Brandon is a second-year student and a Laidlaw Scholar at the University of Toronto at Scarborough studying human biology, with a special interest in immunology. Despite COVID-19 shifting his research plans this past summer, Brandon made the most out of this opportunity to give back to the community, starting his very own international education startup, iAscend. Now almost 9 months later, iAscend has impacted several tens of thousands of students across the world. Tune in to listen to how this came about, and how you too can end up creating your own initiatives.
You can find iAscend here.
This interview is part of our Covid-19 Speaker Series, which highlights the work of University of Toronto students who were recipients of the COVID-19 Student Engagement Award. The COVID-19 Student Engagement Award provided financial support to University of Toronto students developing innovative projects that have contributed to the response to the COVID-19 crisis.
This series was envisioned by and carried out by Iram Iram, Ajla Behri, Feroza Tareen, and Ebube Umeano, student staff in our Leadership and Co-Curricular Record team, with some editing assistance from Jonathan Collaton, the regular host of The Meeting Place.