Meet our 2017-2018 Global Ambassadors

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Stephanie X Global Ambassador
Zachary Global Ambassador
Clara Global Ambassador
Dalia Global Ambassador
Lily Global Ambassador
Sophie Global Ambassador
Dina Global Ambassador
Rija Global Ambassador
Helena Global Ambassador
Issraa Global Ambassador
James Global Ambassador
Moriah Global Ambassador
Stephanie T Global Ambassador
Sadiya Global Ambassador
Kevin Global Ambassador
Monica Global Ambassador
Tina Global Ambassador
Sara Global Ambassador
Vanessa Global Ambassador
Yalda Global Ambassador
Iqra Global Ambassador
Dalpreet Global Ambassador

Stephanie X

Program of Study: Peace, Conflict & Justice Studies, Contemporary Asian Studies and Transnational Studies

Activities and interests: Photography, travel, music, snowboarding, food and good ole sleep!

Best things about University of Toronto: The architecture that is beautiful under any weather condition. 

Languages: English, French, Mandarin, Indonesian (Basic) and Arabic (Basic)

 

Stephanie X

About me:

Hi! Welcome to Toronto! My name is Stephanie and I'm a 2nd year Peace, Conflict, and Justice major. I just finished my summer exchange this past June at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and had a fantastic time there.

When I'm not hermitting at the beautiful libraries or navigating my way around the city, I'm an avid traveler and photographer (check out my website www.rawandrove.com - would love your opinion!).

Being born and raised in Toronto, I love all things this city has to offer so definitely do not hesitate to reach out if you want to know more! And even if I can't answer something, I am always down to explore. Looking forward to meeting you and cheers to a great time ahead!

Zachary

Program of Study: Health & Disease and Immunology

Activities and interests: Video games (especially Overwatch), Vocaloid, skiing, swimming, eating and movies.

Best things about University of Toronto: Boundless opportunities, you just have to chase them!

Favourite place or thing to do in Toronto: Tot Cat Café

Languages: English

Zachary

About me:

Hiya, I’m Zachary. I was born in Toronto but I've moved quite a bit during my life. I moved to Shanghai for middle school, spent my high school life in Singapore, came back to Toronto for university and then went on a research exchange to Hong Kong. I hope that I can help others adjust to life in Toronto!

I’m an avid video gamer, playing games such as Civilization V, Dishonoured, maimai and Overwatch. Other than games, I love going out on adventures, hiking, going to parks and eating at cafes (especially the cat café). If you ever need help around campus, need someone to talk to, or just want to hit me up for a few games, don’t hesitate to contact me!

 

Clara

Program of Study: Nutrition and Psychology

Activities and interests: Dancing, rowing, sports, being outdoors and making others happy.

Best things about University of Toronto: How international it is.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Exploring restaurants and food.

Languages: English, French and German

Clara

About me:

I was born in New York City and moved to Belgium at the age of 5. I grew up in Brussels, Belgium, where I went to the International School of Brussels. After finishing the International Baccalaureate in High School, I came to Toronto to start at the University of Toronto. I have just completed a semester abroad at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, in the second semester of my third year of university.

I love to be around others and learn from their experiences. I’m excited to be on the Global Ambassador Team!

Dalia

Program of Study: Cell & Molecular Biology, Health & Disease and Physiology

Activities and interests: All things music and science, politics, travelling, art, history, cooking and coffee!

Best things about University of Toronto: Opportunity, location and diversity! You meet so many types of people at the heart of the city to experiencing the unexpected and more importantly finding your true passions

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: I mostly enjoy taking walks and exploring more of Toronto, going to concerts or simply having long philosophical talks with friends.

Languages: English and Arabic

Dalia

About me:

I am going into my final year double majoring in Cell & Molecular Biology and Health & Disease with a minor in Physiology. I am very much a science nerd and hoping to become a clinician scientist in the future. My other true love is music.

I am originally Lebanese and came to Canada when I started school at U of T. Having experienced being abroad from home and loved ones, I understand the worries and concerns that you may face. But not to worry, Toronto has been the best at making me feel right at home and where I belong. It’s a truly spectacular place with so much to offer. I have gone through some unforeseen but rewarding experiences and I am fortunate to have my friends there as a support system. I look forward to being a part of yours.

Please feel free to contact me whenever you need some help, simply want to talk or just want to go out and explore! Also Welcome to Canada, it’s a pretty amazing place!

Lily

Program of Study: Commerce (Finance and Economics Specialist)

Activities and interest: My main hobbies are travelling, figure skating, hiking and listening to podcasts. I love learning new skills so I’m constantly trying new things. I’m currently trying to learn how to rock climb and cook!

