Quinn Conlon

Year: Third

Home Town: Windsor, Ontario

Programs of Study: Double major in Nutritional Science and Human Geography

College: St. Michael's College


What advice would you give to first year students?

Get involved! I know it’s generic, but I believe it’s the best advice I can give. Extra-curricular clubs give you an opportunity to make friends and build community, develop networks on and off campus, and practice skills – soft skills you might not otherwise have a chance to cultivate. Being a part of a club can teach you how to run a meeting, organize an event, manage a team or implement a project for motivation beyond getting a good grade.


What surprised you the most about university?

Coming to U of T from a small high school in a small city, I was anxious about the size of the university – I was afraid that I was going to get lost in the crowd and miss out on being a part of a community. But once I arrived on campus, I quickly learned that U of T’s size is an asset rather than a barrier. By putting myself out there in clubs and classes, I found others with similar passions and interests to me. I was able to surround myself with people who inspired me and gave me energy – U of T’s diversity allowed me to build my own unique community.


What unique learning opportunities have you participated in?

In my first year, I was fortunate enough to be part of the SMC One program. The material was designed to challenge my high school perspective and it introduced me to concepts and ways of thinking that I had never encountered before. I was able to develop critical thinking skills that were invaluable inside and outside the classroom. Beyond academics, the small class size and intimate tutorials helped me to develop friendships that I still have to this day. I can’t recommend the Ones Program highly enough to any first year students!