Staff Introductions: Vanessa Colton

Vanessa Colton

Name: Vanessa Colton

Title: Head of Student Initiatives

Law School: University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Class of 2022

Background: I grew up in a small rural town called Schomberg. My father is a business owner and my mother is a dental hygienist, therefore I am not first-generation student by its basic definition, as my mom attended college. However, I am the first in my family to attend university and law school. Ever since I was young, my father stressed the importance of hard work and perseverance. He is a high school dropout who eventually went on to start his own successful construction business. His journey inspired me to follow a path that I am passionate about despite the challenges it may bring. It was at his and my mother’s encouragement that I decided to go to university and eventually continue my education by attending law school. Although it has been difficult at times having no connection to the legal field, I am proud of myself for getting to where I am and grateful for the opportunities I have been presented with!

Current and Future Plans: I spent this past summer working with the Structural Genomics Consortium, a not-for-profit organization that accelerates scientific research by making all its research output freely available. This year I am preparing for and participating in the 2L Toronto recruitment process.

Fun Facts: I love baking and I make the best chocolate chip cookies (so I’ve been told)! I also love travelling and some of my recent destinations are Romania, Croatia and Greece.

Advice for Incoming Law Students: Don’t be too hard on yourself! Enjoy the process!