Q&A with Sarah Syed

U of T Scarborough work-study student with Athletics & Recreation

Meet Sarah Syed

Sarah is a third-year student enrolled in human biology and health studies. Outside the classroom Sarah is a work-study student with Athletics & Recreation on the Sneaker Squad team. This Q&A series explores the work-study and volunteer opportunities available to U of T Scarborough students.


What made you choose this opportunity?

I’ve always had a passion for running and staying active, so when I heard of the opportunity to be a part of the Sneaker Squad I knew the ‘shoe’ fit for me!


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

I’ve learned that anyone can be an athlete – no matter where you come from, your abilities, or who you are, there is a ‘fit’ for you in sports and physical activity.


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

There are multiple opportunities for other students to get involved with Athletics & Recreation. All you have to do is put yourself out there! Join a sports team with a friend, come out to free runs with the best squad: Sneaker Squad, or ‘rock’ it at the TPASC and rock climb. Whatever the opportunity may be, there is something for everyone – my advice is to seize it, go for it and have fun.


Tell us about how you made a difference on campus during your volunteer/work-study experience…

In addition to my work-study position with Athletics & Recreation, I founded Global Youth Impact (GYI) with my siblings, a non-profit organization that empowers young people to be change-makers locally and globally through raising awareness of global issues, working on social advocacy initiatives, and community engagement. With a chapter here at U of T Scarborough I’ve been able to spearhead workshops, panel discussions, events and fundraisers for students on campus and people in the Toronto/Scarborough community!


What is your favourite motivational phrase/quotation?

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam


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

The valley! Not many people know of the amazing routes and beautiful views that UTSC has to offer. I strongly recommend adding the valley to anyone’s ‘route-ine’ on campus.