Best things about University of Toronto: The best thing about the University of Toronto is its beautiful campus and its location in the heart of the biggest city in Canada. The campus is a balanced blend of historic and modern buildings located in a bustling city with loads to do. The University of Toronto St. George campus is on the edge of the downtown region making it convenient while maintaining a university vibe.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: My favourite place in Toronto is the Toronto Island. It’s a great place to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. Besides the beaches and boardwalks, there are activities such as biking, getting lost in the maze, going to the amusement park or seeing the animals at the petting zoo. Although it’s currently inaccessible due to flooding, it is definitely an attraction worthwhile visiting.

Languages:  English, French and Mandarin

Lily

About me:

I participated in a semester abroad in Milan and can honestly say I didn’t spend a single weekend in Milan.

Ever since I went island hopping in Greece, I was bitten by the travel bug and haven’t been sitting still. I love meeting new people and immersing myself into an entirely different culture. I’m a foodie by association and an explorer by nature. I grew up in the Nation’s Capital and have done my fair share of exploring in Toronto.

If you ever need any brunch or ice cream shop suggestions, you can most likely find me at the drop-in skating sessions at Varsity!

Sophie

Program of Study: Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and Equity Studies

Activities and interests: Cooking, reading, movies, traveling, and theatre.

Best things about University of Toronto: All the amazing services that are offered to students and the inclusivity and diversity of the student body.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: My favourite place in Toronto is Queen West! Lots of amazing things to discover where ever you go in the city!

Languages: English and French

Sophie

About me:

Hi I'm Sophie! I am a born and raised Torontonian who recently spent 7 months on exchange in Paris. Being on exchange was an incredible experience and I have learned so much about myself while abroad. I was able to travel around Europe and experience new and exciting cultures. I am looking forward to sharing my newfound perspectives with everyone.

When I'm not working at my part-time job or studying at school, I like to spend time with friends exploring the city. I can't wait to spend my last year at U of T being a Global Ambassador, so let's make this year count!

Dina

Program of Study: Kinesiology

Activities and interest: Dancing, travelling, hiking, food, movies and concerts.

Best things about University of Toronto: Location, architecture, endless opportunities and diversity.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Exploring Toronto’s food scene and cafés!

Languages: English and Arabic (Intermediate)

Dina

About me:

Hello! My name is Dina. I participated in an exchange over at the University of Birmingham (UK) this past term. My first experience living away from my family in a foreign country was exhilarating! All of the memories and friends I made will forever be cherished with me.

About myself: I am half Egyptian and half Korean (which could explain why picking one favourite cuisine is impossible). I really enjoy travelling and exploring other cultures. I am a coffee addict and an avid movie-goer. I also love to spend time sightseeing and discovering new places!

My years at the University of Toronto have been the most rewarding. I am very excited for you to experience life at Canada’s number one university! If you have any questions about U of T or Canada in general, feel free to send me a message!

Rija

Program of Study: History, Education & Society, and Sociology

Activities and interest: Travelling, exploring, trying new things, food & cooking, photography and reading.

Best things about University of Toronto: The infinite opportunities it has! There’s pretty much a course for any topic you could imagine! It houses the most curious minds I have ever met, and it’s amazing getting to know people on campus and the incredible work they are doing.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Strolls through Kensington Market! Kensington Market is like a hub of energy in Toronto. It’s such a unique little bubble of a neighbourhood full of life and fun. I absolutely love strolling the market searching for new stores/cafes to discover or simply looking at the various street vendors.

Languages: English

Rija

About me:

Hello! My name is Rija (that’s ree-jah).

I am 4th year student fresh off the plane, returning to Toronto after a 6 month exchange in Asia! Having travelled to 7 countries and 28 cities this year alone, I have first-hand experience on the rollercoaster that is being abroad. There’s so many adventures and fun opportunities that come with exploring a new place, and emerging yourself in a new culture. That being said, I also know just how scary it is to start adjusting to a new country. Being a Global Ambassador, I hope I can ease with the transition of being abroad and living in Toronto.

Whether you need help finding good, cheap burgers, or figuring out when to correctly use “eh” in a sentence, I’ll be here for you! 

Helena

Program of Study: Pharmacology

Activities and interests: Traveling, movies, food, swimming, and board games.

Best things about University of Toronto: The endless opportunities to pursue what interests you and the diverse student population.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Trying out all the different cuisines the city has to offer!

