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My dreams realized

Emily Oriold headshot

The year was 1997. I sat in the Blyth Festival theatre in anticipation of seeing my very first production of a Norm Foster play, The Melville Boys. I was in my last year of high school preparing to attend the University of Waterloo Dramatic Arts program that coming fall.

A Thank You Note to the University of Waterloo

Pete Quevillon on Breakfast Television

Upon graduation from UWaterloo in 1977 with an Honours BSc in Co-operative Kinesiology, I had no idea of the incredible work experiences that awaited me over the next 40 years…wait…what!? 40 years…how did that happen? In the blink of an eye I’ve gone from starry eyed graduate to wizened workplace veteran, all the while owing a debt of gratitude to my time at Waterloo.

The Impact of Giving Back

Kendra holding thank you sign

November 28th is Giving Tuesday, an international event which promotes the spirit of generosity. With the holidays just around the corner, countless sales have the malls buzzing with shoppers trying to get the best deal.

From Co-op Student to Consultant!

Lynda Zugec

I graduated from the University of Waterloo with my Honours Psychology Applied Studies Co-op with a Specialization in Human Resource Management in 2001. It was the “co-op” part that really revved me up and introduced me to the many possibilities within the world of work.

How becoming an early adopter of new technology set me on a lifelong adventure

Brian Cowan

If you’ve ever used your smartphone to get directions to the nearest coffee shop, you’ve benefited from a technology known as GIS. GIS is a computer system that enables us to capture, manipulate, analyze, and visualize all kinds of geographical data.

It's okay to not be okay

Yuna and a friend at a UWaterloo alumni event

"Did you eat yet?" That was my mother’s way of telling me she cared (and to make sure I wasn’t surviving off of ramen noodles). Since my family had no university experience, my meals became a familiar conversation topic. As a first-generation student, navigating the pressures to succeed, financial barriers, and family obligations made the transition to university more difficult than I expected. I felt overwhelmed, anxious, and alone.

Painting Canadian History

Portrait of Pierre Trudeau

In May of 2016 I was commissioned by Galerie Q to paint twelve of Canada’s Prime Ministers for a series called ‘The Nation Builders.’ The former Prime Ministers to be included were: Sir John A. Macdonald, Alexander Mackenzie, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir Robert Borden, William Lyon Mackenzie King, R. B. Bennett, Louis St. Laurent, John Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney and Jean Chretien.

From a wish to reality - Convocation 2017

Pat with her two daughters

The University of Waterloo boasts such a unique reputation on the Canadian landscape. When I began my career here 16 years ago, I was acutely aware that I lacked a degree. Although it didn’t stop me from taking an enormous amount of pride in working in and around the best and brightest students, staff and faculty in Canada, it was something I longed for.

Dropping off our son, 31 years after meeting at Waterloo

Carl and Jennifer dropping their son off at the University of Waterloo

It is coming up on 31 years since Jennifer (BASc '91) and I met at the University of Waterloo. I was in second year Systems Design Engineering and Jennifer was one of two women starting in her Mechanical Engineering class. I’m so happy that we met.

My Waterloo Story

Profile of John Baker

Most of the time, real life is not like the movies. In the movies, there's always some magical moment where the hero discovers his or her true purpose, or a moment of epiphany and clarity when someone decides what their path will be.

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