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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 & 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.


Click on my picture below and watch my video!

Hear about what I love about my liberal arts education as well as the amazing learning experience I had over the summer months when I received the Renaissance Award which is made possible thanks to Drs. Jolie Ringash and Glen Bandiera.

What is the Renaissance Award? Click here to learn more.


This year...

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 mid-term 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 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

It is definitely the W. J. McCallion Planetarium! You can find it in the Burke Science Building. 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 hot dog stand for always being there for me in my time of need.




My favourite professors

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 are what I tell people about when I am asked about my faculty experiences at McMaster. Dr. Jean Wilson, Director of the Arts & Science Program, for her constant advocacy of the 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. He has taught me more than I could have ever imagined, and I am now surer than ever that academia is the place for me!

Mid-year update

As an Arts & 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 many 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.

McMaster Musical Theatre's production of Pippin

This semester, I'm looking forward to seeing the McMaster Musical Theatre's production of Pippin. I'm planning to see it with my Moulton team from Welcome Week 2016!

Check out the McMaster Musical Theatre

Taught by the Director :)

Here is a picture of my Arts & Science literature class taught by Dr. Wilson. It's not every day that you get to take a class with the Director of your program, so that's always exciting (and also perhaps indicative of what I love so much about ArtSci). It is such a rewarding experience, and Dr. Wilson is an absolute joy. I will really miss her when she's on research leave next year!

Diversity Services

I am still involved with Diversity Services this semester. It is a McMaster Students Union service with two main goals: to advocate and provide a safe space for marginalized students on the McMaster campus. 

In my job as Social and Political Advocacy Coordinator, I mostly work on the advocacy piece by creating educational campaigns about issues that affect marginalized communities. Two examples of campaigns I worked on this semester include our educational campaign about gentrification and our poster series that raised awareness about some problems associated with voluntourism.



The Student Health Education Centre

I am also still involved with SHEC, the Student Health Education Centre, which is a service provided by the McMaster Students Union. We do health education and advocacy, in addition to providing services such as confidential peer support. I think that what we do is incredibly important because staying healthy is what allows students to have a fulfilling and enriching university experience. By providing resources and support, SHEC volunteers encourage a holistic approach to wellness from one student to another. Here is a picture of me and my SHEC team.

My year at Mac

Honestly, third year has been the best year that I've had so far at Mac. I feel like I've grown and developed so much as a person, and have also had the privilege of being part of many incredible opportunities. Whether in my place on campus, my friend group, or my future plans, I feel a little more certain of where I'm supposed to be now, which is exciting. It's very strange to think that I only have one year left at Mac, which makes me feel equal parts sad and excited. I'm thankful for all of the experiences I've had so far, and am also looking forward to what's to come! 


Thank you for reading about my year at McMaster!

It's a pleasure to share it with you.

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