Introduce yourself briefly:
Hi I’m Matthew, I am a 1B Biomedical Engineering Student at Waterloo. I enjoy swimming, rock climbing, cooking, music, and traveling.
Waterloo Engineering in one word:
I choose Waterloo Engineering because:
Of the unique direct entry, the co-op integration, and how it challenges me to improve.
The best thing about my program is:
Biomedical Engineering is a small cohort of students, so every term you are with the same group for every class. It is a great way to make new friends in this tight knit community.
About my Co-op experience:
I am currently on my co-op search term, which is a bit daunting at first. But I took a step back and realized I only need to worry about how I express myself and don’t need to worry about others and how many applicants there are for a job you are interested in. It can be easy to get caught up in the application frenzy but don’t worry, take your time.
I wish I had known before I came:
How to relax/handle stress a bit better. I came into Waterloo thinking if I do all the homework, attend all club and design team meetings, and all the office hours I would be great, but soon enough my first set of midterms came by, and I was stressed. Luckily the friends I made here dragged me to do activities outside of academics, and that’s when I started to feel a balance between my academics and social life here at Waterloo.
Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:
Rock Climbing at the Physical Activities Complex (PAC), swimming, squash, Waterloo’s Biomechatronic Design Team, as well as being an Engineering Ambassador.
A fun project I’ve completed:
Coding a “B-Mode Ultrasound Imaging” Project in my 1A BME 121 Digital Computation course. Going into BME, I had bit of coding experience, so I did run into a couple of obstacles when learning in this course, but it was always so satisfying to see a code that I create work and produce a final product, which in this case was an ultrasound image.
One more thing about me:
I am a bit of a foodie, so I do know my way around food options around Waterloo both near campus or with a commute.