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Students have the option to register for one-on-one meet-ups in a virtual or in-person format.

What's a one-on-one meet-up?

Students studying in an English Language Institute program or graduates of our programs who are currently studying at the University of Waterloo have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one meetings with members of our Student Experience team.

These meetings are usually 30 minutes in length, but can be customized for a shorter or longer time if needed.

During a one-on-one meet-up, we can chat about anything related to your personal and academic success. Some of the most common subjects that students talk about during a meet-up include:

  • Study strategies, including textbook skim/scanning, notes reviews, test taking tips and dealing with test anxiety
  • Time management help and helping you organize all of your assignments, tests, study time—and find time to attend events also!
  • Questions about life at Waterloo and being a successful student
  • Support with adjusting to life in Canada and the city of Waterloo
  • Conversations about mental health wellness and how to build healthy strategies into your day-to-day schedule.
  • English practice! Just meet with us and practice your conversational English. We can talk about anything you like!

Want a one-on-one meet-up?

To book a one-on-one meet-up, find the Student Experience team member on this page you would like to meet with. Click the "Register for a Meet-up" button under their name. This will take you to a website called Calendly where you can book a meeting time that works best for your schedule. A meeting reminder email will be sent to you that will confirm your meeting date, time, and location. If you booked a virtual meeting, the email will include a Zoom link.

Still not sure who is the best person you should meet with?  Please email our Student Advisor A.J. and he will be happy to help!


Meet with A.J. Dixon (Student Advisor)AJ Dixon

A.J. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria with bachelor's degrees in Education and Arts. As a Student Advisor, A.J. is here to support you in your academic journey. A.J. can help you with:

  • Effective learning strategies and study habits for Canadian university life
  • Time management strategies so you can keep track of tests, assignments, and appointments
  • Preparing for tests and quizzes and reducing test anxiety
  • University and college application assistance for those interested in Canadian post-secondary studies
  • Conversation practice and sharing what he knows about Canadian history and culture

Meet with Jared Cubilla (iBASE Peer Leader)

JaredJared is a 3B Honours English – Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication student in the Faculty of Arts who is completing a third co-op work term as Renison this term. Jared has previously been involved with UW Quetzal, Waterloo’s student-run arts magazine, and the UW English Society as a peer mentor for their buddy program.  Some things you can discuss with Jared include:

  • Helpful strategies to improve your conversational and professional language skills.
  • His experience volunteering and getting involved at the University of Waterloo.
  • Life in Canada and supports that the University of Waterloo can provide.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

Peer Leader KhanhMeet with Khanh Nguyen (iBASE Peer Leader)

Thi Phuong (Khanh) Nguyen is a 3B Accounting and Financial Management student who is also an iBASE 2019 graduate. Having served in the Fall 2021 term as an ELI Peer Leader, Khanh was also an active GEAR and ESSE Peer Helper volunteer, and served as a Co-Finance Lead for the Waterloo Rocketry design team and as a Waterloo Ready Peer Mentor for the Faculty of Arts. Some things you can talk with Khanh about include:

  • Helpful strategies to improve your conversational and professional language skills.
  • His experience volunteering and getting involved at the University of Waterloo.
  • Life in Canada and supports that the University of Waterloo can provide.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

Meet with Louis Liu (iBASE Peer Leader)

Peer Leader LouisQirui (Louis) Liu is a proud graduate from iBASE 2018 and is now in his fourth year of Management Engineering at Waterloo. During the pandemic, Louis volunteered and organized events with the Zhuhai Toastmasters Club, where he established an English Corner to help native Chinese people practice their English skills. Louis has held co-op positions with Manulife Financial and Home Trust Company.  You can chat with Louis about:

  • Helpful strategies to improve your conversational and professional language skills.
  • His experience volunteering and getting involved at the University of Waterloo.
  • Life in Canada and supports that the University of Waterloo can provide.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

Meet with Emma Johnston (EFS Peer Leader)

Peer Leader EmmaEmma is finishing her final year in the Honours Arts and Business program, majoring in English-Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication. Emma is in the process of completing their ACE-TESOL certification with Renison, having volunteered for many years as a Conversation Partner volunteer at Renison. Additionally, Emma has served as a Waterloo Ready Peer Mentor and an Orientation Leader for the Faculty of Arts, and is an active contributor to Her Campus Waterloo. Some things you can discuss with Emma include:

  • Helpful strategies to improve your conversational and professional language skills.
  • Her experience volunteering and getting involved at the University of Waterloo.
  • Life in Canada and supports that Renison University College can provide.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

Meet with Rachel Jones (EFS Peer Leader)

