Discovering a vital force behind the student experience

Monday, December 22, 2014

Emily SutherlandThis upcoming winter, I will begin my third year of Arts and Business with a major in Psychology. I am currently on my second co-op work term, where I am working for the University of Waterloo’s Office of Advancement.  In my role as an Advancement Assistant, I had the exciting opportunity to help organize the 2014 President’s Receptionan annual donor recognition event that thanks the individuals whose generosity enhances our student experience.

Before I worked in Advancement, I didn’t really understand how many of my amazing experiences at the University are made possible because of these donors, many of whom are Waterloo Alumni. I am grateful for my Advancement role, where I’ve had the chance to interact and engage with many remarkable individuals, both alumni and friends of the University.

My awareness of the role philanthropy plays in the student experience and the importance of charity during the season of giving has increased significantly. From scholarships to lecture halls, even the co-op jobs I have worked, none of these things would exist without the contributions of our donors.[...] 

Read the full story by Arts student Emily Sutherland on the Alumni blog.

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