Languages: English, Mandarin and Cantonese

 

Helena

About me:

Hi there! My name is Helena and one thing you’d notice about me right away is my love for international adventures. My journey started when I moved to Canada from China at the age of 13. The rich cultural mosaic in this country inspired me to venture to other parts of the world to probe new ideas – which is how I ended up pursuing internships in Stockholm and Boston.

The best part about my time abroad had to the amazing people I met who helped me experience the local culture fully, and I hope to do the same for you! Welcome to U of T, and get ready to discover the many gems of the city with your Global Ambassadors!

Issraa

Program of Study: Health & Disease and History

Activities and interests: Food, traveling, drawing/painting, hiking, reading, memes and video games.

Best things about University of Toronto: It’s a gorgeous campus right in the centre of downtown Toronto.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Canoe to the Toronto Islands.

Languages: English, Arabic, and some French

Issraa

About me:

As someone who moved to Toronto from a much smaller Canadian city, being in the big city can be a whirlwind, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love food and trust me, Toronto is the place to be for foodies. I love exploring, whether it’s the bustling streets of Toronto or the great Canadian outdoors. I love drawing and reading, both of which I enjoy doing in many of the great coffee shops here in the city despite hating coffee (team tea forever). Most of all I love diversity and that stereotypical Canadian kindness – and Toronto has definitely got those covered. 

Last year I went on exchange to Yonsei University in South Korea. I definitely fell in love with everything about Seoul and exchange was definitely the best experience of my life so far. That being said, welcome to the 6ix, to the University of Toronto, and to what will hopefully be one of the greatest experiences of your life. I’m here to make sure your journey is the best it can possibly be so feel free to reach out to me whenever you need to!

James

Programs of Study: Engineering

Activities and interest: Skiing. Travelling. Netflix-ing.

Best things about University of Toronto: Design Teams. Night life.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: The beaches on the Toronto Islands and Robarts Library.

Languages: English and Mandarin

James

About me:

I am a second year student engineer and did my summer exchange in Singapore working on research in Mechanical Engineering.

I was born in China, lived in China, America, and Canada growing up, and settled in the Greater Toronto Area for high school. I love sports: other than playing basketball, being a swim instructor and skate instructor, I ski almost every weekend in the winter. I also enjoy exploring and visiting new places: the past summer, I went on backpacking trips to Thailand and Malaysia.

I am always down for a road trip. If you need a travel buddy, hit me up!

Moriah

Program of Study: Human Geography, Urban Studies and Sociology

Activities and interests: Reading, travelling, cycling, and playing and watching sports.

Best things about University of Toronto: It's in the middle of a lively city, so you will never run out of things to see and do.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Cycling in the Don Valley.

Languages: English

Moriah

About me:

Hi, I'm Moriah! I am in my final year at U of T. I've lived in Toronto for most of my life, and love the city. I am excited to introduce exchange students to the wonders of this city and show them how to navigate U of T's insanely large campus.

I went on exchange to Perth, Australia and had an amazing experience. I found that even though English is the official language in Australia, I was hit with a whole new vocabulary that I didn't understand. With this in mind, I am excited to help newcomers navigate the quirks of Toronto.

Stephanie T

Program of Study: Pharmacology & Toxicology

Activities and interests: Travelling and meeting new people from around the world, dragon boat and fitness, scientific research, drinking copious amounts of coffee and eating lots of tasty foods.

Best things about University of Toronto: All of the places to nap on campus! But seriously, our campus is in the heart of a bustling and diverse city.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Paddling on the lake in a dragon boat with my teammates.

Languages: English and Cantonese (Minimal)

Stephanie T

About me:

Hello! I’m Stephanie, an incoming 4th year student. I was born and raised in Canada, and I have been living in Toronto for the past few years. So if you have any questions about our beautiful country or city, don’t hesitate to ask. I can also confirm or break any of those Canadian stereotypes you may be wondering about.

I spent this past summer working on a research project at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. Being in central Europe allowed me to easily travel to many surrounding countries, and also inspired me to further explore the rest of Europe by embarking on a 4-week solo backpacking trip. It was amazing!

I remember how quickly I fell in love with Toronto upon arrival, and continue to be captivated by the culture and treasures of our amazing city. I hope I can extend the same experience that I had to you. Looking forward to meeting you all in September!

Sadiya

Program of Study: Kinesiology

Activities and interests: I enjoy running, reading and watching movies. I am interested in international relations, philosophy, music and food.

Best things about University of Toronto: The best thing about the University of Toronto is the architectural juxtaposition between the collegiate gothic buildings and modern architecture. There is never a dull moment when exploring the campus!

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: My favourite place in Toronto is Kensington Market. The colours, the art, the culture and the desserts are always a joy.

