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UW MATES logo.

With Thrive Week on campus this week, there has been an emphasis on developing self-care habits and learning about the resources available to students. Although there are several counselling services, resources, and seminars available, students may not be aware of them all. In a quest to find out more about one of these services, I reached out to two students from UW’s Mentor Assistance through Education and Support also known as MATES, a one-on-one confidential student support service.

Quidditch 101 for muggles

Photo of one hoop and quidditch players practicing.

To the world, Quidditch is a sport played by the beloved fictional wizard, Harry Potter. The popular books and films feature the game decked out with flying broomsticks, golden snitches and magic. But for Waterloo residents, Quidditch isn’t just what you see on the big screen, it’s so much more!

THE UNION celebrates their first sustainable fashion exhibition

Student modelling a dress made from plastic bags for the “Waste” segment.

On September 30, Project: Trashion hosted their first sustainable fashion show titled: THE UNION. The newly founded University of Waterloo club was created by students, volunteers, and friends who shared the same initiative to reduce waste and make an impact on the environment through art.

A guide to spending Fall Break in Waterloo

Video of Charlie Brown and Snoppy watching a leaf fall into a leaf pile.

As the days inch closer and closer to Fall Break, you may find yourself scrambling to make plans, rushing to book that last-minute carpool ride out of town or scouring the campus trying to look for any form of transportation home. But even if you end up staying put and spending your break in Waterloo, know that you still have options. This upcoming week you can focus on making time with the people you care about and taking a minute to appreciate the little things.

Going abroad and moving ahead

The "Go Abroad Fair" map with different sections.

The University of Waterloo hosted their annual Go Abroad Fair last Wednesday at the Davis Centre. It gave previous Waterloo exchange students and current incoming exchange students a platform to speak about their experiences abroad. The fair was open to undergraduate and graduate students alike, and highlighted opportunities for students to study or work abroad. The fair also shed a light on how exchange can be beneficial not only in academic terms, but also in your everyday life by letting you step out of your comfort zone.

Glowing with Pride

Raised Pride flag at UWaterloo.

June may officially be Pride Month, but every month can be full of the beautiful colours of Pride! As such, I talked to the current Service Coordinators at the Federation of Students’ Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity at the University of Waterloo, Gabriella Verdone and Judy Liu, about what they do on campus year round. I hope this interview helps keep the conversation about LGBTQ+ Pride going!

How to Celebrate Canada’s Birthday in Waterloo Region

Woman dancing in front of Canadian flag.

Canada turns 151 years old on Sunday, July 1, 2018! Canadian Confederation took place in 1867, and Canadians will be celebrating the country’s birthday everywhere this long weekend. Here’s how you can celebrate (for free) in Waterloo Region!

Celebrating National Indigenous History Month at Waterloo

Indigenous peoples.

June is National Indigenous History Month! This month is an important tribute, as well as a clear opportunity for all Canadians to reflect upon the past, present, and future of Indigenous peoples: their history, sacrifices, struggles, contributions, culture, and strength.

You @ Waterloo Day with Future Warriors

Two admitted Waterloo students at You @ Waterloo Day.

On June 3, accepted and admitted students came from all over to attend You @ Waterloo Day and learn more about life in university. Armed with a camera and recorder, we got to know a couple of these future Warriors; their hopes and dreams for their first year and how they came to choose Waterloo.

Student-to-Student: How to Get Involved

Hannah Sesink with King Warrior.

I'm Hannah Sesink, and I’m in my 4A term studying for a Joint Honours in Recreation and Leisure Studies and Social Development Studies (SDS)!

When I arrived at Waterloo, my passion for community pushed me to seek out new opportunities and get involved from the very beginning.

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