Vic One Student Experience

The Seminar Environment
Our multi-disciplinary seminar-style classes are uniquely structured to offer the opportunity for students to connect with their instructor and their classmates. The expectation is that students will actively participate in class discussions and engage with their peers in a collegial way. A non-judgemental environment of mutual respect and inclusion is fostered.

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Student Experience and Testimonials

Vic One has, as one of its aims, the desire to inspire students to take responsibility and play a contributing role in society. Our students and alumni engage deeply in their academic studies and extra curricular involvements. Here is what they have to say about their experiences in the Vic One program ...

"Vic One has a wonderful way of making us feel valued. This summer I got a job working at a museum in my hometown. I owe it to your class [VIC184], and the experience that it gave me working in the library's archives. Thank you for giving me this newfound appreciation." - Gabrielle da Silva, 2017-2018

" I am already missing the Vic One program. The research capabilities I gained from the Archive Assignment [VIC184] last year is invaluable and will be applied often throughout my various courses. Thank you again for the amazing foundation you helped provide for the rest of my undergraduate career." - Ilan Hughes, 2017-2018

"I look back at Vic One and I feel very lucky to have been part of such a wonderful program. Years later, I find myself being continuously inspired by ideas we discussed, and I continue to find connections between Vic One and what I learn year to year. So thank you!" - Julia Trojanowski, 2017-2018

"Vic One was very formative for me, and I was lucky to have such wonderful professors such as Anne Urbancic and Ivan Kalmar. Prof. Urbancic was very present in my development and her guidance was key in helping me succeed later on. I am heading to LSE in September for a Masters in Development Management. In the meantime I am spending my summer in New York interning at with UN-OHRLLS. Once again, thank you and all the best!" - Sofia Kavlin, 2017-2018

"Vic One was vital for my transition into university life. The small class sizes and seminar-style discussions allowed me to engage with new ideas in an encouraging environment. The post-plenary socials were a fantastic opportunity to improve my networking skills as I was able to speak with professors, mentors, and guest lecturers. Most importantly, the Vic One program provided me with a strong sense of community which not only aided my academic performance, but also made me feel included on campus." - Christopher Simpson, 2016-2017 

"Vic One surrounded me with the most enthusiastic students and the best professors at Victoria College. The small Vic One community made me feel seen and valued in the big sea at U of T. The program fostered my academic growth by allowing me to take creative responsibility for my own learning, while holding me to the highest standards. I enjoyed the unit on semiotics in the Northrop Frye stream so much that I decided to pursue the Semiotics & Communications Studies upper-year program at Victoria College." - Annie Truuvert, 2015-2016

"Being a part of this diverse community has enabled me to look at issues from abstract angles, question ethics that are supposed to be second nature, and listen to the ignored. Vic One is not restricted to the walls of the classrooms but the far-reaching depths of the university and the downtown core. It is a program that allows you to achieve personal and academic growth." - Efe Igor, 2008-2009

"Vic One seems to exude balance between academic and extra-curricular, bohemian and scholarly, arts and science. The pride carried by everyone who attends Vic One is astounding and seductive. I am completely smitten by Vic One" - Julienne Lottering, 2003-2004

"Excellent professors, the chance to hear prestigious guest lecturers discuss a variety of topics, small classes, and a self-selecting group of interested students all contribute to making Vic One a wonderful learning environment." - Deborah Perkins-Leitman, 2003-2004 

“The course was very valuable because of its interdisciplinary nature. I was introduced to a wide variety of material-philosophy, history, anthropology, and feminism.” - Estee Fresco, 2003-2004 

"Vic One definitely helped commuters like me feel like they were “part” of something, feel more at home. The friendships that are built in the first year are valuable for later years, especially because Vic One students tend to be such great people." - Heloise Apesteguy-Reux, 2003-2004 

"The plenary sessions were an amazing opportunity to hear great minds speak-I’m still in awe of the fact that I met Natalie Zemon Davis: one week I was writing a paper on one of her books for a history class, and the next week I’m talking with her about primary research and “Master and Commander.” - Caroline Land, 2003-2004

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