Meet Keith Eriks, a Varsity athlete who transferred to U of T Engineering’s mechanical engineering program from general sciences at UBC.
When did you first consider transferring?
Even at the beginning of my first year, I never really got the sense that UBC was the right fit for me, both academically and athletically. I didn’t think about transferring until about halfway through my first year.
What was your motivation for seeking a transfer to U of T Engineering?
After a year of studying science at UBC, I discovered that I enjoyed problem solving and wanted to apply my knowledge to address real-world problems. I applied to U of T Engineering because of its reputation for being one of the top engineering schools worldwide. I also wanted to be a part of U of T’s Varsity swim team. Upon coming here, I immediately clicked with my coaches and have been steadily improving since.
How was the process of transferring?
The transfer process ended up being a surprisingly easy and straightforward experience, including getting credits from UBC transferred (my first-year advisor was easy to work with, which helped a lot). The most stressful part was waiting to hear if I got in.
Once you started at U of T Engineering, how did you find the community?
The community is extremely supportive. I enjoy my classes and my professors are approachable and knowledgeable.
What’s one thing that surprised you about being a U of T student?
I like how accessible the city is from campus. Within a 20-minute walk, I can be in the middle of the Eaton Centre, or walking down Yonge Street. This was a significant change from studying at UBC, and something that I enjoyed immediately upon starting at U of T.