Excited to be taking on another year at Victoria College and The University of Toronto, Amani is a fourth year Victoria College student, devoted to making Victoria College a better place for all. Amani has been a mentor at Victoria College since the beginning of the program in 2017, and is returning this year as a Senior Transition Mentor. Often times Amani can be found on Vic campus at the Cat's Eye Student Lounge curating a playlist of 90's R&B while supervising that space, or outside E.J Pratt Library enjoying the outdoor reading space. Amani is looking forward to getting to know many incoming Victoria College students, and helping them make the most out of the best years to come!
Brett is a fifth-year student in the Life Sciences stream here at the University of Toronto. Brett’s favourite type of assignment is an essay, because you get to look back and spend so much time carefully crafting each paragraph—much better than a 2-hour exam. His hobbies are astronomy, photography, sleeping, eating, and watching Netflix. He’s hoping to get to know all his Mentees quite well and hopes to make your first years as smooth as possible!
James is a fourth year student passionate about teaching, Broadway soundtracks, and bubble tea! Outside of school, James is involved with Varsity curling, the Vic Chorus, as well as the Skule orchestra. On campus, you can usually find James studying at the Emmanuel College Library, eating chicken strips at Ned’s Café, or lounging in the Cat’s Eye Student Lounge. He is grateful to have called Victoria College home for the past 3 years and is very excited to welcome the newest class of Vic students!
As this biography was long overdue, Lily continues to procrastinate with no idea what to write. Much like the bio, Lily heads into her third year with no idea what to expect, enthusiasm, and knowing that going at your own pace is okay. Life is unpredictable and guidance is sometimes needed; which is why she wants to help make the transition into university smooth for incoming students. While studying a bunch of chemistry stuff and living off of apple juice, Lily enjoys designing, sleeping, archery, DIYs on her (non-existent) spare time, and random trivia―so hit her up for some!
Adrian moved to Toronto in his first year from Hong Kong and has been having a blast ever since. Entering his final year, he hopes to pass on the fun and share some lessons learnt as a TM. Being a university student has not been the easiest, but is also easily the most rewarding and exciting 3 years of his 21-year life. He finds that having a good group of friends as a support system, working out regularly, embracing cramming sessions in libraries and tons of coffee (from Vic’s very own Caffiends) help brighten up even the coldest winter days of Canada.
Alisa is a fourth year student studying history. She can usually be found in a museum where she spends most of her time hanging out with all the artefacts. If you ask her a history related question you may get a very long response. She also loves to bake and watch sci-fi movies.
Aloysius is a third-year Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies student who is passionate about community-building and the arts, particularly photography and music. He is the co-president of Vic’s photography levy, VicXposure, and has also been involved with the Cat’s Eye, the Isabel Bader Theatre, Vic Intramural Ultimate Frisbee, the Vic Board Games and Werewolf clubs, and last year’s Orientation Exec team. He’s excited to help incoming students forge friendships and find their place on campus. Also, his Spotify playlists are getting too long but he’ll keep adding to them for as long as he finds new music (send help).
Charul is in second year pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Human Biology and Bioethics. She was a part of FLC in first year and is now involved with MedLife UTSG and WUSC Vic. Charul loves helping people and volunteers at the local food bank and hospital. If she is not doing this, you’ll probably find her watching GOT, Modern Family, Friends, or reading a book. Her favourite place on campus is Terrence Donnelly Centre’s Indoor Bamboo Garden.
Elly is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in Sociology and Human Biology. Her unique philosophy of education and extensive experiences volunteering in hospitals and working on campus have inspired her to strive for continuing personal growth, and in turn, contribute to societal development. Not only a big advocate on mental health and equality, she is also interested in the dynamic shifts between micro and macro both in arts and science. On Friday nights, she can be found playing chess for 7 hours straight with the great minds in Hart House Chess Club. In her life, "loving is living".
Emily is a second-year student who hates writing descriptions of herself but loves poetry, international films, quasi-wellness advice, celebrity gossip, and flowers. If you ever spot her walking aimlessly around campus, she’s either questioning the next time it’s acceptable to have coffee or wondering about the meaning of life, but it’s probably the former. Emily has a three-year-old Golden Retriever who she often describes as her “reason for existence,” so you can see how she overexaggerates sometimes. Fun Fact: Emily dislocated her knee this past April just by standing up.
Haiyang is a third-year commuter student studying Physiology, Molecular Genetics, and Microbiology. One important lesson he learned in first year is to refrain from staying up late to cram for tests/exams and instead, to ACTUALLY sleep. In his spare time, he enjoys watching TwoSet videos, hanging out with friends over some bubble tea, and practicing (more like ”PRAcrastinating”) the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
JiaQi Zhao is a third-year student doing a double major in economics and actuarial science. She lived in Montreal before coming to Toronto, so she also speaks French fluently. As her pastime, she enjoys running, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix and playing piano. She loves to travel and learn about different countries’ cultures and food, as well as trying all kinds of drinks, ranging from coffees, to lattes and bubble teas! Right now, she’s focusing on reading and enhancing her cooking skills.
