Year in review: 2017

Banner saying "Goodbye 2017, Welcome 2018"

Can you believe 2018 is just around the corner? Time flies by when we have our eyes glued to a digital screen.  Whether you were studying, working or binge watching Netflix too hard, a lot happened in 2017!  The results are in, and here are our favourite stories of the year, written by talented students just like you.

The Alumni Proposal

Justin and Daphne at convocation.We’re still not over this!  Arts alumni Justin and Daphne bonded over their classes, extra-curriculars, and most importantly, Imprint’s crossword puzzles.  After six years post-graduation, Justin popped the question by revisiting one of their favourite past-times.

The Youngest Winner in Velocity 25K Fund Finals’ History

Headshot of ShakAs the founder of Avro Life Science, Shak and his team are dedicated to delivering allergy medication through aesthetically pleasing stickers.  Just about a year ago, Shak and the Avro team pitched their idea at the Velocity 25K Fund Finals and took home one of four $25,000 cheques!  Take a glimpse at the Avro story to see how Shak put that money to work, and for a helpful dose of inspiration. 

The Men’s Varsity Basketball Power Trio

Justin Hardy, Nedim Hodzic and Simon Petrov.These three Warriors are here to change the game in men’s basketball.  Having been newcomers in the winter term, Justin Hardy, Nedim Hodzic and Simon Petrov switched things up and revealed the hidden potential of the basketball team. 

Jill and Jill’s Clumsy Cactus Business

Jill Zitars and Jill BarlowWhen Jill Zitars was diagnosed with lymphoma, Jill Barlow decided to gift her a sideways, but none-the-less strong and thriving cactus to make her hospital stay a little brighter.  This inspired them to create Clumsy Cactus, an Etsy market that provided a creative outlet for Jill and Jill, and cute pins, earrings and patches for their customers! 

Representing the Black Community on Campus

Eliza UmuhozaAt the end of Black History Month we showcased Elisa Umuhoza, the president of the Black Association for Student Expression (UWBASE).  Through her dedication and passion, she is working to provide a space for black students from all over the world to come together to express themselves, and celebrate their cultures.


There was so much going on this year — we wish we could relive everything amazing that has happened!  Our students continued to thrive in 2017 and we couldn’t be more proud of them.  Let’s hope 2018 brings in more entrepreneurship, love stories and a tighter campus community!  Happy Holidays UWaterloo!

Interested in more success stories like these? Check out the UWaterloo Life Blog for all of our posts! 

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