Anthropology; Health Studies; Molecular Biology, Immunology & Disease

About Me: 

What’s your favourite course at U of T Scarborough and why?

Ever since my first year, the courses I’ve taken have really inspired me in various aspects of my studies. There is no way I can only pick one course, but I’ll list a few I’ve really enjoyed! Molecular Aspects of Cellular Biology and Genetics (BIOB10/11), Biomedical Ethics (PHLB09), Introduction to Health Research (HLTB15) and ANTA02 (Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology), all these courses explored content which I wanted to learn more about ever since high-school! They provided me with an opportunity to work my critical thinking skills and apply multiple topics in real-life.

Who’s your favourite professor at U of T Scarborough and why?

Well, since I have multiple favourite courses, I also have multiple favourite professors! The top few professors are Aarthi Ashok (BIOB10/11, BIOC10), Larry Sawchuk (ANTB15, ANTC61), Hilary Brown (HLTB16, HLTC27). All of these professors showcased multiple personality traits which really kept me engaged and wanting to come back to learn more! Sometimes the content we learn can be overwhelming, but the way the content is shared and explored can better the learning process to be one which – to you – seems fascinating, exciting and new!

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

One of my favourite spot on campus is the Humanities Wing (HW) patio right outside the Market Place! During many of my breaks (perhaps before/after class, work-study or even at the end of the day) I’ll find myself sitting on one of the benches, reading, listening to music and opening quality time with friends. The patio really brings out a sense of community, friendship and adoration of creation! 

Why did you decide to come to U of T Scarborough?

I visited 2 of the 3 UofT campuses, but UTSC enticed me the most. Once I stepped onto UTSC grounds, I felt a certain attraction due to multiple aspects such as the community feel, the physical environment and the variety of programs offered. When it came to doing a campus tour, seeing all the students communicating, professors speaking with students and clubs inviting students, I knew this is where I wanted to be.

Why did you decide to become an SRA?

One of the primary reasons I decided to be an SRA was to share my passion on how UTSC has contributed to my undergraduate student life (and how it continues to do so). In specific, I want to share my stories, lessons and involvements which I have experienced or am experiencing while being at UTSC. I also want to acknowledge that the skills, moments and relationships which are created on our community based campus, will live with us as we enter post-undergraduate studies, work or any of our future endeavours, so why not share the passion!  

Favourite movie/TV show?

My favourite TV shows include Friends, Prison Break, Jane the Virgin and Games of Thrones! My favourite movie genres include thriller/horror, action, documentary, history and comedy!

Favourite food?

Food is a life-style. I enjoy all types of foods, savory or sweet. But if I had to pick my top three types of foods, I’d have to go with Pakistani/Indian, Mexican and Greek.

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

Don't Wait. As soon as you feel yourself falling behind, do something about it immediately. Reread lecture notes, ask a friend, read the textbook, do extra practice questions, go to office hours/tutorials, etc. Don't wait till right before the midterm/exam to deal with it. In contrast, if you feel like you have spare time, volunteer and/or get involved in clubs or organizations you’re interested in! But, of course, don't overcommit.