First-Year Transitional Support (PALs)

Peer Academic Leader

For students interested in additional academic and transitional support a PAL always has your back. A Peer Academic Leader or PAL is an upper-year student in a related discipline that provides mentorship and guidance to help first-year students transition to university life.

Students are given the opportunity to attend workshops designed to enhance their academic skills focusing on topics such as study planning, learning styles, note taking, academic goal setting, professional communication and writing skills. Essential to this experience is the opportunity to participate in one-to-one meetings with their PAL, attend Facilitated Study Groups (FSGs) and engage with faculty outside of the classroom. 

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

Asma_PAL

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

Bremner_PAL

Name: Bremner
Program: Commerce (COM)
Email: bremner.churchill@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I have lived in China and Korea.

Grace_PAL

Name: Grace
Program: Forensic Science (FSC)
Email: graceys.chan@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Roy Ivor Hall
Fun Fact: I learned how to surf this summer!

Jayson_PAL

Name: Jayson
Program: Computer Science (CMS)
Email: jayson.van@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: McLuhan Court
Fun Fact: I love caramel popcorn!

Jen_PAL

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

Kate_PAL

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

Kristy_PAL

Name: Kristy
Program: Life Science (LFE)
Email: sunminkristy@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I can remember all of the dogs names that I have met :)

Manda_PAL

Name: Manda
Program: Social Science (SSC)
Email: manda.craig@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I have a boating licence.

Mao_PAL

Name: Mao
Program: Computer Science (CMS)
Email: mao.tanaka@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: McLuhan Court
Fun Fact: My name means cat in Chinese, and I absolutely love cats, but I am also allergic to them.

Micheal_PAL

Name: Michael
Program: Theatre & Drama Studies (TDS)
Email: michael.karrangus@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I can play 5 instruments.

Peter_PAL

Name: Peter
Program: Management (MGM) and Commerce (COM)
Email: peter.cuthbertson@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Erindale Hall
Fun Fact: I can play the banjo.

Pretti_PAL

Name: Pretti
Program: Commerce (COM)
Email: pretti.mahtani@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I am a foodie! (I love good food)

Rebecca_PAL

Name: Rebecca
Program: Forensic Science (FSC)
Email: rebecca.kidd@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Magrath Valley
Fun Fact: I have worked on a crime scene before.

Sandy_PAL

Name: Sandy
Program: Chemical Physical Science (CPS)
Email: sandy.chau@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Magrath Valley
Fun Fact: I can wiggle (shake) my eyes.


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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_PAL

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 I am terrified of ostriches.

Erik_PAL

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!

Geordi_PAL

Name: Geordi
Program: Foundations of Research Living Learning Community (FoundationsLLLC)
Email: geordi.frere@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I can write in Tolkien Elvish.

Joanna_PAL

Name: Joanna
Program: Biology Living Learning Community (BioLLC)
Email: j.matthews@mail.utoronto.ca
Living Area: Oscar Peterson Hall
Fun Fact: I like poetry. I also love horses.