Mahima (Year 2)
What made you choose this institution over all others? Did the university exceed your expectations?
The most important factor while choosing UofT was my program ranking, which was higher than all the other institutions. Other than that I heard that UTSC is a very friendly community, where adjusting will not be such an issue, plus the people around are very helpful. These two things were the most important things while making my choice.
Do you have any lingering thoughts or regrets in your year as a whole (ex; application process, mistakes going into first year). If so, describe them.
I don't have any regrets, but since I was an international student, I sometimes feel that I took more time to adjust to the new environment as compared to my peers. Being an international student is challenging and I did face some difficulties, but nothing that makes me regret my year as a whole.
Briefly describe the academic rigour of your program (in terms of competitiveness, courses, professors, etc.)
I was in Psychological and Health Sciences, and now I got my preferred POST. My psychology professors were amazing, sometimes the course load seemed a bit too much, but both of them were helpful throughout the academic year. In fall I had PSYA01 with Steve Jordans, the course did not have a midterm and was graded based on quizzes, assignments and one final exam. In winter I took PSYA02 with Kyle Danielson, this course has quizzes, assignments, midterm as well as a final exam. Other that the usual assignments, we were also asked to participate in experiments being conducted in the laboratory, which was the most fun part.
Describe the social life at your campus based on your own experiences (making friends, clubs + extracurriculars, party culture etc.)
I will consider my social life on campus as pretty decent, I was able to make some very good friends, and because of these friends I was really able to enjoy my University experience. I volunteered to help for various events which were organized by the university, although I did not apply to be a part of any club since I was a first year international student, I wanted to understand how things work around. The party culture of my university was average, a little below expectations but the club events were pretty cool.
What are some of the best and worst parts of your university experience so far?
The best part of my experience was volunteering for events or going to the trips organized by the university, which was pretty exciting. The worst part was the initial anxiety I was facing while transitioning as a student in this university, it was not easy but it was definitely worth it.
List three effective study techniques and/or habits:
Making flow charts or colourful notes
Explaining the content to a friend
List three pieces of advice for first-year students:
The first year experience can be challenging, if you face any issues then please use the mental health resources available
Try being a part of various events and indulge yourself in things other than studies to ease off the academic pressure.
Live your life to the fullest, enjoy the first year experience because this is your time.
I urge all students to take care of their mental health and take it very seriously. Also, students should use all the facilities at the campus to make best use of their time and potential.