Kristyna is a third year student specializing in Cell and Molecular Biology and a Major in Human Biology. She plays for the engineer's dragon boat team and loves to train at AC. Bubble tea makes her feel complete and she loves being a barista. Although she listens to most genres, her favourite music is R&B/Soul, like Daniel Caesar (she can fan girl about him all day).
Konrad is a third-year commuter student studying Immunology and Nutritional Science at Victoria College. His academic interests focus on interactions between microbes, diet, and health. Aside from his research interests, Konrad is also passionate about education and public health policy. This past summer, he was a Laboratory Instructor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine where he taught Physiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Microbiology. The most valuable lesson he learned in first-year was the importance of getting involved on campus such as joining clubs and levies at Victoria College.
Laura is going into second year, she is studying global health, contemporary Asian studies and immunology. She loves the outdoors, especially canoe trips and cycling! In her free time she also loves to knit and do embroidery. During the summers, she works at a summer camp running canoe trips and during the year she tutors and does bike deliveries with Uber Eats.
Madeleine is a second year student studying Global Health. She is living in residence. She enjoys camping, reading, spending time with friends and sitting in the sun on the Vic Quad. She is from Sudbury, Ontario and aspires to work make a positive difference in health care provisions in Ontario.
Miranda is a second year student studying psychology and neuroscience. She is a commuter who loves exploring the city, fitness, music, and spending time in nature. She believes that first year is the best time to grow, reflect, and discover more about yourself - remember that your learning experience is unique, and always surround yourself with people and things that make you happy!
Rena is a neuroscience and art history student who loves any situation that gives her a chance to meet new people! With as great of a passion for the arts as her studies in neuroscience, she can be found taking dance classes, practicing the cello or piano, or painting and sketching throughout her week. In the future she hopes to work in a hospital setting, using her knowledge in medicine as well as the arts to help treat her patients.
Ashleigh is a 2nd year student at Victoria College. Her major is Criminology and her minors are Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and English. Her life revolves around school, but you can easily find her enjoying the sights of the city or hanging out with her friends. She is passionate about community service and enjoys learning about ways to improve her community. On campus, Ashleigh loves to get involved with councils and student life here at U of T. Being a Transition Mentor is important to her because having a support system in place for first year students, allowed her to feel at home in Victoria and at U of T.
Rintaro Masuda is a second year student in Life sciences majoring in physiology and life sciences. Outside of class, you will find him playing soccer and doing art. As a first year transition mentor he is excited to meet the new incoming students. University is a new chapter of life, and for many students it is a big leap into the unknown. Rintaro is hoping to provide support to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Sara is a Second-Year resident student, specializing in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. With a deep passion for scientific innovations, Sara was an executive member of both the Vic for a Cure Club and Relay for Life Committee during the last academic year. Having immigrated to Canada only three years ago, Sara enjoys exploring Downtown Toronto with her friends in her free time. Sara also likes painting, drawing, horseback riding, and swimming.
Sarina is going to her third year and she’s studying Health & Disease, physiology, and physics. She has been living on Vic since her first year and is proud to call Vic her home. She is passionate about making campus and Vic more inclusive so that everyone feels welcome and motivated to get involved in student life. During her first year, she learned that there so many opportunities to get involved and meet people on campus but you have to keep an eye put for them and get out of your comfort zone every once in a while.
Sharon is a second-year student in Rotman Commerce doing a specialist in Accounting. She is a food/dessert enthusiast and her goal is to try 30 different types of food this year! She enjoys watching crime documentaries and TV shows during her free time as well as exploring different places and trying new things!
Sukhmani is a second year commuter student majoring in Mathematics and Economics and minoring in Statistics. When not studying, you’ll find her drinking tea and binging on Brooklyn 99 or Sherlock. Your go-to person for book recommendations, movie suggestions and a midnight trip to a dessert bar. First year taught her that things may seem intimidating, and sometimes undoable, but it always gets better. So grab some ice cream and keep working hard.
Spandan is a third year international student from Kolkata, India with a slightly unhealthy love for hot sauce but a much healthier love for soccer. He is scared that the Karma Police will arrest him at any time because he often talks in math. His interests include quantum physics, worms and lasers, often all at once. He can usually be found in the Cat's Eye playing Smash Bros. or writing assignments on paper towels as he believes that real paper must only be reserved for the really important things like origami or something.
Veronica is a third-year life sciences student. She was born and raised in Toronto, and has been playing the piano since she was 4 years old. She has perfect pitch and likes to compose music in her spare time! Recently she saw her first musical (Dear Evan Hansen) and is hoping to see more in the future. Though not a philosopher, she loves talking about existentialism and the meaning of life. You can often find Veronica around Ned’s Cafe, with a cup of coffee every now and then.
