Q&A with Anton Galendez

U of T Scarborough students posing for a picture, including Anton Galendez working with Athletics & Recreation

Meet Anton Galendez

Anton is a second-year student enrolled in the Paramedicine Joint Program (Biological Sciences). Outside of the classroom Anton is a Program Monitor with Athletics & Recreation. This Q&A series explores the work-study and volunteer opportunities available to U of T Scarborough students. 

Describe a skill or something you learned during your volunteer/work-study experience...

One important skill that I have learned while working as a Program Monitor is communicating effectively with the staff and students. Communicating with our participants and answering any questions they may have is important to ensure our participants are updated with the current programs being offered. Whether such tasks are related to the instructional programs, inter-house/intramural activities or with the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre staff, communication is key to also ensure our programs progress smoothly. Not only is communication an important skill to develop but it is also a skill that I can apply to my studies as a paramedic student and vice versa. 

How do you balance your time between volunteer/work study, courses and other off-campus commitments?

As a full-time student, working part time as a Program Monitor and having off-campus commitments was challenging at first. However, I managed – and have been able to -  balance my time between these commitments by planning ahead of time. I manage my time such as setting up weekly schedules and planning my priorities for each day using a simple calendar. I feel like writing down my goals for the week helps keep me in track of my priorities as well as meeting deadlines on time. 

How do other students get involved with the department you volunteer/work-study for?

For many active students such as myself, students usually get involved by participating in free drop-in programs at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre such as basketball, indoor soccer, badminton, and table tennis just to name a few. Other students also get involved by participating in our instructional and outdoor programs designed to further improve fitness and maintaining an active lifestyle. Athletics wise, many students also get involved by participating in our inter-house programs within U of T Scarborough as well in more competitive programs such as the tri-campus intramural programs. 

What do you consider a hidden gem at U of T Scarborough?

I would consider the Valley Athletic Fields (lower campus) at Old Kingston Rd. a hidden gem at U of T Scarborough. The Valley hosts two multi-sport grass fields suitable for soccer, rugby, football and many more activities held during the summer. The tennis courts in the Valley is also a great place to enjoy with friends as well as the Dang Lang baseball field – the home of the U of T Varsity Blues Baseball team!  

What is one thing every U of T Scarborough student should do before they graduate?

One thing that every U of T Scarborough student should do before they graduate is to participate in UTSC’s Frosh/Orientation week and represent UTSC at U of T’s annual tri-campus parade. It’s a great opportunity to meet new students coming into UTSC, meet students in the upper years and meet U of T students from the St. George and Mississauga campuses. 

Where do you imagine yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself working as a primary care paramedic. In the future, I imagine myself continuing my paramedicine studies in the hopes of becoming an advanced care paramedic.  Alternatively, in five years, I may also consider applying to medical school and pursue my dream of becoming a family physician.