Aakriti Kapoor pursued a Double Major in English and Psychology, as well as a Minor in Studio Arts at UTSC. She graduated in 2016 with high distinction and is currently a Master of Teaching Candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). At OISE she is studying to become a licensed teacher while also conducting SSHRC funded research in education technology. Aakriti's research uses the literary analysis model to create educational software that enable students to think critically in information rich digital worlds.
While at UTSC, Aakriti was one of the founding executives of both the Students of English Literature and Film (SELF) and Sigma Tau Delta. She was the President of SELF in its initial years and along with her fellow SELF team, she created the department's annual Emerging Voices Creative Writers's Conference, which allowed her to win the 2016 Gordon Cressy Leadership Award. As a UTSC student, she traveled to USA to present at the Sigma Tau Delta conference and presented her research twice in the department's Humanities Conference, where she also won the Best Critical Paper Award in 2015. Currently, Aakriti continues to travel both nationally and internationally to present her research -- after meeting students from different universities and programs, she can truly say UTSC English offered one of the best undergraduate programs both within the University of Toronto and globally. In her personal experience, her undergraduate training in English was far superior in comparison to her colleagues from other institutions and it allowed her to become a more critical and compassionate intellectual both in her academic and personal life. The program allowed her to engage in crucial conversations about systemic inequalities, ethics, politics, and the power of art among other topics of special significance in today's day and age.
In the future, Aakriti hopes to pursue a career in education research and policy. While her professional aspirations do not directly involve the study of literature, her strong background in English studies enabled her to become the kind of thinker that can ask important questions about issues facing our world and then think creatively about how such issues can be solved. She duly attributes many of her successes today to the excellent faculty and classes she had in the UTSC English Department.