Hi there! My name’s Michelle and I’m in nanotech engineering here at Waterloo, due to graduate in 2022. I enjoy learning new things and having mind-blowing conversations with people. So far, university has been the roughest, toughest, but most thrilling experience of my life. If you have any questions about anything, shoot me an email! :)
Waterloo Engineering in one word:
I chose Waterloo Engineering because:
This may sound a bit strange, but I chose Waterloo because it is not easy. Waterloo Engineering really pushes you to strive for greater things. University should be a place of growth, and I want these years to be the best of my life. The workload is quite demanding, but it really teaches you to think on your feet and push your boundaries. I feel that at the end of these five years, I’ll hardly recognize myself. And that’s a good thing. :)
The best thing about my program is:
Its uniqueness. I also adore the people in my class. I’ve met some really awesome people; we clicked instantly. Sharing ideas and having similar goals really makes for a comfortable environment. We all help each other out and the atmosphere is not competitive at all.
This spring 2018 is my first co-op. I am currently working in Dr. Shirley Tang’s Lab in the Quantum-Nano Centre as a research assistant. I’m working with a small team to develop a portable hemodialysis device using microfluidics.
I wish I had known before I came:
1) How to take care of myself. Please eat properly, stay active and have some you-time each day. It does wonders! Remember, a healthy you is a happy you! :)
2) More coding languages. In this day and age, coding is a very useful skill to have. If you haven’t taken computer courses in high school, you could try free online courses through Codeacademy or SoloLearn.
3) Time management. The first shock is midterm week. When studying for midterms, do start earlier and don’t cram! There may be no classes the whole week, but don’t be fooled…
Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:
- Engineering Ambassadors
- Coffee ‘N Code
One more thing about me:
I spend unhealthy amounts of time watching art time lapse videos.