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Dara

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|| Master’s student and research assistant ||

Dara

 

I love vintage stores, they are my kryptonite.

— Dara

I’m a student at UoT, doing my Masters of Public Health, Global Health. I’m also a research assistant at Dignitas International, a global health organization.

What is a defining moment in your life?

I grew up in Toronto and have always been really close with my family. We lost my mom a couple years ago. When I was even younger, she was diagnosed with MS. I was eight. Losing her was pretty catastrophic, but before then, it made me so conscious of how I treated her. She needed more patience and compassion than the average person. Someone with an autoimmune disease, with such complex symptoms, needs extra support. As a young kid, I became very patient and compassionate.

What is something you are scared of?

Not a whole lot.

Money comes and goes. I’m a student, so pretty broke, but not really afraid of that. I mean, I like snakes. I like hanging out at night alone… but you don’t have to include that.

Is there a place or thing in Toronto that you feel connected to?

The immediate place that comes to mind is Kensington, but I think you’re going to get that a lot, so I should try to be a bit more original. I do spend a lot of time there. I love vintage stores, they are my kryptonite.

What is something you are looking forward to? Dreaming about?

My career is still a question mark. I am still trying to figure it out, get into a groove and find a niche for myself. It’s going to be an iterative process, and there may not be a role for me out there yet, so I need to create it.

My masters program is setting me up with a lot of incredible skills. I’m looking for a hybrid of research, practical and involvement of policy, somehow.

I’ll probably settle in Toronto. I’ve lived abroad before and I’ll probably go back. I was in the Caribbean, living in Antigua and Barbuda.

Portrait photos: booth sign in Kensington Market & colourful decor at a shop front