Catherine is going into her second year in Engineering Science, and likes to meet other people in her program by hanging out in the Engineering Common Room, studying on the upper floors of the Bahen Centre, and going to SUDS, an event for engineering students that takes place every Friday night at the SF Atrium. Through her new-found friends, she managed to get involved with Nocturne, a talent show showcasing the talents of Engineering Science students, as both an organizer and M.C. She is also working as a co-editor of the Engineering F!rosh Handbook 1T5.
“I heard about [Nocturne] from a friend, and I jumped at the chance to get involved as an executive,” she says. “Music and arts have always been major interests of mine.”
Contrary to what she’d heard about U of T before coming here, Catherine finds her professors and peers to be very approachable once you put in a little bit of effort. Still, because of the demanding nature of her academic program, Catherine puts a priority on finding balance in her life.
“You can’t do everything perfectly,” she says, “You could spend hundreds of hours on one assignment, but you have to think about whether it’s going to be worth it. Marks aren’t everything; you have to figure out what’s important to you and then pursue it. You have to make time to make memories.”
Above all, Catherine recommends being fearless. “Don’t be afraid to get out there, meet people, and look around. It’s easy to be overwhelmed, but I like to take things one step at a time.”