Your college community provides a small and supportive home within U of T. It’s the place where you will get a lot of core services, such as academic and financial counselling, residence and orientation. It is also a social network where you will find a range of academic and non- academic programs and activities, special traditions and lifelong friendships.
Madeline — Double major in psychology, and women and gender studies.
Hometown: Flesherton, Ontario.
One thing about me: I’ve been on three TV game shows with my sister.
Wish I had known: If you don’t like what you are reading, you aren’t going to read it, so pick subjects that interest you. That is the secret to an amazing GPA.
Q: What did you know about the colleges when you applied to U of T?
A: I’m from a small town and lived in residence my first year, so moving to the “Big City” was a huge change. I chose U of T because I was searching for a place that would challenge me academically and give me the opportunity to explore my interests in a city that literally has everything. But I had no idea how to rank the colleges. I just picked based on the type of room I wanted and didn’t realize it would become so much more than just my residence.
Q: Now that you’re in second year, how would you describe your college experience?
A: It’s where I’ve met all my best friends. The colleges are like neighbourhoods, and mine has become a huge part of my life. It breaks U of T down into a small community so that I felt very connected to people right from the beginning. You might connect with people through your program, sports or other activities, but for me, my college is like a family who is always going to be there.
Q: Do you need to study the programs affiliated with your college?
A: Your college affiliation has no restriction on what you can or should be studying. My college sponsors criminology and sociolegal studies and employment relations, but I am a double major in psychology and women and gender studies. Your choice of college will not limit your academic path or opportunities.
Q: What advice do you have for navigating first year?
A: The best people to talk to are upper-year students because they know the little tricks and have been in your shoes. You’ll be surprised how nice people are when you stop to talk to them. If you get involved in something—even a little thing—you’re bound to meet students. Or you can go to your college registrar and sign up to get an upper-year mentor (who will probably end up becoming your friend, too).