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Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) English/Philosophy Mentorship Meal – Winter 2018
February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mentorship Meals bring together alumni, faculty and students from the same discipline where you can enjoy a delicious meal while engaging in conversations about future career paths and the possibilities your degree can open up.
To be added to an invitation list for this event, please fill in our Registration form for the Department of English or the Department of Philosophy to confirm your interest in attending Dinners are restricted to 15 student attendees and final registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please read below attending alumni for more information. This is part of the Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) Mentorship Meal series.
Attending Alumni & Faculty:
- Chanel Choi, Director Portfolio Management, RBC
- Ann Y.K. Choi, Author Education, York Region District School Board
- Jesse Grimstead, Manager, Field Operations, Bell Canada
- Peter Lazarakis – Teacher, Toronto District School Board
- Pamela Santora, Assistant Crown Attorney, Ontario Public Service
- Professor Paul Stevens, Chair, Department of English
- Horatio Bot, Director of Financial Services, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto
- Stephen W. Bowman, Toronto Managing Partner, Head of China Group, Bennett Jones LLP
- Eugene Choi, Strategic Planning and Execution, Travelers Canada
- Pamela Uppal, Project Coordinator – Ontario Non-Profit Network
Alumni & Faculty Bio – English
Chanel Choi, Director Portfolio Management, RBC
While completing an HBA and MA Specializing in English Lit., I also started my career in Finance with RBC. In my 15 year career with RBC I have worked and managed teams in RBC’s Proactive Sales, Credit & Email Support, Personal Lending and Personal Deposits groups. I also lived and worked abroad in Trinidad & Tobago with RBC Caribbean where I project managed the launch of our first Caribbean contact centre. Today I manage both the Regional Banking and Personal Financing Products project portfolios for RBC’s Canadian Personal Banking business. I have also taught ‘Intro to Project Management’ at Sheridan College. In addition to my post-secondary degrees I have also earned my IFIC (Investment Funds in Canada), PMP (Project Management Professional), CCP (Prosci Certified Change Practitioner) designations/certifications, and will be completing my CSM (Certified Scrum Master) in September 2017. As a member of RBC’s Canadian Banking Diversity Leadership Council, I am a passionate advocate for Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace with a focus on Women’s and LGBTQ+ issues. I am also a member of the United Way Special Events Committee and actively involved in several ongoing mentorship relationships/programs.
Ann Y.K. Choi, Author and Educator, Freelance writer, York Region District School Board
Ann attended the University of Toronto where she studied English and Sociology (1992), and Education (2001). She is also a graduate of the Humber School for Writers (2009), the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies (2012), and National University’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing (2016).Published by Simon & Schuster Canada, her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was a 2016 Toronto Book Award finalist and one of CBC Books’ “12 Best Canadian Debut Novels of 2016”. Her essays and poems have appeared in several literary magazines and online publications. Ann is also an educator with the York Region District School Board, working primarily with students who have academic and social-emotional needs. Some of her previous jobs include working as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and editor.
Jesse Grimstead, Manager, Field Operations, Bell Canada
I was fortunate enough to be employed with a Bell Canada subsidiary throughout my undergrad career as a telecom technician. Upon graduation, I continued on with the same company as a technician, shortly after moving into a technical training role. My next move was to become a temporary supervisor, responsible for some of the newly hired employees I had recently trained. My position was made permanent within a year and I was responsible for a team of 25 unionized employees. I’ve spent the last two years as a Field Operations Manager for Bell Canada, supporting enterprise clients in Downtown Toronto. I’ve also recently begun my MBA through Queen’s as the next step in my personal & professional development. None of this would’ve been possible without my U of T experience, and I’m happy to share my story and encourage prospective grads in all disciplines. As an English Major working in the tech field, I can
offer with certainty that the world will take you to some unexpected places!
Peter Lazarakis – Teacher, Toronto District School Board
I received my Hons. BA (UofT) and MA (Guelph) in English and Cultural Studies. During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I volunteered and worked in various education centres and clinical settings. These opportunities allowed me to support and work with diverse communities across Toronto. Currently, I am a TDSB teacher working in partnership with the Hospital for Sick Children. I am also a PhD Candidate at OISE/UT where I am focusing on inclusive education.
