by Jacqueline Gergal.
International Education Week kicked off with co-op’s eighth annual Where in the World? International Co-op Photo Contest. The contest showcased the unique experiences of Waterloo co-op students across the globe. In just five hours on November 16, more than 300 students, employers and university staff members voted for their top two photo picks.
The winning photo was submitted by Karolina Gaebe, a 3A Applied Mathematics student. In the spring of 2016, Gaebe worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Singapore, under the Institute of Systems Science. While there, she took a short trip to Myanmar.
"This photo shows the sunset from the U-Bein Bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar,” says Gaebe. “It shows one of the many times of my co-op term in Asia that simple things offered the most impressive views. This bridge was built in the 19th century and is believed to be the longest teakwood bridge in the world.”
In second place was Zhaojia Liang, who had a work term in Hong Kong in the summer of 2017. Her picture depicts the Yick Fat building located in Hong Kong.
"It was a big shock to see a building like this. The apartments are small and densely packed, while the pragmatic architecture reflects the utilitarian austerity of postwar Hong Kong,” says Liang. “It was amazing to see different architecture and different culture in other parts of the world."
Winners in the photo contest received cash prizes applied to their Watcards. All photos were submitted by co-op students who travelled outside of Canada for a work term.