What’s your favourite course at UTSC and why?
One of my most favourite courses at UTSC is HLTA01: Foundations in Health Studies. I initially had no idea what health studies was about and simply took this course as an elective during my first year. To my surprise, by the end of the semester, I was immensely intrigued by the subject and thus, decided to change my program from Neuroscience Specialist to Double Major in Health Studies: Population Health (Co-op) and Neuroscience. Health studies encapsulates a macro-level approach to provide a holistic understanding of the social, cultural, political and environmental determinants that affect the health of the entire population. This gave me a solid perspective on why I want to pursue a career in the health-care sector.
Who’s your favourite professor at UTSC and why?
One of my most favourite professors at UTSC is Dr. Michael Souza. There was never a single moment where I ever felt bored during his 3-hour lectures for PSYB65: Human Brain and Behaviour. He is extremely passionate, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject, which in turn, helps the students to remain really engaged and curious throughout. He’s also very patient/eager when it comes to answering students’ questions and acknowledging their differing point of views.
What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?
The Highland Creek Valley is one of the many (main) reasons why I chose to come to UTSC. I visited the Valley with my classmates during a school trip when I was in high school and I instantly fell in love. I really enjoy and value spending time in nature either with people I love or in solitude, far from all the chaotic city buzz. It’s such a beautiful, scenic and calming environment to hangout, exercise or simply get some fresh air. Another one of my favourite spots on campus is the Multifaith prayer room located in SL281. It’s a very welcoming space where you get to meet people of different faiths and collectively engage in prayers & activities that encourage peace.
Why did you decide to come to UTSC?
Alongside the Valley, the Co-op program, the convenient commute system and the close-knit community are some of the many factors that persuaded me to choose UTSC. All the academic, extracurricular and health support services are very closely interconnected and easily reachable. Though some people may not be too fond of it, I personally love how UTSC’s architecture kind of gives off a high-school vibe, while also comprising of higher-level learning. It certainly helped me to feel less overwhelmed, become more familiar with my peers and network with various staff members on campus.
Why did you decide to become an SRA?
I began volunteering with Erin Cannon (Admissions and Recruitment Officer) as an Admissions Mentor in the beginning of 2019. This allowed me to connect with over 30 prospective students via email to offer some guidance and answer questions about the Arts and Science Co-op program. As an SRA, I am able to directly interact with hundreds of students to help ease their transition to university and promote the numerous supportive services of our campus that many don’t know about. The extremely professional, welcoming, funny and caring staff members of the Admissions office made my work experience here the best I’ve had so far!
Favourite movie/TV show?
Along with certain Marvel films, I love classic Bollywood/Hollywood movies from the 90s- early 2000s the most.
From The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Stranger Things, America’s Got Talent, Master Chef, to several cultural (Bengali/Hindi/Pakistani) dramas, my list of favourite TV shows is simply too long to choose one from!
Anything food that is savoury. Most favourites would be Bengali street food and my mom’s biryani!
If you could give one piece of advice to your 1st year self what would it be?
Being independent does not mean that you are isolated! Take advantage of the facilities you have around you, listen and never feel shy to speak to people within and outside of your program. As cliché as it sounds, it is very true that when you are/become genuinely interested in the subject you are learning, it becomes a lot easier to comprehend and do well in no matter how difficult it may be to someone else. Eventually, with the much-needed successes & failures, patience & persistence, you will figure out what is truly meant for you!