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Aliyyah Ahad

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2012 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Major: Political Science
  • Major: Sociology

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Senior advisor, Bermuda Government, Cabinet Office
  • Associate policy analyst, Migration Policy Institute, Brussels
  • Bermuda Government, Brussels Office

Follow your passions and everything else will fall into place! But if you intend to do further education, it’s worthwhile to write an undergraduate thesis. It’s not only useful preparation, it will also allow you to get to know professors who can become excellent references.

And, of course, enjoy yourself and invest in your friendships!

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Kimberly Philip

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2003 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Economics
  • Political Science

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Senior insights manager, Weston Foods, Toronto
  • Country insights leader, IKEA, Toronto
  • Vice president, Hotspex (brand strategy: pharma research), New York City
  • Strategist, Human Branding Inc. (insights: CPG), Toronto
  • Managing director, Market Facts & Opinions (market research: financial services, consumer healthcare, beauty, CPG), across the English Caribbean
  • Trade marketing, Holiday Snacks Limited (new product commercialization, shopper experience), Trinidad & Tobago
In the Media

Your network is your net worth—connect with as many people as possible during your time in university. It is great to learn from different perspectives and your university friends/connections can be a strong support system in your future.

Sharon Lewis

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Graduation Year

  • BA 1989 Innis College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Film director and producer
    • Brown Girl Begins – debut Afro-futurist feature film
    • Disruptor/Conductor – first feature documentary, about the first openly gay, Black conductor in Canada
    • With Wonder – second feature documentary, about the Christian LGBTQI+ community of colour
    • Recipient of a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in 2021
    • Featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary, How It Feels to Be Free
  • Founder, urbansoul inc – production company that is now branching out to produce black women and BIPOC Film and Television projects
  • Previously an actor and CBC host
In the Media

Caitilín O’Hare

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2008 St. Michael’s College

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Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“U of T is the perfect place to pursue any interest that your heart desires. Work hard, think outside of the box, and keep your options open – you never know what opportunities will come along!”

Emily Tsui

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2016 Trinity College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

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Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

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“Take advantage of all the international opportunities the university has to offer, and make sure to speak with the professors to give you advice.

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
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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!”

Michael Proulx

Michael Proulx

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2013 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

  • Several Clubs (Objectivist, Consulting)
  • American Studies Students Society
  • Volunteered at the AGO
  • Goalkeeper for masters program’s soccer team
  • Traveled to Switzerland with a peacebuilding NGO for 2.5 months
Further Education

  • Master of Global Affairs, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 2016. Focused on global markets and institutions.
Career Accomplishments

  • Started a consulting business based on master’s thesis

“Don’t sweat the small stuff – do the work and grades follow. Take every chance to discuss your grades – even good ones – on how you may have done better.”

Sydney Lang

Sydney Lang

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2016 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: Philosophy, Political Science

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Currently a law student and am involved in work around labour law, corporate accountability, and environmental justice.

“Don’t be too focused on what you want to do after U of T – enjoy your time there and learn as much as you can. What comes next will come together naturally, and will be informed by your academic interests, peers, and community involvement. Do work that matters.”

Eric Quon-Lee

Eric Quon-Lee

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2004 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: Computer Science

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Cross-border management consultant based in San Francisco, California with several years of management consulting experience primarily in finance, strategy and operations.
  • Worked for several leading Canadian corporations in aerospace, telecommunications and financial services.
  • In his spare time, Eric is highly involved in the startup ecosystem in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as globally as a “super-connector”.