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January 2017

Hey Waterloo students - you do some pretty awesome things and we want to tell your stories of success. Help us bring your accomplishments (and those of your friends) to life. While you're here, read what other students are up to, share their stories and tell the world about the cool, smart and fun things Waterloo students do.

And So, We Unravel: Standing In and Against Rape Culture

Every year the SPCOM 440 class explores and grapples with a controversial topic. Their discussion is then showcased through various artistic mediums in an attempt to spark a campus wide conversation.

A new way to improve yourself


Recently, I attended two workshops held by the Student Success Office. It was a new experience for me, since I have never attended any workshops before, and I know many international students rarely sign up for workshops just like me. 


Closing the gap between women and technology

prize winnersIn November 2016, Devs Without Borders organized the Break Inequality Hackathon in partnership with Plan Canada. This two-day event took place in the Google headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo, bringing developers together to create solutions for disadvantaged women in the rural communities of Bangladesh.


How to fuel your body and your mind! (In 15 minutes or less)

food portraitEating is an extremely important part of our everyday lives and unfortunately all too often it’s treated as a dreaded chore rather than a vital necessity, especially among students. Given that we already have so much on our plate, carving out a chunk of time to prepare a healthy meal is often the last thing we want to do.

Poetry vs. Patriarchy


March 8 is International Women’s Day, and in order to commemorate this, the Women’s Centre will be hosting various events throughout the week. The events aim to celebrate the empowerment and progress of women in society through activities such as bust casting and open circle conversations.

Elisa Umuhoza: Strengthening the black community on campus

don oliverThe end of  February wraps up Black History Month. In Canadian history, this celebration was officially recognized in 2008, thanks to the efforts of a former senator by the name of Donald Oliver.

The Nine Things You Learn on Exchange

Originally prepared by Kristina Overbeek with edits by Fabiola Alvarez and Nirvona Sorayo-Galo

Going on exchange is a unique experience that allows you to expand your horizons not only as a student, but also as an individual. With a plethora of destinations to choose from, the opportunities for growth and adventure are limitless.


Five insider tips and tricks for Waterloo students

Waterloo students may come from different programs, hometowns, age groups or backgrounds, yet one thing all students can come to a consensus on is this: Student life can be challenging.


How to make the most out of reading week in Waterloo for under $100

Staying in Waterloo over reading week? Worried about not having anything to do? We have you covered! Here at the SSO we have searched far and wide to bring you a list of activities that won’t break the bank and are guaranteed to be an amazing time.

Go Green or Go Home

tia infront of green wayPreserving our environment and doing the best we can to keep our surroundings green and sustainable is potentially one of the most pressing issues of our time. I caught up with one of UWaterloo’s green activists, Tia Brierley, to get a better understanding of the initiatives she has taken in order to make UWaterloo a more sustainable space. 

Six Tips for Finding Co-op Success

co-oping togretherIt is no secret that co-op season can be stressful. Trying to balance job applications and an academic workload is by no means an easy task. The stress of this whole process can be amplified significantly if you are not hearing anything from employers.

A Behind the Scenes Look at one of the Biggest Events on Campus

gioFashion for change is a club on campus that for seven years has combined a passion for the arts and philanthropy to create change in the global community. Fashion for Change works collaboratively with WE Charity (formerly known as Free the Children) and every year donates the proceeds of their year-end show to building a school in a developing area of the world.

5 Interesting Facts About the Lunar New Year

chiense new year dance at renisonThe Lunar New Year is an annually celebrated tradition that brings together thousands of people in a celebration of life, light and family. This past Saturday, January 28 marked the official beginning of the Year of the Rooster. Here are five interesting things you may not have known about the Lunar New Year.

Waterloo athletes share their thoughts on the importance of mental health on campus

Yesterday marked an impressive demonstration by not only our nation but also our own student body here at the University of Waterloo. Countless students rallied together in support of a cause that deserved our utmost attention, as mental illness affects one out of every five Canadians in their lifetime.

Five tips for maintaining a healthy mind and a happy heart

I recently attended a panel discussion hosted by the University of Waterloo on Mental Health and Racism. Featured on the panel were three extremely accomplished and educated individuals: Dr. Sherene Rezack, Dr. Kwame Mckenzie and Patrick Case. Dr. Mckenzie the CEO of the Wellesley Institute and an avid activist for race equality and mental wellness spoke about the intriguing idea of Mental Capital. He described this idea as the equation that makes up our ability to be prosperous human beings.

Clumsy Cactus: Spinning tragedy into success

jill and jill and guelph night marketReceiving bad news is often hard and overwhelming, but sometimes it is in our darkest hours that we are inspired to create something wonderful. This was the case for good friends Jill Barlow, a coop student in Arts and Business and Laurier student Jill Zitars, who were inspired to start Clumsy Cactus when Jill Z. was diagnosed with lymphoma.

Six tips on how to start the term off with a BANG

Whether you are in your first or fifth year at the university, the first few weeks of a new semester can always be a little challenging. We understand the struggle of the early morning classes and everyday grind and we are here to help!