Pamela Santora, Assistant Crown Attorney, Ontario Public Service
Pamela Santora was called to the bar in Ontario in 2014. She obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Windsor where she received the Brian E. McIntyre, Q.C. Memorial Award in Criminal Justice and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues. In addition to her law degree, Pamela completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology at the University of Toronto. Pamela is an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Downtown Toronto Crown Attorney’s Office, prosecuting charges under the Criminal Code at the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. During her Articling term she appeared with Counsel to the Coroner throughout the Inquest into the Death of Jeffrey Baldwin. She is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Advocates’ Society.
Professor Paul Stevens, Chair, Department of English
Paul Stevens is currently Professor and Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Literature & Culture. During 2015-16, he was the Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. His primary area of teaching and research is Milton and seventeenth-century literature, especially as that area illuminates colonialism and nationalism, secularism and religious change, and literary theory and history. Professor Stevens’s first book Imagination and the Presence of Shakespeare in “Paradise Lost” (Wisconsin 1985) examined the way Shakespeare appears to function in Milton’s writing as a metonym for imagination, so much so that as Milton strove to rationalize the psychology of religious faith, he played a critical role in facilitating the Romantic idealization of imagination. In a subsequent sequence of articles, the two most influential of which remain “‘Leviticus Thinking’ and the Rhetoric of Early Modern Colonialism,” Criticism 35:3 (1993) and “Paradise Lost and the Colonial Imperative,” Milton Studies 34 (1996), his focus turned to colonialism and post-colonial theory, most notably showing how Scripture gave Western colonialism its peculiar character and challenging the conventional view that Milton was “a poet against empire.” In Discontinuities: New Essays on Renaissance Literature and Criticism (Co-ed, Toronto 1998), he began his continuing engagement with the genesis and significance of the New Historicism, two later articles, “Pretending to be Real: Stephen Greenblatt and the Legacy of Popular Existentialism,” New Literary History 33:2 (2002) and “The New Presentism and its Discontents,” Rethinking Historicism(Cambridge 2012), identifying the shortcomings of New Historicism but suggesting how liberating historicist thinking more broadly construed can be. His interest in colonialism led to nationalism and his prize-winning collection, Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England (Co-ed, Toronto 2008), fore-grounded the Janus-faced nature of modern nationalism. Professor Stevens is currently working on two projects, The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and War and Sola Gratia: English Literature and the Secular Ways of Grace for which he was awarded a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship and which analyzes the ways in which the religious doctrine of grace morphs into all kinds of surprisingly different, secular forms of cultural surplus. A former President of the Milton Society of America and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the founder and coordinator of the annual international Canada Milton Seminar and a passionate graduate and undergraduate teacher, recent prizes including the Northrop Frye Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research (2008), Finalist for the TVO Best Lecturer Competition (2009), and the President’s Teaching Award (2010).
Alumni & Faculty Bio – Philosophy
Horatio Bot, Director of Financial Services, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto
Horatio is responsible for the financial operations of the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Faculty is the largest academic division of the University with nearly 27,000 students, and gross annual operating revenues of $684M. Horatio supports the Faculty’s academic mission by analyzing and projecting revenues and costs, deploying annual budget allocations to 100 Faculty budgetary units, translating arcane financial data into meaningful information, and providing strategic advice to the academic leadership. Before joining the Faculty of Arts and Science in 2012, Horatio held chief administrator appointments in other University academic divisions including Nursing, and Architecture, as well as business analytics and consulting roles in the Faculty of Medicine. He received an M.A. in Philosophy from McMaster University and a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.
