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Samantha Freeman-Attwood

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Graduation YearInnis, 2004
International StudentBrasil
Inside the Classroom

  • Anthropology
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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Patrick McGee

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2006
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Outside the Classroom

  • Part-time Waiter
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“Study a language, it only becomes more difficult once you begin a career. Run long distances, it’s perfect way to digest audiobooks, clear the mind, explore and stay healthy. Be prepared for stepping-stone jobs, the way you pick courses bears little resemblance to life.”

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Jessica Davenport

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2009
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“Choose your courses wisely from the beginning! Be the kind of person that someone would want to hire in the future! Volunteer, say yes to experiences and use your time wisely!”

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Suzanne Read

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2009
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“Start volunteering early in any areas that you’re interested in and get involved in research early if you are considering post-grad work. Explore all your career options and use the career centre to learn what you would have to do to get into those career areas.”

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Danielle Ching

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2009
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“Study hard. Don’t get distracted or passive, take hold of what you have in the moment and do the best you can. You are paving groundwork for your future once you do that

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Leanne Moore

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2010
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Cindy Yi

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2012
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“Don’t forget to have lots of fun and enjoy the freedom that school offers!”

Dave Paskar

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2006
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“Make sure you have a lot of fun to go along with the studying, don’t be afraid to explore interests early on and make sure you do what makes you happy.”

Amy Yu

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  • Innis, 2005
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” Sometimes your interests unfold over years – don’t expect to have it all figured out at the end of your undergraduate degree … but at the same time keep being introspective and open-minded about the future…”


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“Focus on choosing courses of genuine interest and maintaining a high GPA as a result of choosing those courses of interest, not just because they are requirements of your program. If you are taking courses that you dislike because they are program requirements, then you are probably in the wrong program. It’s never too late to switch.

Also, pay attention to your interests outside of the classroom, and what drives you and gives you energy on a daily basis. These are your strengths and is the type of work that you should gravitate towards. Just because you are in life sciences does NOT mean you need to go to medical school!

Towards the end of my undergraduate degree, I ruled out ever doing a Masters degree because I was so sick of school! In retrospect, I would tell myself not to rule anything out for the future. I’m glad I didn’t jump in immediately into a Masters degree after either of my Bachelor degrees, because my multiple years of work in education really helped me see that I enjoyed teaching Special Education – and this is the specialization in Educational Psychology research that I sought out when I started my Master degree at Western (one year full time, then 2.5 years part-time research thesis). The Master degree has helped me obtained the Curriculum Leadership position, in teaching setting that I currently work in and love. Bottom line: would have NEVER considered a MA in Ed. Psych/ Special Education in 2005 when I graduated from my HBSc! Sometimes your interests unfold over years – don’t expect to have it all figured out at the end of your undergraduate degree … but at the same time keep being introspective and open-minded about the future.”


 

Duncan Hill

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2000
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“Study harder and keep up with your readings! Also get involved in more extra-curricular activities!.”