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From failing twice to Canada’s most innovative university

Nirbhay Singh giving a TED talk

I grew up in a small village (Chhangla) with population of 1500 in the state of Punjab in Hoshiarpur (India). I lived there for 18 years until I move to Canada to start post-secondary education.

Saying No Can Let You Do So Much

Lori Straus

One of the hardest things to learn is setting boundaries: How often do you say yes to a request, only to walk away, grumbling you should have said no?

Travelling by Bicycle and Composing Music in China

Jeremy Moyer and an instrument

Living in China for the last 13 years, my preferred means of transportation has always been the bicycle. Despite an efficient and ever-expanding metro system in Shanghai and an impressive high speed rail network that can take me to any major city in a couple of hours, I still prefer my bike. On my bicycle I can choose my own path.

Shout Out

Yasmeen Nematt Alla

During my first week as a St. Jerome’s resident, all the students were invited to participate in a talent show. It was my first time away from home. I was already missing my parents and feeling out of place in a new environment. That night I performed a spoken word poem called “Shout Out,” an anthem to all the things in my life that I was grateful for.

From Geology to Valedictorian

Richard Nguyen and a colleague with balloons

5 years ago, I made an impulsive decision. It was late December and I had just received an offer of admissions to study Geology at Waterloo.

A graduate and Schulich scholarship recipient reflects

Lucas Palmer with scenic background

The Schulich Leader Scholarship I received in 2013 allowed me to focus most of my time and effort on my academic studies during my time at UWaterloo. 

Always in Style

Tara Parachuk laughing

Fashion, runway shows and models surrounded me during my two years volunteering at the L’Oreal Fashion week in Toronto. I loved every minute of being backstage because I was in the middle of glamourous chaos.

Turning an MVP into a poetry book

The book "when he leaves you"

Six months, six sections, and 212 pages later, my poetry book, When He Leaves You, debuted as the #1 New Release in Canadian Poetry on Amazon.com. It was a long journey that I truly believe I wouldn’t have had the energy or hustle for without having completed my undergrad at UWaterloo.

Artificial Intelligence and The Anthropologist

Where UWaterloo Meets AI Ethics

Why study ‘the human’ in artificial intelligence?

Male ring-tailed lemurs engage in “stink flirting” to attract mates

Lemur

My journey into studying the bizarre mating ritual of “stink flirting” in ring-tailed lemurs began on the University of Waterloo campus, although I didn’t actually start my research into the subject until my master’s work, years later.  

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