University of Toronto: Boundless
The University of Toronto is a fantastic place
of collaboration. There is an incredible array of scholars, research activities, thinkers,
and that’s one of the most attractive elements of the university for me. University education is about more than a
means to an ends. It’s not just about getting a degree so you can get the job. It’s about
expanding your mind and being open to new opportunities and that’s the fantastic thing
about the University of Toronto. We are really at the convergence of a whole
bunch of traditional fields, and trying to push forward the boundaries of this new field.
The University of Toronto is right at the heart of this movement culturally and scientifically.
It’s an incredibly exciting place to be. We get to participate day by day in building
the technologies that will power the world cleanly, in the future. The whole point of this is really to understand
how we fit in, where we fit in. How does our solar system compare to all those others out
there. So it’s really in some sense, a search for our own place in the cosmos, in the broader
sense. My research primarily comprises of polymers
designed for applications in medicine. These are polymers designed to promote repair after
spinal cord injury. If we take stem cells, how do they survive? So there’s huge challenges
in taking some great potential, something so promising, and make it actually work. Before I walked into U of T I was already
passionate about the world, and I had some field experience. But what I lacked was the
theory, the knowledge. The development approach, to have this opportunity to sit with some
of the greatest minds of our time studying current affairs, grounding activism, in knowledge. My whole sense of social justice and that
whole area dealing with subject matter much later in my life, that was all incubated at
the University of Toronto. We had this crazy idea. We’re going to create
this research group, no one is going to get any profit from it, it’s just for academic
pursuit. She just went “go for it!” It makes you face your fears, it makes you face
what you need to know. They teach you, they prepare you for that.
I think in today’s world, U of T is a prime example of a spectacular diversity and dynamism.
The university allows you to flourish. You’re at a time when you’re like a sponge, absorbing
everything, constantly. So I just say, “Go for it! Get ready to astonish the world!”