First-Year Transitional Support (PALs)

Peer Academic Leader

A Peer Academic Leader (PAL) is an academically successful upper year student who mentors first year students in their academic transition to university.

Students who opt-in to a PAL will have access to the following:

  • Academic skills workshops on topics such as campus resources, study technique note-taking, and degree planning
  • One-on-one meetings with their PAL
  • Socials and academic development events with students in their subject area
  • Faculty engagement events outside of the classroom

Be sure to opt-in to the PAL program at uoft.me/pals. If you have any questions about the PAL program or your application, contact Sean Kinsella, Coordinator of Residential Transition Programs at sean.kinsella@utoronto.ca.

Asma

Name: Asma
Program: Life Science (LFE)
Email: asma.ejaz@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: MaGrath Valley
Fun Fact: I really like to build puzzles. Once I did a 1000 piece puzzle in one day!

Eman

Name: Eman
Program: Social Sciences (SSC)
Email: eman.faisal@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I'm on the Canadian National team for Taekwondo

Esme

Name: Esme
Program: Forensic Science (FSC)
Email: esme.newling@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Roy Ivor Hall
Fun Fact: I'm from New Brunswick!

Gabriella

Name: Gabriella
Program: Psychology (PSY)
Email: gabriella.selestiyanta@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: MaGrath Valley
Fun Fact: I can move my knuckles! (Ask me for a demonstration)

Jayson

Name: Jayson
Program: Computer Science, Math, and Stats (CMS)
Email: jayson.van@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Roy Ivor Hall
Fun Fact: I love caramel popcorn but not Chicago mix

Jen

Name: Jen
Program: Art & Art History (AAH) and Humanities (HUM)
Email: jenniferi.liu@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Roy Ivor Hall
Fun Fact: I dip my fries in milkshakes because I saw it on Kim Possible

Kate

Name: Kate
Program: Communication, Culture, Information & Technology (CCIT)
Email: kate.pak@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: McLuhan Court
Fun Fact: I can solve a Rubix cube

Kunal

Name: Kunal
Program: Chemical and Physical Sciences (CPS)
Email: kunal.mehta@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Roy Ivor Hall
Fun Fact: I've travelled to more than 15 countries

Mao

Name: Mao
Program: Computer Science, Math, and Stats (CMS)
Email: mao.tanaka@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I can fold a crane out of a 1cm x 1cm sized paper

Miho

Name: Miho
Program: Social Sciences (SSC)
Email: miho.suzuki@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I went to art school for 4 years!

Nivi

Name: Nivi
Program: Computer Science, Math, and Stats (CMS)
Email: niveditha.kaniselvan@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Roy Ivor Hall
Fun Fact: I play the violin!

Preeti

Name: Preeti
Program: Commerce (COM)
Email: preeti.mahtani@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: My name means "love" in Hindi

Sadie

Name: Sadie
Program: Life Sciences (LFE)
Email: sadie.becker@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: McLuhan Court
Fun Fact: I am terrified of chickens, and will faint if one gets too close to me

William

Name: William
Program: Commerce (COM)
Email: william.laliberte@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: MaGrath Valley
Fun Fact: I can make 5 different types of fondue!

Yash

Name: Yash
Program: Commerce (COM)
Email: yash.narayan@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Roy Ivor Hall
Fun Fact: I speak 4 languages and have lived in 4 different countries!


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Students who have signed up for the Living Learning Communities (LLC) will also be connected to a PAL who will be living in their area and running more intensive programming in conjunction with a Don in residence. Those interested in this program must sign up in advance. Click here to learn more about the LLC program.

Alexa

Name: Alexa
Program: Health Science Living Learning Community (LifeSciLLC)
Email: alexa.moschella@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I love Dr. Phil and am terrified of ostriches

Erik

Name: Erik
Program: Technology and Communications Living Learning Community (TechCommLLC)
Email: erik.holmes@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I have an identical twin, and I'm the evil one!

Lia

Name: Lia
Program: Foundations of Learning Living Learning Community (Foundations LLC)
Email: lia.jung@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: McLuhan Court
Fun Fact: I know the entire soundtrack of The Lion King by heart

Noor

Name: Noor
Program: Biology Living Learning Community (BioLLC)
Email: hifsa.noor@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Putnam Place
Fun Fact: I love thunderstorms!