Managing Stress and Balancing Academics

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)
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Have you been struggling with maintaining a successful balance between your mental health and achieving your academic goals? With all the daily stressors that students must go through not only in their personal lives-- but also with their schooling, it can be overwhelming.

 Join our in-person event to hear from a panel of alumni who know what the importance of handling stress and well-being can do. Get tips and insight on ways of managing stress while pursuing your passions.

There’s no need to sacrifice your self-care for your academics. There are a multitude of ways of balancing your well-being while achieving academic success! Come to the event to hear from alumni who have areas of expertise in mental health and understand the importance of wellness. As students, sometimes we forget to nurture ourselves with all the responsibilities that come with working towards an education.


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Jeena Mistry (BA '20, Communication Studies)

Jeena is an HR professional that has over 8+ years of leadership experience in work environments, academics, and volunteering. Her education stems from HR, Business, and Communication which enables Jeena to provide well-rounded strategies and recommendations for complex business problems.

She has over 5+ years of work experience, with 3.5+ years in professional full-time and part-time roles within the field of Human Resources. Jeena is currently working towards my CHRL Designation. Professionally, she believes people are at the heart of any organization, and she is committed to helping organizations create HR programs and policies that help businesses and people grow together. Jeena’s daily desire is to positively influence, inspire, and add value to the lives of others. She has an interest in entrepreneurship, mentorship, and is a continuous learner. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, networking, being active, traveling, and spending quality time with her family.

Anjie Persaud (BA ’15, Sociology)


Anjie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier. She is an active volunteer with organizations such as Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region.

Anjie has had a lot of success balancing her personal life with the professional aspects and aspirations of her career.

John Webster (BA ’87, Philosophy)

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John has been a litigation lawyer with international law firm Gowling WLG for the past 11 years. He is a Partner and a member of the General Counsel Team. He has over 24 years of experience in commercial litigation, initially working in Toronto (in other firms) before coming to Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office. John guides his clients through the litigation process, to a successful resolution, using a strategic, timely and efficient approach, while exploring and remaining attuned to their objectives.

Although John has interests in law, he also enjoys speaking about wellness, physical and mental health. He is trained in Mental Health First Aid through the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and is a member of the Mental Health Committee of the Waterloo Region Law Association. John believes in how important physical health and fitness is to wellness and mental health and is a strong advocate for personal wellness. In February 2022, he launched a weekly podcast (Let’s Be Well Together) and published a book (Accidentally Well) about his personal journey and lessons learned. He uses the podcast to explore concepts in his book and how he's working towards balance between eight areas of wellness. 

Jennifer Yuen (BA ’06, Counselling Psychology) 


Currently, Jennifer is employed at UWaterloo as Manager/Counsellor at Campus Wellness. For over ten years, Jennifer Yuen has served students with mental health needs in the counselling services department EDI-R lens.  When she is not doing one-on-one therapy, Jennifer facilitates a mindfulness group with students to help with stress management and emotional regulation. Other groups she is involved in are Self Compassionate and the LGBTQWELL for the graduate students on campus. Jennifer also has a private practice in Toronto and has taught courses in the Faculty of Arts at Waterloo.