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#UofTGrad17: Meera Premnazeer

In five years Meera Premnazeer hopes to be working in the healthcare field. (Photo by Ken Jones)

Despite coming from a small village in Sri Lanka, my parents raised me to be the strong capable woman I am today. I am here today typing this because of the fact that the society I am living in today accepts and inspires women like me to be leaders,” says Meera Premnazeer a BSc graduate with a double major in Human Biology & Psychology.

Her passion is to lead others and interacting with different people. Something she was able to do as president Together We Stand-UTSC Chapter.

Premnazeer started the group to assist local and global communities. In her local community she worked as a peer mentor and facilitator at the English Language Development Centre, an example of her wanting to “help others reach their potential,” she says.

She also recommends taking a bike ride using the free bikes available on campus through the BikeShare program.

“The ride down the valley is extremely beautiful and scenic. Plus, it’s great exercise!” she says.

Meera Premnazeer:

Where did you go to high school?

Dunbarton High School – Pickering, Ontario

What was your favourite class? Why?

My favourite class within UTSC would definitely be my fourth year Psychology seminar course – Current Topics in Social Psychology (PSYD15) taught by Nicholas Hobson. The class itself was set in a different manner from other fourth year discipline courses as it provided the students an opportunity to have classes where they debated about a particular topic which was a new and highly intriguing experience for me.

What’s the best-kept secret on campus?

The best-kept secret on campus is that we have a greenhouse and a telescope observatory right in our science wing.

Where do you feel most at home on campus?

I feel the most at home on campus at the student centre where a lot of my friends and I hang out and have lunch.

Quick tip for new first years?

Your midterms might be starting one month after school starts but that doesn’t mean you should wait the week before to start studying and to take notes. It’s best to get started as soon as school starts on your note taking, such that you won’t be overwhelmed when 5 different midterms come up within two weeks.

What was your most rewarding accomplishment during your time here?

 Starting Together We Stand at UTSC would have to be my most rewarding accomplishment. Members of the club were able to get first hand experience aiding the marginalized population of Downtown Toronto. It was also a club that I started to motivate other UTSC students that had a motivation to make a difference. We provided them the support to get their ideas started and in that way we helped many UTSC students flourish.

What’s next?

I am currently going to be looking for work and gaining more experience within my field. I plan on applying to Masters programs in the coming year once I decide on exactly what discipline I want to be leading. I am currently thinking about a Master’s program within Clinical Psychology or Pharmacology.


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

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