Why I chose Waterloo Engineering:
When it came time to apply to university, I was still unsure of where I saw myself at the end of my undergraduate degree. Four or five years seemed like a lot of time for my interests to change, so I was really cautious of making the right choice. What I did know was that I wanted to be well-rounded and able to problem-solve, so Waterloo Engineering proved to be a natural fit. Of course there was the draw of Waterloo’s renowned co-op program and international reputation, but beyond that, its versatility meant that I wouldn’t have to worry about closing any doors.
What I wish I had known before I came:
I wish that I wasn’t so doubtful about my ability to keep up with the fast pace of the program. I was worried that other students would be light years ahead of me and that my skillset was unsuitable for such a well-respected school and program. Since arriving, I have quickly come to the realization that if you're willing and eager to learn, all the other factors will eventually fall into place. After all, university is meant to be a learning experience, so you shouldn't be discouraged by lacking a particular skill set when you arrive. If you’re motivated and have a good work ethic, everything else can be learned. Knowing this beforehand would have given me the confidence that I needed to pursue engineering without hesitation.
Why I chose my program:
Sticking to the whole theme of wanting to keep my options open, I gravitated towards Biomedical Engineering (BME). Its interdisciplinary nature can lead to so many interesting career paths and it’s up to you to take it in the direction that you want. For me, it was the perfect way to blend my desire to help people with my interest in math and physics. Another drawing point for me was the opportunity to study the brain by selecting the neuroscience elective package in future terms.
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What I like best about my program:
BME’s small cohort means that you develop close friendships really quickly and always have a great support system. If you’re ever struggling with a particular subject or task, there is always someone happy to help. As cliché as it sounds, it really is a big family, which makes this new experience a lot less daunting.
The upper years hosted a mini coffeehouse to welcome us at the beginning of the semester, which was a great way for us to get to know each other and overall a really great night.