Class of 2013 – HBA, Innis
Aman Chohan, dynamic former president of the Innis College Student Society
Aman: Innis College (I-N-N-I-S INNIS INNIS IS THE BEST!) Sorry I had to show my enthusiasm for Innis College. That was a Frosh Cheer we use every year for all incoming students.
Q: What are your favorite memories of Innis College?
Aman: My favorite memories of my college have definitely got to be being a part of the Innis College Student Society (ICSS). It provided me with a sense of belonging as well gave me the chance to interact with students both from the college but around the University of Toronto. I guess more specifically it would have to being Frosh Orientation Coordinator and running one of the most successful and well organized Frosh Weeks Innis College has ever witnessed. Frosh Week is an amazing time of year and it is definitely where I have my fondest and happiest memories.
Q: What about the University itself?
Aman: My favorite memory of the University of Toronto has to be this year when students spoke out during the UTSU Annual General Meeting and were finally able to share their thoughts and opinions and challenge UTSU authority around legitimacy and agenda items. It was a great moment when all students put aside their own selfish needs and worked together to build a stronger, more united University of Toronto.
Q: What was the biggest lesson you learned while at U of T?
Aman: Work hard, play harder. You have got to be able to balance your studies and your social life. If you do not study or do the assigned readings U of T will eat you alive. However, if you do not have a social life and make those meaningful connections throughout your undergraduate years, you miss out on valuable skills, lessons and experiences that will definitely aid you in the real world. The biggest lesson I have learned while at U of T is the importance of balancing my life between work and play.
Q: How did you get to where you are now?
Aman: Staying positive and scheduling important dates. Being optimistic at a university can beat you down both physically, mentally and emotionally is hard. However, I made sure that I would not allow U of T dictate at the end of my undergraduate years if I was successful or not. I worked hard for myself; I played hard for myself and learned that when you start doing things for yourself the studying, the working and playing become easier and more enjoyable. I am where I am because I believed I was capable of getting here. I did not let anyone or anything tell me otherwise.
Q: Any last thoughts?
Aman: Life is short, smile lots and always remember the best way to get to know new people is by taking a deep breath, turning to them smiling at saying “Hi my name is ….”