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Beginnings

U of T's front campus gates at dawn on the left, and a student with a backpack walking on the right

Illustration: Matt Murphy.

The first day of school. A new job. Moving to a different country. We feel alive to possibility – to renewal and reinvention – but also anxious or fearful: What if it doesn’t work out?

It requires courage to choose a new path. And in taking a chance, as many of the U of T alumni, students and faculty profiled here have done, we grow stronger. That, in the end, is its own reward.
 
On a Mission of Compassion [1]
The recipient of a Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, Deborah Emilia Solomon wants to devote her engineering career “to the service of others”
 
Teaching Kids How to Code
U of T undergrads are bringing the language of computers to youth in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods. Will it “future-proof” them?
 
Minor Key [2]
During one of life’s darker moments, alumna Camilla Gibb took comfort in learning something new
 
 
An Indigenous Musician Turns to the Law [3]
First-year student Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk is interested in how cultural appropriation affects Aboriginal artists
 
 
Architecture’s Spectacular New Home [4]
The stunning new Daniels Building has thrown open its doors to students
 
 
For this Syrian Grad Student, a Fresh Start [5]
Denied re-entry into the U.S. to complete his studies in public health, Khaled Almilaji finds a warm welcome at U of T
 
 
Doctors Make Mistakes. Can We Talk About That? [6]
The health-care system isn’t foolproof, and it’s time to open up about it, says U of T alumnus Dr. Brian Goldman
 
 
It Was 50 Years Ago Today [7]
Ken Luckhurst first set foot at UTM at the height of the hippie era. Touring a transformed campus with a recent grad, he finds not everything has changed
 
A Refuge from the Streets [8]
Having spent time homeless herself, Prof. Suzanne Stewart envisions a new kind of shelter – one that truly understands and cares for Indigenous women
 
Taking Centre Stage [9]
As the theatre world grapples with change, U of T Mississauga student Muhaddisah Batool prepares for the spotlight
 
When Getting a Job Is Mission Impossible [10]
Laws to end workplace discrimination against people with disabilities have mostly failed to boost employment. Sociologist David Pettinicchio wants to know why
 
How Did the Universe Begin? [11]
Professor Barth Netterfield’s lifelong journey into faith, physics and astronomy