Stephen W. Bowman, Toronto Managing Partner, Head of China Group, Bennett Jones LLP
Stephen Bowman is the managing partner of the firm’s Toronto office and a member of the firm’s partnership board and tax department. He also chairs the firm’s China and Asia teams. Stephen’s practice has included mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, corporate finance, and trans-border transactions, with extensive experience in asset-based financing and equipment leasing. His practice also encompasses estate planning, where he advises Canadian domestic and foreign clients in connection with the establishment, operation and reorganization of estate planning structures, as well as with business, philanthropic and wealth succession planning. Stephen writes and speaks on domestic and international tax planning matters and is a contributing author to Tax Policy in Canada, ed. by Mintz, McKenzie and Kerr, and to U.S. Taxation of Foreign Controlled Businesses, ed. by Marc M. Levey, and a contributing editor to Corporate Finance, published by Federated Press. He serves on the editorial board of the Canadian Tax Journal and is Past President of the Canadian Branch of the International Fiscal Association. He is also a recipient of the Canadian Tax Foundation’s annual Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award. Stephen is the Secretary/Treasurer of the International Bar Association Law Firm Management Committee. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Canada China Business Council and Greenwood College School and on the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Eugene Choi, Strategic Planning and Execution, Travelers Canada
Eugene graduated with a BA in Philosophy and Ethics, Society, and Law in 2012. He started his professional career as a systems testing analyst, but has since become a strategy and innovation professional who has experience taking corporate initiatives all the way from problem identification and strategic economic assessment through to capital budgeting through to execution and implementation. Eugene is currently working in the Strategic Planning and Execution team at Travelers, a Fortune Global 500 P&C insurance company, where he managed the initiative to expand their Warranty line of business into the commercial property sector and into two additional provinces. Eugene is also pursuing an MBA part-time at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Pamela Uppal, Project Coordinator – Ontario Non-Profit Network
Pamela is an avid believer of connecting theory with practice and so ensures she is consistently engaged on all three fronts – research initiatives, front-line work, and policy dialogues – as all three together can bring forth social change. Her theoretical background stems from her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Women Studies & Feminist Research from Western University. Pamela has been part of the nonprofit sector for 10 years. During her undergrad she was part of and eventually lead the University of Toronto chapter of Peace by Peace, a volunteer organization mobilizing undergraduate students to teach a conflict resolution program to elementary students across Toronto. She worked in Peel Region’s non-profit and social services sector for the past five years. She was a South Asian caseworker at a multi-service agency and later a Project Coordinator for The Regional Diversity Roundtable, working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the human services. Currently, she is a Project Lead at the Ontario Nonprofit Network leading a provincial project investigating women’s employment experiences in the nonprofit sector. She is also a multi-lingual Partner Assault Response Group Facilitator, a psycho-educational rehabilitation group for individuals with domestic violence related charges at Catholic Family Services of Peel Dufferin. Her interests include gender mainstreaming, systems thinking and policy, impact assessment, program development, and social change processes. Social justice work is not simply what I does, but rather it deeply informs who I am.
English Student Biography
Jasmine Chopra, 4th year undergraduate
Hello, my name is Jasmine and I am minoring in English. I would like to know more about the careers in this field. I am excited to meet everyone!
Kalen Chen, 1st year undergraduate
My name is Kalen Chen, and I am a first year who plans to study Literature and Critical Theory. Thus far in my academic career, I have only researched, networked in, and gained working experience in areas related to medicine. However, upon graduating high school, I made a decision to study humanities out of a long unfulfilled interest in the arts – particularly literature. Despite being much more interested in what I’m now studying, I find myself deterred by my lack of knowledge and experience in a field that is not medicine. I wish to become more involved with the community of my new discipline, to gain knowledge regarding my career options and steps I can take as an undergraduate, and to gain personal experience. I believe this mentorship meal would be amazing for my needs and hope I will have the chance to gain valuable knowledge from speaking with alumni.
Mayesha Chowdhury, 1st year undergraduate
I am a 1st year English student at the University of Toronto and I am planning on majoring in English. I am interested in attending this meal because I want to learn about the different career opportunities that an English degree can open up for me. I am also interested in networking with my peers and alumni and asking them for advice about how to utilise my English degree properly. I hope to gain some more knowledge about the job market and how an English degree can meet the expectations of an employer.
Amelia Eaton, 1st year undergraduate
My name is Amelia Eaton and I am a first year student studying English and Philosophy. Through studying ballet, I developed an immense appreciation for both artistry and technique. In literature, the balance between artistry and technique is not only ubiquitous but intrinsically necessary to the artform. By studying English, I aspire not only to become familiar with literary techniques, but also to pay homage to the beauty that exists in these texts. With regards to philosophy, my professor Ronald De Sousa once described the study of philosophy as an intrinsic good. While I agree with him, I also believe that the products of philosophy, critical thinking skills, are crucial to a functional and worthwhile society. Being able to attend this event, and hearing alumni speak on how they explored careers in fields I am passionate about, would truly be an invaluable experience to me.
Holly Hobson, 3rd year undergraduate
I am in my third year and currently on exchange from the University of Exeter, England. I study English Literature as my major and I have really benefitted from both the breadth of course options available to me this year and experiencing a different teaching style than at my home university. I am quite a creative person and love discovering all the different neighbourhoods, their art, and of course their food, that Toronto has to offer. So far, I have completed an internship in marketing and an insight week in asset management and am currently exploring what jobs my skillset would best fit. By attending this meal I would love to find out more about the potential paths English Literature has opened up for alumni and the experiences they have had in applying for jobs and carving out their own careers.
