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The student becomes the teacher

Cindy Wei doing yoga

My name is Cindy Wei and I’m in my in my third year of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. I had an incredible co-op term at Centennial College, where I worked as an Anatomy/Physiology Tutor. My experience was eye-opening and very rewarding. I interacted with nursing students from all around the world in 400 one-on-one appointments, had the opportunity to initiate a weekly yoga class, and facilitated group Learning Circles, engaging over 170 students with innovative learning activities. I was even able to launch two teaching websites.

Wat to Do during Reading Week in Waterloo

Students walking across BMH green in the winter

Whether you’re busy catching up on coursework or bathing in the glory of not having classes or midterms for a week, we want you to enjoy your Reading Week. Here are some great events happening in the Kitchener-Waterloo region throughout the break. Put studying on pause, or push yourself out of your comfort zone and check these things off your to-do list!

Improving Computer Science in and outside of Waterloo

Fatema presents next ot a presentation slide that defines an algorithm

Last month the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) held the “Getting Organized: Tools for Resisting White Supremacy” conference, comprised of many workshops, talks and events, among them the “Manifestations of Racism in STEM” event. Fourth-year student Fatema Boxwala had the opportunity to speak as a panelist as part of this discussion. Today we’re interviewing her about her experiences as a Computer Science student working in the technology sector, and the activism she brings to it.

Midterm motivation tips

Success baby meme, Hey, You can do it

Midterm season is upon us! Motivation is the literal drive to continue working on a task. With all the stress and waves of evaluation, how can you prevent the fatigue that comes with studying? How can you possibly stay motivated throughout the whole season? Well, here are some tips for just that.

Reflecting on my co-op journey

Coop student Sanchit Gera stands with his hands crossed at E5 bridge

My name is Sanchit Gera, and last term I completed my sixth and final co-op work term as part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering program. The co-op process at UWaterloo has been one of the most defining — and grueling — aspects of my university experience. The six work terms scattered over the last five years have taught me a lot and given me quite a bit to be grateful for.

On-campus or off, nevertheless, she persists

Activist and Feminist Sarah Wiley as Master of Ceremonies at the KW Women's March

Image credit: snapd Kitchener/Waterloo

During the Waterloo Region Women’s March this past weekend, you may have recognized a familiar face leading the crowd onstage as MC. Today, we interviewed Sarah Wiley about her experience at the Women’s March, her career as an active feminist, and where she is going in the future.

From struggling to Success Coaching

A peer success coach meets with a student

Peer Success Coaching is an academic development service run by the SSO to connect experienced upper-year students to individual students who are looking for strategies to improve their academic skills and reach their personal goals. These success coaches can offer strategies and resources to you and what’s more, works together with you in a collaborative learning process to personalize a plan to best suit your needs.

We interviewed Nina and Emily about their academic experiences and what it’s like to be a Peer Success Coach, and they shared their perspectives on the challenges that students face.

How to deal with failure

A stressed student with his head in his hands

No one is perfect. Inevitably, there will come a time when reality does not meet with your expectations. What’s important is that we know how to move past these moments.

The Art of Denim

Kara walking info Balzac’s coffee wearing Lila Lavereau’s design

Question number one: Have you by any chance seen someone with extra-large holes in her jeans on campus? 

Question number two: Were you surprised to notice that she had some interesting art adorning those holes and think to yourself, “Wow, that’s pretty neat?”

Meet an SSO Co-op: Fabiola

Fabiola sitting at her desk

I’m Fabiola Alvarez, and I am a 4A Legal Studies & Sociology co-op student. In fall 2017, I worked at the Student Success Office as the Global Learning Associate. I worked with a lovely team of Global Learning Coordinators (GLCs) who work so incredibly hard to make the exchange program possible.

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