10 (Introductory Chemistry) professor. She taught in a way that ensured students understood the course content and did many in-class problems relevant to the material being taught. This allowed her to receive feedback on how students were doing and to review certain topics if necessary. She also posts practise midterms which really helped us prepare for her exams. She is very approachable and truly wants students to succeed. She was definitely one of the professors that made me want to continue pursuing my biochemistry program. 

Larry Sawchuk was my ANTC67 (Foundations in Epidemiology) and ANTC68 (Deconstructing Epidemics) professor. Professor Sawchuck made classes entertaining and is very understanding of student concerns which made his classes very relaxing. He was always willing to accomodate with students provided that you tell him ahead of time and not the night before. He also always gave tips for assignments and exams and gave bonus assignments during class as a reward to students for attending the lecture! 


What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?  

I personally really love the EV building. Although it is far from main campus, it’s very quiet and makes an excellent study space. Their couches are also very comfortable with outlets connected to them! Just simply being in EV often makes me feel productive even if I’m only sitting there watching something on my phone. 

I also really love being in the Valley, especially during Autumn when the leaves are falling. Sometimes I like going with my friends, but more often than not I turn on my music and stroll down myself which I find to be very relaxing. Ever since I went to the creek for one of my classes, I also find that I enjoy simply being near the creek, surrounded by nature and away from all the stresses of the day. 


Why did you decide to come to UTSC? 

When I came to UTSC Fall Open House several factors contributed to my decision in attending this university. 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 and 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 UTSC and that she thinks highly of the campus. She also mentioned all the assistance the university provides for their students to aid them in succeeding which was very appealing as someone who was transitioning from highschool to university. Another factor was the environment which had a lot of nature I was able to see around campus such as the valley and cherry blossom path. 


Why did you decide to become an SRA? 

The responsibilities of an SRA was very similar to what I have always been doing. Ever since elementary school I have been helping with the office and in highschool I have been helping our guidance counselor with grade 8 open houses. 

I have always been interested in such roles as I find it to be very valuable experience. To know that someone is coming to the office with questions and concerns, and to be able to use my knowledge of the university to answer their concerns, is a rewarding experience that brightens my day! 


What is your favourite movie/TV show?   

I can’t really say I have a favorite but I do enjoy watching anything with an intriguing plot and talented actors/actresses. I watch anything from Marvel to Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Supernatural to anime to Chinese dramas to web dramas to variety shows to cooking shows to crime documentaries and so on and so forth! 


What’s your favourite food?    

I enjoy most foods but if you ever actually ask me what restaurant I would like to go to or what I want for take-out, it will definitely be some type of Japanese food! 


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

Don’t be afraid of questioning your program of study or of taking many electives. At the end of the day, you will do better in courses that truly interest you! Sometimes it will seem very stressful and you may start doubting your ability to overcome these challenges, but these stressful times will pass. Even though at the moment it will feel like the end of the world, when you look back, you will realize it wasn’t as bad nor as important as it seemed. Don’t hesitate in doing what you want to do because if you spent the time thinking about it, then it’s probably worth doing!