Chemical Engineering 2022

CoxMy name is Josh, and I am a first year chemical engineering student here at Waterloo! I come from a small town called Parry Sound in Northern Ontario, so adjusting to life in Waterloo has been a big change for me! Some of my favourite things to do in my spare time are playing guitar, fishing, and camping!

Waterloo Engineering in one word:

Passion.

I chose Waterloo Engineering because:

Waterloo's cooperative education program provides so many new opportunities that you can't find anywhere else. Also, Waterloo's engineering program is ranked as one of the best schools in Canada. A great reputation, and a lot of great opportunities, lead to an easily-made decision when choosing my school!

The best thing about my program is:

Learning how to apply concepts from my favourite courses. One of my favourite subjects in high school was chemistry, and now that I am a chemical engineering student I am learning how to apply concepts I learn in chemistry, to solving real problems! The work is harder than high school, but it is so much more rewarding!

About Co-op:

My first coop work term will be in May 2018. I would love to get a position working in a chemical processing plant, but I am open-minded to whichever opportunities present themselves! There are too many to focus on just one!

I wish I had known before I came:

I wish that I knew just how important it is to really manage your time. My first couple weeks of class could have gone better if I knew this. It's important to study, but it's also important to have some leisure time. No matter how hard your courses are, never feel ashamed to take a mental health break! In the long run, it'll benefit you more than that extra couple hours of studying would have.

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:

  • Engineering Ambassadors
  • Volunteer at Slate Church
  • Intramural Dodgeball Team

One more thing about me:

I love logic puzzles, and having friendly educated debates.

Contact me: jdwcox@uwaterloo.ca

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo