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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.

 

David Silva

David Silva

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2008 University College
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Switched programs from:

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Further Education

  • Humber College – Post-Graduate Certificate (Public Administration)
Career Description

  • Experience as a policy professional spans nearly seven years with the
    Ontario Public Service.
  • Has served in progressively more
    responsible and senior roles including as a team leader directing multiple
    teams of policy staff, providing executive support to two Deputy Ministers and
    most recently as the executive assistant to the Assistant Deputy Minister for
    Road User Safety.
“- Participate in extra-circulars: As a commuting student, only attending campus for class did not allow me to truly connect with the campus or classmates. Re-engaging with UFT through alumni events has been both interesting and fun.
– Take advantage of UFT’s Career Centre (early): Looking at my next step into the workforce was a passing thought at the best of times. Pay more attention to what field you want to get into and speak to the career counselors who can tell you what skills and relationships you need to build while still a student.
– Every minute matters: This applies to everything from procrastinating on assignments to dismissively thinking that decisions made on 1st and 2nd year courses would have no bearing. Plan, schedule and act carefully. This is an approach that will help as you enter the workforce but it will also ensure that you don’t waste a good chunk of your year with sub-par grades or a course that will serve no value to you as you move through your program of study.”

 

Maggie Cheung

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Graduation Year

  • Hon BSc, 2017, University College
Inside the Classroom

Before program switch:

Alongside the Classroom

  • Work-Study jobs
Career Description

  • Internship at an integrated marketing agency
  • Freelance work
  • Volunteering
  • Creative Services Coordinator at Grantbook Inc.

“All of my past experiences put me in a really good position to enter a marketing/design role in the philanthropic sector – which is where I wanted to be, and where I am right now. I didn’t know that this was what I wanted to do all along; I just looked for a sense of satisfaction with both my work and the people I surrounded myself with.

I think the most important thing when you’re young is to not be afraid to not be afraid to try things out, but keep in mind that you want to learn something from each experience – even if all you learn is that something isn’t for you.”

 

Rick Clow

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Graduation Year

  • BSc 1974 University College
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Further Education

Career Description

  • General Manager, Quinte Waste Solutions (Centre and South Hastings Waste Services Board), Quinte West, Ontario
  • Operations Manager, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, Oshawa, Ontario
  • Regional Planner, Ministry of Natural Resources, Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Executive Assistant, Community Planning Association of Canada, Toronto, Ontario
“Be involved in the university community and experience the cultures and depth of the community you live in.”

 

Laura Dickson

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Graduation Year

  • BSc 1995 University College
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  • 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.”

 

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Alyssa Astrinos

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Graduation YearInnis, 2012
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Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Co-founder, Creative-Technology Startup
  • Real-Estate Development
  • Flight Attendant, Air Canada

Stay busy and get involved as much as you can with groups, clubs, athletics and use this time to explore whatever you are interested in! Go the extra mile to get to know your professors and TAs – they can mentor and help you figure out what direction you want to go in. Before signing up for classes, do you research, go talk to people who are already taking or have taken the program/course, talk to the professors and sit in on the class beforehand.

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John Debono

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Graduation Year2014
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Further Education

Career Accomplishments

Allow yourself to make the most of the University experience and always make sure you can be proud of the work you are producing.

 

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Casey Scott-Songin

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  • Innis, 2010
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“Take advantage of every opportunity that arises. Apply for everything you are interested in, as there is a better chance of getting accepted than you think. Optimise your time to take advantage of all the resources you have available to you.”

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Michael Beeler

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Graduation Year

  • Innis, 2010
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