January 2022

Reflecting on a successful journey in SIF with Isaac W.

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The Student Investment Fund (SIF) is where students receive hands-on training in investment management and work together to manage a portfolio of Canadian and American equities, with the guidance from faculty members and industry professionals. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this student-led initiative this year, we spoke to Isaac W. (4B AFM student) who was the chief executive officer (CEO) in the Fall 2021 term, about his experience being a part of the fund during multiple study terms.

Leveraging opportunities early on in our undergraduate career

AFM 112 Dashboard Competition team photo of Mads, Katarina, Kaitlyn, Leo and John

In December 2021, we competed in the second annual Interactive Business Dashboard Competition (IBDC), a competition sponsored by the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Information Integrity and Information System Assurance (UW CISA). Our task was to develop an interactive business dashboard for a toy store retailer, TTS, where the company can monitor their own performance.

My tips for completing the SAF Admissions Assessment (SAFAA)

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The SAFAA is a great opportunity for the School to get to know you a little better. Take this opportunity to be the main character and choose an experience that maximizes your ability to tell a story.

How I am breaking gender barriers through Women in Finance

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Hi everyone! I’m Claire, a first-year student in the new Sustainability and Financial Management (SFM) program at the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF). I am also the communications executive for the Women in Finance (WIF) team. I was introduced to WIF as I was preparing for my first year at Waterloo, and I was immediately drawn to the idea of a team dedicated to educating and breaking barriers for women in the finance industry. As someone who would be directly affected by these barriers, I wanted the opportunity to tackle them head-on. It's been a few months now and I can happily say that WIF is one of my favourite experiences as a Waterloo student.

Women in Finance: A student initiative that strives to bridge the gender gap in the finance industry

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The School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) interviewed members of Waterloo's student initiative, Women in Finance (WIF), to learn more about the work they do, the services they offer, and the successful impact they have on students. SAF met with Queena and Puneet, the group’s co-heads, Momna and Caddie, branding executives, Claire, Ramneek and Sandra, communications executives, Megan, outreach executive, and Maryam, logistics executive.

Discovering my passion in helping small businesses and non-profits achieve their goals

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Hi! My name is Bianca and I just completed my 4B term in the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program. Since spring 2020, I have been involved with the School of Accounting and Finance’s (SAF) Non-Profit Organization Consulting (NPOC) group where I work on multiple client projects helping non-profit organizations (NPOs) develop and grow their organizations. I have also been able to create learning tools, such as blog articles, to answer some common accounting and business related questions from start-up NPOs.

How to finance your education

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Tips from a current student that will help you pay for university

Why I fell in love with CFM 101

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Introduction to Financial Markets and Data Analytics – CFM 101 was my favourite course this term and it’s exactly why I chose Computing Financial Management (CFM) for my undergraduate studies.

Why you shouldn’t panic if you haven’t received your Offer of Admission yet

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We know this is a nerve-wracking time, but don’t worry!

Hi! My name is Matthew, and I’m an upper-year student in the Honours Arts and Business program at the University of Waterloo. I’m also the School of Accounting and Finance’s Marketing and Recruitment Associate for this co-op term! As part of my job, I speak to a lot of students about the status of their applications, and I wanted to give you some insight into why you do not need to panic if you haven’t received an early offer of admission.

So, you’ve received your offer of admission to AFM

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Now that you’re in, what do you do now?

Congratulations! You’ve got an offer to the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program! But now that you’ve got your offer, what are the next steps? Here are a couple of things you should do after you’ve received your offer of admission!

Why I knew UWaterloo and SAF was the right fit for me

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How a rainy day changed my life

Hi, I’m Alex, and I am a student in the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program at the University of Waterloo. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, working on financial models, and walking my 10-year-old Bichon-Shih Tzu Ozzy (who can be seen in the photo below, proudly sporting his Waterloo bandana).

Comparing your university offers of admission

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How to make the tough choice between the programs you’ve been admitted to

Hi! My name is Matthew, and I am an upper-year student in the University of Waterloo’s Honours Arts and Business program. I am also the School of Accounting and Finance’s Marketing and Recruitment Associate for this co-op term. As someone who had to pick between university programs a few years ago, I thought it would be helpful to give you some tips on how to choose between the multiple offers you might have.

What I would tell my first-year self

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As I come close to entering my final year at the University of Waterloo, I reflect and realize that there are many things I have learned not only about accounting and finance, but myself.

Three pieces of advice for my first-year self

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Hello, I’m Sarah, a second-year student in the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program at the University of Waterloo! First year was quite the experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nonetheless it was so much fun! If I could go back and give my first-year self some advice, here’s what I would say:

How Waterloo Ready helped me succeed in first year

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Hi! My name is Aline, and I am a second-year student in the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program.

I still remember being extremely excited but at the same time extremely nervous for my first year of university. Before classes started, I set up my account on the school’s website and found out about Waterloo Ready.

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