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Counting down the last 5 years

Students from our favourite UWaterloo Life blog posts.

Whether or not you have been keeping track, the countdown to winter break has officially started. As we complete the term, we’ve decided to have our own countdown to highlight some of our favourite student success stories and tips from the UWaterloo Life Blog.

TomorrowLove inspires Alexandra to define her own path for the future

Alexandra Carruthers.

Last week, University of Waterloo students graced the stage of the Modern Languages Theatre of the Arts in the production, TomorrowLove. During November 14 to 17, students were invited to witness seven short playlets written by Rosamund Small. These seven short plays interwoven in TomorrowLove surrounded topics of technology, love, and relationships.

Making a home away from home

Jessie Lee.

This semester, more than 250 exchange students chose to travel to the University of Waterloo to study and explore. They decided to leave the familiar in search of new educational and cultural experiences. Jessie Lee is one of those students. She is an economics and business student fascinated with studying in another country. In honour of International Education Week, we talked to her about her experiences at Waterloo and learned some of the differences between the campuses. 

On the road: Engineering a journey across Canada

Abdullah Barakat outside in his coveralls.

In Abdullah Barakat’s final days before convocation, he decided to take a road trip across Canada, visiting the different engineering programs of different schools in the country. As a student graduating from the University of Waterloo with a degree in mechanical engineering, he wanted to take a chance and see what he could learn from each province and institution in April 2018.

Then, he created The Road Trip of the Travelling Covies blog, where he wrote about his day-to-day experiences travelling cross-country.

Random Acts of Kindness across Waterloo

Original template for the Random Act of Kindness #UWRAK contest.

Last Friday, November 2 students were encouraged to celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day by making thoughtful gestures throughout their day on campus. Whether you complimented someone’s presentation in class or held the door open for a group of people, the day proved that you could plant seeds of kindness anywhere you go.

Thrive Week Templates

Thrive Week logo.

As Thrive Week comes to a close, it doesn’t mean that the time to thrive is ending. The message of the week was meant to highlight the resources you can use on campus to thrive in everyday life, foster an inclusive community and show how to develop healthy habits as a student. With Thrive Week also came the launch of a new Instagram Story template each day on @UWaterlooLife. Every story template was designed to help students identify the positive actions they’re already taking to thrive all year.

UW Mates - someone to talk to

UW MATES logo.

With Thrive Week on campus this week, there has been an emphasis on developing self-care habits and learning about the resources available to students. Although there are several counselling services, resources, and seminars available, students may not be aware of them all. In a quest to find out more about one of these services, I reached out to two students from UW’s Mentor Assistance through Education and Support also known as MATES, a one-on-one confidential student support service.

Quidditch 101 for muggles

Photo of one hoop and quidditch players practicing.

To the world, Quidditch is a sport played by the beloved fictional wizard, Harry Potter. The popular books and films feature the game decked out with flying broomsticks, golden snitches and magic. But for Waterloo residents, Quidditch isn’t just what you see on the big screen, it’s so much more!

THE UNION celebrates their first sustainable fashion exhibition

Student modelling a dress made from plastic bags for the “Waste” segment.

On September 30, Project: Trashion hosted their first sustainable fashion show titled: THE UNION. The newly founded University of Waterloo club was created by students, volunteers, and friends who shared the same initiative to reduce waste and make an impact on the environment through art.

Surviving midterms: How to embrace setbacks

Homer Simpson with a stressed expression flipping through a book.

“Midterm season” is a time for any student that, more often than not, can induce instant worry. Once the season hits, it’s not unusual to see students camping out in campus libraries with a coffee in hand, surrounded by cue cards.

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