As Faculty 101 Days wrap-up, a thank you
A message from the Student Success Office new student transition team
Throughout July, more than 1,600 incoming first-year students, and 1,800 of their family members, visited campus to participate in Faculty 101 Days. Attendees represented approximately 30 percent of Fall 2017 incoming students from Ontario.
After attending targeted and faculty-specific programming including sample lectures, information sessions and expert panels, students and their families left campus with a better understanding of academic and social life at Waterloo. Attendees were also able to drop-in at services around campus to pick up their WatCard, get a parking pass, or purchase black & gold gear from the Waterloo Store. Many toured residence buildings and took the opportunity to get more familiar with campus.
“It was awesome, I really got a chance to experience the environment first hand before the semester," says an incoming student who attended one of the Faculty 101 Day events. "The faculty members were so welcoming and provided very useful information for what’s to come next.”
“It was a great experience," says another incoming student. "I loved talking to upper year students, meeting other students in my program and faculty and found the sessions very useful.”
A sincere thank you to the many campus partners, staff and faculty who collaborated and contributed in the planning and delivery of these important events. More information about Orientation, and how to get involved with welcoming new students, will be coming soon.
IDEAS summer experience 2017 draws to a close
29 international high school students from 14 countries have spent the last two weeks at IDEAS Summer Experience.
The students range in age from 14 to 18 and for most, this is their first time in Canada.
During their time at Waterloo, students lived at St. Paul's and were able to explore academic topics from all 6 faculties. Ron McCarville gave an inspiring welcome to the students followed by “Good intentions or great accomplishments?” by Larry Smith.
Other professors from across the campus helped students learn about nutrition, explore ideation and creativity, play algorithmic problem solving games, learn about urban planning, make their own Tylenol in a chemistry lab with, discover ecology, and test out their engineering skills.
They also learned about the internet of things, design thinking, the future of quantum technologies as well as talking political science and improving their presentation and communication skills.
While the IDEAS Summer Experience is highly academic, students have also enjoyed bubble soccer, paint night, Waterloo Park, a Canada 150 celebration, and visiting the Eaton Centre. They have also seen some of Ontario’s highlights including the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, and a play at the Stratford Festival.
This afternoon they will be presenting their BIG IDEA: solutions to some BIG world problems. Students chose a problem related to Climate Action or Quality Education, two of the UN Sustainability Development Goals, and have spent the past two weeks researching and developing their own unique solutions.
We are excited to see the innovative and creative results of their hard work and we hope to see them back in the near future! More about the IDEAS Summer Experience can be found online.