Human Biology and Anthropology at University of Toronto (Scarborough)

Anonymous (Year 2)

What did you wish you knew before going to your university? What made you choose this institution over all others? What are advantages and disadvantages of your institution or campus? List any advice for incoming first-year students about your university. 

I wish I knew more about the different programs available. I also wish I interacted with more people to make friends. Although there are some counselling services available, they're not as helpful as you think they might be. The co-op office is really nice though. I also wish I knew how depressing the buildings look. It can be pretty depressing sometimes.


What did you wish you knew before choosing your specific program? What are the advantages and disadvantages of your program?  List any advice for incoming first-year students about your program of study.

I wish I knew about the different life science programs. There were a lot of options which I never knew about. By the time I wanted to switch it was too late because I didn't have the prerequisites. I would advise you to talk to more students. It's easier to reach students for advice than getting help with staff. I also wish I knew there was less "hand-holding". It's pretty much our responsibility to figure out our requirements.


What was your favourite university experience? 

My best experience at university was watching the sunrise before I went to class. I live pretty far so I always came early. I loved having breakfast with the jazz music in the background. It was a pretty calming atmosphere. I also liked going to FSGs. The mentors are really nice and are always there to help you.


What was your least favourite university experience?

I don't really have a bad university experience, maybe realizing how depressing the buildings actually look, but then I got over it.


What is the hardest part about your program and what were the steps that you took to overcome any difficulties?

The hardest part of the program is probably keeping up with textbook notes. I rarely used the textbook because it was so hard to keep up. The hardest part is also forming a study group. A lot of UofT students enjoy their time to themselves so no one was really fond of study groups (unless you went to FSGs).


If you were able to take electives, what was your favourite elective? If you were not able to take electives, what was your favourite course and why?

Please take ANTA02. I loved the content and the teacher. I forgot her name but it started with a M.


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