The Green Path is a unique academic preparation program that brings top high school graduates to the University of Toronto from prestigious partner high schools in China and other countries. Over the past 16 years, hundreds of these outstanding students have excelled in their pursuits. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto with their first degree, nearly 40 percent of Green Path participants choose to further advance their academic studies and are admitted to graduate programs — often at top-ranked universities around the world. Another 40 percent find jobs in Canada or the U.S. after graduation. The remaining 20 percent pursue their career objectives in their home countries. Here are a few inspiring stories about the program, and about the U of T Scarborough campus experience, from former Green Path students:

LI, Beisi

“Upon entering U of T, I spent two years in general science and then entered pharmacy school at U of T. I started working part-time during pharmacy school in several Shoppers Drug Mart locations close to campus. There, I learned most of the hands-on skills such as how to interact with clients and how to take responsibility and ownership, which later on proved to be the most important skill of all. I'm forever indebted to the Green Path Program for the valuable experience and the firm foundation.

“Upon graduation, I remained with Shoppers Drug Mart as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager for a few years before taking on the challenge of becoming the associate owner of one of the Shoppers Drug Mart stores. I cannot express more gratitude towards all my friends, colleagues and teachers for their immense guidance and tireless efforts that helped me become the person I am today.”

SONG, Serena

Most Management graduates move on to be leaders in business, and that’s what Serena Song had in mind when she came to U of T Scarborough. But this Management Co-op student in Finance quickly discovered a love for research and for teaching. And she’s quickly discovering success. Serena was accepted directly from her undergraduate program into the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School to get her Ph.D. in Accounting.

BAO, Mengtian

When she graduated in 2003, Mengtian Bao won three prestigious awards — the Governor General's Silver Medal, the John Black Aird Scholarship and the Rose Sheinin Scholarship. This is the first time ever that a single student has been awarded all three of these top U of T honours.

Mengtian came to U of T Scarborough from Nanjing as a participant in the innovative Green Path Program. Always seeking a challenge, in her fourth year Mengtian did a research project on stochastic calculus and its application in finance — normally studied at the graduate level.

SUN, Yang and TIAN, Xinxin

When Yang (Kobe) Sun and Xinxin (Camellia) Tian first met on a Green Path class trip in 2010, little did they know it would be the start of a remarkable journey together. Despite being from the same high school in China, the couple didn’t meet until the class trip to Canada’s Wonderland. They are now happily married.  

The Green Path “is such a great program because it made the transition to a new country so much easier,” says Sun, who graduated from U of T Scarborough with a degree in Computer Science and currently works at Amazon Canada. “But the trip we took to Wonderland will always stick out as something special,” he says with a smile.