International Pearson Scholar Urvi Verkhedkar on her first month in ChemE

Since arriving in Toronto from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Urvi Verkhedkar (Year 1, ChemE) has already immersed herself in environmental advocacy efforts.

“Getting involved in my passions has definitely been a highlight,” she says. Verkhedkar recently took part in Global Climate Strike Week events at U of T and in Toronto, and signed up to the city’s youth-led collective, Climate Justice Toronto.

As an international student, she says it’s been daunting to start university in a new country. “It’s been a bit intimidating to make new friends at such a big university, but I’m learning that it’s a slow process and just have to be patient and proactive,” says Verkhedkar, who joined Engineers Without Borders’ U of T Chapter and is writing for the student paper, Toike Oike, in order to foster new friendships.

“The professors and students that I’ve talked to have been very kind and helpful, and I’m confident I’ll settle in well.”


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