Xi Xjan Huang, 3rd year undergraduate
Hello, my name is Lily and I am a Chinese-Canadian student studying English who is very interested in Chinese diaspora studies. I am not sure what I want to do after graduation, and I would love to hear the stories of how graduates from my program have achieved success and learn what the pathways to success are. I am also always looking for inspiration because as a student, all I know how to do is learn and I am not sure how to achieve the practical skills necessary for specific jobs. Thank you for taking the time to meet with students like me.
Alison Jeon, 1st year undergraduate
My name is Alison Jeon and I am currently a First-Year humanities student at the University of Toronto. Coming into university, I had already known that I’d be pursuing a degree in English. Throughout the year, I developed a deeper love for Drama as I have been constantly acting in campus theatre productions and am considering taking it up as a second major or, perhaps, a minor. As the first year is coming to an end, I am slowly thinking about my programs and career options is something that I inevitably have to consider. I would like to explore the various paths available for English majors through the b2B Mentorship Meal as I believe that it would widen my knowledge of the possibilities after university. I currently do not have much information about or connections with people in my field and would love to start establishing them through events like this.
Chelsea Kowalski, 4th year undergraduate
My name is Chelsea Kowalski. I’m in my fourth year at the University of Toronto, studying English, rhetoric writing, and creative writing. I also work as a Don for University College residences, which allows me the opportunity to manage and care for a small community on campus. I’m quite interested in possible career paths in publications, editing, writing, or anything adjacent. I’d love to get to meet alumni who were once in my shoes and managed to make a decision regarding the many pathways in front of them. There is nothing better than experience to learn from, so hopefully, they won’t mind sharing theirs.
Marina Klimenko, 3rd year undergraduate
My name is Marina Klimenko and I am a third year English and History Major. I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to study what I love at the undergraduate level. The University of Toronto has really nurtured my passion for literature and inspired me to pursue a career in this field. While I now know what my passion is, I am still discovering what career would allow me to best use my reading, analysis and writing skills while allowing me to grow intellectually. I believe that getting to meet and talk to English department alumni, people who share my passion for English studies and who have found fulfilling careers post undergrad, would allow me to expand my understanding of potential careers and inspire me to pursue new goals in the future.
Debbie Narh, 3rd year undergraduate
My name is Debbie Narh. I am in my third year at the university. I have lived in Toronto my whole life and really enjoy how diverse the city is. I also really enjoy reading young adult novels and want to get into publishing. Though I am unsure about which aspect or field I want to go into, I’ve dreamt my whole life of being able to work with books and help people improve their stories and just publishing in general. As a student soon going into my last year of university, I believe it is important to network with alumni who have taken many different career paths. An English degree is versatile, I would love to speak to those who have done different things and are still changing their ways. I hope this event will help me get more footing with my career path and know what my next steps after graduation should be.
Yvon Pacis Ngabo, 3rd year undergraduate
Yvon Pacis is studying African Studies and English at the University of Toronto. He has done courses in Maths, Economics, Computer Science and Psychology before moulding into English and African Studies. He has worked at FilmAid, a communications humanitarian non-governmental organisation committed to ameliorating the lives of displaced people through the power of film in two capacities, as Outreach facilitator and communications assistant. His love for reading led me to work for ACLC, the African Canadian Legal center, dedicated to fight anti-black racism. His courses are geared towards political and economic freedom of the minorities. He is looking for vibrant projects that aim to achieve these goals. As a writer, he aims change the perspective of his readers through poetry and prose to make the world a less bleak place to live in.
Keshav Raina, 4th year undergraduate
I’m Keshav, a fourth-year student from India graduating this year with a degree in English and economics. I recently asked a professor what exactly we learn studying literature in university, and he told me that through reading and interpretation, we learn to recognize complexity in problems which others may think are simple. Alongside my career as a student, I’ve used my skills in writing, editing and proofreading to secure employment tangentially related to my degree, but it is in dealing with complexity that I find the chief use of having studied English, and a common theme in such varied career directions I could go. Still, it’s hard to choose a single direction, and equally hard to get the employers I find to choose me. I want to converse with people who could inspire me with their stories of how they found a profession which rendered their degree in English rewarding not only in an intellectual capacity, but also as a powerful platform to build one’s career on.
