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Danielle Dewar

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2007 New College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Outside the Classroom

  • Costume designer on a few plays at Victoria College
Career Accomplishments

  • Spent several years working in communications for non-profits, startups and the tech sector in Canada
  • Now work as a freelance writer and run my own digital media company, Brand Dew Media
  • Also do freelance DV screenwriting and just produced a pilot for a new web series that will hopefully be funded through Kickstarter called The Stickmans
In the Media

New College Impact

I was in the double cohort. Many students were randomly placed in my first year of school, myself included, so I had virtually no ties to New College. The majority of my courses and education happened via the Cinema Studies program offered out of Innis College and the English Literature program offered out of Victoria College.

“It’s easy to make up your mind regarding what you’re going to study long before you even attend university. I made my choices that way at first but stayed open to the idea of changing my mind halfway through. I changed minors several times and don’t regret it. I took more credits than I needed to in the end, but gained a lot of experience in the different subject matter I studied along the way as a result.

Michael Lebenbaum

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2010 New College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Worked as an epidemiologist conducting obesity and diabetes research at Public Health Ontario and mental health services research at ICES
In the Media

New College Impact

Participation in a First-Year Learning Community (FLC), frosh week most years, New Links mentorship program, and other events helped me with making friends on a large campus and made my U of T experience much more enjoyable.

“Take courses in other disciplines and explore other interests.

 

Afriyie Donyina

Afriyie Donyina

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2004 New College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Education professional with teaching experience at various private schools
  • Member of TESL Ontario and TESL Canada
  • Knowledgeable in educational technology, curriculum development, instructional design, multimedia, and leadership

“Participate in internships and co-op programs during university. It is important to explore different career options before you graduate.”

Vanessa Bart-Plange

Vanessa Bart-Plange

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2017 New College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

New College Impact

The minor in African Studies offered at New College complemented my International Relations and Political Science majors perfectly, thus allowing me to have the African focus that was absent in both of my majors. In retrospect, this has contributed to my interest in public policy and education in Africa during my master’s program.

The New College Writing Centre was also key in my academic development, as it helped me learn how to write academic essays, which led to A-grade averages throughout the four years.

Being a part of this multicultural college also allowed me to fit in and make friends from both home and other countries, thus allowing me to settle in better and faster in Toronto within my first year, and to create long-lasting relationships till today.

“Strive to be among the best, if not the best, in everything that you do. Do not compete with any other person but yourself. And while you are at it, make sure to enjoy yourself and your relationships, because time flies by.

 

Michelle Poon

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2005 New College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from Biology and Geography

Further Education

  • Credits completed in Human Resource Management
Career Accomplishments

  • Associate Director, Asia-Pacific Advancement Office, University of Toronto: Focus on alumni relations and development for the University, including engaging with our alumni in the Asia-Pacific region, fundraising, managing volunteers and boards and running a Foundation
  • Admissions Assessor, Enrolment Services, University of Toronto
New College Impact

My residence experience allowed me to develop friendships and networks. I was new to Toronto (having lived most of my life in Hong Kong) and New College Residence gave me a sense of community. I got a chance to volunteer for various positions/roles. I’m indebted by the services and resources provided by New College, including the writing lab, the registrar’s office, residence dons, etc.

“Enjoy and immerse yourself in the U of T and Toronto experience.

Know that you don’t have to have the answers for everything, and be open minded to new ideas and new opportunities.

Listen and trust your instincts.

Make mistakes – it’s how i learnt.”

 

Nana Yaa Abrafi

Nana Yaa Abrafi Boa-Amponsem

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2017 New College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

  • Peer mentor, Economics
  • Peer mentor, New College Residence
  • Presented speech on behalf of the student body, Nelson Mandela Memorial Service, University of Toronto
  • Student panelist, University of Toronto yearbook redesign
  • Student representative and Gonfalon Bearer, Installation Ceremony of President Meric Gertler
  • Tutor and mentor for a secondary school female student living with a learning disability
  • Tutor, Math and English, Centre for Community Partnerships
Further Education

Career Accomplishments

New College Impact

New College played an instrumental role in my academic and leadership excellence. Firstly, my New College Registrars immensely supported me through course selection, deciding on my majors, and post-graduation plans. Moreover, the Equity Studies program of New College was the best option as a second major since it gave me a real-world perspective on Economics. Through this course, I was able to identify my interest in public policy and social justice. In my final year, New College awarded me with a scholarship for academic excellence, and also afforded me the opportunity to meet President Meric Gertler at a special New College Dinner.

Furthermore, New College organized various leadership training programs which were very essential to my success as a student leader at U of T. I partook in various floor and house activities that improved my teamwork skills. In my final year, I was given a priceless opportunity to serve as a Residence Peer Mentor where I provided assistance to residents in areas such as Academic Success, Career Preparedness, Mental Health and Wellness. I acquired a lot of great skills and knowledge in this position.

“Balance is extremely important. Get involved in the things you love. Take care of your mental health. Study hard but don’t forget to also learn. And keep God first in all you do.

 

Chris Woodford

Chris Woodford

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2006 New College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from Computer Science and Math

Outside the Classroom

Career Description

  • Lead Software Developer, Web Development Agency, Toronto, ON
  • Professional Touring Musician
  • Software Consultant
  • Head of Engineering, Startup, Palo Alto, California

“Follow your passions and trust yourself. Don’t let other people’s expectations throw you off your path.

 

Lakshmi Sadhu

Lakshmi Sadhu

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2017 New College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

In the Media

New College Impact

The student blogger position at The New was one of the reasons that I chose to pursue journalism.

“Jump.

No matter how scared you are. No matter how unprepared you think you are. No matter if you think you’re not good enough.

Jump into whatever opportunity and experience catches your eye. It’ll only change you for the better.