From 2013-2018, the UWaterloo Life Blog revealed many highlights of the University of Waterloo student experience. What started as one story all the way back in 2013, snowballed into over 300 unique tales of adventure and perseverance, a little failure, and a lot of success. If you liked the blog, you’ll love our Instagram! Follow @UWaterloolife to discover new stories of student success and follow along with student takeovers.
Educating beyond borders
Jenna Bott, a Peace and Conflict Studies students, has always had a passion for travelling and learning about other cultures. It’s only natural then, that she spent her summer beyond borders in East Africa. Jenna volunteered for three months in Uganda for Reach Out Mbuya, an HIV/AIDS non-government organization, working in the “Operation Children Support” program with orphans and vulnerable children.
New student implements peer mentorship program for English students
When Katie Jessup arrived at uWaterloo in January 2012 as a transfer student, she brought along some great experience in peer-mentorship. It’s no surprise that by fall 2012 she was working with Dr. Heather Smyth to create a peer-mentorship program for uWaterloo’s English department.
uWaterloo student aims to end mental health stigma
Nolan Finkelstein has found his voice. The upper-year Arts student wants to break down the stigma associated with mental illness, and with his Imprint column “Livin’ on the Edge” he’s started to do just that. Every week Nolan openly shares his experience as a student with mental illness while tackling norms like “boys don’t cry” and frequently advocating the importance of reaching out for help.
uWaterloo students expand horizons & explore international trade relationships
International Trade Specialization (ITS) and Management Studies fourth-year students recently returned from Israel with a new perspective on international trade. Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Technion University, Heseg House, and Hebrew University are just some of the locations the Arts and Business students travelled to this summer to learn about Israel’s heritage, entrepreneurial spirit, and national psyche.
uWaterloo student’s magazine celebrates hidden talents
Victoria Stacey, a third-year Arts student, has been busy this summer and now she’s ready to share her passion through a new magazine. Passion8 launched digitally on September 1 and will be released in print for purchase later this month.
uWaterloo student uses Twitter to connect local community
Ronald Chui, a 4th year Accounting and Financial Management student, wants you to meet the people of Kitchener-Waterloo. Ronald co-founded the rotation curation Twitter account @PeopleofKW in March 2013 with a recent uWaterloo grad, Erin Matheson.
Waterloo co-op student records Stratford history through seniors’ stories
Stories have a way of connecting people of all generations around a common history. Lindsay Kroes, a third-year Arts student, collected stories and memoirs from 50 Stratford resident seniors and wrote a book about their histories for her co-op term.