Hi there! My name is Andrea Chakma and I am currently a Mechatronics student, graduating in 2023.
Waterloo Engineering in one word:
I choose Waterloo Engineering because:
I thought it would prepare me well for the future and because of the strong community. There are so many resources available to us to gain experiences. Studying engineering at Waterloo, there is so much to do and learn about engineering, whether you want to start creating your own project, work for a design team or learn a certain technical skill Waterloo provides you all of those things. Of course co-op is also a fantastic way to get experience as well! Apart from all the experiences we gain, the engineering faculty itself and all the students are pretty much one big family and that makes the entire Waterloo engineering experience even sweeter!
The best thing about my program is:
that we get a little bit of everything. In Mechatronics you get a little bit of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering so if you don’t want to focus on one specific engineering or you don’t know which one you want to focus on then mechatronics is perfect for you! You get to learn a variety of skills and then pick which way you want to go with those skills. I know when it came down to deciding what engineering I wanted to pick I didn’t want to pick one specific type because I was interested in so many things and I was unsure if I would like a certain field. So, when I found Mechatronics it was perfect for me (and can be for you)!
About my Co-op experience:
My co-op experiences have been great so far! I’ve worked with amazing teams and really gained a lot of different skills to utilize in the workforce. My favourite part about having a co-op is the hands-on experience we get to actually dive into the workforce. I had a part time job in high school, but it definitely is a different feeling to go to work full time and experience that kind of lifestyle.
I wish I had known before I came:
I wish I had known that even though engineering can keep you super busy that there is still time to do the things you love! I had always been involved with multiple clubs and extracurriculars throughout high school so I was scared I wouldn’t have time for all those things in university. But there is definitely enough time to do all the things that I love to do and it’s a great way to take a break from all the studying!
Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:
● Girl Guides of Canada
● Engineering Ambassadors
● EngSoc - Outreach Commissioner
● WiE Living Learning Community Leader
● Women in Engineering
● Duke of Edinburgh Participant
One more thing about me:
I love to spend time reading, going on hikes, running and volunteering! Plus, I love to travel! Feel free to send me an email with any questions you might have :)