Picking a College – Woodsworth Edition
Our Student Contributors
When I first found out about the college system at U of T, I thought that it was just another administrative hassle that would only further complicate my application process.
However, from the first day of Frosh week, that all changed. Now, I am so grateful for the college system; it has allowed me to build a community within a rather intimidating university setting, and has given me the opportunity to explore an array of different work and volunteer positions within that community, including work for my college’s student association, orientation week and in the residence as a don. It has also made the campus feel smaller and has greatly enhanced and personalized my academic experience, including easy and helpful access to the registrar’s office and the writing centre. Still struggling to pick a college? This is my experience of picking Woodsworth!
My first concern when choosing a college was whether or not my program had to be associated with that college. The answer was no! Some colleges do have a greater number of students studying programs associated with their respective college, such as commerce students belonging to Woodsworth, while some programs aren’t even directly associated with a college at all. Personally, I did not pick my college based on academics, as I was still not 100% set on a program. So far, this has been a great way to meet friends from all disciplines, outside of the classroom.
Since I was planning on living on campus, my college choice was also greatly influenced by which residence I wanted to live in. I struggled for awhile debating between an older and historically beautiful residence, versus a newly built, modern building. In the end, I opted for air conditioning, my own room with shared common areas, and an incredible view of campus and the CN Tower from my window at Woodsworth residence. This also came with the realization that I could still study at of the historical and breathtaking U of T buildings whenever I wanted.
A final important factor that I considered when choosing my college was reputation. As you may have heard, there is often an amount of prestige surrounding certain colleges, in particular the original colleges at U of T. It was a difficult decision picking Woodsworth, one of the newer colleges, to say, Trinity, with its established prestige and traditions. However, once I visited campus, I knew that Woodsworth was the college I wanted to belong to. After walking through the residence and meeting some of the students, the entire attitude and “feel” of the college felt like a perfect fit. I liked the college’s focus on diversity and that the students I met were friendly, sociable and outgoing. I found the entire college to be “down-to-earth” and knew that this was where I wanted to live, despite its new, but constantly growing reputation.
For me, although Woodsworth is the largest college, it feels like home. I encourage you to acknowledge your priorities, research each college, and if you can, visit campus. You will know your decision when you step through the doors of your future college. It won’t be long before you are quickly immersed into your college community and gain an enormous sense of pride for your new home.