Serena Sicily

Architectural Engineering 2023

My name is Serena, and I will be entering my 3B term of Architectural Engineering in the W22 term. I graduate in 2023 and I am a part of the first

Serena Sicily
class of AE ever.

Waterloo Engineering in one word: 


I choose Waterloo Engineering because: 

Mainly because of the co-op program, but also the high level of support we receive from our profs and TAs in an academic setting. I found in first year there was a lot more help given to us to adjust to the university life in comparison to some of my friends attending other Ontario universities. 

The best thing about my program is: 

The number of women in it. The year I started, I believe AE had the most females in the program out of all of the other engineering programs. 

About my Co-op experience: 

I’ve been able to work at both Architecture and Engineering firms, along with a research term here at UW. The experiences I’ve had have been great in helping me narrow down what area I would like to work in after I graduate. So far my favourite co-op term has been with LRI Engineering as a building code consultant intern. 

I wish I had known before I came: 

There is a big stereotype that UW is lacking a social scene, but I promise you that is not true. I am a very social person who, although studies very hard, I enjoy time off with my friends as well, so this was a bit of a worry for me when I came to the campus. I found that many students have a similar mindset, so finding social outlets was easier than expected. 

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with: 

Not a lot! I participate in lettuce club from time to time (competition to eat lettuce as fast as you can), but I spend most of my free time just hanging out with my friends. I have a few students that I mentor, as I prefer to work with students one on one rather than a bunch on a smaller scale. 

A fun project I’ve completed: 

My 1A project was a 1:10 model of a mirrored cabin type building. We used mirror board on the outside to mimic the effect we were going for. To save space we decided to have a table hidden in the floor and a bed that came down from the roof, and the model was fully functional allowing you to actually move the bed and table within it. 

One more thing about me:

In my free time (mostly on co-ops) I always try to fill a sketchbook with paintings and drawings! I think its important to keep interests alive that aren’t directly related to engineering.

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