Tali Voron, 4th year undergraduate
Throughout my undergraduate career I have used my studies to pursue various academic, personal, and professional interests. For example, my studies in English literature, and creative writing, led to me founding an independent publishing company, The Soap Box, which provides an accessible platform for emerging writers. My studies in equitable educational practice have brought to light the need for equity and accessibility in institutions, which informed the mandate of the publishing company, and contributed to much of the leadership work I have done on and off campus. Through volunteer work in elementary and high schools in Toronto and the GTA, peer-mentoring, co-founding the bFriend Community Initiative at Victoria College, being the Victoria College representative for Pep-Ah, doing research and communications at Sister Writes, and more, I have found ways to translate what I’ve learned from my academic studies, my personal passions, and my vested interest in relationship building, into all that I do. With my undergraduate studies coming to an end, I have been doing my best to meet with graduates in my field of study or similar career interests to learn from their experience. I believe that my wide range of experiences have also provided me with unique insights to share. I value taking the time to invest in people and forming genuine connections as a point of growth, and I believe that this event would definitely provide such an opportunity.
Alexandra Yao, 3rd year undergraduate
Hello, my name is Alexandra Yao and I am an undergraduate student currently double majoring in History and English Literature. My passions include Russian history and Calculus – (regretfully, I did not add a major/minor in Computer Science, but still get excited about new open source software systems like SageMath). I love chess and critical thinking. My goal is to pursue graduate studies, and am curious about masters’ degrees in the humanities (MA in English or History, or JD). I am excited to attend this dinner because I look forward to listening to the alumni share their experiences – particularly in law, technology, and professorships.
Joyce Yang, 3rd year undergraduate
Hi, my name is Joyce and I’m a third year English and Political Science student. Fun fact: I’m from Vancouver, so when I first came to Toronto I thought Ottawa and Oshawa were the same place.One of my reasons for wanting to attend this meal with alumni is the I’m still figuring out what I want to do after graduation. I think hearing about how the alumni at this event ended up in their current role would be really interesting and helpful. Another reason for attending this meal is because I also want to meet more English students. I haven’t been in the English program very long, so I would also like to meet more students in the same program as I am in.
Philosophy Student Biography
Lama Ahmed, 2nd year undergraduate
I am Lama Ahmed, second year Philosophy student. I aspire to have a career in Philosophy, as I am very passionate about it and believe it is an integral field in the academic world, after all, all fields emerged from the study of philosophy. I would love to be part of this event, because I want to learn about how Philosophy alumni made their way through their career, and what did they do throughout their undergrad that helped them become successful at what they do. I also want to connect with Alumni and build connections within the field, and engage in interesting philosophical conversations.
Paloma Alaminos, 2nd year undergraduate
As a second-year Trinity College student pursuing a major in Bioethics, Paloma has a passion for investigating the intersection of medicine and the law, and is fascinated by the many ways in which ethical and moral biases manifest themselves in our society. Immunology and military history are also among her many interests, which she hopes to combine through law school and a career in a medicine-related legal field. In addition to her studies at the University of Toronto, Paloma is currently taking operatic voice lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music, as music is one of her chief passions. This alumni dinner attracted Paloma because of the ethical and legal experience of several of the guests, with whom she would enjoy discussing various career paths and future options.
Samuel Dale, 2nd year undergraduate
My name is Samuel Dale. I’m currently in my second year here at UofT. While my motivations to attend this dinner stem from my bioethics major and my passion for philosophy and free thought dialogue, I am also majoring in human bilogy. I’ve found that the two avenues of learning intersect and illuminate each other. in many profound ways. As philosophy is such a wide reaching field, it impacts many facets of how I analyze and interact with he world around me. I’d love to attend this dinner to dialogue with similar minds, especially alumni who must have great insights into their personal applications of philosophy in their worldview and walks of life.
Caner Gursel, 4th year undergraduate
I’m Caner, a fourth year undergraduate student in the University of Toronto, majoring in philosophy, and minoring in both history and the literature and critical theory programs. In the beginning of my fourth year, I did not have any other career option than to fallow to academic life, and this limited idea of my future actually made my life very hard last semester. After I went to the “Back to the Briefcase” meeting, I kind a realized that I might have other option than. Right now, I want to save the philosophy from the elitist pit that it had fallen, by try to find career paths that make philosophy practical again. This Socratic agenda is very important for me, and many of the future philosophers who are in my shoes. Therefore, this dinner with the alumni that chose the non-academic pathways would help me to gain more insight about the non-academic usage of philosophy, and maybe I will help my peers or the alumni to gain more perspective of how to make philosophy more Socratic again.
Janet Huang, 3rd year undergraduate
I am taking some philosophy courses and interested to find out more about the possible pathways intersecting philosophy and other disciplines. This is my third year at U of T, and I took a year abroad. I am interested to find out how alumni figured out their ultimate route to their present positions. The useful tips in the workplace and how they developed throughout the years.
