If I Knew Then...

Skule Alumni share their advice and best wishes with the 2T0 & 2T1 graduating classes.


We asked alumni "What wisdom or advice would you share with your younger self, if you could travel back in time?"

Read their heartfelt answers below, submitted as a gift to their Skulemates.

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Name: Murtaza Bohra | Program: Eng Sci – Aerospace | Graduation Year: 1T2 | The most important thing I got out of my education was the ability to educate myself. Institutions such as the University of Toronto are really here to guide you as you yourself embark on a path of self-learning. The industry out… Read more »


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Name: Frank Frantisak | Program: Engineering | Graduation Year: 0T9 Honorary Degree Holder| This is one the most important points of your life – graduating after all of your very hard work – it is just the beginning… You can achieve any goals you set for yourself if you persist and be innovative.  If one… Read more »

There is a tide in the affairs of human beings

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Name: Marc Couturier | Program: Chemical Engineering | Graduation Year: 7T8 | …Shakespeare wrote ‘men’ so I modernized my title 🙂 “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.” So never… Read more »

Fear no one, fear nothing!!

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Name: Horst Helbig | Program: Geological | Graduation Year: 7T3 | Do not ever think twice about doing something that hasn’t been done before. Let criticism roll off your back, just as you should not revel too long in accolades. Know that the most astounding things were AUDACIOUS in their time. You are extra ordinarily… Read more »

Self Care

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Name: Linda Gowman | Program: Mech Eng | Graduation Year: 8T7 | Always make time to look after yourself- enough sleep, good food, and exercise. NO ONE will thank you for wearing yourself out. Make it a priority to take care of yourself, because that is the only way you can take care of others.

Rules to Live By

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Name: Roger W Jacobs | Program: Industrial Engineering | Graduation Year: 6T4 | 1. Work hard at everything you do 2. Act with Integrity 3. Treat everyone with respect 4. Follow the Golden Rule! Do unto others as you would have them do unto you 5. Aim for perfection 6. Be friendly and polite –… Read more »

Importance of seeking out for help

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Name: Ashraful Khan | Program: Mechanical Engineering – BASc and MEng | Graduation Year: 1T5 PEY | I finished my undergrad in 2016 and completed Master this year. So technically I am an alumni and a graduate of current year. Here is my short story: The pandemic had me physically separated from my family, friends,… Read more »

Run to the Future

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Name: Joseph Yao | Program: M.ENG | Graduation Year: 8T1 | New Graduates, Congratulations! One of the best pieces of advice I got when I started working was to read the Harvard Business Review regularly.  The rationale was that happens in US business will happen in Canada in 2-3 years. Nowadays it is closer to… Read more »

Be positive and honest

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Name: Mehdi Emami Far | Program: M.Eng | Graduation Year: 1T3 | Learn and understand deeply your courses were not for marks. Find a job that you are happy with…Work as a team member, schedule your time, Money is important but not first priority. Your job is important but life is more important. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mehdi-emami-far-b6a41376/

A Bright Future

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Name: Tony Huynh | Program: Electrical Engineering | Graduation Year: 8T7 | Graduating from school and stepping into the real world is one of the major turning points in one’s life. There will be many new things to learn, many uncertainties and challenges to face, and a world opportunities to take advantage of, No doubt… Read more »

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