Learning to stay connected as a future UWaterloo grad

Group at Fun RunAs an undergraduate co-op student, working at the University of Waterloo has given me the opportunity to meet students, staff, and faculty. I get to experience different positions that have allowed me to experience the other side of the University most students don’t get to see. But what happens after I graduate? How do I stay connected with all of the relationships I’ve built with my friends, professors, and co-workers?

As an Alumni Advancement Assistant this co-op term, I have learned so much about what I can do to stay connected with the University. Working on Reunion 2014 events – specifically the Applied Health Sciences (AHS) Fun Run and the AHS Reunion Banquet revealed the different opportunities available for alumni to reconnect.

The 29thAnnual AHS Fun Run is the longest-standing Reunion tradition at the University of Waterloo.  What I love about working on this event is that it’s open to all faculties – not just Applied Health Sciences. It’s a great opportunity for alumni, students, staff, faculty, and members of the Waterloo Region community to connect and join in on the fun.

The 2.5 or 5k run, jog, or walk allows current students to connect with alumni and community members to learn more about the University and its students. It’s a great way to develop connections especially for an undergraduate student that doesn’t know where they will go!

Group at Fun runIn addition to Reunion 2014, the AHS Reunion Banquet is inviting the graduating classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, and 1994 back to campus for a special anniversary banquet. We do all the planning so that alumni can come back to the University for an amazing night. It’s a great occasion for alumni to attend and reconnect with their year. I can’t wait until my reunion when I get to see my friends and professors 10, 20, or even 50 years from now!

Working on reunion events as a co-op student has given me the opportunity to meet alumni and families. You get the chance to see alumni reunite with old friends, revisit great memories, reminisce about those all-nighters and catch up with the AHS community! Planning these events has taught me the value of staying connected. The relationships you build in your university career can help determine your future and your career. I now realize how important it is to reconnect with your friends, colleagues, and the University by attending reunion events.

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