Humans of UTM

Second Year, Major in Economics, Minor in Statistics and Anthropology

“I remember being in kindergarten and really wanting to be a detective for some reason. One day, I took some paint and painted footprints on the classroom floor, got a magnifying glass and pretended to investigate the scene. Obviously, I got in trouble with the teacher, so I ran and hid underneath a desk and was crying, refusing to come out. Eventually, they had to call my dad who came to my school and took me home.”


Humans of UTM

Fifth Year, Biology and Psychology (double major) with a minor in Philosophy 

“Personally, I think that undergraduate students aren’t sure who to blame. It is understandable that we are upset. We are losing out on lab experience, courses and some of us risk not graduating because of the strike. Although the
school, and the professors have tried to reassure us and have tried their best to keep things as
normal as possible, I think that there is still a lot of confusion and that confusion leads to

“I can only hope that the University can come to an agreement to resolve the strike ends as soon as possible so that students can continue to receive the best academic experience that UofT
can offer.”



Humans of UTM

First Year, Life Sciences

“How has the strike affected you as a student?”

“Umm, it sucks because my labs and tutorials got cancelled.  I’m not a healthy person, I don’t have time to go the gym and I’m tired because I have to take two buses and then drive home from there because I live in Brampton.  Yeah, it sucks because I have to walk all the way to the bus stop and it’s so far and so cold! Last night, my lecture ended at 9 and the buses are so infrequent and then what do you do if you walk there and just wait in the cold and there’s no one to keep you warm like a football huddle? Also, I lost my TCard and my UPass so if someone finds it, let me know.  Reward: two donuts of choice if you bring it ASAP.”


So Much to Do, So Little Time


I want to work with non-profits in rural India. I would like to be that person at HarperCollins who gets to read manuscripts and goes on to uncover the next best seller. I seriously want to spend a good portion of the next 20 years backpacking across Asia and South America. I sometimes think there is no better career than being a religious scholar and understanding my faith inside out. I also know that I would be one happy girl if I could dedicate my life entirely to my family (the one I currently have and the one that’s yet to arrive). In short, I want to do too many things in too short a lifetime. Not to mention I have a set of worried parents who think their daughter has no goal in life.

I remember my father giving me pep talks about the many virtues of an MBA back in grade six. There was no doubt in my mind that I would graduate in management. The catch: I hate math. I honestly thought I was done with math for good after grade 12. So I couldn’t bring myself to go through the ordeal of MAT133. However, no math equals no business degree. Meanwhile, science wasn’t even considered. I was destined for the humanities, but even humanities has too wide a scope for a person as indecisive as myself. And yet at the same time I still dream of taking over Procter and Gamble.

But what is so wrong with indecision, really? My lack of ability to decide in due time does not hamper my success. It only delays it—for the sake of perfection. I like perfecting every detail. When I finally come to a decision, it’s almost always the right one. Don’t they say slow and steady wins the race?

As for the matter of what I want to do with life, let me come out and say it once and for all: my only goal is to be a student of life. Excuse the cheese.

Every single day that I survive is an experience unique to me. Believe me, in the end it will not matter what career path I chose. What will count is what I’ve learnt over the years. True wealth does not constitute how big your net worth is, or how many friends you have. True wealth lies in how well you have come to understand life. Wisdom is the single most important power in the world.

I fancy working for non-profits so that I can understand the dirt and grime of our world. I hope to read manuscripts because I want to be the first one to benefit from a particular author’s understanding of life. I long to travel to as many countries as possible not so that I can brag about my adventures, but so that my education is not restricted to one little part of the world. People from entirely different cultures with entirely different histories can offer you more perspective on life than you ever imagined possible. I desire to study my religion because beneath every faith lies endless insight into what is right and wrong. So why not start with digging into my own? And where else is better experience of relationships to be gained than by spending time with your own family?

In the words of Sylvia Plath, “I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life.” And just like her, “I am horribly limited.”