Virginia

Virginia

Biography

Year:
3

Program:
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Co-op

Why did you decide to come to U of T Scarborough?
I decided to come to U of T Scarborough because of the welcoming community! When visiting the campus for the first time during a Looking Forward event, aside from the beautiful green space and co-op programs provided, all members of the community ensured I felt safe and would have an amazing time here. Overall, I felt like I belonged at U of T Scarborough more than anywhere else!  

What’s the best part of your program? 
The best part of my program has to be the courses! If it wasn’t for this program, I would never have thought of taking a computer science course, but CSCA20 became my favorite course thus far. So overall, this program allows you to learn a lot of useful skills.

What campus activities are you involved in? 
I’m a general member of BioSA (Biology Students’ Association), Novelty (U of T Scarborough Cantonese Students’ Association), and volunteered for Let’s Talk Science and as a co-op mentor for the Admissions & Student Recruitment office.

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I enjoy going for walks around parks or gardens (doing anything nature-involved usually, haha)! Rotary Sunrise or Edwards Gardens are usually my go-to places for walks and de-stressing. The Valley Land Trail at U of T Scarborough leading to Highland Creek Ravine is a great walk too!

If you could give one piece of advice to your first-year self what would it be?
One piece of advice I would give to my first-year self would be to interact with professors and peers more! Networking is a huge factor in life, so starting early never hurts. Gaining advice from professors early on would be useful.