Posts for the Topic Staying motivated

Humanizing healthcare: building connections in the workplace

University of Waterloo Health student, Lexi Stumpf, smiling

Lexi Stumpf (she/her) is a third-year student in the Faculty of Health. She discusses how co-op gave her the opportunity to explore different areas of healthcare and how connecting with patients motivates her to do her best.

Charged with purpose: reflections of an Electrical Engineering co-op student

Narayanan (Nana) Ramakrishnan standing in front of a yellow wall, with a Shell Canada logo smiling.

Narayanan (Nana) Ramakrishnan is a Master of a Engineering Co-op (MEng Co-op) student in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). He started the program in fall 2022 and is specializing in Sustainable Energy. As part of his degree, he completed a four-month co-op as an electrical engineering intern at Shell Canada in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.


Q&A with Narayanan

Staying curious and embracing lab life on co-op

University of Waterloo Science student, Genevie Tran, smiling

Genevie Tran (she/her) is in her third year of Biology. She discusses her passion for wet lab research and her advice for staying motivated throughout the work term.

Auditing adventures: co-op at KPMG

A collage of University of Waterloo AFM student Nathan skiing, posing in a stadium and rock climbing

Nathan Farquharson (he/him) is in his third year of Accounting and Financial Management (AFM), minoring in Economics and specializing in Business Analytics. He gives us a glimpse of working at one of the Big Four accounting firms and the importance of networking as a co-op student.

Co-op advice: don’t take a backseat to your life

University of Waterloo Health student, Kaitlyn Neustaedter, smiling

Kaitlyn Neustaedter (she/her) is a fourth year Faculty of Health student, minoring in psychology with an option in aging studies. She discusses her growth as a new professional through co-op and the importance of self-advocacy and intentionality during the application process.

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. 

Great jobs in every cycle

Niharika Sharma in a bridge

Niharika Sharma (she/her), a fourth-year arts and business student with a major in economics and a finance specialization, shares with us her wild and twisted journey of finding her co-op placements.

Niharika's co-op story

A math student’s passion for working in the health sector

University of Waterloo Math co-op student, Laura Bumbulis, smiling.

Laura Bumbulis (she/her), a fifth-year Math student in the Statistics and Combinatorics & Optimization program, talks about the projects she was part of while at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and gives some advice on finding a co-op job. Laura is also the recipient of the 2021 Math Co-op Student of the Year Award!

Paving the way through co-op

University of Waterloo Environment co-op student, Matt Jay, standing in a banquet hall

Matt Jay, a third-year Environment student in the School of Planning, tells us all about his co-op experiences working for different cities and that perseverance is key when it comes to co-op!

Trying different roles in Marketing: Amica, Manulife, Mejuri

University of Waterloo Arts co-op student, Rency smiling in a restaurant

Rency Luan, a fourth-year Arts and Business student majoring in Rhetoric English, shares her experience working in various digital marketing positions. 

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