As a previous student at the University of Waterloo, I have had many opportunities to open up and get involved as a student leader. During my undergrad, I worked as a student caller for Advancement, a cashier at the bookstore, and held multiple jobs in housing (front desk assistant, tour guide and Don). I also had a great experience being in the biology co-op program during my studies. Through my co-op and my part-time jobs on campus, I realized I loved working with people, in particular students and knew I wanted that as my career path.
I have been working at the University since the day after my final exam in 2008. I worked in housing from April 2008 – November 2012 and since then have worked in Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA).
Waterloo has given me so much, and I love helping students everyday as a Student Advisor for CECA. It's amazing seeing all of the great achievements our co-op students make and their motivation to make a difference continuously inspires me. Whenever I get the chance, I love helping out at open houses and alumni events, because it's always fun meeting grads and prospective students, and sharing my positive experiences with them.
In my personal life, UWaterloo has also given me my husband! We met in January 2007 in a music course (MUSIC 246: Soundtracks in Film), when we randomly sat next to each other. On Jan. 2, 2012, my husband, Chris Newman, proposed to me right outside of Conrad Grebel, where we took that fateful course.
On Sat. Sept. 28, 2013 (yes, coincidentally on UWaterloo's Reunion), we got married in Milton, ON. Chris also did both his undergrad and masters in civil engineering at UWaterloo.
Whoever you are and wherever you are reading this, I hope you're just as proud of your UWaterloo roots and that you'll keep spreading the positive word about this inspirational institution.