Laraib

Laraib

Biography

What’s your favourite course at UTSC and why? 

My favourite course at UTSC is IDSA01. It taught me why development and the discourse that follows it is intrinsic to the broader global order. This course also inspired me to pursue a specialist in International Development Studies.  

 

Who’s your favourite professor at UTSC and why? 

My favourite professor at UTSC is Professor Bettina von Lieres. Her enthusiasm and vast knowledge in her field make her class very engaging and genuinely interesting.  

 

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why? 

My favourite spot on campus is the study area in the meeting place. It’s a great space to study and the big windows provide a lovely view of the green space outside.  

 

Why did you decide to come to UTSC? 

I decided that UTSC 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 attracting features for me.  

 

Why did you decide to become an SRA? 

I decided to become an SRA because I feel like my experiences at UTSC and my perspective as a student could be useful to incoming students. I recall coming into the admissions office while going through my own admission process to UTSC, and how helpful the SRAs were in guiding me and answering my questions. I decided that I would love to be able to provide such assistance and guidance to other incoming students, as I know from first-hand experience how impactful such help can be.  

 

Favourite movie/TV show? 

My favourite TV show is a Norwegian one called SKAM.   

 

Favourite food? 

Super cheesy pasta.  

 

If you could give one piece of advice to your 1st 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.