Posts for the Topic International

Sparking change from Waterloo to Austria

University of Waterloo student, Jessica Bona, smiling at a lookout point in Europe.

Jessica Bona (she/her) is a fourth-year Environment, Resources and Sustainability (ERS) student pursuing a minor in Peace and Conflict studies. As a recurring residence don at United College and Captain of the University of Waterloo dance team she is a pillar of the school community. Jessica discusses what drew her towards ERS, the value of working for a non-profit and her experience conducting research in Austria.  

“Seeking discomfort leads to great personal growth”

University of Waterloo student, Sam Roberge-Arnott, standing outside of Griffith Observatory with his bicycle.

Sam Roberge-Arnott (he/him) is in his fourth year of studying mechatronics engineering. Having completed six work terms, Sam imparts wisdom on building connections in university, standing out in competitive programs and embracing international opportunities.

Blueprints and baguettes: designing buildings in Paris

University of Wateroo student, Michael Salib, smiling in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Michael Salib (he/him), a fourth-year Architecture student, shares how the architecture curriculum and the co-op program offer students the freedom to explore new cultures and reconnect with their own.

Humans: the most valuable resource at work 

University of Waterloo student, Natalie Alhadidi, smiling in a grassy field with a windmill in the background.

Natalie Alhadidi (she/her) is a fourth-year Psychology student with an impressive set of interpersonal skills. As a student interested in a career in human resources, Natalie discusses the value of collaboration in the workplace, the importance of finding intrinsic motivation and the value of international co-op experiences. 

Byte-sized adventures

Luke Tao skydiving.

Luke Tao (he/him), a fourth-year Computer Science student, shares his co-op experience that has taken him coast to coast on his software development quest.

Building software skills in Britain

Tailai Wang hiking.

Hello! My name is Tailai Wang, a fifth-year Computer Science and Business Administration student. I’ll be sharing my story about my past internship in London, England as a Forward Deployed Software Engineer at Palantir Technologies!

Ambition and action: a changemaker’s vision for youth prosperity

University of Waterloo student, Darren Baine, sitting on a rocky beach with sunglasses.

Darren Harry Baine (he/him) is an individual on an inspired journey of continual growth and development. He views himself as an ‘inspired work-in-progress' in his third year of Biology with a Bioinformatics option. As an international student originally from Kampala, Uganda, he is determined to deliver quality education on an international scale through his non-profit initiative, the Young Eye Foundation. Darren shares his inspiring co-op and entrepreneurial journey, as well as how the Enterprise Co-op program enabled these two journeys to come together. 


Contributing to Indigenous health internationally

Maya Morton Ninomiya smiling while holding a poster board.

Maya Morton Ninomiya, a fourth-year Health student, discusses her experience working in Australia and provides all the tips and tricks to tackling a term abroad.

Beyond Silicon Valley - exploring the GaN revolution

Dhruv Thakkar smiling.

Dhruv Thakkar is currently in his second-year of Mechatronics Engineering and has completed two work terms so far. In this blog, Dhruv explains his new-found passion for the electronics industry and shares how his co-op experience has helped him grow and find himself. He also reflects on his time in California and gives us a glimpse into that life.  

Working on robots in Germany

An image of Maya

Maya Rukavina-Nolsoe is a third-year student in Mechanical Engineering. She talks about her experience on an international co-op term in Germany and shares how she balances her interest in travel and her passion for robotics.

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