A few days ago, as I started to scramble my study notes for midterms together, I realized this was going to be my final midterm season here at U of T. That means in six weeks I am going to be finished my undergraduate degree…I cannot fathom how fast this went by.
So, here are a few things I consider the best lessons and experiences while attending the University of Toronto.
The Best Experiences
I started in September 2018, so luckily for us that meant no pandemic. My highlight of orientation was getting to meet a whole new group of people, and of course, getting to have a couple of practice runs at commuting 2 hours a day.
Being in Toronto for the Holidays
One of the greatest things about going to school downtown is the access to all of the holiday attractions as they open! It’s so easy to head to the Distillery District’s Winter Village after classes on a Friday or go skating with friends at Nathan Phillips Square.
Exploring the City
One of my favourite things I got to do in the city was simply explore! After exams I would find a new coffee place or take trips on the subway to get myself comfortable. You never know what cool places you’ll find!
Putting my Mental Health first
Over these last four years I have learned something important – my body cannot handle stress very well. I have learned how to balance self care, and sleep while working as hard as I can to achieve the best grades I can.
Sometimes you fail, and that’s okay
Arguably the most important lesson, during second year I failed my first course ever —- statistics. At the time, it felt like the end of the world but now, I am all the more resilient!
Your pathway to a career is NOT linear
14-year-old me would be on the floor if I told her I am abandoning medicine for political science. It’s fine, she’d get over it. Shortly after beginning POL101, I knew medicine and clinical research was not going to be it for me! I had to take some steps back and re-evaluate my plans, during third year I decided I wanted to continue in academia and become a professor! Now I get to continue this path I’ve set out and see it where it takes me next!
In just SIX WEEKS, I am going to be finished my undergraduate course work… If that isn’t motivation to get up at 4am to finish this paper, then I don’t know what is.