Hi! My name is Aurchon and I’m in the Computer Engineering class of 2023.
Waterloo Engineering in one word:
I choose Waterloo Engineering because:
Similar to a lot of other students here, I mainly chose Waterloo Engineering for the amazing co-op program. Other than that, I wanted to immerse myself into an environment full of hardworking and driven people.
The best thing about my program is:
In high school, I became interested in programming and also had exposure to embedded systems. Going forward, I knew I wanted to primarily take software courses, supplemented with exposure to embedded systems.
Personally, a difficult decision was choosing between computer engineering, software engineering and computer science. I learned that the second two programs emphasized in-depth theoretical math courses over courses I preferred, like embedded systems courses.
Therefore, Computer Engineering seemed like the best fit for me and I also came to cherish the very strong sense of community we have, which is definitely not something I was initially expecting.
About my Co-op experience:
My first co-op was as a cyber security software developer at a startup at the University of Waterloo itself, for my second co-op I focused on front-end product development and my upcoming co-op this fall will be as a full-stack developer!
I wish I had known before I came:
Before coming to Waterloo I was led to believe that the engineering community was not welcoming to people who don’t fit the traditional image of an engineer, I didn’t realize that I was completely wrong.
While there is definitely an underrepresentation of female, LGBT and Black engineers (to name a few), the faculty has taken strides towards embracing diversity. There are organizations like UW Women in STEM as well as the UW chapters of Engiqueers and the National Society of Black Engineers.
All of these organizations exist to give a voice to engineering students who feel like they might not fit this image.
Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:
I’m an Orientation leader, Waterloo Ready Peer Mentor and Wellness Representative for my engineering cohort. The hip-hop club at Waterloo is another amazing community and I was also part of their performance team last summer.
One more thing about me:
I try to balance studying, clubs/extracurriculars, socializing, exercise and leisure time as much as possible because they’re all important in their own way! I would be more than happy to elaborate on anything above, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me an email!