By Allyssia Alleyne
A while ago the Eyeopener invited the community to suggest who we should choose as our nominee for Ryersonian of the Year. We received several ideas, including faculty, students, and staff, but one of them stood out above the rest.
Suraj Singh, a third-year radio and television arts student (and, full-disclosure, a candidate for Fun Editor at the Eyeopener) was nominated for the title by Andrew Nguyen, a Quidditch player at Carleton and a member of their student newspaper.
“He’s brought a lot of positive attention to Ryerson and managed to bring a little bit of magic to the university as well,” said Nguyen in his nomination letter, refering to Singh’s leadership of the Ryerson Quidditch team.
Aside from leading the Quidditch team, Singh has displayed his commitment to leadership and the Ryerson community through his work as an RTA frosh leader. He has also helped out with RIOT, Ryerson’s sketch comedy troop, all while maintaing an impressive GPA.
Why did you choose to study at Ryerson?
I was really interested in RTA from high school, and another kid in my drama group was in it already. It’s what I really wanted to do, and I’d heard great things about the school and the program.
What’s the best thing about Ryerson?
Ryerson students don’t take themselves too seriously. Everyone’s kind of kooky and I like it.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done during your time here?
Running around on a broomstick trying to play Quidditch. Or last semester when, for a studio class, I played Shirtless Jeff, who wore jeans, a cowboy hat and lots of baby oil.
What’s your favourite place to eat between classes?
I would have to go with the Fat Olive.
What advice would you give to prospective Ryerson students?
Don’t be afraid to be ridiculous, because you’re only young once (or maybe twice). You’re a student: go crazy, be nuts, and maybe try to learn something.
Photo by: Chelsea Pottage