iBASE student is quick to give back to help new students

Friday, August 30, 2019

Ryan Connell and Tim NieRenison's 2019 session of the Intensive Bridge to Academic Success in English (iBASE) program wrapped up for another year this past week. As part of the program's end-of-term celebration held on Wednesday, August 28, an iBASE student is annually awarded the program's Student Engagement award. 

This award recognizes an iBASE student who has attended the most co-curricular events, workshops, and volunteer initiatives during the duration of the program. This year's recipient attended close to 20 different leadership and social opportunities in the Renison community over the past seven weeks of the 50-day program. 

Bowen (Tim) Nie is an incoming Physical Sciences student to the Faculty of Science this fall, and is the recipient of this year's award. Tim has served as an active student leader on the iBASE Rep volunteer team, a leadership committee that helped to plan festivities for Renison's sixtieth anniversary Night Market event in early August. Throughout the program, Tim was eager to participate in all of the opportunities made available to him at Renison, including Student Leadership Program workshops, academic skills workshops, and social events, including visits to Uptown Waterloo and numerous sports activities. 

"I just want to know more and experience more from this (Canadian) society," shares Tim, an international student from China. 

Tim Nie at the airportWhile Tim has only been part of the University of Waterloo community for seven weeks, he is already eager to support new students as a volunteer for this weekend's International Orientation, an initiative that welcomes more than 1,400 new international students to the Waterloo community. Tim volunteered for airport bus pick-up support, a service that greets new international students as they arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport and helps them get to campus in Waterloo.

This past summer, the Renison English Language Institute welcomed more than 600 English Language Learners through its various programs, including more than 70 students studying in the iBASE program. 

Tim Nie at the airportWhat is iBASE?

iBASE is one of UWaterloo’s English language foundation programs offered through Renison’s English Language Institute. Eligible students complete seven weeks in the program to meet the requirements of their conditional acceptance into their respective Faculty at UWaterloo. Learn more at uwaterloo.ca/base.

About the Renison English Language Institute

The Renison English Language Institute (Renison ELI) has offered high quality English as a second language (ESL) programs and courses since 1970. We welcome more than 1,000 students each year to Renison University College.

We are also proud to be the official ESL provider of the University of Waterloo, ranked Canada’s most innovative university for 27 years in a row. We invite you to explore our programs and courses, and look forward to welcoming you to the Renison community.

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