Hi! My name is Lania Philia Terisno. I am a Mechatronics Engineering Student class of 2023.
Waterloo Engineering in one word:
I choose Waterloo Engineering because:
It has co-op programs that allow me to gain experience as early as after 1A. I find this to be very beneficial and powerful to me after I graduated because I will have 2 years of experience under my belt already. My sisters also have graduated from Waterloo Engineering and I aspire to be as successful as them.
The best thing about my program is:
Mechatronics allows me to explore the different types of engineering; software/ mechanical/ electrical. If I decided that I like mechanical, I am able to pursue that. If I decided that I like to be well-rounded, I can do that too!
About my Co-op experience:
I worked at Huawei in my 1st co-op and it was an amazing experience. The amount of knowledge that I learned within the first week was crazy. I got to work on a new project that monitors autonomous vehicles. I was in charge of the user interface component while also getting involved in some of the back-end and other tasks. I made many connections with some of the smartest people I have ever met. I was able to create meaningful contributions to the team and project.
I wish I had known before I came:
Binder is your best friend! (or iPad if you prefer). I tried to use notebooks and it was so hard to manage. With a binder, I can rearrange pages as I like and I don’t waste unused pages because you can’t predict how many pages you will need for a course.
Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:
Engineering Society and Engineering Ambassador (past: Student Design team). I am the Student Services Commissioner for F2020 so I hope to see you all in the Fall! I am also an Engineering Ambassador since 2018 :). I was the Arts and Speed Friending Director in W2020, Shadow Days Director in W2020, and I was involved in WatSub as an engineering team member, safety captain, and marketing lead for 1 year.
One more thing about me:
I love to help and connect with people, and I love cats!. So if you have any questions or want to talk about cats, don’t hesitate to email me! Talk to you soon :)