On September 9, thousands of the University of Waterloo’s newest Warriors went on a walking tour through Waterloo Park toward UpTown Waterloo, engaging in the World of Waterloo as one of their Orientation activities. A unique way to introduce students to their community, this event helps incoming undergraduates build connections and learn more about their new home.
In Waterloo Public Square, they were welcomed by an array of regional food trucks while listening to a concert featuring local talent. A short walk away, UpTown Waterloo’s Princess Cinemas entertained the student population with a short film showcase, and they were given fun opportunities to get creative through artistic programming at the Button Factory. Students also learned where the public library is located, how to explore Waterloo Park, and what businesses and restaurants are nearby.
This is the second year Waterloo Orientation has held this event, and it is considered a vital part of the Orientation program as it helps new students integrate into the community. Waterloo will be their home for the next few years, so it’s important that students understand their home extends beyond campus, into the city of Waterloo and the entire region.
Our students are budding entrepreneurs, athletes, innovators, and more, but most importantly, they are the newest members of our city and we want them to feel welcomed, supported, and connected to their community. UWaterloo students contribute to our community in a number of ways throughout the year. You can learn more by checking out the University’s first ever Community Impact Report.