In early March 2015, a Facebook group was created for incoming UofT students to get to know each other prior to Frosh Week. Started by eager upper years, the group has garnered over 8,000 members, becoming a useful forum for students from across the globe to discuss what music they like best and share class schedules. But one first-year student has been shocked to discover that being active on the University of Toronto 2019 group “means absolutely fuck-all in the grand scheme of things.” After pages and pages of shared photos and survey bios, this search for college camaraderie has been discovered not to leave the screen.
“I spent weeks thinking of the perfect way to answer these questions to try and appeal to my peers,” answers our source, who wishes to remain anonymous since she just started here and really doesn’t want to make a weird impression. “Do I really want to be the shitty roommate who’s uncool with a late bedtime? How will I cope if my photos peak at a minimal amount of ‘likes’? What if I can’t pull off this practiced persona I’ve envisioned myself being for the next four years?”
The Facebook group began as a place to connect for new students and, as it does every year, has shifted from relatable life facts to increasingly panicked questions about course selection and transit. Our source remarked that, “When someone commented that they also loved the [mother-daughter dramedy] Gilmore Girls, I thought all I needed to do was meet this person and I would be set for the next four years… But it turns out, you can actually meet people who love Gilmore Girls anywhere, even at your own college or faculty’s Orientation Week!” She also cited her classes as a space where she has found other peers interested in the fast-talking CW sitcom, among other things.
Luckily for our source, she has realized that in a month’s time she will reflect on her completed survey as “something [she] would rather not comment on.” Congratulations to the “Accepted – University of Toronto, Class of 2019” members, and enjoy your first year!