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University experience means exploring more than just the classroom for this U of T Scarborough student

Mathurhaen Siri is a double major in biology and psychology, and Vice-President of Marketing for the Environmental and Physical Sciences Student Association. (Photo by Ken Jones)

When deciding where to go for university, as a proud born and raised ‘Scarberian’ Mathurhaen Siri didn’t have to think twice. Selecting U of T Scarborough was a clear choice; as was working towards his Bachelor of Science degree with a challenging biology and psychology double major. But Mathurhaen knows choosing to get involved with the Environmental and Physical Sciences Student’s Association (EPSA), left a few people scratching their heads.   

“I wanted to step outside of my program just to see what the other disciplines had to offer,” said Mathurhaen, 22. “It was just a matter of me trying to put myself in a lot of different shoes and seeing what fits best.”

He tried a course called “Introduction to Planet Earth” taught by Dr. Nick Eyles. Mathurhaen credits his studies in that course with really opening his eyes and mind.

“We take a lot of things for granted in the world—everything down to breathing air and just walking on grass. It takes a lot of really constructive thinking just to understand how the world came to be. Being able to meet all of the faculty and students in the environment and physical sciences really helped teach me a lot about their research and the way the world works, which is completely different than what people would naturally think.”

Mathurhaen is a fourth year student and is currently EPSA’s Vice-President of Marketing. As he wraps up his studies, he sees his involvement with the association as a clear high point in a university career that’s really increased his options. 

“I could do something related to health policy, I could do something related to mental health or I could consider doing something in environmental science. I now have those doors open to me to decide how I’m going to take my career.”

After graduating, Mathurhaen plans to go to law school. He is Tamil-Canadian and says working in the legal field will be a way for him to give back to his community. He wants to help people navigate what can be a complicated Canadian legal system and he believes that his studies in science will give him additional perspective about the world that other lawyers may not have. 

While he knows his university path was not completely conventional, Mathurhaen believes the greatest gifts in life happen once you leave your comfort zone.

“I can now take different pieces from each of the disciplines I was involved in, and build them all into one big unique identity for myself. I’ll have all sorts of experiences I can use to really branch out my career.”


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