MEET LILY

by | Aug 25, 2017 | Hillel Ontario, News | 0 comments

Who Are You?

Name: Lily Fostikova.

Position: Program Coordinator, Russian Speaking Initiative (Jewski).

Hometown: Richmond Hill/ Moscow.

Where did you go to college/university: UTSC.

 

Joining The Family

What is your role on campus: Engagement.

What are you *most* excited for this year: Meeting new people, creating new programming, having a blast!

What do you think you bring to the team: Positivity and overall good vibes.

 

Personal Favourites

Favourite Movie: Depends on how I feel. I’m super into 80s movies. But also enjoy the ones that make you think and question. Mind movies are the best. I’m a HP fan and Dan Brown fan. 😊

Best Toppings on a Pizza: Not a Pizza person. Unless I’m in Italy. There anything goes!

Favourite Jewish Holiday: it’s hard to pick just one. I really enjoy each one of them in a different way.

Dream “Getaway” Destination: Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

Song Title that Best Describes you: I do not believe I could be described by only one song title. That and also the fact that no songs come to mind. But if they did there would be a few at a time and they would always change.

An Animal That Best Describes Me Is: I actually just took one of those online quizzes and my spirit animal is a Turtle. 🙂

Challah – Raisin or Plain: More savoury than sweet. I experiment when making Challah. So far savoury has worked best, but I’m still working with recipes.

Favourite Hamentashen Filling: Any, they are all delicious. 🙂

My First (Virtual) Year at University

My First (Virtual) Year at University

The pandemic has caused school to feel very different compared to what I’m used to. I used to go to class and make friends in person. Now, all of my courses are online and it’s significantly harder to do things – even ask questions in class. Times have changed, so the way I make friends has changed too. One method I’ve used is to talk to people through the chat feature on Zoom during class. This way, I can still connect with new people and form new friendships.

Hillel has also helped me adjust and make friends at Ryerson University. Hillel invited me to many events where they displayed a lot of positive energy toward me and other students and made sure we felt welcomed and included. I attended a few virtual hangouts and met other students from Ryerson and UofT at the in-person hangout at Earl Bales park. They even sent me a welcome bag, which included a Hillel blanket, a toque and a water bottle.

Ever since I was accepted to university, I’ve wanted to be involved in the Jewish community. And, being a social person, I always loved being around and meeting people from around the globe. From the first day, the staff have welcomed me with a smile on their faces and have been excited to hear about my origins. My story feels different compared to other Jewish people, being from Romania. But the staff at Hillel have encouraged me to share my history with others and have helped transform my story into something to be proud of, and to learn and grow from it. 

Hillel cares a lot about people. The way they treat you makes you feel wanted and valued and it’s obvious that the organization is here to help students. Hillel has provided an amazing experience and I recommend them to any student that wishes to get involved in the community. I feel lucky that an older Jewish friend told me about Hillel and I’ve been part of the community ever since. 

Erwin, Ryerson University ’24

What Does Hillel Do?

We hear the question “what does Hillel do?” a lot.

To help answer it, watch the journeys of Jewish student leaders Gil and Sofia to get a sense of what Hillel student engagement looks like on campus

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