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Year of Study: Second

Home Town: Markham, Ontario

Programs of Study: Pathobiology and Immunology

College: Trinity College

What is your favourite thing about the University of Toronto?

My favourite thing about U of T is its diversity and atmosphere. Not only is there diversity in courses for almost anything you’d like to learn about but the student body is also very culturally diverse. The atmosphere here is very welcoming and supportive, with many students passionate about what they’re learning and are constantly finding ways to integrate the skills they’ve learned in giving back to the community.

What has been your favourite course so far?

My favourite course so far is CHM136. I found the content to be quite interesting and fun because it involved problem solving and some creativity. The lab component of it was very engaging and fun as well with my favourite being the recrystallization lab where I got to see intricate crystals forming right before me.

What surprised you the most about university?

The freedom! Besides the freedom of course, one specific thing that surprised me was how approachable the professors are. They are very eager to help and clarify any concepts I had trouble understanding. Even in lectures, it’s always possible to ask questions and be able to interact with the professor one-on-one.

What unique learning opportunities have you participated in?

Trinity One - Science and Social Choice. The course examined the social implications of scientific research applied in real world settings such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture and health care. This complemented my studies in life sciences very well and also helped me to develop better written and oral communication skills.

What is your favourite thing about Toronto?

I love how there’s never a dull moment when you’re in Toronto. There is always something fun to do either with friends or as a journey on your own. Toronto is host to many events throughout the year such as TIFF, Nuit Blanche, the Christmas Market and much more, so be sure to go out and explore!