Languages: English and Swahili

Sadiya

About me:

Hi! My name is Sadiya (pronounced sad-ee-ya). I enjoy the simple things in life, including hunting for great food spots, cheap book stores and relaxing coffee shops. My subjects of interest include history, politics and international relations (I could watch tons of documentaries on such topics).

Campus life for me is continuously brightened by all the random drop-by sessions such as Paint Nights, movie nights and Zumba sessions. My first exchange program at CIE was summer 2017 spent in Hong-Kong for an independent research project. On the whole, I love exploring new countries and experiencing new cultures.

I hope that I can satiate your curiosities about the city. Feel free to reach out to me with any of your questions or even when you just need a buddy to explore the city with.

Kevin

Program of Study: Life Sciences

Activities and interests: Sports, eating, sleeping, and binge-ing on Netflix.

Best things about University of Toronto: Diverse amount of clubs, organizations, places and people on and off campus.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Robarts Library

Languages: English and Mandarin

Kevin

About me:

If you laugh at my all my jokes or prefer noodles over every other type of carbohydrate, we will become the best of friends. I am your go to person if you can’t reach something on the top shelf or if you have any questions about the city or U of Tears. Even though many people dub U of T as U of Tears due to its supposedly rigorous courses, I will personally ensure all tears will be tears of joy shed when you can’t bear to leave this wonderful school and city.

To the exhilarated students who have been crossing days off their calendar, U of T is a magnificent exchange destination with an unparalleled number of organizations, clubs, courses and faces—its proximity to the diverse city that is Toronto places the world in your palms. To the nervous students uneasy about life in a foreign environment, proudly embrace that uncertainty because you are now one fewer country from having visited every country on the Earth.

Monica

Program of Study: Economics and Math

Activities and interests: Anything related to food (I’m a big foodie!), travelling, sports (mainly soccer and volleyball, but I’ll try anything), photography, technology and innovation, sustainability, urban environments, and animal welfare.

Best things about University of Toronto: The fact that there are endless opportunities for things to do and places to get support, both academically and personally. Its up to each student to decide how much or how little they want to be involved in all aspects of their university experience.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Trying new restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee places, and supermarkets around the city.

Languages: English, Danish, some Spanish and some German

Monica

About me:

Hi, I’m Monica and I’m going into my second year at U of T, studying Economics and Math. I’m fully Danish, but was born in Sweden and have since then moved back and forth between Denmark, Austria and the UK. I’ve only lived in Toronto for one year, so I’m still finding my way and exploring the city – feel free to join me! 

I’m a huge animal lover – so much so that I actually spent three months in the Peruvian jungle at an animal rescue centre looking after anything from turtles and monkeys to tapirs and jaguars. As a result of both my Peruvian adventure and living in Toronto, I’ve learned a couple of things about how to deal with homesickness and how to immerse yourself in a new culture, so if that’s something you have any questions about, feel free to text/call/message/email me.

Other than animals, I also love food (I’m a huge foodie!), sports and travelling, but I’m always open to exploring new things too, so if you ever need someone to join you on an adventure, I’m your girl!

Tina

Program of Study: Environmental Studies and Economics

Activities and interests: Biking, music, being outside with friends, books, films, knitting and good food.

Best things about University of Toronto: Location – Toronto is such a diverse city and there truly is something on offer for everyone.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Trinity Bellwood’s Park, a great place to hang out with friends and relax in the summer!

Languages: English

Tina

About me:

I’m going into my final year at U of T, and have grown up back and forth between various cities in California and Canada. That being said Toronto has one of my favourites by far – there’s always something going on in the city. I love going for coffee, chilling in the many beautiful parks of Toronto, having chats over beers, listening to music, goofing around.

I’ve loved being on exchange in the Netherlands and a big part of getting comfortable there was the students who were there to help guide the exchange students, and that’s exactly what I hope to do as well! I like to say that I'm a go with the flow kind of a person, so I'm your gal for any and all questions/activities – so please shoot me a message even just to say hi and I look forward to meeting you all!

Sara

Program of Study: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Activities and interests: Kayaking, photography, travel, extreme sports, vlogs, research, and soccer. I'm also a self-proclaimed shopaholic!

Best things about University of Toronto: The wealth of opportunities and diversity, combined with a high standard of academics. We really are the best in the country!

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Eat a beaver tail in Yonge-Dundas Square at night.

Languages: English and Urdu

Sara

About me:

I moved to Toronto from Pakistan at the age of 10 and I can’t be more proud to call this beautiful city my home. There really is no better avenue than UofT, where knowledge meets achievement, history meets future and ambitions meet inspiration. While I am a full time student with aspirations to become a physician, I am also a part-time travel enthusiast and vlogger! My favourite cities are Islamabad, Istanbul, Queenstown, and of course, Toronto.

