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Traveling 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.

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.

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.  

Taking Pride in Your Roots

Pride Festival in Myanmar

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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