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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!

Creating a Conference: Alex Tummon Simmons

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Our university experiences are our own. Even so, we can stand to benefit from learning about those of our peers. We may be part of a large university with a variety of unique programs, but we can all relate to, be inspired by, and appreciate what other students are doing. With that in mind, I interviewed second-year student Alex Tummon Simmons, an internal transfer student who, in his spare time, decided to co-found an entirely new conference in his area of interest.

Making campus a little brighter: A double feature

Lyle Kam Playing Guitar in the open space between DP and PHYS, a small crowd has gathered to watch

Today we’re bringing you something different; a double feature about two artistic students at opposite ends of their university careers, making campus a little brighter with what they bring to and leave behind with the University.

Our first story is about Lyle Kam, a hopeful first-year in love with music. You may have seen him between Dana Porter and the Physics building this past Valentine’s Day, or another day this term, busking.

The long road ahead: Waterloo’s fencing team begins their journey

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Two years ago the Student Success Office met Marc Lo, a student taking a stab at the competition alone. Now as he reaches the final stretch of his Waterloo career, Marc stands alongside a talented team of fencers representing the University of Waterloo in the Ontario Universities Athletics (OUA) Men’s Fencing Competition for first time since its founding. By competing at the together, they hope to establish a presence for fencing here at Waterloo and eventually be recognized as a varsity sport.

Reflecting on my co-op journey

Coop student Sanchit Gera stands with his hands crossed at E5 bridge

My name is Sanchit Gera, and last term I completed my sixth and final co-op work term as part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering program. The co-op process at UWaterloo has been one of the most defining — and grueling — aspects of my university experience. The six work terms scattered over the last five years have taught me a lot and given me quite a bit to be grateful for.

One Grid, One Community: Zihao's Story

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Waterloo isn’t the only city nearby that’s bustling with UWaterloo academia.  Soon-to-be pharmacists populate the School of Pharmacy, while architecture students are settled half an hour away from our main campus, in the heart of downtown Cambridge. 

Behind the Scenes: Orientation

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Happy End of Orientation Warriors!

We hope you had a spectacular week meeting new people in your faculty, navigating campus, and cramming in as much fun as you can before classes begin.  Everyone involved in it certainly enjoyed every aspect of bringing Orientation to life for you. 

Encouraging passion with STEM and the HeForShe IMPACT scholarship

Anjali Joshi, one of six winners of the HeForShe IMPACT scholarship. (Photo courtesy of the University of Waterloo)

With a passion and love for engineering, Anjali Joshi, a first-year Mechanical Engineering student, found it an easy choice to pursue a STEM degree at the University of Waterloo. Anjali is one of the six recipients of the 2016 HeForShe IMPACT scholarship, which is a part of the University of Waterloo’s IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative to advance gender equality.

Taking the wheel: One student’s path to Engineering at UWaterloo

Matthew Rose

Matthew working on the team car at the electric car race at UWaterloo

​Picking a university program isn’t always easy, but when you follow what you love it makes choosing that much easier. For students like Matthew Rose, a first year in Mechatronics Engineering  and a graduate of Bluevale Collegiate Institute, his involvement in his high schools’ Electric Car Club was a chance to pursue his passion and get first-hand experience in his future career.

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