I love to connect my student life with the culture, history and unique treasures Toronto has to offer. Whether you decide to explore the architecture of campus, take a stroll at Harbourfront or grab a burger from Kensington Market, there is always something to do for every wanderer.

The experiences at U of T will allow you to break free from your comfort zone and discover your innermost passions. I’m so excited to meet the incoming students and help them explore our awesome campus and city. Welcome to the 6ix!

Vanessa

Program of Study: Health & Disease

Activities and interests: Eating out, traveling, shopping, painting, walking through parks and skiing!

Best things about University of Toronto: You will meet a lot of awesome people from all over the world at U of T! Also, it has so many nice libraries! I love Gerstein library the most.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: I love Centre Island. It is great place to relax, chat and have a picnic!

Languages: English and Cantonese

Vanessa

About me:

My name is Vanessa and I am going to my fourth year. I was born in Canada but raised in Hong Kong for 18 years. After completing high school in Hong Kong, I have been in Toronto for my undergraduate studies since 2014. I love Toronto, especially the diversity of people in this city! I enjoy exploring others’ cultures and sharing ideas.

I went on the research abroad program in the School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore this summer. At first, it was a bit overwhelming to adapt to the new environment. I am very glad that my colleagues in the lab are very helpful and caring, which eased a lot of my burden and helped me overcome the challenges. I hope my experience as an exchange student will help you have a smooth transition.

Yalda

Program of Study: Political Science and Human Geography

Activities and interests: Watching documentaries, going out for coffee, and talking about politics.

Best things about University of Toronto: The amount of resources and huge number of opportunities it provides for the students.

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Biking along the Harbourfront.

Languages: English, Farsi, Urdu, and Turkish (Basic)

Yalda

About me:

I have been living in Toronto for the past five years and it is my favourite city. I would love to take you on tours. I have been part of many clubs and organizations on campus so if you need tips on how to get involved, I am your go-to person.

This summer I had an internship in India. My main focus was on the anti-human trafficking project the organization was running in Kolkata. It was a very eye-opening experience for me.

I like to travel the world and find out more about different cultures and traditions. I am open-minded and easy to talk to. If you think you will be homesick, not to worry! We will have lots of fun together. I look forward to meeting you all.

Iqra

Program of Study: Masters of Teaching, second year

Activities and interests: Music, exploring Toronto, photography, architecture, calligraphy or lettering, psychology and trying new things

Best things about University of Toronto: The rich architecture throughout campus!

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many newly opened restaurants in the downtown core, cruising lakeshore or view hunting.

Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu. I can understand Punjabi, Pashto and Hindko.

Iqra

About me:

Hi! My name is Iqra. I am a second year graduate student at University of Toronto pursing my master’s degree in teaching (MT). I also completed my Bachelors of Science here at U of T in psychology with a double minor in history and women and gender studies. Throughout my time at U of T, I’ve been working on campus part-time as well! Between school and working on campus at various labs and offices, I’m definitely your go to person for campus inquiries!

One of my favourite things to do is exploring the U of T campus, whether it’s finding a new cool spot to study or gazing at the architecture through random campus walks. I also love finding new places to eat because I’m a huge foodie! So if spontaneity is your thing and you love exploring the city, eating and trying new things, we will definitely get along!

 I’m really excited to get to know you all. I’d like to say I’m really friendly and easy to talk to so be sure to reach out to me if you have any questions or just plainly want to make a new campus friend! Welcome to the U of 6ix! 

Dalpreet

Program of Study: Master of Teaching. Year 2.

Activities and interests: I enjoy cooking, trying a variety of different foods, going to the gym, playing recreational sports, doing adventures and spontaneous things. 

Best things about University of Toronto: The scenery is amazing. The old and new buildings are a pleasure to explore. 

Favorite place or thing to do in Toronto: Trying different food and ice cream places and relaxing by the lake. 

Languages: English, Punjabi, and Hindi. 

Dalpreet

About me:

I am Dalpreet Hansra. Before starting my Masters of Teaching here at the University of Toronto, I completed my undergraduate degree in Social Science-Equity and Social Policy at York University.

I am very outgoing, social, friendly, and easy to talk to. I am an animal and nature lover so long walks/hikes always make me happy. I am always up for spontaneous adventures, especially between study periods.

During just one year of studying and working on campus I have learned a lot about the campus and the city itself. There is a lot to do in Toronto, so if you have any academic or social questions please feel comfortable contacting me.