What’s it like to come to Waterloo?

Read stories from upper-year students

Whether you are staying close to home or moving far away, the transition to university can be a big change.

You may be wondering what it's really like to become a student at Waterloo, or what to expect from your classes.

This online activity will help you prepare for your first year at Waterloo. Login with your WatIAM username and password to:

  • read stories from current students,
  • share your own thoughts and experiences, and
  • help future students know what to expect.

More about the online activity

Who is this activity for? 

This online activity is for new, incoming students starting at Waterloo in Fall 2017. Log in by using your WatIAM username and password. 

How long will it take?

It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. We encourage you to take the time to do the activity in one session, without distractions. 

When should I do it? 

Participate as soon as you can, but ideally by August 31, 2017. You may also receive an invitation to participate from an instructor in the first few weeks of classes. The activity and survey close on Sunday, September 17, 2017. 

Who can I contact if I have problems participating? 

If you have questions or encounter any challenges with the online activity, please contact Christopher Lok (cblok@uwaterloo.ca).

Why should I participate? 

We have collected stories from upper-year students and want to share them with you to help with your expectations for academic and social aspects of Waterloo. We're also interested in hearing your experiences in order to help future students. 

Why is the University of Waterloo providing this activity? 

The Student Success Office, in partnership with researchers from Waterloo and other universities, is conducting a study to learn more about students' experiences in their transition to university. The online activity is developed by the College Transition Collaborative. We've already collected data from a group of upper-year students at Waterloo. We want to share some of these stories with you through this online activity. We're also interested in the experiences and attitudes of incoming Waterloo students - you and your future classmates. Your submissions may be used to help improve the transition to university for future students.