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From struggling to Success Coaching

A peer success coach meets with a student

Peer Success Coaching is an academic development service run by the SSO to connect experienced upper-year students to individual students who are looking for strategies to improve their academic skills and reach their personal goals. These success coaches can offer strategies and resources to you and what’s more, works together with you in a collaborative learning process to personalize a plan to best suit your needs.

We interviewed Nina and Emily about their academic experiences and what it’s like to be a Peer Success Coach, and they shared their perspectives on the challenges that students face.

Behind the Scenes: Orientation

Side profile of Adele speaking to students outdoors
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. 

Getting involved and standing out

Emily helping a student in a workshop.

In today’s competitive atmosphere, it’s no surprise that many students are trying to find ways to develop new skill sets to succeed. Especially in an environment like Waterloo, flooding with overachievers and innovators, students often find themselves searching for opportunities to help them stand out against others.

Get to know the SSO: Enhance your leadership skills with the Student Leadership Program

Students participating in a workshop

During Student Leadership Program workshops, participants work individually and on teams to gain new skills and reinforce learning.

Four-year Warrior fever

Brittany with friends and school mascot.

Most students participate in one Orientation week. Maybe two if they volunteer as a leader. But for Brittany Caines, one or two just wasn’t enough. This year she’ll be volunteering for the fourth time during Orientation.

A student of distinction

For the fourth year in a row, a UWaterloo student has been recognized for her dedication and leadership skills by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) as the recipient of the Student of Distinction Award

Leading in new situations

Everyone can lead - and does lead - through their everyday actions. A third-year Computational Mathematics student is learning this in thanks to his involvement in UWaterloo's Student Leadership Program (SLP).

A sustainable leader

At age 26, Jillian Rodak has already made her mark in the sustainability world. So much so that Corporate Knights magazine has named Jillian one of this year’s Canadian top 30 young professionals under 30.

Corporate Knights magazine, through a panel of judges, recognizes 30 young entrepreneurs and activists under the age of 30 that they foresee being the leaders of sustainable development.

Jillian, a Masters of Environment and Business (MEB) student, is more than deserving of this achievement. She has helped top brands use technology to improve their corporate social responsibility programs.

Taking office

4A Math & Business student Danielle Burt is the new Federation of Students president

Danielle Burt takes office as the Federation of Students President today, along with her fellow executives, Vice President (VP) Operations & Finance Ben Balfour, VP Internal Maaz Yasin, and VP Education Stephen Hamade. 

2014 Feds election winners

Students take on legacy of University of Waterloo’s Federation of Students

After countless hours of campaigning and participating in inspiring debates, four students became the victors. Meet your new 2014 Feds executives:


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