Monica Shah found her passion after volunteering at a day-treatment clinic. Her Major in Psychology and Double minor in Biology and Linguistics came not only because she enjoyed social and life science but because she enjoyed the variety the different departments offered her during her time at U of T Scarborough, in which she graduated with high distinction.
She served as the founding president of UTSC’s Abuse-Free Families organization, an organization to raise awareness of domestic violence and fundraise for Yellow Brick House Women’s Abuse Shelter another organisation she served as volunteer.
Shah had no problem getting involved, which is something she encourages all students to do.
“Don’t wait until third or fourth year to start getting involved on campus. See an interesting, yet competitive job or research opportunity while in first year? Apply,” she says.
Shah will continue her work in the life sciences route as she will begin studying at the U of T Medical School in the fall.
Where did you go to high school?
I attended Bayview Secondary School for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Why did you come to U of T Scarborough?
I came to UTSC for its tight-knit community and academic reputation (not to mention the shorter walk between classes relative to UTSG!).
Why did you choose your program?
I have always been keen on the social and life sciences, but I also like variety – a major in Psychology in combination with minors in Biology and Linguistics gave me that.
What was your favourite class? Why?
I have had a lot of enjoyable classes, including Introduction to Social Psychology and Quantitative Methods in Linguistics (shout-out to Dr. Inbar and Dr. Monahan!), but my favourite class in my last year would have to be CTLB03. Having the opportunity to expand my knowledge outside the classroom while interviewing bladder cancer patients at Princess Margaret Hospital, has really enhanced my undergraduate experience.
What’s the best-kept secret at UTSC?
It’s not a secret, but I didn’t discover UTSC’s rooftop telescope until this year. Check out the view.
Where did you feel most at home on campus?
At the benches outside the BV Timmies – best spot to meet up with friends during my many study breaks.
What are you passionate about? What would you like the world to know about you?
After volunteering at a mental health day-treatment facility and in Dr. Zakzanis’ Clinical Neuropsychology Laboratory here at UTSC, I will always be passionate about reducing mental health stigma.
If we call you up in five years, where do you think we will find you?
Likely still stressing about a future deadline or where to order takeout for dinner.
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