“Having funding allowed me to put food on the table and save up for graduate school while working and staying focused on my undergraduate degree.”
Scholarships like the John and Edith Sobel Social Justice Scholarship made my degree possible. I would not have been able to achieve my program requirements without them. Having funding allowed me to put food on the table and save up for graduate school while working and staying focused on my undergraduate degree.
University was one of the most challenging periods of my life. I was often at odds with my health, and when I first came to Canada, I had no support system or financial infrastructure to act as a safety net. As a result, I really dug into my college community to find individuals that could and would support me. I had the privilege of affording residence, and a combination of my housemates and Residence Don gave me the social currency to be involved in community conferences, volunteering, and events. I was also able to make my first friends in the country while being involved in the residence community briefly, nearly all of whom persist to this day.
From there, I joined intramurals and used facilities at the University to teach myself lifestyle skills alongside my friends. I met with the folks at the Registrar’s Office more times than I can count for questions about funding and academics, and their advice pointed me in the right direction when I felt at a loss. As an upperclassman, I decided to join UC’s student governance, and I worked gladly within the UC Lit as representative and president, hoping to give back what I had been gifted in my earlier years. In many ways, University College was the catalyst for many of my most important -- and certainly also memorable -- experiences at the University of Toronto. Every opportunity I had in my later years could be traced back to the support and resources I had been given when I first moved to Canada, and the people I had met during my time at UC.
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Read Liam's full story and more in the 2021 UC Donor Impact Report