Meet Caroline and Aluong! She is a fourth-year Innis student, an ICSS grad rep, and Innis’s WUSC Committee chair. He is a first-year Innis student and next year’s WUSC co-chair.
Caroline: My name is Caroline Wrobel and I am just finishing up my fourth year, studying neuroscience, physiology and immunology.
Aluong: My name is Aluong Ayuen Jongkuch. I was born in South Sudan and raised in Kenya. I am currently a first-year trying to get into engineering. I was admitted to the University of Toronto through WUSC (World University Service of Canada)—a program that offers sponsorship opportunities to refugee students from different parts of the world, especially Africa and the Middle East.
CW: This year I was involved with Orientation, I was one of the 2018/19 graduate representatives on the ICSS, I am a member of the ICC, and I was the main representative of WUSC at Innis.
AJ: I currently hold no position at Innis, but I was recently offered the assistant maintenance position at the Innis Residence. So, if you break anything in your rooms you know the guy to call!
CW: The most rewarding part of WUSC was being able to get to know our refugee students on a personal level and providing support to them. I have gotten to know many of the sponsored students on campus, and I am so lucky to call them my friends. The most stressful point for me was waiting for Aluong to arrive at the airport. I was so nervous and excited to meet him and the other students!
AJ: The most exciting thing about being on WUSC has been the opportunities it has brought to my life. Two years ago, I would have never thought about doing my undergrad in Toronto. WUSC has opened up so many doors that I never thought were possible. It has given me hope to actually chase my dreams and goals. I have been able to meet people from diverse backgrounds and make connections. The most challenging thing is adapting to the new environment, especially winter, coming from a tropical country where the lowest temperature was about 12 degrees, you can guess my shock when I experienced the negatives.
CW: I will hopefully be graduating in June. However, I still hope to help next year’s Innis WUSC Committee co-chairs, Aluong and Janet Cho. I am excited for the arrival of our new student in August and for more WUSC potlucks in the near future! I also hope to do a bit of travelling next year.
AJ: I am so excited to be able to share this experience with the incoming WUSC student next year. To be able to share the joy and guide the new student is thrilling. I have a very good team that I will work hand in hand with, especially co-chair Janet.
CW: I would recommend trying something new during your undergrad, like helping out with WUSC, trying out a new club, or playing a new sport. I think my biggest regret in undergrad is not joining the Innis intramural inner-tube water polo team sooner. I joined in third year, and I wish I started right away. Inner-tube water polo is a hilarious sport and a great way to make new friends!
AJ: You have the opportunity and time to achieve anything you set your mind to. Put in the work and you will definitely achieve your wildest dreams. Trust the process and don’t give up.