Wayne is a second year student at the University of Toronto as a biochemistry specialist + physiology major. Before Wayne starts his undergraduate study at the Faculty of Arts and Science, he has been studying at three different universities, including Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Toronto Scarborough (with a lot of university transitioning experience). Wayne is a gym-frenzy. Although he appears to be a lean, skinny Asian, he does some hardcore work out 1-2h every day and is looking for a gym buddy to join him (and yet he is still lean and skinny).
Originally from Nigeria, Chelsea is a third year Vic student that has found a second home in Toronto and is more that excited to share! If you ever need to find her, you can can easily catch her wherever there’s great music (usually her room) or great food (Korean BBQ, anyone?). Chelsea is super excited -and nervous- to be joining the Vic Transition Mentor team and in that spirit, her best and tried advice for conquering first day jitters is simply to relax and be real or in the immortal words of Mr. Kendrick Lamar: “If you’re gonna tell a real story, you gotta start with your name”.
Diffany is a second year student studying Industrial Relations & Human Resources, English, and Linguistics. Born and raised in Richmond, B.C., she came to Toronto for the first time in September last year. In her first year she was a Vic One Pearson stream student, and was involved with UTMUN, SSICsim, and Hart House Debate. Recently she has been working on cooking edible food and can’t wait for school to start so Burwash can cook for her instead.
Maria is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in Peace, Conflict & Justice and Political Science, and a minor in History. She is actively involved on-campus, such as with the University of Toronto Pre-Law Society, where she is currently serving as Vice-President, in addition to participation in moot and mock trial competitions. Maria intends to pursue a law degree after her undergraduate studies and has been working at a Law Office for over four years in order to further this goal. In addition to her legal studies, she teaches piano and is studying for her ARCT.
Dorian is in his second year studying as a sociology specialist and a history major. He commutes using the TTC each day from North York to Vic. A lesson he learned in first year was to take a day to make lunches for the week instead of relying on fast-food. A fun fact about Dorian is that he loves everything about and related to Garfield comics and the musical Hamilton! If you ever need help getting somewhere downtown you can always ask him.
Saumya is a second-year international student from India majoring in cognitive science. In her first year, she was a part of the Vic One program (Schawlow stream). A lesson she learnt in her first year was to put yourself out there and she encourages everyone to do the same. You miss 100% of the opportunities that you don’t take. Currently, Saumya is a Vic One Assistant for Promotions and Social Media and you can find her every Wednesday at the Isabel Bader theatre attending the plenaries. Her favourite spot at Vic is the garden behind EJ Pratt Library.
Kevin is a fifth year Vic student studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), who hails from Brampton. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys playing video games and learning about history. This summer, in addition to working part-time, he traveled to Spain, and tried to perfect a couple pasta dishes. Kevin prides himself on being the only Kevin in the room, though this is often not the case. When he's at Vic, he can usually be found in the Cat's Eye.
Habiba is a fourth year international student studying Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Linguistics. She’s of mixed ethnicity being born Egyptian and Filipino and is relatively easy to spot considering she’s as short as 4’9. Being international, Vic has become her home away from home, and this is why she’s dedicated to help you make Vic feel like home too! She’s a mental health advocate that has been practicing visual arts for as long as she can remember and has a deep love for tea while having deep chats about anything, but especially video games, life, and the paranormal.
Amna is a third year international student from Pakistan and studies Human Biology, Animal Physiology, and Immunology. She was a part of Vic One: Stowe-Gullen during her first year. She is a commuter, although her commute is only a minute walk to Vic! Amna is currently volunteering at a hospital, researching why children lie, and is on the executive team for Rare Disease Review and Trek for Teens. During her first year, she learnt that it is very important to get involved on campus even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone every once in a while.
Maral is a fourth-year student studying Comparative Literature, German, and History. When she’s not studying at the library, she's playing the piano, singing in choirs, serving as the Co-President of the Literature & Critical Theory Student Union, spending time with friends (usually at the library) and reading (guess where?). Find Maral hanging around Ned’s or EJ to chat about musical and literary events on campus, undergraduate research opportunities, and the 2007 cinematic masterpiece Hot Fuzz (dir. Edgar Wright).
Alexandra is a second-year student studying Pathobiology and Immunology. She is passionate about tennis, swimming, musicals, and her cat, Whiskers. Her music taste ranges from heavy metal to R&B, so feel free to ask her for a new playlist if you are looking for a change. Two things that she has learned from her first-year was to always give herself an ample amount of time to get to class and to have weekly social get-togethers in order to care for her mental health during stressful times.
Laveeza is a third year student at Victoria College. She is currently studying Psychology, Chemistry and Education & Society. Outside academics she has worked with the VUSAC Academic commission, VicReach and HeyTeach Magazine. She loves to watch shows during her free time and is currently obsessed with k-dramas! She loves to bake and shop when is not busy with studying. She welcomes the incoming first years and hopes that they have a great university year!