A Year in the Life of Sutina
Hi, I’m Sutina.
Welcome to a year in my life at McMaster!
I chose to study at Mac because it gives me the best of both worlds — I have access to the world class resources of a big-city university, while enjoying a strong sense of identity that comes with a small campus feel.
I’m currently in my third year of the Arts and Science program, with a combination in Political Science and a minor in Chemical Biology. I’m not quite sure what I want to do yet, but I have a keen interest in comparative politics, global health, and policy.
I am most excited to continue to engage with the McMaster community and give back in any way I can. During Welcome Week 2016, I was a Residence Orientation Representative for Moulton Hall, and helped first-year students weather the transition from high school to university. When I’m not wearing a fun jumpsuit, you can often find me in the Student Health Education Centre — a service that I coordinate for the McMaster Students’ Union, or running campaigns for Diversity Services (another MSU service!) as their Social and Political Advocacy Coordinator.
Me and Senator McMaster
Despite my busy schedule, I always try to make time for studying, especially if it’s with my friend Senator William McMaster!
This fall has been super busy!
It's midterm season and we are reaching the final stretch of assignments and tests before exam season. In the last little while, you can likely find me holed up in the library, working away.
A really sweet moment for me this fall was working the Fall Preview days - meeting potential Marauders is always a super fun experience, and it makes me appreciative of my journey so far at Mac.
My favourite place on campus
is definitely the Planetarium! The shows are always super fun and informative and I think it's great that graduate students get to share their knowledge and love for their field of study. Also a special shoutout to the Willy Dog stand for always being there for me in my time of need.
My favourite professors?
Wow, so many professors, so little time! Dr. Catherine Grisé, who serves as my inspiration for the kind of professor and human that I want to be one day. Her endless support and love for her profession and her students is what I tell people about when I am asked about my faculty experiences at McMaster. Dr. Jean Wilson for her constant advocacy of the Arts and Science program. Without her, I wouldn't have one of the most important communities in my life. She encourages all ArtScis to be the best they can be, and for that I am eternally grateful. Dr. Tony Porter, for taking the chance on a young keen first year and giving me so many opportunities to grow professionally. Working for him has taught me more than I could have ever imagined, and I am now more sure than ever that academia is the place for me!
As an Arts and Science student, I've been fortunate enough to have an incredibly broad core curriculum that has exposed me to many different subject areas, which has encouraged me to see the value in interdisciplinary studies. Additionally, it has also equipped me with a number of soft skills such as critical thinking and written and oral communication that I think are easily translatable and applicable to all fields of work, making me more flexible and adaptable to the changing job market today.
This semester, I'm looking forward to seeing McMaster Musical Theatre's production of Pippin. I'm planning to see it with my Moulton team from Welcome Week 2016! The end of the school year is always a bittersweet time as things wrap up, but it's also always exciting to be looking ahead into next year and working through periods of transition.
Thank you for visiting Sutina's page!