Former Student Services Officer and current Manager, Front-Line Services, School of Graduate Studies
I regard the University of Toronto as my home away from home!
My connection with the University began when I started my undergraduate degree at University College
. Since then, I have been actively affiliated with the University in several ways—as a student, alumna, and staff member. Throughout my University career, I have worked in several different roles, but my current position at the School of Graduate Studies is one of my most rewarding experiences—mainly because of the interesting, intelligent, and supportive people I encounter.
Working in graduate administration is challenging at times; however, I find that graduate students, faculty, and staff form a closely knit community which deeply cares about graduate education, research, and the student experience.
As the Student Services Officer for the Life Sciences Division, I interact with many excellent students who will no doubt become leaders in their fields. If I am able to provide assistance on registration or program issues, I feel great to have helped to make the student experience just a bit easier for someone engaged in emerging research.
I have a unique connection with the School of Graduate Studies because I am also a graduate student undertaking a part-time MA in Higher Education in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
. This gives me deeper insight into the experiences of graduate students and has enabled me to become a better graduate administrator. Moreover, the field which I have chosen specializes in the study of post-secondary institutions, the student experience, and the relationship between educational institutions and the broader society in which they operate.
I wear many different hats in the realm of post-secondary education, and each one makes me a more effective administrator, researcher, and student.