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January 2018

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.

A Fine Arts Story-Ladies in Waiting

I am a proud graduate of the University of Waterloo from the Masters in Fine Arts program, class 2007.  I have exhibited Internationally and at present I am represented by several prestigious galleries in New England.  I have also taught art at the Community College of Vermont (Burlington, VT), and The Shelburne Craft School (also in VT) for 10 years.

It’s Okay to Have No Idea What You’re Doing

Kate Teddiman laughing with her father

I wish I had heard that it’s okay to have no career goals more often in university.

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 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


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.  

Bringing Specialized Fitness to the North

Caray Ford

I didn’t realize I had an interest in bone health until my final year of Kinesiology. 

Leaping through Lily Pads; Launching for Success


As a child, I’d go on canoe adventures with my dad. He would take me to the reeds where we’d admire the stillness of the water. He’d pick me a buttercup flower while we’d enjoy the beauty of lily pads, watch for frogs, and look for ripples when they’d leap from one lily pad to another. This imagery is something I hold dear and captures my unique UWaterloo “lifer” academic adventure.

My Tip of the Cap to UWaterloo

Arda Ocal

Whenever someone asks me how I got my start in media - whether it's an interview, podcast, blog, classroom talk or just someone curious and looking for advice - I always use the same joke.

Taking Pride in Your Roots

Pride Festival in Myanmar

In January 2018, Myanmar held its first-ever public LGBTQ festival.

Carving Out a Path at UWaterloo

Amara Pope

At 23-years-old, I am in the second year of my PhD and have been lucky enough to share my thoughts with a wide range of people through academic publications, popular media, and

UWaterloo Meets Artificial Intelligence

Kate Rosling

Whether it be fingerprint recognition in the 1985 film, Back to the Future, or androids in Metropolis, from 1927, countless movies have accurately predicted technologies of the future.

Fantastic Alumni Day 2018: A Day to Remember

FAD Swag Table

Fantastic Alumni Day— where do I even begin?

A Dream: Down the Drain (in a good way)

The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain

When I was first accepted into the Arts program at UWaterloo in 1996, I loved language, I compulsively devoured books, and one of my greatest dreams was to become a published author.

Lost but Found at the University of Waterloo

Grad Carolyn

I was seven when my family left Newfoundland in 1944. When my father died two years later, the world became a puzzle I could not solve.

Giant Hogweed in my Head

Giant Hogweed

Yesterday as I was driving home from Toronto after visiting 2 dear friends from my University of Waterloo days, I began thinking about giant hogweed.

If the phrase “giant hogweed” doesn't fill you with an uneasy sense of dread, you probably don’t know what it is. And neither did I… until recently.

University & Curiosity

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut

Building Bridges in Panama

Alison beside the bridge in Panama

Imagine having to wade through a river up to your waist every day to get to school. Imagine having to walk an extra mile just to reach a safer crossing point. This was the reality for the residents of Rio Grande, a small village in Panama. This summer I had the incredible opportunity to help build a 47-m suspension footbridge for this rural community.

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