Clarisse Schneider

Software Engineering 2017

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Clarisse Schneider

Why I chose Waterloo Engineering...

Waterloo is home to the best Software Engineering program in Canada. Nowhere else can you specialize in Software right from your first term, taking classes from two highly reputed and well-established departments (Computer Science and ECE) as part of two faculties (Math and Engineering). Waterloo also hosts the famous co-op program, where students can get real-life work experience every other term to help them decide their focus, learn new technologies, and get pumped for the rest of their professional lives!

I wish I had known before I came...

I wish I had known about the collaborative spirit in the faculty of Engineering. One of the most common misconceptions that I heard whilst applying to Waterloo Engineering was that the competitive nature of the program pushed students apart, making their education a solitary experience. That couldn't be more wrong! In Waterloo Engineering, we take on the challenge together.
I chose my program because...
Software Engineering is the perfect combination of logical thinking and creativity. In high school, I quickly fell in love with the structure of code and the vast possibilities it presented. I can say without a doubt that I could not see myself in any other program.

Waterloo Engineering in one word:

What I like best about my program:
Software Engineering is a stepping stone to any career path you could possibly choose. You can work for Facebook or Google, IBM or Oracle, a start-up or an international sensation. You can specialize in front-end or back-end (or no end at all!), working in design, databases, testing, etc. You can combine your love of code with music, education, documentation, design, social media, or anything else you can think of. The possibilities are endless, and it all starts here!

Outside the classroom, I'm involved with:

Waaay too many extra-curriculars. I'm one of those people that can't be productive unless I'm busy, and you can definitely tell!
Last year, I founded a club called WaterlUX, a user experience group on campus. I've also joined the Concrete Toboggan/Canoe 2014 teams, and was EngSoc's (Engineering Society) Speaker last term. I've held ten directorships on EngSoc to date, including Course Critiques (x3), Website, Hacks (x2), Secretary, Pi Day, LaTeX Workshop Director, and Canstruction. I've also been my class EngSoc representative and playing Intermural Hockey since first term.
I was in two musicals in my 1B term: EngPlay as a cast member, and Congrad Grebel University College's Anne of Green Gables as a pit band member.


I spent a year as the Policy Director at the Engineering Student Societies' Council of Ontario, conducting a review of the monstrous policy manual and absolutely loving it.
For Orientation Week, I've been both a Huge and a Big, as well as the Software Director for 2013 with Santiago Gil, putting together the schedule for first-year software students and getting to know everyone over noodles!

Favourite experience:


My favourite experience would probably be EngPlay. As I had never been in a musical before, EngPlay rocketed me out of my comfort zone in astronomical proportions. But because I participated, I met some amazing upper-years who befriended me, taught me important life lessons, and support me to this day.
In my spare time, I like to...

Jam on my violin (though I have my ARCT, I still like to play metal or alternative with awesome people), watch the BBC big three (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin), play various games (Resistance, Shadows over Camelot, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, etc.), immerse myself in minesweeper (best time 108s on expert!), perpetuate Nerdfighteria, and spar with my roommates.

If you'd like to learn more about me, check out my website!

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