Humans of UTM

“How did you decide you wanted to pursue a career in biology?”

“I’m not sure that I recall exactly when I had decided to do that. When I was visiting my parents, five years ago, I found a diary entry of when I was really little. […] I read in it that I felt really good when I was in nature and when I was walking around, and looking at the trees, looking at the grass, the insects, [and the] bugs and birds. So, I guess I had it in me a little bit, I just wasn’t sure how to recognize it. What drew me to science completely was my undergrad experience. I was in biology (general biology) but then I took some field courses, and as soon as I took those field courses, that’s when I knew that I needed to be outside, I need to play in the mud, and play with the animals and the plants. That changed my life completely.”

“If you had any advice for undergrads in general biology, what would that be?”

“[…] I think that it’d be to go outside. Take observations, take a look around you. Have fun, and explore everything around, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Have that curiosity, don’t lose that curiosity about why certain things are, the way that they are. And, talk to other people. I think you’ll learn a lot by talking to your peers, and talking to your professors. Approach your professors! Be yourself! Have fun, go outside, and play!”



Humans of UTM

Fourth Year, Double Major in Criminology and CCIT

“What do you like about UTM?”

“I like how UTM is like a small community, and I feel this sense of belonging. I find that UTM is loving and caring.  I remember in first year I didn’t really have anyone, I was basically alone for most of the year. Then in second year, a couple of friends and I decided to become more involved by going to various events. I think the inclusivity of UTM made me love it.”

“You’ve met Prof. Deep Saini, would you say that he is your role model?”

“Yes because I like his point of view, that UTM should be more diverse, and I find that he’s working towards that. Along with him, my other role models include my family. Mainly because they pushed me to become more outgoing and inclusive with the UTM community.”



Humans of UTM

Fifth Year, Major in English, Double Minor in History and Classics

“What is one of your favourite quotes?”

“I love this quote from Lord of the Rings:

‘All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken
The crownless again shall be king.’ “