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#UofTGrad17: Nayani Ramakrishnan

Nayani Ramakrishnan encourages students to attend club events while on campus as a networking opportunity and says these events were how she first got involved in school. (Photo by Ken Jones)

Nayani Ramakrishnan has discovered many things at U of T Scarborough (one of her most exciting discoveries was the tunnel that connects the Science Wing to the Academic Advising building!).

Ramakrishnan found her passion for “leading and standing up for what I believe in,” she says.

While at UTSC she served as co-president of MedLife UTSC and helped organize MEDTALKS, the first global, public and mental health conference at UTSC, a notable achievement for the Neuroscience and English major.

She hopes to continue in healthcare as a scientist and is already making steps towards that step this summer.

“I am currently working over the summer as a research assistant in Dr. Suzanne Erb’s lab and I hope to continue being involved in conducting research in the future,” she said.

Nayani Ramakrishnan:

Where did you go to high school?

Victoria Park C.I.

Why did you come to UTSC?

The flexible nature of the programs. I could pursue a double major in two different departments (such as Neuroscience and English) or even complete a major with two minors. UTSC places an emphasis on experiential learning and offers job shadowing opportunities (“Extern Job Shadowing” check out CLN). I was indecisive as to what I wanted to pursue in the future, so the lack of restrictions in regards to program choice and the abundant of opportunities available would help me decide. It also helped knowing that UTSC was only a 20-minute drive from home.

 Why did you choose your program?

Completing a double major in Neuroscience and English was initially not the plan. While I have always loved English it was not something I considered to pursue “seriously” as opposed to Neuroscience. At UTSC, I took a few English courses and was introduced to the incredible English community. I discovered countless opportunities, ways to get involved in English and was told that I could pursue both the sciences and the arts. And after 4 years, I’ve learned that there is so much overlap between the two. For those of you that are interested in pursuing the arts and sciences, please check out the new Health and Humanities program (minor) being offered at UTSC!

 Quick tip for new first years?

The Writing Centre helped me tremendously during my time here at UTSC. There is always help available on campus.

Another tip is to be confident. Follow your passion, and find people that support your endeavours. I would not have been successful or be involved on campus if it wasn’t for my incredible professors, (a special shout-out to Professors Sarah King, Andrew Dubois, Maria Assif, and Suzanne Erb) mentors and friends that have consistently encouraged me along this journey. Ask questions when you’re in doubt and seek help when you need it—you are never alone.

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

It is incredibly important to give back and I am passionate about volunteering in the community. I would like the world to know that I follow my curiosity. I enjoy research in both literature and neuroscience, I love to discuss politics, fight for equality, volunteer in the community and occasionally I enjoy taking photos.

 What’s next?

I am currently working over the summer as a research assistant in Dr. Suzanne Erb’s lab and I hope to continue to be involved with research in the future.

 If we call you up in five years, where do you think we will find you?

As Chaucer once wrote, “Time and Tide Wait For No Man” (modern English), and in five years I hope you’ll find me working in healthcare as a scientist, making a dent in Neuroscience research and highlighting the importance of narrative competence. 

 

To read about more of the class of 2017 graduates click here




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