IEC Peer-to-Peer Support Appointment

Wanna chat? We listen. 

The IEC is now offering all new-to-UTM students (first year students, transfer students) the opportunity to access one-on-one, confidential and non-judgmental peer support and resource referral. Missing home? Wondering how you can get involved on campus? Have a question but you just don't know where to find the answer? 

Our peer support leaders can help you:

  1. Adjust to Canada

    • Learn how to form friendships in Canada;
    • Tips to succeed in the classroom;
    • Strategies to overcome homesickness.
  2. Build Community

    • Find opportunities to get involved on and off-campus;
    • Find on-campus groups and clubs;
    • Browse on-campus job and volunteer opportunities.
  3. Find Help When You Need It

    • Refer you to helpful programs, services, and departments on campus.

Meet Our Leaders

Fan Yi Grace Meng

Grace

Program and year of study

Major: Biology for Health Sciences

Minors: Forensic Science, Biomedical Communications

5th year

What language(s) do you speak?

English, Mandarin

Why did you choose UTM?

I chose UTM because of the unique Forensic Science Programs, which very few universities offer. In addition, I really enjoy the tight knit community on campus.

What is your favourite thing about Canada?

My favourite thing about Canada is the diversity of culture. This diversity allows us to celebrate different cultures, learn about other people’s culture and develop a sense of cultural literacy.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new international student, what would it be?

My advice would be to get involved. Getting involved on campus is one of the best ways to meet new people and start gaining extracurricular experiences. Whether it’s a volunteer or work-study position, you can gain a lot of skills that are different than the skills you learn in the classroom.

What is one fun fact about you?

I was in a band throughout high school and I played the flute. 


 

Ashley Chiedza Mutasa

Ashley

Program and year of study

Specialist: Neuroscience

Minor: Statistics

2nd year

What language(s) do you speak?

I am fluent in English and Shona, but I like to brag about being able to speak French because I took it for four years in high school. The truth is my French only goes as far as introductions.

Why did you choose UTM?

I think one of the things I love about this campus is how green it is. Nothing beats seeing a family of deer grazing outside your window on a beautiful sunny morning. I also like the size of the campus, it’s small enough to feel like home and big enough for you to always meet new people.

What was your transition to UTM like?

Before coming to Canada, I considered myself to be very independent and I was convinced that this would serve as my immunity against homesickness. Boy was I wrong! When I moved to Canada, it was as if everything I had ever understood about the world and my position in it was wrong. I was now a small fish in a really big, fast-paced pond. Now confronted by new tastes, languages and cultures, the fear of drowning was imminent.

However, I realized that even in our ecosystems, some of the smallest organisms that go unnoticed by the eye form the basis of sustenance for other organisms. Volunteering and working with various organizations on campus not only gave me perspective but allowed me to feel like I was part of the UTM community. Even in a foreign country, filled with different beliefs and ideologies, love, kindness and compassion are universal emotions that tether all of us together.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new international student, what would it be?

I would say come to UTM with an open mind. University is 90% about all the opportunities you pursue and create for yourself. You have the unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in Canada, people who are leading in their various fields of study. Learn from them, learn from you peers, learn from your mistakes and whatever you do, don’t stop learning.

What is one fun fact about you?

I am a super speed rapper. Maybe not on Eminem’s level but it’s a hidden talent that no one really knows about.