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Aryan Esgandanian

Aryan Esgandanian

Title:

Psychology

Education:

Graduate student, starting a Master’s program at the University of Toronto

Telephone:

Psychology

Cell:

2013

Biography:

Current position: Graduate student. I am starting a Master’s program for Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto. Currently, I am a research assistant at Food Banks Canada. I also volunteer at Fort York Food Bank and help out with events, surveys and attend board meetings.

Why you chose Ryerson: I chose Ryerson University because of its location and environment. I wanted to attend a school that would offer different opportunities and Ryerson seemed like the perfect school for what I was looking for.

How Ryerson helped prepare you for your position: Without the assistance of Career Counselor Sonny Wong and many others in the Faculty of Arts, I may not have been able to enter my first choice for a Master’s program. They helped me identify all of the different options I had with my degree. As I progressed, different options in my degree were presented and it became clear what I enjoyed the most. I became more involved in the community and this made me strive to understand the different issues affecting the many people I met, and led me to contact others in my discipline. The Faculty of Arts really assisted me with this and taught me strategies to connect with a wide variety of people. I am very proud to have completed my undergraduate degree at Ryerson University.

Advice for current students: My first advice would be not to jump from one branch to another – as a student, lots of opportunities will come your way but your first priority should be to construct a plan. A technique that I found helpful was taking courses that were related to one another each semester: some of the material overlapped and this made it easier to follow along. Also, connecting with different opportunities outside and inside school makes the material more applicable and relevant. Try to use courses as an opportunity to learn skills and strategies that are transferable to the “real world.”   

Most memorable Ryerson experience:
There have been many memorable moments at Ryerson – most importantly the contact I had with the exceptional counselors, professors, instructors and peers. It was also great to be a part of the Ryerson community: a particularly memorable aspect of my Ryerson experience is starting the Home-Athon, Ryerson’s Habitat for Humanity group, and being able to pass it down to other students to continue its work and legacy.

Department:

Without the assistance of Career Counselor Sonny Wong and many others in the Faculty of Arts, I may not have been able to enter my first choice for a Master’s program.

Spoken Languages:

2013