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Waterloo students are accomplishing awesome things every day - and we want to tell your stories of success.

Getting involved and standing out

Emily helping a student in a workshop.

In today’s competitive atmosphere, it’s no surprise that many students are trying to find ways to develop new skill sets to succeed. Especially in an environment like Waterloo, flooding with overachievers and innovators, students often find themselves searching for opportunities to help them stand out against others.

Building the bridge from Waterloo to the world

iBASE volunteers and students.

Learning comes in many different shapes and forms. Some students learn best through reading, some learn best through group study sessions, and some may learn best through hands-on experience. With exams coming up, it’s important to note that everyone has different learning styles and the University of Waterloo offers a plethora of resources for students to learn, grow, and thrive within their environment.

Summer hotspots in the region near you

Elora Gorge.

With exams coming up, it’s important to take some time out for yourself; basking in the sun and enjoying fun hobbies as much as possible, especially before you’re stuck in a cubicle with your nose in a book all day. UWaterloo students tend to stay in the campus bubble during this busy time, but remember that this city holds some amazing spots nearby for the leisure time that you need and deserve!

Evolving from mentee to mentor

Maddie Campbell

John C. Maxwell once said, “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” No matter who you are or where you come from, everybody wants the opportunity to show off their leadership chops.

Celebrating diversity, inclusivity and the ‘SUM of us’ at Pride 2017

June marks national Pride month; a month in which we seek to eliminate discrimination and prejudice by recognizing the LGBTQ+ community worldwide. Every year, a Pride Parade is held in the heart of Downtown Toronto, where thousands march to celebrate diversity, gender variances, and the right to be whomever they may be.

In celebration of Canada’s big 150

Fireworks display at Columbia Ice Fields.

This year, July 1 marks a momentous occasion for more reasons than one. Not only is the University of Waterloo turning 60, but the Federation of Students is turning 50, and of course, the land we call home is turning the big 1-5-0! There are a ton of celebratory gatherings happening both on and off campus in light of these exciting times. After all, what’s a birthday without a little celebration?

Recognizing the Indigenous Peoples of Canada

On June 21, not only did we celebrate the summer solstice, but we also celebrated a very important occasion: National Aboriginal Day (note: the Canadian Federal Government intends to change the name from National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Day).

Starting your first co-op term right: How to make your mark on the company

Regan Zink

As most UWaterloo students know, starting a new co-op placement can definitely be intimidating, especially when it’s your first.

Five tips on managing your student budget

With bluer skiers and sunnier days, it becomes a lot easier to spend frivolously and lose sight of your budget. Let’s face it, once summertime rolls around, we’re all heading to our favourite patios, attending music festivals, and planning vacations. Summer activities come with high costs, and managing these costs can be overwhelming while on a student budget.

Here are five tips on how you can have a great summer while also maintaining your budget.

1. Recognize your income and expenses

Perfecting your pitch

Students gathered for a UW Toastmasters meeting.

Mark Twain once said, “There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars.”

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