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Nana Yaa Abrafi

Nana Yaa Abrafi Boa-Amponsem

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2017 New College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

  • Program Assistant Intern, Zawadi Africa Education Fund, Ghana—assisted academically gifted, but financially disadvantaged, girls in Ghana to apply for university scholarships in North America and parts of Africa. That was my give-back project as I learned about U of T MasterCard Scholarship as a Zawadi Scholar.
  • Intern, Tax Unit, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ghanaperformed administrative roles, worked on team project, and embarked on field projects in banks and financial institutions.
  • Intern, Impact Infrastructure, Toronto
Outside the Classroom

  • Presented speech on behalf of student body, Nelson Mandela Memorial Service, University of Toronto
  • Student panelist, University of Toronto yearbook redesign
  • Student representative and Gonfalon Bearer, Installation Ceremony of President Meric Gertler
  • Peer mentor, Economics
  • Peer mentor, New College Residence
  • Tutor, Math and English, Centre for Community Partnerships
  • Mentor and tutor for a secondary school female student living with a learning disability
Further Education

  • Currently pursuing: MSc, Public Policy — focus on economic, anti-poverty, and environmental policy
In the Media

  • Facebook
New College Impact

New College played an instrumental role in my academic and leadership excellence. Firstly, my New College Registrars immensely supported me through course selection, deciding on my majors, and post-graduation plans. Moreover, the Equity Studies program of New College was the best option as a second major since it gave me a real-world perspective on Economics. Through this course, I was able to identify my interest in Public policy and social justice. In my final year, New College awarded me with a scholarship for academic excellence, and also afforded me the opportunity to meet President Meric Gertler at a special New College Dinner.

Furthermore, New College organized various leadership training programs which were very essential to my success as a student leader at U of T. I partook in various floor and house activities that improved my teamwork skills. In my final year, I was given a priceless opportunity to serve as a Residence Peer Mentor where I provided assistance to residents in areas such as Academic Success, Career Preparedness, Mental Health and Wellness. I acquired a lot of great skills and knowledge in this position.

“Balance is extremely important. Get involved in the things you love. Take care of your mental health. Study hard but don’t forget to also learn. And keep God first in all you do.

 

Carol Nash

Carol Nash

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 1980 University College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Alongside the Classroom

Further Education

  • PhD, Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto, 1989
  • MA, Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto, 1984
  • BEd, Secondary Education, Business Studies, University of Toronto, 1981
Career Description

“Believe in your dreams.
Do what you love.
Take opportunities as they come.
Concentrate hard when you work.
Think about who you were, who you are now and who you want to become.
Check your work many times with fresh eyes.”

 

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

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Graduation Year

  • BA 1961 University College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

  • Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (Became president at the all-campus level for final year)
  • Hart House Glee Club
  • Led and played piano for a noon-time sing-along at Hart House weekly in third and fourth year
Outside the Classroom

  • Student minister for three full summers: Kitimat, BC; Bradalbane, PEI; and Wabush, Labrador
Further Education

  • MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary
Career Description

  • Worked in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley with high school and junior high students for Inter-School Christian Fellowship
  • Ordained as a Presbyterian minister and served in three different congregations, 3rd in Vancouver
  • Worked 2 years founding and teaching at a Christian School in Vancouver
  • Remainder of worker years served as Chaplain in two different hospitals
“Enjoy the friends made on and off campus, but keep the focus on doing an excellent job on the studies.”

 

Nicholas Bakewell

Nicholas Bakewell

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2017 University College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

Further Education

  • Columbia University, Graduate Studies, 2014
  • MacEwan University/University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce, 2014
Career Description

  • Data Analyst/Statistician at the World Council on City Data.
“Breathe… and realise that finishing your education is not a race, it is should be thought of as a lifelong journey. Every person learns differently and at a different pace, take your time.”

 

mark bonham

Mark Bonham

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Graduation Year

  • BCom 1982 University College
Inside the Classroom

  • Accounting, Business, Economics, Business History, Capital Markets Theory
Outside the Classroom

  • Campaign manager, UC Lit President
  • Fraternity member
Further Education

Career Description

  • Investment management, insurance industry (Canada Life Assurance Company)
  • Founder of two of Canada’s largest mutual fund companies
  • Extensive philanthropic work in education, health and arts
  • Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto
In the Media

“Life is short, start working on your dream projects now.”

“Keep a daily diary.”

Laura Dickson

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Graduation Year

  • BSc 1995 University College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

  • Amnesty International – UC letter writing group
Further Education

Career Description

“Don’t be afraid to switch academic tracks. Completion of an undergraduate degree is not a race, it’s an exploration. Learning how to learn and have a flexible and critical mindset are the most valuable outcomes. Don’t worry about competing with others, challenge yourself to new heights of learning and expansion you are your main project. Enjoy it.”

 

Dave Hunter

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Graduation Year

  • B.A. University College, 1963
Inside the Classroom

Further Education

  • MBA, Human Resources and Organizational Change, Western University, 1966
Career Description and Accomplishments

  • Large corporation experience (CNR, Royal Bank, KPMG, Molson Industries, Transamerica)
  • External change agent with own consulting practise
  • Faculty at Humber College, York University and Brock University
  • Got operating managers to value human resource and organizational change skill set
  • Developed successful student mentoring programme in academic setting
  • Shared life goals conversations with hundreds of students

“Begin constructing your network, which sounds easy, but the devil is in the details of how to build outward from family and friends so as to avoid cold calls. Get a job, any job, to gain work experience – particularly if it is out of the retail sector where one gets little sense of what the larger organization is about. The difference between students with work experience and without work experience is visible.”

Samantha Portrait

Samantha Freeman-Attwood

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Graduation YearInnis, 2004
International StudentBrasil
Inside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Public Relations & Corporate Communications
  • Entrepreneurship – Running a landscape company
  • Higher Education:
    • Assistant Director, Recruitment & Admissions, Rotman Commerce
    • Associate Registrar, St. Michael’s College
    • Manager, Industry Liaison Office & Industry Partnership Development, George Brown College

Get involved beyond the classroom, what you do outside the classroom is equally as important as what you do inside the classroom. Becoming engaged in the wider UofT community will allow you to build important skills, meet incredible people and most importantly get to know yourself, which is how you will discover what you are good at and where your passion lies.

There are SO many opportunities to get involved, whether it is through summer abroad, international exchange, volunteering, clubs (there are over 900 + clubs!!!), there is something for everyone to take part it.

get to know your resources, there are no shortage of opportunities to get help and build your skills. Get to know the places you can turn to for help, for support and encouragement.

See the people in your classroom as allies, not your competition. You are all in this together, you can help each other and lift each other up. You are probably going through many of the same struggles as your peers, so don’t be shy about reaching out to them.

This is the best time for you to take part in all the wonderful things on offer, get to know all that awaits you….then you can be selective about what you partake in; and there is something for everyone in this amazing place!

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Diana Wilson

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2011
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

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“Take an ethics class at U of T and get work experience while at school but make sure to not let it interfere with your studies. Don’t focus on just building your resume, focus on clarifying your values as a person and reflect deeply on how you can express those values in your working life.”

Quyen Ha

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2002
Inside the Classroom

In the Media

Experimental Learning

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

“Work hard. Dream Big. Anything is possible.”

on campus work

On-Campus Work

 

leadership development

Leadership Development

 

clubs

Clubs & Special Interest Groups