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!”



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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.”



Humans of UTM

Second Year, Psychology

After she shared her outlook on accepting her friends as family, I was compelled to ask her how she came up with that kind ofphilosophy:

“I think maybe because my family is also very rollercoaster-like.
We have a lot of happy moments where we’re always laughing and always happy,
and a lot of moments where we’re angry at each other and we’re bitter and we
feel maybe a sense of hate… and it kind of makes it a little more
uncomfortable. But you take that uncomfortableness and you find comfortableness
in that uncomfortableness for you to
hold onto… and that’s what love is, you know? Love isn’t perfect. Love is
accepting each other for who they are.”




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Third Year, Theatre and Drama Studies with a minor in English

“Do you find it hard juggling fatherhood and juggling school? What challenges do you face?”

“The biggest thing is the self
doubt about whether I should be here or whether I should be back home in Kitchener
where he lives with his mom. I have to tell myself that I’m doing the right
thing by being here and trying to make myself a better actor, a better student,
and a better man. It’s hard not to be with him all the time.”

“If you could go back, is there anything
you would change about your situation now? Would you put off school if you

“I’m really happy with my path and
the way that it worked out. If I could go back I’d do it the same way. I might
make some minor decisions differently, like being less embarrassed about the
fact that I was a teenage dad. I would tell myself that this is a good thing.
I’m so proud of him all the time and I wouldn’t take that back for the


Humans of UTM

Third Year, Behaviour, Genetics, and Neurobiology Specialist with a minor in Biology

“What’s one thing about yourself that you would never change?”

“I wouldn’t change my laugh. I personally don’t like it all that much, but it seems be contagious. Life can be stressful enough as is, so it feels pretty good to see other people in a happy mood as well.”