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Terrific TED Talks

TED Talks logo.

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!

Birds I View: Campus Wildlife

Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

The wretched April snowstorms have passed, and we’re finally seeing campus come to life with flora and fauna! That being said, this is my fourth year at UWaterloo, and I don’t actually know a lot about the fauna around here. However, I do want to learn — birdwatching is pretty cool, you know! Thus, I’ve done a little research and found a lot of information on the birds that you should be keeping an eye out for. And no, I’m not talking about geese.

University of Waterloo - a charity?

Alumni Relations coop students

My name is Raquel Reyes, a third year Environment, Resource and Sustainability student finishing my co-op placement at the Office of Advancement.

Building the bridge from Waterloo to the world

iBASE volunteers and students.

Learning comes in many different shapes and forms. Some students learn best through reading, some learn best through group study sessions, and some may learn best through hands-on experience. With exams coming up, it’s important to note that everyone has different learning styles and the University of Waterloo offers a plethora of resources for students to learn, grow, and thrive within their environment.

Starting your first co-op term right: How to make your mark on the company

Regan Zink

As most UWaterloo students know, starting a new co-op placement can definitely be intimidating, especially when it’s your first.

Making the most of your internship

Courtney Lang in Nepal.

The University of Waterloo is ranked as one of the top Canadian universities for hands-on and experiential learning, supported by our world-renowned co-op program, international exchange programs, and overseas field placements.

How homework becomes entrepreneurship

It’s no secret that students tend to turn to alternative marketplaces to find, trade or sell their textbooks to other students.

Master of Development Practice student spends semester with the United Nations

Vidya Nair at work for the UNHCR


As part of the Master of Development Practice (MDP) program, students are required to complete an internship within the field of development either in Canada or abroad. Having worked in Southeast Asia in the past, MDP candidate Vidya Nair, was eager to return.

Cleaning up what’s left after a war

During the Vietnam War, fighters dropped more than 400,000 tons of sub-munitions over the country. Today much land remains dangerous to farm 
and civilians continue to be injured from unexploded ordnance. Since the war ended in 1975, more than 100,000 people have been maimed or killed by unexploded bombs and landmines. This all kept Mary Crawford very busy during her internship in Quang Tri.

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