July 2014

From 2013-2018, the UWaterloo Life Blog revealed many highlights of the University of Waterloo student experience. What started as one story all the way back in 2013, snowballed into over 300 unique tales of adventure and perseverance, a little failure, and a lot of success. If you liked the blog, you’ll love our Instagram! Follow @UWaterloolife to discover new stories of student success and follow along with student takeovers.

Turning an idea into an e-boutique opportunity

Photos by Tanja-Tiziana Burdi for NOW! Magazine.

Rose Athena is an e-boutique that allows women to put together their own personalized dresses and to purchase them online. Customers can choose from over 2,500 dress designs, each garment handcrafted from quality materials and tailored specifically to their style and form, including neckline, sleeve length, and hemline.

Preparing a generation for peace

Arts student educates about peace in the community

Guest blog by Katie Gingerich

I love camp. I love the silliness, excitement and community. Most importantly, I love the learning opportunities and teachable moments camp can offer. I am Katie Gingerich, a fourth-year Peace and Conflict Studies student and this summer’s Peace Camp Coordinator. When this job opportunity arose in January this past year, I jumped at the chance. How often do you get to mix two of your favourite things into a summer job? For me, this means forging camp and teaching with peace-building and social justice, all made possible by Peace Camp.

Student entrepreneurs pitch for $100k

Velocity startups take to the stage to compete for $100,000 award

The tenth Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) kicked off in the Student Life Centre with 10 teams pitching their startup ideas to the crowded Great Hall. The teams were competing for one of four $25,000 cheques. Companies pitched ideas that would change how people test for allergies, improve how people garden at home and more.

Growing up and out

Engineering student expands her organic food business into Kitchener-Waterloo

Guest blog by Emily Peat

My name is Emily Peat and I’m in 4A Civil Engineering here at the University of Waterloo. I started a small organic food delivery business, EcoPlace Organics, in 2012 through the Enterprise Co-op program. Recently I announced an exciting new step for my business; we merged with Eat Green Organics, London’s largest and oldest organic delivery company, which allows EcoPlace to expand into Kitchener-Waterloo.

Working with integrity

Arts student navigates academic integrity

Guest blog by Jill Storey

Recently I had an encounter with a well-known education technology company that made me think about what it meant to have integrity. I had to evaluate both the company and my own values during this experience, and making the right choice was difficult. In the end, however, following my own values led me to success. To me, having academic integrity means that one is responsible for their own work, and does not cheat or take advantage of the work of others.

A rewarding experience

Applied Health Sciences student earns Duke of Edinburgh Award

Sarah Money, a second-year Applied Health Sciences student, was recently awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Award by Governor General David Johnston. The award is open to anyone aged 14 to 25, and it challenges participants in four key areas: community service, skill development, physical recreation, and adventurous journey. “I've met a lot of people, traveled and gained independence - this prepared me for university,” shared Sarah.

Students helping students

St. Paul’s students support each other through the Student Refugee Program

Gloire Gatabazi grew up in Kenya with refugee status, living most of his life in Nairobi and eventually relocating to the Kakuma Refugee Camp. When he was in high school, Gloire knew he wanted to attend post-secondary school, but knew that due to his refugee status he did not qualify for government scholarships. Last year though, he left Kenya to study International Development at the University of Waterloo.

A vision for the future

Environment student kicks off in World Vision Cup

Guest blog by Alex Foto

My name is Alex Foto, I am 19 years old, and I am entering my second year at the University of Waterloo studying International Development. I am fortunate to have grown up in Canada, a country where things like access to health care, education, and basic nutrition are often things we take for granted. At the beginning of May I travelled to Brazil with World Vision to participate in the World Vision Cup.

Swinging for success

Fourth-year Engineering student competes at 2014 World University Golf Championship

Devon Rizzo, a fourth-year Management Engineering student, teed off her Canada Day weekend in Switzerland this year. She was competing in the 2014 World University Golf Championship with Team Canada for the third year in a row.

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