OCAD’s Campus Ambassador: Tooba Syed

At Textbooks for Change, our Campus Ambassador Program has been a fun way to connect with the campus community while providing awesome experiences for motivated students.

Name: Tooba Syed

Age: 19

Program: 2nd year Graphic Design

University: OCAD

Favourite part of school: My favourite part of studying at OCAD are the incredible facilities offered on campus and the diversity of students.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What are you up to now? What do you like to do outside of school/work? Some goals?

I am from Pakistan but I was born and raised in the Middle East in Saudi Arabia. I hope to declare a minor in photography whilst studying Graphic Design. Outside of school I enjoy just picking up my camera and going out for a stroll and just photographing anything that interests me. One of my goals is to expand my abilities to use different mediums such as film and animation.

How and why did you become involved with Textbooks for Change?

I got involved with textbooks for change via my University job board. What interested me most in the position was the purpose of the company. Making educational material available for all. The reason I wanted to become the Head Campus Ambassador was because I think everyone should do what they can to bring change; no matter how small and T4C just happened to be a platform where this could be done with more ease.

Tooba with our t-shirt at OCAD

If you were able to meet a younger student studying a similar program in Kenya, what advice would you give to them?

If I were able to meet a younger person studying a similar program as I am in Kenya I would tell them to experiment as much as they can and don’t let any failed experiment stop them.

What is your best travel experience to date?

About three years ago I took the opportunity to travel to Accra, Ghana. It was essentially a community service trip that was possibly one of the most enlightening experiences I have ever had. I was able to help a village build a school from scratch with almost no building equipment- It was a humbling experience that changed a lot about how I see things in my life till this day.

If you are interested in becoming a Head Campus Ambassador or becoming more involved with T4C on your campus, email info@textbooksforchange.ca or visitwww.textbooksforchange.ca for more details.