The Executive Orientation team is a group of dedicated students in charge of the planning and overseeing of Orientation Week and the weeks leading up to it. We are all active members of the Vic community and are so so incredibly excited to meet YOU!

We wear pink shirts during the week so please come say hello, ask us all the questions you have and scream your favourite cheers at us! In the meantime, feel free to connect with us anytime via social media, or vic.orientation@utoronto.ca.

Thank you to Aloysius Wong from VicXposure for all of these lovely photos!

Thank you to Aloysius Wong from VicXposure for all of these lovely photos!


cynthia Wong, Co-Chair

Year: Fourth

Program of Study: Neuroscience and Biochemistry

Favourite Spot at Vic: Anywhere that has grass and sun!

Favourite Orientation Event: Orientation Plays! They’re really funny, and they make me want to learn how to act.

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: Even when you think you don't have time, you actually do.

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: Western Air Temple from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with my best friend from home

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: Learning to follow my own advice!

What’s your favourite quote?: “Sometimes taking time is actually a shortcut.”

 
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Christina Alcena, co-Chair

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Position: Campus Life Coordinator

Favourite Spot at Vic: If I was an undergraduate student at Vic, I would definitely study and volunteer at Caffeinds in Old Vic!

Favourite Orientation Event: Brunch with Profs and Transitional Seminars

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: Wakanda

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: Seek out mental health resources and supports earlier on in the year, and ask for help when needed.


 Year: Second

Program of Study: Criminology and Sociology

Favourite Spot at Vic: Ned’s Café or E.J. Pratt!

Favourite Orientation Event: Scarlet & Gold or The Carnival Victoria

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: School is only as hard as you make it seem in your head. You've got to trick yourself into thinking it's a breeze, and surely you will come up with a system to manage your time and work!

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: The Gatsby Mansion

Now for real places: what’s your dream vacation destination?: French Polynesia

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: Work Work Work Work Work Work Work

What’s your favourite quote?: "It is what it is until it isn't"

Maryam Abdulqhadir

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Lauren Allison

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Year: Third

Program of Study: English, Math, and Psychology

Favourite Spot at Vic: The right side of the quad, it's the sunniest!

Favourite Orientation Event: Traditional Ceremonies

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: Have confidence in your abilities, you can do more than you think you can.

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: Diagon Alley

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: Anywhere I can swim with the fishies!

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: Dancing it out!

What’s your favourite quote?: “When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine”


Year: Fourth

Program of Study: English and Political Science

Favourite Spot at Vic: Ned’s Café!

Favourite Orientation Event: Orientation Plays

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: Take advantage of the UofT Health and Dental Plan ASAP! Don't wait until your last year!

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: Hogwarts

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: Santorini!!!

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: In Omnia Paratus

What’s your favourite quote?: "You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen."

Alexa Ballis

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Cameron Davies

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Year: Fourth

Program of Study: Math, and Ethics, Society & Law

Favourite Spot at Vic: The BG (Bowles-Gandier) Common Room

Favourite Orientation Event: Dinner with Levies and VUSAC

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: Get involved! It's easy to focus only on your studies, but getting involved with one of our clubs and levies, or with VUSAC, is one of the most fulfilling things you can do!

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: Riverdale

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: Australia

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: One Thing Too Many

What’s your favourite quote?: "The worst thing about quotes on the internet is that you can never be sure of whether the source actually said them" - Albert Einstein


Year: Third

Program of Study: Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Philosophy

Favourite Spot at Vic: The Cat's Eye

Favourite Orientation Event: Board Games Night!

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: Lean on the people around you, we're all in this thing together

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: Narnia

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: Camping out and away

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: On Limits and Balances

What’s your favourite quote?: “There is deep in the valley and I'm bound to go”

Erik Gillis

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Annika Hocieniec

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Year: Fourth

Program of Study: History, Anthropology, and Semiotics and Communication Studies

Favourite Spot at Vic: Burwash Dining Hall. Study Space in Burwash has saved me countless time!

Favourite Orientation Event: Ghost Tours!

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: Stock up on snacks per week rather than at 3 am, when you are too tired and too hungry.

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: The World from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: The Netherlands

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: Hydrate or dydrate

What’s your favourite quote?: “I am very stressed and I have no money. So you can imagine the kind of stress that I am under.”


Year: Third

Program of Study: Global Health, Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies

Favourite Spot at Vic: Vic Chapel

Favourite Orientation Event: Opening Ceremonies

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: Everything is going to be okay! But also stop procrastinating!

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: Pawnee, Indiana

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: Brazil

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: Exciting Times Ahead!

What’s your favourite quote?: “Don't let the haters stop you from doing your thang”

 

Vibhuti Kacholia

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Katie Marsland

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Year: Fourth

Program of Study: Cinema Studies, and Book and Media Studies

Favourite Spot at Vic: Isabel Bader Theatre

Favourite Orientation Event: The Parade! The best way to show off your Vic spirit and get to know Toronto!

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: Call your mom! She deserves better than this.

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: Genovia

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: Portugal!

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: Just trying my best!

What’s your favourite quote?: “Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss, and pretend to be psyched”

 

Year: Fourth

Program of Study: Physiology, and Ethics, Society & Law

Favourite Spot at Vic: Backstage at the Bader Theatre

Favourite Orientation Event: The Parade!

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: Fire Island, NY!

 

Devon Wilton

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Helen Zhang

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Year: Fourth

Program of Study: Criminology, and Political Science

Favourite Spot at Vic: Caffiends!

Favourite Orientation Event: Scavenger Hunt

What piece of advice would you give your first-year self?: It’s okay if your plans change throughout the years, just roll with it

If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?: Rivendell

Now for real places - what’s your dream vacation destination?: Japan

What is the name of the current chapter of your life?: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What’s your favourite quote?: “The world’s not perfect, but it’s there for us trying the best it can.”

 

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!