Humans of UTM

First Year, Commerce

“When you tell people you are in Scouts, they think it’s weird. When you get older, a lot of people leave the organization because they are not interested in it anymore and they think it is not something for people of our age but it really is. In the older section, you get to know a lot more people and do more social stuff and it gets you engaged with others. It is a good stress reliever.”



Humans of UTM

Third Year, Double Major in Art & Art History and English, Minoring in Sociology

“What would you like to see changed in the English program?”

“Less essays? [laughs] It would be cool if profs can have something in class where you can choose which book that still portrays what you’re learning to read. It’s hard to interpret a book you wouldn’t have read in any other situation.”



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

Third Year, Art & Art History Major, Double Minor in Italian and French

“What do people not know about you?”

“I’m quiet, I don’t talk about my personal life so I don’t know what people know or don’t know about me. I sing in a small opera company and teach vocal classes. I have a love for opera, it’s really dramatic!”

“Why aren’t you studying music?”

“I’m actually taking RCM exams. I don’t know if I want to start my own choir. When it comes to music, we’re merely instruments, it’s for the people. I’m the music for you.”