Peer Leader RachelRachel is graduating this summer from Renison’s Social Development Studies program and has been an active student leader at Renison for quite some time. Rachel has been a familiar face to students as a Conversation Partner volunteer, an SDS Buddy volunteer, and having worked as a Warrior Academic Leadership Community (WALC) Peer Leader in Housing and Student Life. Rachel also completed their ACE-TESOL certification with Renison and is in progress for completing a TESOL diploma with the London Language Institute. You can talk to Rachel about:

  • Helpful strategies to improve your conversational and professional language skills.
  • Her experience volunteering and getting involved at the University of Waterloo.
  • Life in Canada and supports that Renison University College can provide.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

StephanieMeet with Stephanie Chen (iEFAS Peer Leader)

Stephanie is a 3B Honours Science and Business student in the Faculty of Science, who is completing a co-op work term at Renison. Stephanie’s past co-op term have been with the Faculty of Science as a Course and Technical Support Assistant and an Online Learning Assistant. Stephanie is fluent in English, Korean, and Mandarin. Some things you can discuss with Stephanie include:

  • Her experience studying in a co-op program and working in Canada.
  • Life in Canada and helping support students in building your English skills through conversation practice and small talk.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student.

Meet with Janine Graham (iEFAS Peer Leader)

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Janine completed her undergraduate degree in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is now a Masters student in the Religion, Culture, and Global Justice program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Janine is happy to talk about:

  • Your experiences studying at UWaterloo and transitioning to life in Canada
  • Mental health, relationships, and personal wellbeing
  • Recommendations for fun things to do in Waterloo
  • Anything to help with English conversation practice

Meet with Yan Pan (iEFAS Peer Leader)Peer Leader Yan

Yan Pan is a third-year Economics 2+2 student at the University of Waterloo. Yan studied in the iEFAS program in Summer 2021, so she knows a lot about the program! Yan speaks English and Mandarin, and is happy to talk to you about adjusting to student life in Waterloo!

  • Helpful strategies to improve your conversational and professional language skills.
  • His experience volunteering and getting involved at the University of Waterloo.
  • Life in Canada and supports that the University of Waterloo can provide.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

Meet with Tianyu Qiu (iEFAS Peer Leader)Peer Leader Tianyu

Tianyu Qiu is a third-year Economics student at the University of Waterloo. Tianyu studied in the iBASE program in 2019, so she is very familiar with Renison and the English Language Institute! Tinayu speaks English and Mandarin, and is happy to help you develop the skills to succeed at UWaterloo. You can talk with Tianyu about:

  • Helpful strategies to improve your conversational and professional language skills.
  • His experience volunteering and getting involved at the University of Waterloo.
  • Life in Canada and supports that the University of Waterloo can provide.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

Peer Leader HarryMeet with Harry Song (iEFAS Peer Leader)

Harry Song is a fourth-year Recreation & Leisure Studies student at the University of Waterloo. Harry is a BASE program graduate, so he is very knowledgeable about Renison and what it's like to be an English Language Learner. Harry speaks English and Mandarin, and is happy to meet with you to learn more about time management, study strategies, and practicing English. You can meet with Harry to chat about:

  • Helpful strategies to improve your conversational and professional language skills.
  • His experience volunteering and getting involved at the University of Waterloo.
  • Life in Canada and supports that the University of Waterloo can provide.
  • Tips to adjust to the university environment and how to maintain a busy workload as a Waterloo student

RyanMeet with Ryan Connell (Assistant Director, Housing & Student Life)

Ryan is a proud graduate from the Social Development Studies program at the University of Waterloo. As your Assistant Director, Housing & Student Life, Ryan is very knowledgeable about all of the campus services and resources available to University of Waterloo students. Some of Ryan's most popular things to talk about include:

  • All of the campus services available to you as a Waterloo student and what you are able to access to support your academic and personal success
  • Mental health wellness and strategies to improve your well-being as a university student 
  • Advice for studying in an online environment. Fun fact: Ryan completed his UWaterloo degree, two college certificates, and a Masters degree completely online
  • Tips for adjusting to Canadian culture and building your language skills outside of the classroom

Meet with Reverend Scott McLeod (Chaplain)

ScottReverend Scott McLeod is the Chaplain at Renison University College. Scott is a friendly person to talk about anything and everything. Scott enjoys talking about spiritual questions, but you don’t have to talk about religion unless you want to. Some things Scott likes to help with include:

  • Mental health wellness and strategies to improve your well-being as a university student, including managing stress.
  • Guidance to student services at the University of Waterloo as well as referrals to professional medical and health services in the local community.
  • Spiritual care including acting as a spiritual director, helping students with faith questions, and valuing our spiritual lives. 
  • Pastoral care including being a listening ear, a safe person to talk to, and supporting people as they live through life's struggles.