My name is Maya (she/her) and I am a third-year Social Development Studies co-op student with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. I have completed two work terms; I have worked for the University of Waterloo as an online learning assistant and at Renison University College as an academic programs assistant.
Both of my co-op roles have focused on providing support to Renison faculty, staff and students. Some exciting projects I worked on were developing a website for the Honours Arts and Honours Arts and Business programs, planning and facilitating student life events and providing one-on-one peer support for students.
In my role as an online learning assistant, I was able to provide technical assistance with online learning platforms such as Learn, Kahoot and Bongo for Renison faculty and staff. I was also able to work with Renison’s Marketing and Recruitment team on social media campaigns, content development and website maintenance.
In my role as an academic programs assistant, I also provided technical assistance with online learning platforms for Renison faculty and staff. I worked alongside Renison’s Student Life Team to create and facilitate events, market events and provide one-on-one peer support for students. I also worked with the Marketing and Recruitment team to present a webinar and maintain the website.
In my first co-op role, I worked remotely. So, my day-to-day work was spent providing technical support to faculty and staff by responding to emails and attending meetings. I also had an online learning assistant team that I would meet with every week to discuss our tasks, share our thoughts and ask questions. We were able to foster a feeling of community through our interactions.
My role as an academic programs assistant was hybrid, so I worked remotely and in-person occasionally. A typical day working from home in this role consisted of providing technical assistance to faculty and staff, providing one-on-one peer support and developing marketing content (posters, blurbs, etc.).
I would go in person to facilitate Student Life Events alongside the Renison peer leaders. I met with my boss and the peer leaders once a week to plan events, share ideas and discuss student life at Renison. Through these virtual and in-person interactions, I was able to build a relationship with my co-workers.
A challenge I faced during my first co-op role was managing my tasks. Since my role was virtual and I received tasks daily, I struggled in the beginning to prioritize tasks and allocate time. I was able to solve this by keeping a planner that detailed my short-term and long-term tasks and organized them by priority.
My co-op work terms have helped me develop my time-management skills, organizational skills and confidence. I have been able to work with great teams, manage my time and tasks, and build my confidence by going out of my comfort zone and building new skills.
I am currently on a study term and I have completed the co-op job search process for my next work term. I will be working with the Information and Systems Technology team at the University of Waterloo!