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Year in review: 2017

Banner saying "Goodbye 2017, Welcome 2018"

Can you believe 2018 is just around the corner? Time flies by when we have our eyes glued to a digital screen.  Whether you were studying, working or binge watching Netflix too hard, a lot happened in 2017!  The results are in, and here are our favourite stories of the year, written by talented students just like you.

One Grid, One Community: Zihao's Story

Visualization of villagers using community areas outside for physical activity

Waterloo isn’t the only city nearby that’s bustling with UWaterloo academia.  Soon-to-be pharmacists populate the School of Pharmacy, while architecture students are settled half an hour away from our main campus, in the heart of downtown Cambridge. 

Passion, Design, Development

Selena presenting her design and development tech talk
Not everyone loves to speak in front of large audiences, especially if it’s about a topic they’re overtly passionate about.  There’s a lot of risk that comes with that. 

University of Waterloo - a charity?

Alumni Relations coop students

My name is Raquel Reyes, a third year Environment, Resource and Sustainability student finishing my co-op placement at the Office of Advancement.

Five winter excursions in the KW area for you to visit

Christkindl Market in Kitchener City Hall

The winter holidays are near, and exams and final assignments are coming to an end soon.  It’s important to treat yourself after some intense studying, churning out report after report and hectic group projects.  If you’re drawing a blank on places to check out during the holiday season, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves.

Portal's winning widgets

Hackfest kickoff presentation

Hackfest  – an annual hackathon hosted by Waterloo’s Portal team, which challenges students to create additional widgets that will enhance the Portal app experience.  Usually, this event starts and finishes in one day.  However, this year the hackathon went on for ten days straight!

ICSN: An international support system

ICSN at a Blue Jays game
Settling into a new place is generally a difficult adjustment.  Now, imagine moving to a new country, where everyone speaks a completely different language and you have little knowledge of its cultural history.  To top that off, you’re supposed to be starting a new semester at a brand new institution.  There’s the added pressure to get involved on campus, make friends and stay on top of your schoolwork. 
 

Four International Educational Week events to check out

International Education Week banner

You guessed it from the title: It’s International Education Week (IEW)!  From November 13-17, the University of Waterloo, along with over 100 countries, is celebrating the benefits of international education to the campus community.

Every day during IEW brings something new.  Below are some programs and activities that we thought you’d be interested in checking out. 

Bringing Scenery to Stage

Annaijah welding

What makes a good story? 

The first thing that might pop into your mind is the need for three-dimensional characters, and the complex relationships they have with one another.  Next, the themes throughout the story have got to draw the audience in.  It must have a compelling plot, otherwise it could lose the audience’s attention halfway. 

Behind the Scenes: Feminist Poetry Slam

An individual performing a piece from their phone

The Feminist Poetry Slam hosted by the Women’s Centre is a highly anticipated event each term in the community. It’s a platform for performers to express their identities and struggles through words, and an opportunity for the audience to dive into the themes like never before. To most, the Slam is like a warm embrace; it’s what feels like home.

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