Hi everybody! I’m Prithika Hariharan, and I am a 2024 Management Engineering student here at the University of Waterloo. I love meeting new people, hearing about their experiences and what has shaped them into the person they are today. So, feel free to stop me if you see me on campus and we can have a heart-to-heart!!
Waterloo Engineering in one word:
I choose Waterloo Engineering because:
I know most people say that they chose Waterloo engineering because of its successful co-op program and that is one of my main reasons as well. However, I was very intrigued by the program I got accepted to as well. I loved the fact that Management Engineering provided students with the flexibility to explore different fields whilst equipping students with the skills to do so. Moreover, the opportunities at Waterloo are endless and it provides students with a feeling of community and home, which I think is invaluable.
The best thing about my program is:
The best thing about my program is my Cohort! I am surrounded by the most amazing individuals every day, and our bond is like no other! Students in my class are super welcoming, inclusive, and are just great people to have fun with which is one of the numerous reasons I love my program. I also love being able to explore career paths that interest me as the workload is not as much and get involved in activities across campus which has made my experience at university very exciting so far.
About my Co-op experience:
I just started my work term, but I can tell you that the job search was hard. However, it was all worth it at the end! The satisfaction I felt every time I received an interview request and finally, landed my job is something I can’t put into words. Due to unforeseen circumstances, my first co-op job got canceled but I persevered and now, I am working at a start-up and will be focussing on front-end dev to improve the user experience. If you can’t tell, I’m super excited!
I wish I had known before I came:
Before coming to Waterloo, I wish I had known the importance of learning to balance one’s time and understanding that sometimes, it’s okay to not be the best. One of my favorite sayings is “The day is only as dull as you allow it to be” and that is absolutely true! There will be a few setbacks, and you will struggle but it’s important to remember that these struggles shape us into unique individuals, and we must embrace these experiences. Learn to manage your time effectively – spend time with friends, study, and most importantly, have some time allocated just for you to relax and reflect.
Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:
I’m involved in various activities outside of school, and I have a blast at each and every one of them! I volunteered my time as a Project Manager at Waterloop, and ensured that tasks were equally assigned to each member, and the work was completed in time for the deadlines. I’m also the Marketing Lead at i4 Competition and I work with my team to develop new strategies to increase our reach and spread the message about our competition. I am an active member of the tennis club as well, and I try to volunteer at different events held across campus like the Waterloo Engineering Competition and Fun Run.
A fun project I’ve completed:
A fun project I completed was a design sprint activity that took place during the training week for my job. I was paired with some of the most interesting individuals I’ve met, and we were able to create a storyboard that was unmatched. We created the storyboard as something future developers could refer to when building the prototype for our product.
One more thing about me:
I have recently begun reading self-development books and they have exposed me to different ideas and perspectives. For anyone interested in self-growth and discovery, I highly recommend reading books (Slight Edge is my favorite)!