Grace Choi (2023), BSc Major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Major in Environmental Studies and a Certificate in Sustainability

Why did you choose to study in the School of the Environment?

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." The environment reveals the glory of God. As a Christian, I am called to steward it and take care of creation. I am thankful that the School of the Environment has fostered a deeper awe of nature, a heavier heartbreak for our exploitative behaviour, and a greater dream for environmental reconciliation.

What is your favourite memory from your time with the School?

My favourite memory was getting to incorporate my faith in the themes presented in sustainability classes in fourth year. I was able to integrate the academia I was learning into the truths I hold.

What have you learned about yourself during your time at U of T?

Words have so much power. It takes careful thought, critical thinking, and rigorous efforts to understand what is being delivered and to communicate effectively. I have been learning how to illustrate my learning and growth through words, and it has been a privilege to learn how to do so effectively at U of T.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?

Connect your studies with your "why". Take time to discover where your passions and interests root from, and then let it thrive through your time at U of T. This can take a while. In the meanwhile, as you figure things out, do not measure your worth or your ability by the capacity of you having things "figured out". The journey is as important as the goal. You have something indispensable to offer just as you are.  

What are your plans after graduation?

I am heading to Seminary in British Columbia. I hope to further connect my undergraduate studies with the new learning opportunities I have.