Laraib

Laraib

Biography

Year:
4

Program:
International Development Studies 

Why did you decide to come to U of T Scarborough?
I decided that U of T Scarborough was the best fit for me as it provided not only the best opportunities for academic learning but experiential learning (i.e. co-op) as well. Along with that, the close-knit and diverse campus were highly attractive features for me.  

What’s the best part of your program?
The best part of the International Development Studies program is how interdisciplinary it is. Such an interdisciplinary take has taught me why development and the discourse that follows it are intrinsic to the broader global order. Through engaging with a variety of disciplinary approaches within the development studies field, this program has allowed me to develop a critical understanding of social injustices and social responsibility.  

What campus activities are you involved in? 
I am the co-president of a club my friends and I had the pleasure to found at U of T Scarborough called South Asian Women’s Society (SAWS). A group dedicated to creating a supportive environment, raising awareness and tackling issues pertaining to South Asian women. 

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I enjoy baking during my spare time. I especially enjoy making pizza and all types of bread. 

If you could give one piece of advice to your first-year self what would it be?
To ask for help! The transition process of first year can be a little overwhelming, but there are a plethora of resources including your professors and teaching assistants who are there to help you. Ask for help when you are unsure or struggling, even if it’s a small thing.