Madeleine Frechette (2023), BA Double Major in Environmental Studies & Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, Minor in Indigenous Studies, and a Certificate in Sustainability

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

The School of the Environment was the perfect place for me to deepen my understanding of the natural world and my role within it, while getting involved with extra-curricular life, exploring environmental research opportunities, and preparing for a career in the environmental sector. Not to mention, the kindest, most compassionate people at U of T are at the School of the Environment.

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

All my favourite memories from my time with the School are related to my involvement with the Environmental Students’ Union (ENSU). I joined the ENSU executive team as the Sustainability Officer in 2020, and remained in that position until 2022, when I became Co-President for the 2022-2023 academic year. Through ENSU, I have been able to immerse myself within environmental activism on campus while building meaningful friendships and community-based relationships – I found some of my best friends in ENSU.

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

I have learned that nothing matters to me more than community. While I enjoyed exploring different aspects of academic life at the University, it was the friendships and connections I built with other students, staff, and faculty that made University most worthwhile.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?

I cannot stress this enough: join a club. Get involved with some extra curriculars. Clubs are the best place to not only make friends at University, but to also find out the things you’re most passionate about; the things that make you happy. There’s a club for just about everything at U of T, so try anything and everything that seems fun.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am pursuing a Master of Environment & Sustainability at the School of the Environment, University of Toronto.