Arts students launch popular Humans of UWaterloo on Facebook

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Humans of UWaterloo Facebook cover photo

Photo from the Humans of UWaterloo Facebook page

Two first-year Arts and Business students created a Facebook page that generated a huge buzz on campus recently: Humans of UWaterloo.

Based on the popular Humans of New York project, Danielle Bennett and Cindy Chau created the page earlier this month to help people on campus learn more about each other. They were delighted that within three days, it reached more than two thousand likes.

The page posts pictures of UWaterloo students, faculty and staff they meet around campus and includes interesting tidbits about them, in the caption. “I think the caption is really important; it gives life to the photograph,” Danielle said.

Girl with eyes closed

“Where have you travelled?”
“Of the most interesting, I’ve been to Nepal, India and Australia.”
Photo from the Humans of UWaterloo Facebook page

Throughout this project, Danielle and Cindy learned that campus is a diverse place, filled with unique stories. Cindy says working on this helped refresh her mind from academic stress and recommends other students to start a project of their own as a stress reliever. For Danielle, the main goal was to improve her people skills by engaging in conversations with strangers around campus. Both students feel that the project has been great and has created an amazing first-year experience for them.

Man with painted red beard

“I painted my beard red today to support the Canadian athletes in the Olympics.”
Photo from the Humans of UWaterloo Facebook page

Humans of UWaterloo was recently featured on the CBC news website and has been talked about on Reddit, OMGUW, Twitter and of course, Facebook. They are looking for students who are interested in running the page when they go on co-op next term - contact them through the Humans of UWaterloo Facebook page if you are interested.

Man in Warriors shirt outside

"I'm terribly afraid of snakes."
Photo from the Humans of UWaterloo Facebook page

From the Student Success Office blog, written by Nadine Wirahardja 

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