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Simon Erlich

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2014 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“The university is a diverse place with diverse people. Take advantage of that by learning from those around you and engaging in the immense variety of opportunities. Whatever you do, do not just stay in your room and study; the world requires you to do much more than describe the Theory of Relativity or the stylistic prose of Mark Twain.”

Samuel Powers

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2013 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Career Accomplishments

  • California Organizing Manager, Need to Impeach
  • Campaign Manager for a United States House of Representatives Congressional Campaign
  • Campaign Manager for a Brooklyn District Attorney Campaign
  • Florida Deputy Organizing Director for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign
  • Campaign Manager for a Member of Parliament Campaign
  • Regional Field Director for Florida Gubernatorial Race
  • Staffer at the White House Office of Public Engagement
  • Organizer for President Obama’s Re-Election Campaign

” Diversify your extra curricular activities and job opportunities. Use university to develop a strong understanding of what you want to do in your professional life.

Kristine Sarah Medrero

Kristine Sarah Medrero

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2017 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

“Get involved as early as possible, especially if you’re coming from a different country like me (I grew up and graduated from high school in Hong Kong). Your undergrad degree will become more fulfilling, rewarding, and enjoyable the moment you get involved. Because of all these activities, you will meet so many people that you never thought you’d meet in a million years and you will gain lifelong friends, and connections along the way. However, don’t overwhelm yourself with too many activities. Your academics are ALWAYS your first priority. Learn to prioritise your work better, and always make sure you form personal relationships with your professors and peers. You never know when they’ll come in handy – especially if you plan on pursuing further education. Most importantly, have fun! You only have one undergraduate degree, and you’re pursuing it at one of the top institutions IN THE WORLD, so make sure you make the most out of your four (or more) years here!”

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.”

Eric Daro

Eric Daro

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2005 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: International Relations

Outside the Classroom

  • Fraternity member
  • Student caller, U of T alumni office
Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Valet, retail salesperson, and door-to-door fundraiser (3 years)
  • Office Coordinator, IT division, financial firm
  • Manager, Student calling program, University of Saskatchewan
  • Director, Annual Fund, University of Alberta (3 years)
  • Director, Individual Giving, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

“Look beyond your immediate surroundings and leverage your strengths to get opportunities you otherwise would not. I was comfortable moving around and made strategic moves to other provinces and even countries to position my experience in a way that opened up opportunities I would not have had otherwise. Never get too comfortable, especially in today’s economy, and always have a plan for your next step. At least have a vision of where you want to end up in terms of position, industries, etc.

Try to (and I know it is hard when you start out) think of areas and types of work that makes you the most “happy” as you don’t want to spend years building a career in a field you don’t find rewarding. When you do find the job or field you want to work in try everything to get a foot in the door, even it it takes volunteering or interning for a while.

 

Aaron Raths

Aaron Raths

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2006 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 2009
Career Accomplishments

  • 6 years in legal practice as a civil litigator
  • Policy analyst in the education sector
  • Investigator with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director
  • Senior policy advisor with a central ministry at Queen’s Park

“- widen your social circle; meet more people
– stay more disciplined (less cramming and last-minute writing)
– worry less, particularly about course selection; enjoy the experience
– take every opportunity to have meaningful engagements with faculty

 

Arash Azizi

Arash Azizi

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Graduation Year

  • BA 2013 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: International Relations

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Documentary producer
  • English-Farsi book translator
  • Journalist, BBC and other journalistic agencies
  • Media writer and editor
In the Media

“Learn languages. Try to figure out what you truly want to do and focus on that.”

Aamir Hajeeyani

Aamir Hajeeyani

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2016 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Further Education

  • Current student in the Master of Public Service (MPS) program at the University of Waterloo. Specialization in Public Policy and Economics.
Career Accomplishments

  • After undergraduate degree, worked as a search consultant for a recruiting firm based out of New York City and Toronto. Profiled candidates for various finance and accounting positions within Canada’s big 5 banks.
  • Currently works as a research analyst for the Treasury Board Secretariat of Ontario in the Economic Infrastructure Policy unit in the Office of the Treasury Board. Analyzes, researches, and assesses the Province’s capital infrastructure investments across various sectors.

“If I could rewind back to my U of T years, I would try to get more involved! I regret focusing solely on my academics and not getting involved with clubs, activities and other extra circular activities.

One piece of advice for those students in political science and/or history, take as many upper year seminar courses as you can. The small class sizes and the discussion-based learning style is extremely engaging and rewarding. Seminar courses really helped me hone in on my communication skills and also allowed me the opportunity to connect one-on-one with my professors.

 

Nadia Belokopitov

My Haida name is Yelth Yulth Satleegay (Raven Sky Woman). My Anishnawbe name is Cenebah Equay (Ribbon Woman). I am from the Haida Nation, Raven Clan, House of Yuuglaanas. My mother is Mona Weir and my Noni (grandmother) is Carrie Weir.

In my adopted Anishnawbe Nation, my mother is Margaret Lavallee, Bear Clan, Sakgeeng Nation, Manitoba.

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 1997 Innis
Inside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Description

You should be proud of what you are accomplishing. Also, stop, take it all in because these are the best years of your life.

To First Nations students, I would offer advice on seeking as much support as possible from U of T and your family and friends. In particular, I received much needed support from Professor Charlie Keil at Innis College. Without Professor Keil’s support, I would not have made it through my degree at U of T.

Arman Ricardo Poushin

Arman Ricardo Poushin

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2017 University College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

  • Completed Supervised Senior thesis in upper years with Political Science department
  • Law School Access Program participant with Faculty of Law
Outside the Classroom

  • Academic Bridging Mentor for 2 years
Further Education

  • J.D., University of Windsor, current student as of 2018
Career Description

  • Spent the summer after graduation working for a medium size construction firm working on paving and lumber projects.
“Try different libraries out. Don’t stress, talk to TAs and professors because they are there to help you and want to see you succeed. Also, take advantage of the fact that you are living in Toronto and go explore the city whenever you can.”