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#UofTGrad16: Ayesha Haq

Ayesha Haq is going into law to ensure that "equity and fairness prevail."

As Convocation day approaches, we’re filled with pride at the incredible accomplishments of our students. No matter what program they’re in, no matter what their major, our students have made contributions to the campus, to the community and to the world at large. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll highlight students who have made a huge impact already, and are poised to do even more now that they’re graduating. From an Olympic weight lifter to a social activist featured on the CBC, we’re certain that you’ll be reading a lot more about them in the future! Follow the all the U of T Convocation excitement at #UofTGrad16.


Ayesha Haq

Ayesha Haq always wanted to pursue a law degree. She came to U of T Scarborough to explore other fields of study before she continued with her graduate studies.

“My undergrad gave me the opportunity to study courses I enjoyed and excelled at which enabled me to have fun and simultaneously graduate with a high GPA,” she says.

Ayesha ended up majoring in English Literature and minoring in Philosophy and Theatre and Performance Studies. Ultimately, what enriched her time at UTSC were the groups and initiatives she was involved in outside of the classroom. The Muslim Students Association, Pre-Law Society and the UTSC Student Housing and Residence Life Team, are just a few of the organizations that Ayesha joined.

Ayesha is heading off to the University of Cincinnati College of Law in September and plans on immersing herself in her new community. She hopes that like UTSC, her new campus will offer many ways for her to get involved.

Where did you go to high school? 

I completed my high school education in Pakistan. 

What was your favourite class?

My favorite class was ENGC51: Arab Women Writers. We studied Arab Women writings in both the U.S. and Canada which dealt with issues of identity, race, culture and religion. The texts primarily focused on women living in diaspora and the struggles they faced with understanding their identity. I highly enjoyed this class because the stories we read were ones that I could associate with and relate to. Not to mention Prof. Maria Assif's passion for the course material made it all the more worthwhile. 

Where do you feel most at home on campus?

UTSC Residence no doubt. As an international student, I found my second home on residence. The people I met in my hall have become much more than family as they are people I can trust with my life.

Quick tip for new first years?

Don't let the pressure of school keep you from having fun. Get involved on campus and do things that make you happy. Enjoy every moment while it lasts. 

What’s the best-kept secret at UTSC?

I don't think this is a secret but UTSC is rumoured to have been a prison turned into a university. I really doubt that there is any truth to it but the "Science Wing Dungeons" do look pretty scary. (ed note - haha, that's not true at all!)

What are you passionate about? What would you like the world to know about you?

I am passionate about making a difference in the community/society around me. The reason I want to pursue law is because I want to be able to work for justice and ensuring that equity and fairness prevails in the communities we are a part of.  

 

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