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Moving forward with our #UWaterloolife

"This is your UWaterloolife”.

Bust out your sparklers, toss that confetti and dust off your party hats, because there is so much to celebrate as we near the end of 2018. 

Counting down the last 5 years

Students from our favourite UWaterloo Life blog posts.

Whether or not you have been keeping track, the countdown to winter break has officially started. As we complete the term, we’ve decided to have our own countdown to highlight some of our favourite student success stories and tips from the UWaterloo Life Blog.

On the road: Engineering a journey across Canada

Abdullah Barakat outside in his coveralls.

In Abdullah Barakat’s final days before convocation, he decided to take a road trip across Canada, visiting the different engineering programs of different schools in the country. As a student graduating from the University of Waterloo with a degree in mechanical engineering, he wanted to take a chance and see what he could learn from each province and institution in April 2018.

Then, he created The Road Trip of the Travelling Covies blog, where he wrote about his day-to-day experiences travelling cross-country.

Random Acts of Kindness across Waterloo

Original template for the Random Act of Kindness #UWRAK contest.

Last Friday, November 2 students were encouraged to celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day by making thoughtful gestures throughout their day on campus. Whether you complimented someone’s presentation in class or held the door open for a group of people, the day proved that you could plant seeds of kindness anywhere you go.

Thrive Week Templates

Thrive Week logo.

As Thrive Week comes to a close, it doesn’t mean that the time to thrive is ending. The message of the week was meant to highlight the resources you can use on campus to thrive in everyday life, foster an inclusive community and show how to develop healthy habits as a student. With Thrive Week also came the launch of a new Instagram Story template each day on @UWaterlooLife. Every story template was designed to help students identify the positive actions they’re already taking to thrive all year.

Surviving midterms: How to embrace setbacks

Homer Simpson with a stressed expression flipping through a book.

“Midterm season” is a time for any student that, more often than not, can induce instant worry. Once the season hits, it’s not unusual to see students camping out in campus libraries with a coffee in hand, surrounded by cue cards.

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.

How to stretch your social comfort zone

Girl sweating with the quote “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Have you ever been placed in a room full of strangers and felt like a tiny speck in a sea full of people?

Save more, stress less: Five student spending tips

Counting change.

With OSAP money starting to roll in, it can be hard to think ahead and start saving. As the term progresses it gets harder to save money, especially if you go on an OSAP spending spree in September. You may not be able to pinpoint the exact moment your funds begin decreasing —before it happens all at once.

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