The Ryerson experience from a commuter’s perspective

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Name: Sadia Mehmood
Program: 5th year biomedical sciences (minors: sociology, psychology)
Current activities: Lead science mentor at Tri-Mentoring Program, senate representative for science students
Past: Ryerson Science Society, RySciMatch/CKIH200, Health Out Loud, Undergraduate Women in Science Ryerson (UWISR), Mount Sinai Hospital

Growing up in a smaller town on the outskirts of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), I always looked forward to coming downtown. I was drawn to the dizzying lights, masses of people bustling about and all the exciting events that continuously occurred in Toronto. Each winter break in high school, my best friend and I would travel downtown to sightsee and it became a cherished tradition for us. Choosing Ryerson to pursue my undergraduate degree was then a natural choice.

The Go Train commute to downtown Toronto

From the moment I set foot on campus during Orientation, I have continuously met similar-minded, wonderful students and have formed so many lasting friendships. As someone who has commuted about two hours each way for school during my entire undergrad, I realized it would be extremely important for me to be involved on campus outside the classroom. To this end, I have strived to be an active student leader from my very first semester in university. In fact, some of my favorite memories at Ryerson have revolved around student groups I was a part of, and from my current position as the lead science mentor at the Tri-Mentoring Program. Because of these experiences, I always encourage younger students to be active on campus outside the classroom because it’s beneficial for your mental health, you make friends and you have fun!

Tri-Mentoring Program

As I complete my final year of the biomedical sciences program here I’m so glad that I came to Ryerson. The extracurricular and experiential experiences I have had exposure to over the last four years complimented the academic rigour of my program perfectly. Although biomedical sciences was challenging, it was also extremely rewarding and I loved learning about the cell and molecular biology underlying various diseases. I rounded out my degree by also taking a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses focusing on the social determinants of health and have ended up minoring in sociology and psychology. One of my all-time favourites was INT908: Homeless in Canadian Society with Pascal Murphy.

I specifically chose my program because I would like to build a career in some aspect of healthcare, and biomedical science is an amazing steppingstone to pursue graduate and professional training in such a discipline. In addition, Ryerson’s location in the centre of downtown is situated next to several world-class hospitals such as the ones affiliated with the University Health Network. This provides access to invaluable internship and research opportunities for Ryerson students. In addition, students can find work and project opportunities with faculty and supervisors at hospital research facilities. I was also very much so drawn to the lively, bustling atmosphere that Toronto offers. It has been so fun to be a part of as a student here over the last few years. There are events happening all day every day both at Ryerson and also throughout Toronto. There’s plenty of opportunities and fun things for students to take part in.

I strongly believe that Ryerson students received individualized support and guidance. I have been exposed to so many opportunities, events and scholarships that I don’t think I could have found anywhere else! Plus, the class sizes are fairly small, especially as you get into the upper years, and this allows us to connect with instructors easily. For all these reasons and countless others, I am so happy I chose Ryerson.

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