Mustafa Mirza

Interview by N. Persaud


Leah Gordon, Mustafa Mirza and Oluseyi Olomodosi (Class of 2015) at the UTM frosh paint party.

Q: Which school are you attending?

A: I am currently going to University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).

Q: What program are you in?

A: The program I am currently in is business management.

Q: What made you want to go into this program?

A: I really enjoyed taking business courses at Milton District High School and knew right away that this is what I wanted to go into.

Q: Are you enjoying UTM so far? If so, what is your favourite part about your school?

A: Yes, I really enjoy my school. I feel that it is very different from other schools because it is basically its own community. Everyone here is very close with one another and we all get along pretty well. The people are very friendly and welcoming at UTM, we all get together occasionally to party and have a great time.

Q: Are you involved in any school activities? If so, then what are they?

A: There is a babysitting club at UTM that I joined, basically it is for students at UTM who have children and need a babysitter to take care of them when they are busy. I joined it because I like helping out others, especially helping out the people who I am surrounded by every day.

Q: How do you manage your time in university?

A: School always comes first. I know the first year of university revolves around meeting new people and friends but I always make time for my studies. You get a lot of readings in university and it is very important to read all of it in order to understand what you are learning. I personally try to read everything first and get that out of the way. It is very important to look at how you manage your time in university, use it wisely!

Q: How is the learning environment in university compared to high school?

A: In university you are more independant and on your own. The professors in university do not hold your hand! You are basically free. Teachers in high school will tell you that they won’t hold your hand through the school year but they really do help you out tremendously. Professors in university expect you to do everything on your own and will not guide you through anything. It is hard but it is also about meeting their expectations.

Q: Has Milton District High School prepared you for university? If so, how?

A: I feel that high school has really prepared me for university. The courses I have taken have prepared me to manage my time wisely for example, always finishing my essays on time, completing all homework and actually meeting the expectations that are required.

Q: If you have one piece of advice to give to grade 12s going into university, what would it be?

A: Enjoy this year; it goes by very quickly! Make the best of your last year in high school. You meet a lot of people in high school and get close with them so make sure you spend the last year having a blast. University will unfortunately split your friends up and prevent you from seeing them everyday, so make the best of it and try very hard this year.

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