The transition to first year can be filled with a variety of emotions. Contributor and photographer William Pichette tells the story of his transition.
By: William Pichette, Contributor
Images can be seen in gallery, full essay below.
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During my first week at UTSC, I was both overwhelmed and in awe while submerged in this new world of opportunity on campus. I’ll admit, I feared for what my social life would look like knowing only 3 people joining me on campus from my high school at least until I found a niche of like minded artists to chill, walk and shoot with - the Shutterbugs. I have since continued to explore campus and have come to call it my 2nd home. Below are some images which represent my start at UTSC.
UTSC really needs to improve their residences…..
There are several things that my friends I and collectively like and dislike about this university. “I like how there is not social pressure and that I have access to the Pan Am Centre any time of the week.” said Hussain. “Although I feel that there isn't a sense of community like at Western or even the St. George campus.” he explained. Maybe this is because of the lack of campus pride or celebrations such as HOCO. Not that we have a football team, but there could definitely be a little more community pride and spirit.
Another fellow first year student mentioned not having some of the same benefits as students from other universities do. Gary explained that “At UOIT my friends who go there get to print 100 pages per year or something for free. But here it cost 10¢ for every page page”. Gary also mentioned that what he liked most about UTSC was “the people, especially the academic advisors” and added “they are nice and caring”.
UTSC might have its share of qwerks but do they necessary outbalance the positive aspects about this campus?
Well that is for each and every student to find out for themselves.
As a first year student I’ve enjoyed studying here so far. Sure I believe that we could definitely get rid of restaurants who serve insects in their dishes, although at least we have access to an amazing physical activity institution (Pan Am Centre) as well as Nasir’s hotdog stand.
For me, the people who walk this campus as well as the physical look of this campus in general is what makes me really enjoy coming to UTSC. The amount of times I’ve stopped while walking outside in between two classes to take a photograph of this environment cannot be counted on one hand. One could ponder for hours to criticize or praise UTSC and what it offers, although; I strongly believe that your attitude towards the university is what you make it to be.