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“I feel as if I have a community, but just a few steps outside and I’m in the heart of the city. You certainly don’t feel like you’re alone, you feel like you’re a part of a living system.”
B.Sc. 2014, MSc candidate, Neuropharmacology/psychopharmacology
Student News at U of T
As the University of Toronto airs its virtual spring convocation ceremony, graduates from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering are marking the end of one journey and the beginning of another.
They will join the faculty’s vibrant, global network of alumni as they continue to address pressing challenges around the world.
Andrea Johns heard the Mohawk language, Kanien'kéha, for the first time when she took an introductory class on the subject in her second year at the University of Toronto.
Yet, the words somehow felt familiar.
The experience reminded her of something Murray Sinclair, the Ojibwe former senator, judge, and head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, said during a visit to campus a few years ago: When you speak your language, your ancestors wake up.
Even as a little girl, Vanessa Alfaro wanted to become a dentist.
So when she suffered a workplace injury that caused her to lose all feeling in her dominant hand, she also lost out on her dream.
“I was in a very dark place,” says Alfaro. “The circumstances of how it happened and what it meant for my future – it was just a hard time emotionally and physically.”