Vipul

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Biography

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

I really enjoyed taking MGTA36 – Communications for Co-op as it was an unconventional, unique approach on teaching someone on how to talk in a business or even casual setting. This course taught me to project my voice at an audible level, and eliminating the use of fillers such as “umm”s or “uhh”s, and made me feel much more confident in my public speaking skills overall

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

Again, Prof. Howard that teaches MGTA36 – Communications for Co-op was a very enjoyable, lively professor. He is a very engaging professor and can be seen joking around with students often. He is very passionate about his job and takes it very seriously and holds an expectation that you do too – so don’t slack on the impromptus and presentations! Oh, and if anyone catches him use a filler – he'll pay everyone $100 (he has never lost)!

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

I love the Tim Hortons bench area whilst taking my breaks from intensive library study sessions! It is one of the things I love about being on the UTSC campus as I bump into people I wouldn’t otherwise meet.

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

One of the best things about a degree from U of T is the opportunity of working three full-time co-op jobs before graduating – an option that is only available at the Scarborough campus! Besides, I have always had a very internationally focused mindset and wanted to learn more about global businesses and cultural settings around the world. The Management in International Business program seemed to be a perfect fit for me and I was sold on reading the description the very first time.

Why did you decide to become a Student Recruitment Assistant (SRA)?

Every year I have been involved with the campus in one way or another – from Residence Advisor to Polling Clerk for the SCSU elections, I have tried a little bit of everything. I had never worked with any academic-related office at U of T yet and had been volunteering as a U of T International Student Ambassador with the Admissions & Recruitment Office for the past two years. I saw the SRA position and immediately applied because I loved my job as an Ambassador and wanted to dive into the role a little deeper. From Campus Tours to Campus Events, I find that as an SRA I get to experience more of everything.

Favourite movie/TV show?

I really like Leonardo di Caprio and think any of his movies are great because he truly tranforms into different characters depending on the role. A movie for me is about the story that revolves around the characters, and having a convincing actor that can get me to focus and follow their story and part in the movie is what really sells it to me.

Favourite food?

Butter Chicken. Butter-Garlic Naan, and just the right amount of Coca-Cola. No matter the day, the or season, that will always be my go-to food...with the perfect company of course. ?

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

I tend to overthink and stress a lot; I feel uncomfortable when my mind is blank, and I am not planning something or the other. Ironically, too much of it has the same effect – so finding the perfect balance has always been an important goal for me. Throughout university, I have improved in some aspects significantly whilst working on it more extensively in some areas, but I hope to perfect it one day. So, if my 1st year self was in front of me now, I would always tell him to not worry, stay focused and to make sure to look after my health (mentally and physically) whilst continuing to strive for the best!