Oi Yin Lai, 4th year undergraduate
I am currently in my final year of undergraduate studies in Philosophy, Geoscience, and Geographic Information System (GIS). I have a broad range of interests. My primary interests in Philosophy are existentialism, philosophy of religious language, political philosophy and ethics. On the other hand, in Geoscience, I am very interested in hydrogeology, water geochemistry and biogeochemical cycling. I am currently working as an intern at Environment and Climate Change Canada. My job focuses on groundwater quality and chemical contamination problems in the Lake Superior basin. I wish to attend this mentorship event because I want to explore my future career options and to network with my peers. I believe that this would an unique platform for students to hear advice from alumni.
Ziewi Lin, 3rd year undergraduate
Sofia Lin is a third year undergraduate student studying Philosophy at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Her recent paper is titled Kant’s defense of synthetic a priori concepts in the Prolegomena of Any Future Metaphysics, which she will be giving a presentation on at the TRU Philosphy Conference in 2018. During the past two summers, she interned for Dentons LLP, a leading global law firm, practicing mergers, acquisitions, and trans-border transaction. She also advised Chinese and foreign clients in connection with international real estate purchases, international real estate financing for corporations, and real estate dispute resolution. In her spare time, Sofia has taken a keen interest in law and mooting. She is awarded with the distinguished oralist award at the University of Toronto Mooting Competition in 2017 and semi-finalist award at the University of Toronto Mock Trial Competition in 2017. Sofia also enjoys Model United Nations immensely. She represented Columbia in the NAMUN International Court of Justice and won the case. Sofia also judged at the McMUN Model United Nations Conference over the case of Serbia v. Croatia.
Kimberley Nguyen, 3rd year undergraduate
My name is Kimberley Nguyen and I am a part-time student in Economics and Philosophy. Ultimately, my goal is to apply to Law school upon graduating UofT, though there have been several ‘roadblocks’ in my life which have slowed down this process. I’ve always had a passion for business. I grew up helping out with my family’s granite business. I want to push myself to my fullest potential and am here today to explore different career options, to gain knowledge about different fields, and to meet some great like-minded people.
Chris Omara, 3rd year undergraduate
Am Chris Omara, a Third year student of arts & science. The Philosophy Alumni Mentorship Dinner theme is of a special relevance to my professional goals and career objectives, and therefore I would highly appreciate to be given an opportunity to attend this dinner which will gather exceptional students, Alumni and the faculty members. This presents a great opportunity to network, which is an exceptional opportunity for horizontal exchange of experience. I perceive this also as an occasion to familiarize with good practices as a channel for my personal development. I am confident you will see this as a worthwhile investment. It is an opportunity for me to network with other young aspiring professionals, meet the keynote speakers, faculty staffs and gain specific knowledge. My attendance at this dinner is a wise investment and will pay off for years to come.
Frezia Sadaat, 4th year undergraduate
I am a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto, currently on the path to graduate. I have applied to philosophy graduate programs at both York and Queens University. I wish to attend this event because I want to hear from former students who were once faced with making the same decision as I will soon have to make regarding graduate school. I want to hear from those who did not pursue philosophy or law school. I want to hear what they have done with their philosophy degree. I have a good academic record, and I have been an active member of the undergraduate department, having served as Women in Philosophy Chair last year. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have built a wide network as an undergraduate, and I would benefit from hearing the stories of Alumni, and maybe one day, I will be in their position, giving advice to future undergraduates.
Ishan Srivastava, 5th year undergraduate
My name is Ishan, and I am just finishing up my last year of my undergraduate degree at UofT. I’m taking two majors, one being Cell and Molecular Biology and the other being Bioethics. I’m here because I thoroughly enjoyed my Bioethics courses, as well as the various other philosophy courses I had to take to fulfill the requirements for the Bioethics degree. I have little in the way of concrete plans for the future, but I am absolutely certain I want to pursue a career in something similar, or at least something involving the same skill set. I’m particularly interested in Sales, Law, and Finance, and I noticed some of the attending alumni have experience in these fields. Unfortunately, I know very little about what it would actually take to get there from where I am now, and so I would love their input. Additionally, the opportunity to network with alumni and fellow students (over free food no less) is too good to ignore.
Dequan Tian, 4th year undergraduate
I am about to graduate next year. However, with my degree (political science & philosophy), it is difficult for me to have a clear career path or even find a job. Therefore, I would like to get to know some mentors and hear some advice from them.