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Watching the earth move

Brittany at the seismic station

Seismically monitoring an active volcano in Spain? That's last thing I thought I was going to do when I first started at the University of Waterloo five years ago!

Whenever the choice for a new opportunity crops up, I always ask which option scares me most. And that's the one I choose. This has been the fundamental question I ask myself every term when choosing a co-op job, and it led me to my recent position as a seismology intern in Europe.

Writing My Mother

Bird-Bent Grass by Kathleen Venema

Five years before I arrived at the University of Waterloo to begin my MA in Language and Professional Writing (as it was then called), I moved to Ndejje, a small town in south-central Uganda that I would call home for the next three years. I was 25 years old, had taught junior high school in northern Manitoba for the previous three years, and was now a volunteer with the Mennonite Central Committee. My official assignment was to teach science and mathematics to young adults at a nationally acclaimed teacher-training college that had been devastated in the recently-ended civil war.

It’s a big ocean

Linda Kenyon in the rigging

There are few truly wild places left in the world. The middle of the North Atlantic is one of them. It’s not a place I ever expected to be.

Finding Your Professional Values

Chirag with friends

What do you want to be when you grow up? From a young age, we are asked to think about our career. Do you want to be a doctor? A lawyer? A teacher?

From ENV to ENG

Jill graduating

A post in celebration of National Philanthropy Day 2018.

Theatre of the Beat // #ChurchToo

Kimberlee Walker, Rebecca Steiner, Johnny Wideman, Laura McCallum photographed by Theatre of the Beat

Theatre of the Beat was founded by University of Waterloo grads Johnny Wideman (BA ’09), Rebecca Steiner (BA ’12), Kimberlee Walker (BA ’12), and Leah Harder (BA ’09) in 2011. They got their start on campus, creating a biographical play about Conrad Grebel archivist Sam Steiner (BA ’73). The show was entitled Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft and followed the transformation of a self-proclaimed bigot to social justice activist during the Vietnam war. The company has been ‘staging change’ ever since.

UWaterloo, A Long Time But A Good Time

Sureka and friends

I started my University of Waterloo journey in 2013 when I applied to Biomedical Sciences as an aspiring optometrist.

Combining Stats and Storytelling

Correlation Beach Vacation Collage

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed both academics and art. They both involve creativity, so of course I liked both! I found as I got older though that there was a tendency for people to expect you to only enjoy and be good at one thing – one type of science, or maybe a particular musical instrument.

Printing a Labour of Love

Gary Horst and Christina Hörst

When I pulled my daughter's name, Christina Hörst (MA '10), for our Christmas 2017 gift exchange, I recognized I now had fresh motivation to pull a stalled project off the shelf. Her thesis was originally in French, as the title makes obvious: Discours Protestant et Parcours Féminin dans Delphine (1802) de Madame de Staël.

Defining Success Your Way

Laurel Scheller and friends


In the fall of 1980, I sat in Sunny Sundberg's office in Health Services Counseling Centre at the University of Waterloo - a confused 19 year old wondering what I was doing in university, and what life was all about anyways.

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