Undergraduate student profiles

Tanvi

Tanvi

Third-year, Geomatics, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of the Geomatics and Computer Science world. Where others see the engineering, experimentation, and presentation of Geomatics and Computer Science as a chore, I only see excitement. In the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, where education and research are intermixed, I can continue to follow the path toward geographic and computer science excellence. Long-mesmerized by hobbies like my work with ArcMap and Python, I believe the University of Waterloo is the best choice to continue to nurture my love for Geomatics and Computer Science. I have only scratched the surface in this ever-evolving field but know the technological potential limitless. Likewise, I feel my time at University of Waterloo would make my potential similarly limitless.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Second-year, Environment, Resources and Sustainability, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I will earn a Bachelor of Environment, instead of a Bachelor of Arts, which made me feel more confident in the knowledge I will gain. I liked that it was a whole faculty, not just part of Arts or Science. I liked the small class sizes and the flexibility to add many specializations/ minors.

Julianne

Julianne

Third-year, Geomatics, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo?

The Faculty of Environment at Waterloo was very welcoming during the tours at Waterloo. At the university fair, when I first talked to someone in Geomatics, he was very enthusiastic about his program, the courses he took, the jobs he's had as his co-op. Which made me look into the program even more. I was always interested in the Computer Science aspect of Geomatics, but then with the combination of Geography made it even more interesting and unique.

Dan

Dan

Fourth-year, Geography and Aviation, Regular

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo?

When I did my first tour, I got a chance to interact with some of the students and professors, and I absolutely loved the atmosphere and sense of community. I loved that UWaterloo had one of the few university degree programs for aviation in Canada.

Adrian

Adrian

Second-year, Planning, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I decided to choose the Faculty of Environment here at Waterloo because of the size of the faculty. It is one of the smallest faculties and I think this is the best way to get to know everyone including the professors, vice versa. The thing that interests me about the planning program here at Waterloo is that it is a professional program and it offers a co-op opportunity to students. The undergraduate Planning program is one of two in Ontario that is recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Chloe

Chloe

Third-year, Environment and Business, Co-op

What do you love most about your program now?

The co-op component interests me the most. At the same time with this program, I get to gain background knowledge in ecology, environmental economics and environmental decision that is essential in today's business world where environmental issues are setting its ground. The idea of combining business and sustainability is new but necessary with today's climate change situation.

Matthew

Matthew

Third-year, International Development

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I was very conflicted throughout high school as to whether I wanted to study social science or physical sciences. I found Waterloo's International Development (INDEV) program to be very unique as it allowed me to pursue social sciences while having to opportunity to explore sciences and sustainability within my own faculty. In addition, I was very drawn to INDEV's eight month overseas field placement providing me with the opportunity travel and gain work experience during my degree. Lastly, the small and close-knit community of both the Faculty of Environment and INDEV played a huge role in my decision of where to spend the next four years of my life.

Alifia

Alifia

Third-year, Planning, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I chose Environment at Waterloo because it had co-op for my program. What interested me most about my program was the wholistic approach to designing a building/street/city.

Shahan

Shahan

Third-year, Environment and Business, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

Co-op; the fact that the faculty is quite close-knit; interesting courses and professors with a lot of experience and industry insight. What interested me the most about my program was the fact that it offered an insight on how sustainability can be applied in the corporate sector. The program teaches students as to how they can address the complex and diverse needs of rapidly changing societies and economies without ignoring our ever-so-important environmental concerns.

Erika

Erika

Second-year, Environment, Resources and Sustainability, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

Growing up on a farm in Northern Ontario, I have always been immersed in nature, which fuelled my love for the environment. Following an Outdoor Leadership program in senior year, I wanted to continue my studies in an environment program that allowed me to learn in a classroom bigger than just four walls. Aside from the opportunity of a co-op stream, I was interested in a program that kept all doors open, by expanding my knowledge of the environment without specializing in one field. Environment, Resources and Sustainability (ERS) not only checks both of these components on the dream course list, but also allows me to graduate with a general environment degree that I can customize to my greatest desire.

Cora

Cora

Third-year, Geomatics, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I was already interested my chosen program, Geomatics after going to a class field where they taught us about GIS. I was on the fence between different schools for Geography or Geomatics but what made me choose Waterloo was after attending an on campus tour. I really enjoyed how the campus looked, the Environment buildings were great, and I could see myself at Waterloo. I choose Geomatics because I did have an interest in geography; cartography and map making seemed like a good outlet to feed my creative design.  

Sid

Sid

Second-year, Geomatics, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I was always interested in Geography since my childhood and wanted to pursue a degree in which I would get to learn parts of Geography with a scope in the future. When I was looking for courses online, Geomatics was the one course which caught my eye and made me think that I can pursue this degree.

When I further researched about the course, co-op was another thing which caught my attention. Having the best co-op program in the world, I almost made the decision to chose University of Waterloo. Having further researched about the faculty, when I saw that the University had one of the best Environment faculties and the biggest too, it was then that I know I would choose Waterloo and this program. The fact that I could take up Geography with Computer Science and use different softwares with a chance of having a co-op interested me the most about my program.

