January 2020

Bringing Google to campus (twice!): Leveraging a professional network

Google stuffed animal.

At the University of Waterloo, participating in student activities enables the evolvement of leadership skills and creates career/networking opportunities for graduate students, but students can also take the initiative to establish their own opportunities. From my own experience, taking this initiative can have great professional development benefits.

Developing leadership skills as a grad student: My experience as a Community Assistant

Betsy Mathew, second from left, with the Community Assistant team at the CLV Ping Pong/Foosball/Pool tournament. (Photo credit:

I started my master’s program in September 2018 and have been living in Columbia Lake Village (CLV) since then. When I saw the posting for the CLV Community Assistant position for the winter semester, I was more than happy to apply. I’ve always wanted to develop my leadership skills and thought that this was the perfect opportunity.

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