December 2022

5 things I learned last term at the University of Waterloo

Rachel posed in front of cherry blossom trees

This summer was my first time experiencing university in person. Along with the adjustment period, I feel like I learned a lot about student life, how to study effectively, and the importance of balance.

Approaching networking as an introvert

Image of Colette, SFM student

Meeting UWaterloo alumni to share ideas and experiences 

Hi there! I’m Colette, a second-year student in the Sustainability and Financial Management Program. In a few days, I will be meeting some SAF alumni through the Fellowship Program Café and will have the opportunity to speak to them about their experience in the program, how it’s helped them in their careers, and more.

STRIVEing to have fun! Overcoming previous competition woes

Tony, AFM student

In all honestly, I used to dislike case competitions. Competing was stressful and I lost several times, however, despite my suboptimal experiences in the past, I found a turning point this year with the STRIVE Conference case competition, which is among Ontario’s largest accounting-focused conferences.

A not-so-typical day in the life of a second year AFM student

Merry sitting on bench

Join me as I run from the Optometry building to Renison University College in 10 minutes. Let this be a cautionary tale to not bite off more than you can chew.

My go-to questions to ask SAF alumni

Joshua standing in front of skyline

Through many events and one-on-one conversations, I have been able to meet several alumni to pick their brains about their former experiences.

How to *figuratively* breakthrough borders

Quang and friends in a gym

Moving your entire life from one city to another can seem daunting but imagine moving everything to a new country or continent. While the experience brings countless challenges, it is also equally rewarding.

The differences between university and high school, and how to make the transition easier!

Tianna at high school graduation

The transition from high school to university is a big one, mainly because of the vast differences between the two. Below are some key differences to watch out for!

Lessons learned from competing at STRIVE


Through the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) External Competition Subsidy Program, I recently had the pleasure of competing in the STRIVE Case Competition, where my team came in first place!

Key advice I learned at the Women in Accounting and Finance 10th Anniversary event

Headshot of Gurkomal

Gurkomal, a second-year Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) student, had the opportunity to attend the Women in Accounting and Finance 10th Anniversary event and connect with speakers who offered her motivating advice as successful women leaders. This networking event was the most inspiring one she’s attended yet.

My tell-all as a SOAP Ambassador


Have you ever wondered what it is like being a School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) student at the University of Waterloo? Well, you have come to the right place.

An inside look at studying in the School of Accounting and Finance as an international student

Cloie sitting on a bench and smiling

After two terms of studying online, I finally got on my flight from China to Canada. My on-campus university journey was officially commencing, and a new experience was going to be unlocked.

An inside look at being an international SAF student

Dani smiling

As an international student, the University of Waterloo was an unexpected choice for me but it has ended up being a wonderful decision.

How to make networking fun


Networking can be a scary experience, and you might be putting a lot of pressure on yourself because you think you need it to find a job or to advance your career. The truth is you can approach networking in a fun and lighthearted way to get the most out of it. Here are my three tips that I found made networking more enjoyable:

Winning first place at the STRIVE Conference national case competition

Photo of Ceanna

It was an honour to represent the School of Accounting and Finance and win first place in the STRIVE Conference's national case competition at the senior tier level among several other teams across the country.

Networking for newbies


Networking can seem scary, especially since we can’t hide behind our screens anymore. Online or not, networking can be made easy with a little preparation. Here are my top four tips and tricks for making long-lasting connections when networking!   

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