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Terrific TED Talks

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TED Conferences LLC was founded in 1984, but TED Talks entered my radar when I was in high school. Now, pretty much everyone I know has heard of TED Talks. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, but TED Talks are given on all sorts of topics. Just go on the TED Talks website; it lists dozens for you! I love TED Talks because they make complicated topics accessible and interesting to almost anyone. They also inspire and leave you wanting to learn more. For that reason, I found six TED Talks that each fall under the umbrella of one of UWaterloo’s six faculties and connected them to UWaterloo courses. You can chase after more knowledge of the topics discussed in TED Talks right here on campus!

Taking steps to end stigma

Spotlight on Mental Health banner.

Towards the end of March, the peer health educators of Stand Up to Stigma held the Spotlight on Mental Health event in the Student Life Center. The event sought to bring mental health into the spotlight, encourage conversations about mental health, and promote mental wellness at Waterloo.

Behind the Scenes of the Student Leadership Program

Emma, our coop student, holding Stundent Leadership Program Booklets

Hi, my name is Emma Schroeder and I’ve completed my 3B term of Kinesiology, with a minor in rehabilitation. I’m the Student Leadership Program Assistant here at the Student Success Office. As a co-op student, I feel very fortunate to help run the Student Leadership Program. Although I am working in the background to ensure that workshops run smoothly, I still receive a lot of positive feedback from students. This is rewarding to me because I am able to make a difference in students’ professional development and help my peers reach their full potential.

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.

Evolving from mentee to mentor

Maddie Campbell

John C. Maxwell once said, “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” No matter who you are or where you come from, everybody wants the opportunity to show off their leadership chops.

weCONNECTu: An opportunity to give back to the community

Alyssa Ruby

weCONNECTu is a program that is run by the Applied Health Sciences (AHS) faculty to facilitate relationships and mentorship between first-year and upper-year AHS students. It is a one-to-one mentorship program that provides both personal and academic support to individuals in their first-year, as well as refers them to services and resources available on campus.

Landing the dream job: one student's experience working at Microsoft

Rhys Hollis

Rhys working on a video shoot

It’s that time of term again, when co-op interviews are in full swing. Main-round interviews start this week and anyone who’s ever applied for a job knows the nervous anticipation you get when you’re waiting to hear if you were selected for an interview. For Rhys Hollis, a second year Recreation and Leisure student, landing a job at Microsoft was a dream come true.

Marlena Books: bridging the gap between a love of reading and dementia

Rachel reading to her grandmother

Rachel reading to her grandmother

Seeing an opportunity and seizing it is one of the first steps to creating a successful entrepreneurial venture. For Rachel Thompson, a graduate from the faculty of Applied Health Sciences and alumna of St. Paul's GreenHouse, her leap into entrepreneurship began when her grandmother, a lover of books, was diagnosed with dementia.

Co-op student single-handedly lands her dream job

Hilary Lam

Some people spend their entire lives trying to find their true passion, but Kinesiology student, Hilary Lam, knew exactly what she wanted to do since the very beginning of her undergraduate career.

Hilary says that she realized her passion for forensic investigation on the first day of her 2B term.

Recent alumna sets out to change the game

Laura Morrison on the Social Impact Showcase stage

Laura Morrison has long been passionate about preventing sexual assault and challenging rape culture. Over the last couple of years, the Recreation and Leisure Studies student (now alumna), set out to raise awareness and explore ways to prevent sexual violence in athletic organizations.

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