Meet your international mentors!

The IM (International Mentorship) program aims to provide support to our International students. The program recognizes that there are aspects of the international student experience that can be better understood by international student peers. We've got a fantastic team of mentors (also international students themselves), who are ready and excited to help support your transition to university life in Toronto. Don't forget to register for International Student Orientation for three days of workshops and activities, and to get to know your mentors!

Keep scrolling to read more about our 2019-2020 International Mentors!

 

MAJORS: Neuroscience, Psychology, Physiology

MAJORS: Neuroscience, Psychology, Physiology

Sophia Hsiao

Favourite past-time: Trinity Bellwoods Park pug grumble

Favourite building on campus: Knox College

Place I want to visit: I would love to go whale watching and stargaze at night at Alaska!

Favourite quote: "Only in the darkness can you see the stars." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

First-year tip/advice: Get out of your comfort zone and try new things. By doing so, you might meet people who share the same passion as you.


Gantavya Gupta

If you were an ice cream flavour, which would you be: Rocky road. The toppings keep you guessing…

Place I want to visit: I would love to see Italy and explore its coffee culture.

First-year tip/advice: It might be hard to come out of your comfort zone and push yourself to experience things you couldn’t in your high school. But, I can say with experience that the push is worth it.

MAJOR: Economics MINOR: Statistics & math

MAJOR: Economics MINOR: Statistics & math


SPECIALIST: Physics MINOR: Math

SPECIALIST: Physics MINOR: Math

Utkarsh Mali

Favourite past-time: Pool and table tennis in the games room at Cat’s Eye

Favourite study spot: EJ Pratt library, Emmanuel College when Pratt is full, and Burwash study space for late nights.

Favourite building on campus: Old Vic. The second and third floors are like a mini museum.

First-year tip/advice: Attend International Student Orientation! I thought that it was not a good idea to attend. My parents convinced me otherwise, and I’m glad they did.


DOUBLE MAJOR: International Relations and Ethics, Society and Law

DOUBLE MAJOR: International Relations and Ethics, Society and Law

Andy Guan

Favourite building on campus: Knox College

Favourite study spot: EJ Pratt library

Place I want to visit: I spent almost four years in Vancouver for high school before coming to UofT and I miss almost everything Vancouver has to offer, especially the mountains, forests, and sushi 😊

First-year tip/advice: If you are in an arts program, it is extremely important to go to professors’ office hours or meet with TAs. You can chat with them if you feel like it, or ask for advice on an upcoming paper, which I have found to be the most helpful.


DOUBLE MAJOR: English & History  MINOR: Visual Studies

DOUBLE MAJOR: English & History
MINOR: Visual Studies

Tamanna Bhasin

Favourite study spot: Lower level of EJ Pratt facing Queen’s Park
If I was an ice cream flavour, I would be: According to the higher authority of Buzzfeed, I am Dulce de Leche.
Favourite book: At the moment I would say it’s The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.
First-year tip/advice: Remember to take some time to yourself. When university gets stressful it's important to take a break, get some air, and let yourself de-stress. Sometimes something as simple as going to the grocery store can help.


Antoine Finot

Favourite past-time: playing pool in Cat’s Eye

A place I’d love to visit: South Korea! I am half Korean, but I’ve never visited.

Favourite study spot: Emmanuel College — there’s always some space, unlike other libraries…

Favourite book: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Quote I live by: The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem. — Captain Jack Sparrow

DOUBLE MAJOR: Computer Science and Economics

DOUBLE MAJOR: Computer Science and Economics


MAJOR: Undecided, Life Sciences

MAJOR: Undecided, Life Sciences

Yuna Yamazaki

Favourite past-time: Learning something new. Right now, I’m focused on learning how to code and using water-colour paint to draw.

Song recommendation: SEE YOU AGAIN featuring Kali Uchis by Tyler, The Creator

If I was an ice cream flavour, I would be: I probably would be mint-chocolate chip because 1) I like it a lot and 2) I’d like to think that I am a good balance of sweet, fresh, and tangy.


MAJOR: Psychology  MINOR: Semiotics and East Asian Studies

MAJOR: Psychology
MINOR: Semiotics and East Asian Studies

Aashna Shah

Favourite study spot: E.J Pratt Library and Gerstein Library
Favourite food: Pizza!
Favourite past-time: Music in itself constitutes my favourite pastime, listening, playing etc. Learning about music production and what inspired a specific song to come to be is the most significant pastime for me.
First-year tip/advice: University offers you a chance to reinvent yourself. Seize it — don’t fear experimenting with new experiences.


Ashley An

Favourite pastime: Playing guitar!

Favourite study spot: Emmanuel College. Its library gives off super cozy and Hogwarts vibes.

If I was an ice-cream flavour, I would be: Matcha - I love anything green tea flavored.

Favourite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It changes your way of looking at the world.

First-year tip/advice: Focus less on doing well. Focus more on enjoying the process.

DOUBLE MAJOR: Sociology & Peace, Conflict, Justice Studies / MINOR: Latin

DOUBLE MAJOR: Sociology & Peace, Conflict, Justice Studies / MINOR: Latin


SPECIALIST: Accounting MINOR: Political Science

SPECIALIST: Accounting
MINOR: Political Science

Faye Pu

Favourite pastime: Taking a walk to Harbourfront, sitting on a bench and enjoying a crispy beaver tail with nutella and banana on top!

Favourite study spot: Single desk in the basement of E.J.Pratt, sometimes Law Library during exam season.

If I was an ice-cream flavour, I would be: rum raisin or chocolate fudge brownie with chocolate chip cookie dough.

A place I’d love to visit: Rome! I have read about in books and I would love to explore it!