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 (registration will be available in May 2019) for three days of workshops and activities, and to get to know your mentors!

Below you can find last year’s team — stay tuned to meet our 2019-2020 International Mentor Team!



Nicholas Stevenson

Music; Performance Major

What is your favourite pastime?

My favourite pastimes include sea bathing, performing in Carnival and dancing.

What is your number one song recommendation?

My number one song recommendation is 'Cheers to life' by Voice, because soca music is life!

What is your favourite quote?

One quote that I usually repeat is "What's meant for you will never miss you, and that which misses you was never meant for you."

David Allens Bio Photo.jpg

David Allens

Double Major in Political Science and Criminology; Minor in Caribbean Studies

What is your number one song recommendation?

My number one recommendation right now is tied between the timeless classics Boogie Wonderland (Earth Wind and Fire) and Raspberry Beret (Prince and The Revolution). Follow my Apple Music @djallens if you have it (shameless plug 😅).

What is your favourite food/cuisine?

Favourite cuisine would definitely have to be anything Italian but especially fettuccine or tortellini.

What is your best first-year tip/advice?

There are a lot of clubs and activities on campus so don't be afraid to further develop your high school interests and find new ones! Its also totally ok if you join something that isn't right for you, there's tons of other choices. There's also the added benefit of finding friends with shared interests.


Hinako Fujiwara

Spanish Specialist

What is your favourite food?

"Mont Blanc" chestnut cake!

What's your favourite study spot?

Gerstein Library.

What is your best first-year tip?

Workload may be overwhelming at first, but don't forget that university isn't just about studying! Meet as many people as you can, go explore, and have some fun!


Tamanna Bhasin

Double Major in History & English; Minor in Visual Studies

What is one place you would like to visit?

One place I would love to visit is Santorini, Greece. I’ve wanted to go ever since I read about it in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series a couple of years ago.

What is a quote you live by?

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” –Sylvia Plath.

This quote always reminds me to be confident when it comes to whatever job I do and to have faith in my abilities.

What is your best first-year tip?

Don’t be shy to talk to people. I used to be really nervous in social situations before my first year but once classes started, I pushed myself to make an effort and talk to the person sitting next to me. It actually worked out pretty well as I made a couple friends this way and met lots of interesting people.

Andy Guan_Vic International Mentor.png

Andy Guan

International Relations Specialist; Ethics, Society, and Law Major

What is your favourite building on campus?

E.J. Pratt Library, because you rarely see other colleges having such a resourceful library that has enormous and well-decorated study area.

What is one place you would like to visit?

I dream to visit Scotland some day, because I once watched a documentary about Scotland's moors and I fell in love with the place instantly.

What is a quote you live by?

It goes something like this: every time when you are struggling, it means you are improving.

Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 1.17.15 PM.png

Gantavya Gupta

Double Major in Economics and Statistics

What is one place you would like to visit?

At the top of my list right now is Norway. I’m fascinated by the Northern lights and the glacial mountains of the region and would love to explore them.

What is your favourite food/cuisine?

I’m a food enthusiast and I’m always up to try out new cuisines or dishes. But, Japanese cuisine has always been one of my favourites.

What is your best first-year tip/advice?

I think the best first-year advice would be: "To be out there and not shy away from new challenges". 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. Moreover, university is the place for many firsts.

Sophia Hsiao Bio Photo.jpg

Sophia Hsiao

Major in Neuroscience; Minors in Psychology & Physiology

What is your favourite building on campus?

Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be?

Salted Caramel

What is a quote you live by?

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. -- Martin Luther King

Soha Salman Transition Mentor Bio Photo.png

Soha Salman

Psychology Specialist; Education & Society Minor

If you were an ice cream flavour, what would you be?

Chocolate? Cause it's everyone's favourite?

What is your best first-year tip?

Do not think that friendships are just formed during Frosh Week! There are many, many ways to meet new people so don’t be afraid to make the attempt.

What is your favourite food?

Ah this is a tough one! I like so many but being away from home has made Pakistani cuisine top on the list.