Sylvia Urbanik

Year of Study: Third

Home Town: Vaughan, Ontario

Programs of Study:  Major in Health and Disease, double minor in Immunology and Sociology

College: University College

Why did you choose U of T?

There were a few factors – programs that I was interested in, U of T’s reputation as a powerhouse for scientific research, and the city itself! Studying here seemed like such an incredible opportunity; and so far, it’s been even better than I could have imagined.

What is your favourite thing about the University of Toronto?

The sheer amount of opportunities here. No matter who you are, what opinions you hold, or what your passions and ambitions are, there are people just like you who can help you grow and develop as a person. There’s guaranteed to be a group or club dedicated to whatever niche interest you have, and if there isn’t, there are opportunities to start one. There are so many avenues for success, regardless of the path that you choose to take.

What has been your favourite course so far?

SOC212 - Crime and Deviance. It sounded like a cool course and I had a prerequisite, so I took it. The lecture material was fascinating, the professor was incredible, and the course was set up so that we could tailor the marking scheme to focus on our strengths. It was one of the best learning experiences I’ve had at U of T, so far, and one of the reasons I decided to pursue a minor in sociology.

What surprised you the most about university?

How quickly I fell in love with this campus and the community at my college. When I came down for campus days, back in high school, I felt like a bit of an imposter – this school was so big and intimidating, and I was worried about finding my place here. By the second or third day of frosh week, I already felt so welcome and at home here.

What unique learning opportunities have you participated in?

In second year I participated in the ROP299 program (Research Opportunity Program), in which I and another student conducted a research project over 7 months under the guidance of a supervisor. It was incredibly rewarding to see it come to life from an initial hypothesis to a presentation at the ROP research forum. It was one of my first experiences conducting research in an academic setting, and a great way for students to get their foot in the door without prior experience.


What is your favourite thing about Toronto?

There’s so much to do here! Everything you could possibly ask for is at most just a TTC ride away. Some of the best restaurants in the city are within walking distance of campus, and many are open late into the night. Toronto is always so alive and vibrant; I love walking through the city at night and seeing everything lit up in the dark. Also Drake.


My U of T is…

Home. Truly, it is.