Lauren Ferraro


Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in computer engineering

Lauren Ferraro
Why did you decide to pursue an undergraduate degree in computer engineering?

In high school I really enjoyed math and science, so pursuing an engineering degree seemed like the most interesting option. I chose computer engineering specifically because I thought it would be the most broad and enjoyable program compared to the other engineering programs.

The two years of experience gained in the computer engineering co-op program is the main thing that specifically attracted me to my program. Other universities incorporate one 12-16 month internship into their program, but I wanted to get multiple shorter term experiences to have more opportunities to learn what I like to do and what environment I like to work in.

Why did you decide to study at the University of Waterloo?

I decided to study at the University of Waterloo because of how prestigious the engineering co-op programs are. The fact that Waterloo hosts the largest co-op program on the planet was a major influence in my decision between different universities. 

What was the best surprise about the University of Waterloo or life in Waterloo?

Because of co-op, the program requires doing school terms in the summer. Even though I had never done it before and was worried about it, studying in the summer was extremely enjoyable. I was surprised to have the most fun during my summer study terms compared to fall and winter. 

What advice do you have for new undergraduate students?

I would suggest being very open-minded in trying new things and making friends. The thing that has helped me the most through the rigorous program is having a solid group of friends to support me and make the university experience fun!