Jessica

Jessica

Biography

Year:
4

Program:
Double Major in Human Geography and Political Science; Minor in International Development Studies

Why did you decide to come to U of T Scarborough?
As an international student, I didn’t know much about the different universities in Canada, however, I was certain that I wanted to attend the best! This is largely why I chose the University of Toronto. The reason I decided to come to the Scarborough campus was actually due to my experience on a campus tour. There seemed to be a real sense of community and support that I knew would be important to me, as well as having the beautiful valley and sporting facilities.

What’s the best part of your program?
All of it. Just kidding (kind of...)! Honestly, I love how interdisciplinary my programs are and the real-world examples that we use during classes. Human Geography touches on such a wide variety of topics – whether it be related to politics, economics, the environment or development, there’s a little bit of everything which is great!

What campus activities are you involved in? 
I have been involved quite heavily on campus during my time at U of T Scarborough; however, never so much as this year! It really just showed me how strong our student community is, even while things are being done virtually. Specifically, this year I have worked with both the Admissions and Student Recruitment office and the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU), as well as being the president and founder of a student club and the Vice-President External of the Geography and City Studies Student Association (GCSA).

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I love working on all my different projects! I am pretty heavily involved on campus, so I like to catch up on work and start brainstorming new ideas for my various positions. Besides that, I’m a big fan of Netflix! A good movie and pizza is pretty much my go-to.

If you could give one piece of advice to your first-year self, what would it be?
Go to every class and tutorial! Participation matters! Besides that, I would just say to enjoy every minute. University can be incredibly stressful at times, but it’s something you may only get to experience once. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of my best friends while studying here and created some unforgettable memories. There are so many amazing experiences that sometimes go unnoticed and we don’t fully appreciate them while they’re happening. So, essentially, enjoy the whole experience!