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Shaping your future by learning abroad

Guest blog by Nicola Toffelmire

The best decision I made at the University of Waterloo was to internationalize my degree. I was granted the opportunity to work in three different countries during my co-op terms at the University of Waterloo: Togo, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. 

Exploring the world of Waterloo at Orientation

Guest blog by Erin Wong 

Hello! My name is Erin Wong and I’m in my last year of Kinesiology from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. Since November 2013, I was given a great opportunity to be a part of the Federation Orientation Committee (FOC) team as a representative of the Student Success Office.

Turning Lego into a scholarship

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. 

Giving back in Guatemala

Science student volunteers in Guatemala

Guest blog by Anisha Tailor

Hola! My name is Anisha Tailor, and I am entering my fourth year of the Honours Biology program at the University of Waterloo. On August 14, 2014, I embarked on what became some of the best and most fulfilling days of my life. I went to Guatemala for a 12-day medical volunteer trip with an organization called VIDA (Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures).

90 days in Peru

Arts student travels to Peru with St. Jerome's Beyond Borders program

Guest blog by Wil Schmor

Hola! My name is Wil Schmor and I am entering my 3A term at the University of Waterloo studying Global Business And Digital Arts (GBDA). I spent my spring term in Chiclayo, Peru working for a coffee brand called Café Femenino. This was done through the Beyond Borders program at St. Jerome’s University. 

Preparing a generation for peace

Arts student educates about peace in the community

Guest blog by Katie Gingerich

I love camp. I love the silliness, excitement and community. Most importantly, I love the learning opportunities and teachable moments camp can offer. I am Katie Gingerich, a fourth-year Peace and Conflict Studies student and this summer’s Peace Camp Coordinator. When this job opportunity arose in January this past year, I jumped at the chance. How often do you get to mix two of your favourite things into a summer job? For me, this means forging camp and teaching with peace-building and social justice, all made possible by Peace Camp.

Growing up and out

Engineering student expands her organic food business into Kitchener-Waterloo

Guest blog by Emily Peat

My name is Emily Peat and I’m in 4A Civil Engineering here at the University of Waterloo. I started a small organic food delivery business, EcoPlace Organics, in 2012 through the Enterprise Co-op program. Recently I announced an exciting new step for my business; we merged with Eat Green Organics, London’s largest and oldest organic delivery company, which allows EcoPlace to expand into Kitchener-Waterloo.

A vision for the future

Environment student kicks off in World Vision Cup

Guest blog by Alex Foto

My name is Alex Foto, I am 19 years old, and I am entering my second year at the University of Waterloo studying International Development. I am fortunate to have grown up in Canada, a country where things like access to health care, education, and basic nutrition are often things we take for granted. At the beginning of May I travelled to Brazil with World Vision to participate in the World Vision Cup.

Sounding off

Second-year Arts student’s first orchestral piece performed at Sound in the Land

Guest blog by Caroline Bordignon

On June 6, the Waterloo Chamber Players performed my orchestral piece, Wind at the Sonic Convergences Concert during the Sound in the Land 2014 music festival at Conrad Grebel. This was a very exciting opportunity for me as a student, and I feel extremely privileged to have been a part of it.

A positive impact

Environment students attend sustainability leadership conference

Connecting with over 170 youth leaders from across Canada, meeting Chris Hadfield, learning to play the djembe drum, engaging with environmental professionals, and tackling a diverse range of sustainability issues - what do all of these things have in common? The fact that we were able to experience it all within four days at the IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership this past May.


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