Rubi (Year 4)
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.
Prior to entering the University of Toronto Scarborough, the most prominent thing that stood out to me is the idea of independence. Regarding my personal experiences, the transition from high-school to university was only difficult during my first-year. This is because I had a difficult time getting used to not having any of my friends with me. During my first-year, I only recognized a handful of acquaintances from high-school that I did not know too well. Determined to being more social, I committed myself to conquer this obstacle and interact with more individuals around the campus. Notably, it was good to know that everyone around you feels the same way; making the transition process easier. Do not be afraid to come out of your comfort zone, as stepping away from your fears allows you to grow as a person.
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.
Recently, I have completed the joint Paramedic program at UTSC with Centennial College. Before choosing this program, I wish I did more in-depth research about the various aspects and work that goes into the program. Although I had a general understanding of it, I did not realize the amount of work and tedious testing that was involved with the program. If I were to go back, I would explore posts that are on Facebook since there are many pages and group chats available for new students. Additionally, I would check out other social media outlets and also look for graduate students from said program as that is the best tool to get ahead and prepare yourself. The paramedic program is unique and an amazing experience. Although difficult, do not let that discourage you because if you are passionate you can get anything done.
What was your favourite university experience?
My best experience at university was interacting and getting to meet new people. Not only did this expand my social group but it also gave me the chance to feel settled at university.
What was your least favourite university experience?
My worst university experience is the feeling of not having proper guidance. Prior to entering university, I took the time to explore my campus and find the necessary classrooms. However, when I would get lost and ask administrative people for advice, I did not get the best help. Rather, I got better help from my peers around me. Also, the resources around this campus are a little limiting.
What is the hardest part about your program and what were the steps that you took to overcome any difficulties?
The hardest part about the program was the various testings involved. In the paramedic program, there are both physical and academic components involved that were challenging in their own ways. Since there are lift tests that you are required to complete, I would recommend going to the gym and building up your strength. Since this is a joint program with Centennial College, academically, you need a minimum of 60% and higher in each class in order to pass the program. Due to this fact, take your time and study in advance. Create study groups and reach your professors when needed; everyone is there to help you.
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?
My favourite courses at UTSC were the psychology courses, specifically Introduction to Psychology (PSYA01). Not only was the learning material quite intriguing but also, it was easy to grasp. The course entails various components such as the way the human brain works along with different behavioural patterns that shape humans. I would recommend this course to any first-year that is exploring course options.