Sophie

Sophie

Biography

Year:
4

Program:
Management and Information Technology Co-op

Why did you decide to come to U of T Scarborough?
The co-op option played an important role. I was (and still am) struggling with "What can I do after graduation?" and I thought co-op would be helpful. Multiple work terms allowed me to explore different career options and find my passion at a low cost as a student. Additionally, management is a combination of a science and an art, so it is critical to learn from textbooks and practice in [the] real world alternately. I cannot just rely on one.

What’s the best part of your program?
I really like how U of T Scarborough designs the curriculum for management programs, which includes everything from accounting to marketing. By learning about every functional areas of business management, I get a better understanding of how firms operate and how each department interacts with each other. This enables me to see a full picture when focusing on a specific piece of work.

What campus activities are you involved in? 
I spent two years in student clubs as I felt it rewarding to support and empower lower-year students who struggled as I did. I was able to make a meaningful impact on campus through student club events. Also, I made my best friends at U of T Scarborough there as we shared similar values and goals. The time we worked together is unforgettable.

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Cooking! I find my inner peace when cutting and stirring food in the pot. When the smell comes out of the pot with steam, I know that's a little happiness in hands. There is also a bonus point - it saves me a lot of money!

If you could give one piece of advice to your first-year self, what would it be?
I would say "Don't be afraid to ask for help". I used to think that asking for help was a signal of weakness and that independence was the "the most valuable quality". However, there was a point I realized that I shut down myself and rejected others' kindness. Now I have a more positive attitude: asking for help is a sign of opening my heart and I can always trust people's willingness to help, especially at U of T Scarborough where we have a small, supportive community. As one of my favourite songs says, "I just might have a problem that you'll understand / We all need somebody to lean on."