Whatever your area of interest, our talented Mentors are here to help! Meet our 2017-18 Mentors.

Contents

Meet Mentor Jasmine Chopra | Math and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences
Meet Mentor Kemi Makindipe | Math and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences
Meet Mentor Ophelia Au | Commerce, Management and Business
Meet Mentor Raina Kamdar | Commerce, Management and Business
Meet Mentor Jake Chalkley | Humanities & Social Sciences
Meet Mentor Jessica Peng | Humanities & Social Sciences
Meet Mentor Mendy Chen | Humanities & Social Sciences
Meet Mentor Nabi Dressler | Humanities & Social Sciences
Meet Mentor Sara Liu | Humanities & Social Sciences
Meet Mentor Yin Kot | Humanities & Social Sciences
Meet Mentor Diane Jesalva | Life Sciences
Meet Mentor Frances Huang | Life Sciences
Meet Mentor Jessie Xue | Life Sciences
Meet Mentor Lynn Nguyen | Life Sciences
Meet Mentor Mofe Adeosun | Life Sciences
Meet Mentor Zahra Abdi | Life Sciences

Jasmine Chopra

General Field of Study: Math and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences

Program of Study: Pharmacology and Toxicology, Nutritional Sciences, Health Studies

Undergraduate College: Trinity College

Jasmine Chopra
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Indian-Canadian-American, Hindu
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Music, movies, delicious food
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "If you don't believe in your goal enough and wholeheartedly, you cannot achieve it."

Kemi Makindipe

General Field of Study: Math and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences 

Program of Study: Biochemistry within the Biological Physics Specialist

Undergraduate College: St. Michael's College

Kemi Makindipe
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: No
 
Identity: Black, woman, child to Immigrant parents
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Independent Learning in Science (ILS), Black Student Association(BSA), Veg Club U of T
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "The place you stick out most is often the place your most meaningful work can be done." - Riz Ahmed (paraphrased)

Ophelia Au

General Field of Study: Commerce, Management and Business

Program of Study: Finance and Economics

Undergraduate College: University College

Ophelia Au
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Canada-born Chinese, learning French and Chinese 
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Philosophy, Japanese anime / culture, proponent of free speech
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "You know, destiny is a funny thing. You never know how things are going to work out. But if you keep an open mind and an open heart, I promise you will find your own destiny someday." - Uncle Iroh 

Raina Kamdar

General Field of Study: Commerce, Management and Business

Program of Study: Rotman Commerce, Economics

Undergraduate College: Woodsworth College

Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Indo-Canadian, speaks Gujarati and Hindi 
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Graphic design, astronomy, mentorship/tutoring
 
Personal Reflective Statement:  "There is no substitute for hard work." - Thomas A. Edison

Jake Chalkley

General Field of Study: Humanities

Program of Study: East Asian Studies, History

Undergraduate College: University College

Jake Chalkley
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Learning Japanese, stayed in Japan for 5 months, hopes to teach in Japan
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Karate, anime, video games
 
Personal Reflective Statement:  "You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain." - Miyamoto Musashi

Jessica Peng

General Field of Study: Social Sciences, Life Sciences

Program of Study: Global Health, Health Studies

Undergraduate College: Woodsworth College

Jessica Peng
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Chinese-Canadian
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Photography, playing volleyball, anime / video games
 
Personal Reflective Statement:  "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." - Philippians 2:4 (ESV Bible)

Mendy Chen

General Field of Study: Social Sciences 

Program of Study: Sociology and English

Undergraduate College: New College

Mendy Chen
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Chinese-Canadian, Mandarin
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Music, reading, traveling
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be."

Nabi Dressler

General Field of Study: Social Sciences 

Program of Study: Political Science, Sociology

Undergraduate College: Woodsworth College

Nabi Dressler
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: American, multi-racial, feminist
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Sociology research, editing for Synergy, working on textbooks
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in." - James Baldwin

Sara Liu

General Field of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences 

Program of Study: Economics, Education & Society, and English

Undergraduate College: Innis College

Sara Liu
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: International student from China
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Badminton, frisbee, dancing
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.“

Yin Kot

General Field of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences 

Program of Study: Criminology, Ethics Society and Law, Philosophy

Undergraduate College: Victoria College

Yin Kot
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Canadian citizen, and as I was a student at a British international school in Hong Kong, I felt like a Newcomer upon arriving at U of T. Looking for opportunities to practice my conversational Mandarin, Cantonese, and French.
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Passionate about equity / social justice, Alternative Reading Week (CCP), and good coffee.
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "If you limit your choice only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise."

Diane Jesalva

General Field of Study: Kinesiology and Physical Education

Program of Study: Kinesiology and Physical Education, Life Sciences

Faculty: Kinesiology & Physical Education

Diane Jesalva
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Trilingual (English, French and Tagalog), Filipino Canadian
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Zumba, yoga, fitness classes
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." - David Henry Thoreau

Frances Huang

General Field of Study: Life Sciences

Program of Study: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Human Biology Fundamental Genetics and Its Application

Undergraduate College: Woodsworth College

Frances Huang
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Taiwanese, Chinese, Canadian
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Badminton, arts and crafts, gaming
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "Yesterday is a history; tomorrow is a mystery; but today is a gift, that's why it's called present."

Jessie Xue

General Field of Study: Life Sciences

Program of Study: Physiology and Nutritional Science

Undergraduate College: New College

 

Jessie Xue

Previous FITF Mentee / Mentor? Yes 

Identity: Chinese

Co-Curricular Interests: Badminton, nutrition, collecting coins 

Personal Reflective Statement: "It's never too late to start."

Lynn Nguyen

General Field of Study: Life Sciences

Program of Study: Neuroscience, Psychology, Physiology

Undergraduate College: University College

Lynn Nguyen
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: International student
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Charity organizations, clinical / lab volunteer, cross-country
 
Personal Reflective Statement: "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Mofe Adeosun

General Field of Study: Life Sciences

Program of Study: Human Biology, Nutrition

Undergraduate College: University College

Mofe Adeosun
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: African Canadian
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Student events planning, Move U health initiatives, Residence Advisor
 
Personal Reflective Statement:  "Always stay gracious, the best revenge is your paper."

Zahra Abdi

General Field of Study: Life Sciences, Math and Physical Sciences

Program of Study: Human Biology, Immunology and Math

Undergraduate College: St. Michael's College

Zahra Abdi
Previous FITF Mentee/Mentor: Yes
 
Identity: Muslim, Black, woman
 
Co-Curricular Interests: Writing, knitting, skating
 
Personal Reflective Statement:  "To learn is to fail. If you want to learn faster, fail faster."