Amina

Amina

Fourth-year, Geography and Environmental Management, Regular

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I chose to study in the Faculty of Environment is because I have always been interested in Environment and thought I would be able to explore my interest better at Waterloo. Lastly, Waterloo has a strong academic reputation and I knew that if I graduated I would be able to purse a career and graduate programs easily. The one thing that interested me most about the Geography and Environmental Management program is that there are different specializations.

Abby

Abby

Third-year, Planning, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I was originally interested in Architecture, but found I was more interested in the planning aspect. I liked looking at things on a larger perspective, instead of one building at a time. I like this program being in the Faculty of Environment because the environment plays a huge role in Planning, and by being in this faculty, there is an added focus and emphasises on this.

Michael

Michael

Third-year, Environment and Business, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

Environment and Business seems like a program that may be extremely relevant in the future, and could improve employment possibilities.

Erin

Erin

Second-year, Environment, Resources and Sustainability, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

Waterloo was my ideal end-goal. I absolutely adore this school! When I started becoming increasingly interested in sustainability and the environment there was honestly very few options that could compete with Waterloo's Faculty of Environment... it's large, diverse, feels like an actual community, and distinguishes itself from other institutions because it's its own degree program. ALSO CO-OP! I cannot stress how valuable co-op is in a competitive business world, and co-op was a huge pro when contemplating attending Waterloo.

Lawrence

Lawrence

Third-year, Geography and Environmental Management, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

The Faculty of Environment provides a good co-op program as well as customized degree, which I can also expand my interests not only inside my program but also in the other programs. The most interesting thing for Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) is that we have a lot of field courses, not only inside Canada, but some international field courses, such as Mountain Everest base camp field course, Arctic Field course, etc. Those courses help us to get to know the environment and geography from the real world.

Martin

Martin

Second-year, Geomatics, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I chose to study at the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo because it was a one of a kind faculty in Canada. I was very interested in how we as a society interact with the environment around us, and the Faculty of Environment provided me with the tools, faculty, and student environment to explore this interest further. Being a part of the world's largest undergraduate [co-op] program also really helped sweeten the deal, since I would be able to explore multiple career paths! Ever since I was a child, I have always had a deep interest in cartography; my parents got me a map of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) as a birthday present until I was 12! Naturally, this led me to a interest in the Geomatics and Planning programs here at the University of Waterloo. Personally, I am super excited to learn more about GIS tools, remote sensing, and spatial analysis!

Hunar

Hunar

Third-year, Geomatics, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

Faculty of Environment is something unique and offers good programs and courses which entail my interest. Geomatics included a lot of technology use which keeps me interested.

Kate

Kate

Second-year, Environment and Business, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I chose to study in the Faulty of Environment at Waterloo because my program is the only one of its kind in Canada. Plus Waterloo provides their students with an awesome co-op program which is different from other schools - I wanted to gain workplace experience in my field of study. What interested me about my program is that it gave me the opportunity to study two of my passions - business and the environment. I knew I always wanted to go to school for a degree that related to the environment but I didn't know it was also possible to combine my passion for the environment with my interest in business.

Grace

Grace

Second-year, Planning, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I choose to study in the Faculty of Environment because I wanted to learn more about sustainability and environmental management. The diverse aspects of my classes in my program interested me most.

Isabella

Isabella

Third-year, International Development, Regular

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I chose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo because there are not a lot of schools that have the faculty and that provide some type of experience in the programs offered within the faculty. Also, I liked how it is relatively small so it makes it easier for me to get to know other faculty students.

Liya

Liya

Fourth-year, Environment, Resources and Sustainability, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I chose to study at the Faculty of Environment largely because I was excited that UW had an actual Faculty for this field, and that it wasn't just one lonesome major in a general art/sci degree like at a lot of other schools I was interested in. I was also really happy to see all the different sustainability initiatives that were being implemented on campus, and the research taking place, because it showed me that it was a topic the school was taking seriously and prioritizing outside of just coursework, which was something really important to me. The reason I chose my program specifically was because it was flexible and offered a lot of electives. I've always been someone who works best outside of a structured environment, but I also had no idea what I wanted to do when I applied, I just knew I liked the environment. Seeing the flexibility I had in my degree was a really big component of why I chose the program, because it gave me the opportunity to explore my different interests, customize degree, and figure out what the best fit for me was, instead of entering a fixed path that I realized I didn't enjoy.

Tanshi

Tanshi

Second-year, Geomatics, Co-op

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

The main reason I choose to study at University of Waterloo is because of my program Geomatics. The program is an amazing mix of almost all faculties which allows me to expand my knowledge and allows me to be open with my career choices. Additionally, the co-op program which will allow me to expand my profession experience in varieties of fields.

Charlotte

Charlotte

Second-year, International Development, Regular

Why did you choose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo? 

I chose to study in the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo for a number of reasons. Firstly, I liked the in-depth and interdisciplinary courses that the International Development program offers, as well as the incredible placement opportunity in fourth year. I also chose the Faculty of Environment because of the welcoming atmosphere and passion for change that I felt when I visited open houses. The numerous opportunities to get involved also attracted me to the faculty. In general, I also preferred the Waterloo campus over other universities.

Pages