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.
Alex Wong and Shahid Haider. Original photo from Waterloo Stories.
It's difficult for Shahid Haider to watch his younger brother prick his finger every day. For people with type 1 diabetes, this is a painful reality when it comes to regularly testing their glucose levels.
Photo provided by Ryan Bolton
Imagine what it'd be like to score $65,000 in prizes. You'd be a pretty lucky student. Daniel Pracsovics is this year's luckiest student across Canada.
Daniel, a Physics and Astronomy student, won more than $65,000 in prizes this past Saturday at the Bombshelter Pub thanks to the Canada’s Luckiest Student contest hosted by Student Life Network. Daniel was joined at the big announcement by 30 of his friends and family who came from Cobourg to celebrate his winnings.
Here's someone who really knows his numbers. Out of approximately 4,000 students, a recent UWaterloo grad achieved the highest standing this year on a nation-wide exam.
Many may consider studying English and Engineering to be two very separate worlds. A UWaterloo student has been working to show these two worlds can nicely complement each other in the world of teaching. Now he has an award to prove it.
An award-winning varsity athlete with a 95.6 per cent average shows us that it is possible to attain a life/school balance while in university.
Guest blog by Amanda Rampertab
My name is Amanda Rampertab and I’m in my 1A term for Mechatronics Engineering. I was awarded the 2014 Schulich Leader Scholarship at the University of Waterloo, presented to a student pursuing a degree in an engineering program, valued at $80,000.
Applied Health Sciences student earns Duke of Edinburgh Award
Sarah Money, a second-year Applied Health Sciences student, was recently awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Award by Governor General David Johnston. The award is open to anyone aged 14 to 25, and it challenges participants in four key areas: community service, skill development, physical recreation, and adventurous journey. “I've met a lot of people, traveled and gained independence - this prepared me for university,” shared Sarah.
Fatin with Margarita Astrálaga, the Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean
Environment student wins vlogging competition, advocates for environmental action in Barbados
Fatin Chowdhury, a UWaterloo Environment student, has a fierce commitment to sustainability in the face of climate change. Recently, he followed this passion and entered a vlogging competition held by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), where actor and UNEP ambassador, Don Cheadle personally selected him for first place.
Arts student awarded for integrated, interactive media project
At Toronto Digifest 2014, English student Matt Neill competed against 40 teams from 13 different post-secondary schools, and earned the ‘Best Integrated Media Project’ award for his Point of Experience Technology (POET).
UWaterloo grad student’s life-changing app won $25,000 in national hackathon
Carlos Saavedra, a student in Waterloo’s Master of Digital Experience Innovation program at the Stratford Campus, won the first Canadian Open Data Experience, a 48-hour hackathon that challenged participants to create an application that would better the lives of Canadians. Carlos’s invention was awarded the $25,000 grand prize and also won the $1,000 fan favourite prize, as chosen by Canadians in an online poll.