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Meet Shaumik Baki and Julian Zhao, Room 301, Wedd’s

Shaumik Baki, FY, Wedd’sJulian Zhao and Shaumik Baki - Rm 301 Wedd's

1) Where is home?

I’m originally from Windsor, Ont. However, as each day passes, I’m beginning to refer more and more to UCC as my home.

2) Can you describe the biggest challenge you’ve faced to date, in your transition to Upper Canada College?

My biggest challenge was likely the organizational aspect of living on my own. Throughout my life, I’d been very poor at organization but my parents had always helped me a lot. Now that I’m on my own here, I’ve had to really take time out of my day to ensure each of my things are in order and that everything’s put in its place.

3) Can you comment on any aspect of the program so far that’s been helpful in your transition to the academic challenge, as well as your transition to boarding life in Wedd’s?

For me, the biggest help was the fact that UCC schedules everything very precisely. We’ve certain times to do our sports, eat dinner, study and have free time. My time management skills have always been very poor, but UCC makes managing time much easier. Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to balance joining the football team, academics and a social life.

4) If you could change one piece of the New to Blue Orientation program to make the experience better, what would you do?

If I could change one thing about the New To Blue Orientation, it would be the length. To me, the introduction is much too long and detailed. I felt that the presentations could’ve been shortened in length because after a point it became too long and I lost interest. However, otherwise New To Blue was run in a splendid fashion.

5) Can you tell us one thing about your roommate that you’ve been pleased to learn?

My roomate’s name is Julian Zhao from Bejing, China. I was very pleased to learn that much like myself, he’s very interested in mathematics.

Julian Zhao, Y2, Wedd’s

1) Where is home?

I’m from Beijing in China. Nevertheless, I’ve begun to love UCC and regard it as my home.

2) Can you describe the biggest challenge you’ve faced to date, in your transition to Upper Canada College?

My biggest challenge is the communication. In a foreign country, I’m very afraid to speak the language which I’m not even familiar with. Sometimes I worry about how I communicate with my roommate. To my surprise, my roommate Shaumik Baki is very friendly. He always talks with me, like a brother. I really appreciate this. At present, I ‘ve a variety of friends and I know with time, I’ll make more friends.

3) Can you comment on any aspect of the program so far that has been helpful in your transition to the academic challenge, as well as your transition to boarding life in Wedd’s?

The timetable is the biggest support that UCC gives me. The form gives me explicit instructions about where to go each period. The form always “saves my life” when I lose my way.

4) If you could change one piece of the New to Blue Orientation program to make the experience better, what would you do?

If I could change one thing in the New To Blue Orientation, I’d change some speech time into free time, where we could do more activities to improve our friendships. However the New To Blue Orientation did provide plenty of help to me.

5) Can you tell us one thing about your roommate that you’ve been pleased to learn?

Shaumik is a generous boy who shares everything with me, for instance, the air conditioner and a variety of snacks. I really appreciate that I can get such a good roommate. Now we even call each other “brother.”