Waterloo Residences acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River.
“Get Ready for: Life After Graduation” is an exciting and innovative new pilot program for upper-year students living in UW Place Waterloo Court.
As you continue to prepare for your future, it’s important to enhance your self-awareness and develop skills that will help you navigate your choices. This program can assist you in developing those skills and in making connections with alumni mentors, other upper-year students, and subject matter experts.
The “Get Ready for: Life After Graduation” program will have two main elements:
- Alumni in Residence – mentors who share their experiences with you and help guide your growth and development.
- A workshop series where you learn life skills from subject matter experts. Past workshops have included Networking, Cooking, and Money Matters (how to manage your money).
We're now accepting applications for the Alumnus in Residence position for 2019-20. Review the full job description here. Send applications (resume and cover letter) to Melissa McNown-Smith, Manager Living-Learning.
The program is currently running each term for upper-year residents in UW Place Waterloo Court.
The Alumni in Residence
Hello! I studied Speech Communication and Economics at Waterloo and graduated in 2017. I now work as an Enterprise Account Executive at Shopify. I can’t wait to meet you and work with you to navigate potential opportunities!
My best resources at Waterloo: Center for Career Action (CECA) Career Advisors, Student Success Office (SSO), Residence Life Team, clubs and intramural sports.
My top tip for upper-years: Get to know people and network. You’ll soon realize what a small world we live in!
Hi! I studied English Literature and Rhetoric at Waterloo and graduated in 2014. I also have a Masters of Arts from Western University and now work as an Instructor at Conestoga College. I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and learning about your interests and passions!
My best resources at Waterloo: My academic advisor and professors! They were a great help when planning my international exchange experience and graduate studies.
My top tip for upper-years: Invest time and energy into knowing what you want. Define success for yourself, and make decisions and plans based on your values.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of alumnus will live in residence? Who are the alumni?
The Alumnus in Residence will be alumni who have graduated approximately 2-3 years ago from the University of Waterloo and are established in their careers.
How many alumnus in residence will there be?
There will be 2 Alumnus in Residence. One in Waterloo Court North and one in Waterloo Court South.
Why was UWP chosen?
The number of upper-year student spaces is a good fit for this pilot. Also, the demographics of upper-year students with UWP residence placements was an appropriate representation the upper-year student population.
I have a contract for upper-year residence at UWP and don't want to take part in this program. What can I do?
Thank you for letting us know. You can opt out of this program. We will remove you from our UY Program communications list.
If you would like to have a room change so that you are not located near this program, we can select an alternative room assignment with you.
I don't have a room assignment at UWP but I'm in upper-year residence for next year,
can I get involved?
Only students in UWP, living in Waterloo Court, are able to join this program. This is a pilot program at this time and we selected this community only for this pilot.
Students are welcome to request a room change to UWP if you are eager to be involved and we have spaces available.
It’s also important to note that this program is just one way in which upper-year students can be involved in Waterloo Residences. All upper-year students have access to social events, services such as the grocery shuttle, and support from student staff members.
How long is this pilot project?
12 months (1 whole academic year starting in September 2017)
What will the alumnus in residence do?
Mentors would meet regularly and informally with students and share their professional experiences, lessons learned, and reflections on how they developed life skills.
Help to develop and facilitate a workshop series where students have the opportunity to learn about life skills from subject matter experts. Workshops will allow students to interact with each other while receiving accurate information from experts.
Connect students to resources and information available on campus and in the community.
What will students gain from this opportunity?
Learning life skills that will help them throughout their undergraduate studies and when they transition off-campus (e.g. during co-op or after graduation)
Developing connections/networking with mentors, each other, and subject matter experts
Being advised by a mentor who has already “been through it” and can share real-life examples
Support to minimize transition anxiety when transitioning from their education into the labour force
Is there a cost associated with the program?
In general, no. This is a program is a pilot and is being tested as a possible inclusion in our upper year programming. It is comparable to the programming that exists in residence for first year students – it’s a value-add to the upper year residence experience. Please note that some events may have a small fee associated with them but there is no fee for the pilot program itself.