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.

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Adrian

Third-year, Planning, Co-op

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

I chose 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, and vice versa. Waterloo is one of the few universities to also have a faculty specifically dedicated to the environment and I think this is a huge step in conservation and raising awareness for the environment. The thing that interests me about the planning program here at Waterloo is that it is a professional program taught by registered professional planners 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.

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Matthew

Fourth-year, International Development, Regular

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

Fourth-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.

Cora

Cora

Fourth-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.  

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Sid

Third-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.

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Abby

Fourth-year, Planning, Co-op

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

I love the small community feel of the Faculty of Environment. It's not a large Faculty, so you're able to get to know people in other programs, and develop great relationships. As well, in regards to the Planning program, our planning decisions have a large impact on the environment. As a result, there is an added focus on the relationship between the environment and planning.

Kristie

Kristie

Third-year, Geomatics, Co-op

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

I want to persue a degree in Environmental Studies, and UW has the biggest Environment faculty around Canada. Besides, I really hope to enroll in a  co-op program. So I came to UW. I am interested in GIS and hoping to reflect and visualize more environmental patterns in terms of both human and physical geography.

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Prarthna

Third-year, Environment and Business, Co-op

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

I chose the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo because there were a number of environmental programs to choose from, each covering a different aspect of the current issues faced today. This faculty also provides a co-op stream for most of its programs, which has given me real-life work experience in fields that we study in class.

Erin

Erin

Third-year, Environment, Resources and Sustainability, Regular

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

Fourth-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

Third-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!

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Charlotte

Fourth-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.

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Miila

Fourth-year, Planning, Co-op

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

I chose Waterloo because of the co-op program, and the opportunities it has given me! No other school offered the same high-quality experiential learning opportunities for planning students. Not only would this help me make connections and learn on the job, but co-op also makes school more affordable. I also really liked the community on campus and the size of the University of Waterloo

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Rachel

Third-year, Planning, Co-op

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

The Faculty of Environment is well known in Ontario to be the best place for Urban Planning. It allows students to be a professional planner right out of school which is a huge bonus. The placement of the program I believe is really important it isn't in a downtown heavy populated city which can help students understand that planning is also in rural places (Which the professors do a wonderful job at giving examples of variety of towns/cities). What I didn't know coming to the program is that there are specializations that students can take and Waterloo has many options so that students can enjoy all aspects of Urban Planning. The Faculty of Environment does a wonderful job in trying to include everyone by giving students options and the ability to choose their own path while still doing their program.

Cassandra

Cass

Fourth-year, Geography and Environmental Management, Regular

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

Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) was the most fleshed out Geography program I saw in the province. There is a whole faculty dedicated to this area of study what provides students like me, with the necessary tools to succeed post-graduation. The program provides a unique blend of lecture-based and hands-on learning that I believe gives us an edge over other university's in the province. For example, last Fall I was able to take part in a 2-week field course in the Canadian Arctic studying the effects of climate change on the landscape and people who live in these areas. GEM is also highly customizable to what you want to specifically focus on so you can adjust and select what you’re interested in!”

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Simon

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

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

I was attracted to the Faculty of Environment at Waterloo for its international reputation in environmental leadership and the reputation of the Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) program as one of the best geography programs in Canada. Because GEM is an interdisciplinary program, I also knew I could gain the skills that employers are looking for in new graduates to help start my career and make a difference.

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Michelle

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 Faculty of Environment because it offered a program and university experience that was uniquely fitted to my interests and future career goals.

I've always been passionate about the environment (my dream is to eventually save the earth!), and I knew that I wouldn't be happy unless I was studying it. In the future, I know that I want to work in this field, whether that be through an NGO, a business, or the government.

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Virginia

Second-year, Environment and Business, Co-op

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

The Faculty of Environment is a well-established faculty with a great community and also has great resources for me to utilize! There are so many opportunities to make friends as well as connect with peers and professionals through faculty-wide activities and programs like the Learning Living Community, and ENVigorate. The interactive, close-knit community enhances the great academic experience because I get to work with people who are not only invested in personal growth, but also in making a difference in the world.

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Liam

Third-year, Geomatics, Co-op

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

I was drawn to the Faculty of Environment and the Geomatics program for its small class sizes, and opportunities to really get to know the people and professors I'd be learning around. The ability to explore careers using co-op is a huge bonus as well!

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Sophia

Second-year, Knowledge Integration, Regular

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

I chose to study here because of the uniqueness of the Knowledge Integration (KI) program. It simply doesn't exist anywhere else!

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Shreena

Third-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 Faculty of Environment because it is such a tight-knit and dynamic environment to be! There is always a lot of events and resources available that caters for different interests within the Faculty. The University of Waterloo is home to a very diverse community, and brings people from various fields and backgrounds to collaborate from meaningful causes.

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Elita

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

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

I chose to study at the Faculty of Environment of Waterloo because I loved that I was able to study something I really enjoyed and at the same time get real-world job experience being in the co-op program. I also loved that there was lots of hands-on opportunities for me to get involved with!

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Nickie

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

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

I chose to study in the Faculty of Environment because I love the idea that the entire faculty is so broad and is never too focused upon one aspect. This has always kept me engaged as I love to learn something new and different each day. Environment, Resources and Sustainability (ERS) has allowed me to explore so much within myself that I continue to discover from what I like and don't. I always knew that I wanted to work for the environment, but I did not know how to exactly explore what I liked until I decided to pursue Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Another reason I chose to study at Waterloo is because Waterloo offers an option of co-op to their students. Co-op can give Waterloo students plenty of exposure to the outside reality world, as well as build a great network with other students!

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