"Crunch Time Delivery Service"Third year Arts student delivers food to students on campus during exams

Exam season can be tough. Students become dedicated to studying and bunk down in Dana Porter or the Davis Centre to review. Third-year Arts student Emily Shiu is familiar with this situation, and this term she decided to do something to help her fellow students.

During her time at UWaterloo, Emily has grown accustomed to watching her roommates forgo proper nutrition during midterm and exam seasons to study. To help them out, she started to pick food up for them whenever she was getting takeout from the plaza herself. “I realized that many other students probably have poor eating habits themselves during this stressful time. Since I felt that I was not too busy, being a part-time student this term, I made a post on the Free & For Sale UWaterloo student Facebook page, stating that I would bring food from the plaza to anyone who made a request.”

Emily was not interested in making a profit from this service. Her original post states that the service itself is free, and she only asked that students pay her back the cost of the meal itself. The Facebook post received over 200 likes in 12 hours, and was even shared further on the Life at UWaterloo Facebook page and the UWaterloo subreddit by other students who supported her initiative.

Emily also met new people and made new friends through the service. Arts student Kimberly Chiu reached out to Emily on that first Facebook post, and now she’s helping Emily work out logistics for the service’s future.

Though she only received a few requests for her service during spring term exams, Emily plans to continue with the newly named “Crunch Time Delivery Service” in the upcoming fall term. “I want my fellow students to continue to be reassured that there is someone looking out for them, especially during the stressful exam times,” she said.

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