Melissa

Melissa

Biography

What’s your favourite course at UTSC and why? 

My favorite course at UTSC is PSYB55 (Cognitive Neuroscience). I am a neuroscience major so I find the brain to be extremely interesting, but I loved this course because it showed the interface between psychology and neuroscience. I really enjoyed learning about how abstract concepts in psychology (like memory for example) occur in the physical structures of the brain. It is a very thought-provoking course and it really motivated me to study and learn more. 

 

Who’s your favourite professor at UTSC and why? 

My favorite professor at UTSC is Jason Brown. He is so passionate about what he teaches and never tires of explaining. He does not simply read off of slides or test your ability to memorize material. Instead, he teaches and tests you in a way that encourages you to apply the information learned in class to a completely different context or situation. The application skills I learned in his courses have been extremely useful in other courses   

 

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why? 

My favorite spot on campus definitely has to be the valley, you will probably find me here if the weather permits. The valley has so much beautiful greenspace, and is an amazing place to hang out with your friends, study or just take a simple walk between your classes. 

 

Why did you decide to come to UTSC? 

I decided to come to UTSC because I really enjoyed the environment. I enjoyed the diversity on campus as well as the close-knit community. You are always running into people you know and it is very easy to get closer to your professors  

 

Why did you decide to become an SRA? 

In high school choosing a university was an intimidating experience for me. I chose to be an SRA because I understand the confusion that may come with applying to universities and I wanted to help ease this process. If I can answer even a simple question it just makes my day so much better   

 

Favourite movie/TV show? 

One of my favorite movies would have to be Anne of Green Gables. In terms of TV shows I really enjoy mystery based TV shows like 48 hours or Murdoch Mysteries. 

 

Favourite food? 

I generally love all kinds of food but my favourite has to be Lomo saltado which is an incredible Peruvian dish. 

 

If you could give one piece of advice to your 1st year self what would it be? 

One piece of advice would be to get more involved. No matter how you choose to get involved whether it be a club, research, volunteering or a work study position, it helps facilitate growth of skills that you may not be able to develop by just attending classes. UTSC is an amazing place because you can not only gain knowledge but also develop marketable skills that are useful for your future.