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Creating global connections through campus community

Finding your place in university is one of the most difficult things about being a student, especially when Canada isn’t your native home. The University of Waterloo is home to more than 6,600 international students from more than 120 countries and we at UWaterloo strive to make the transition for international students as easy as possible. 

Hello sunshine!

The spring semester is a great time to be on campus. The sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom and the weather is warm.

weCONNECTu: An opportunity to give back to the community

Alyssa Ruby

weCONNECTu is a program that is run by the Applied Health Sciences (AHS) faculty to facilitate relationships and mentorship between first-year and upper-year AHS students. It is a one-to-one mentorship program that provides both personal and academic support to individuals in their first-year, as well as refers them to services and resources available on campus.

Administering global health: Pharmacy student helps run free clinic in Lima, Peru

Heidi Fernandes administering medication to a patient

Heidi Fernandes administering medication to a patient

After witnessing the impoverished areas of Rio de Janeiro on a family vacation, Heidi Fernandes had a desire to help those in need.

Pharmacy student helps provide care to new Syrian refugees

Danyah Musbah

According to the Government of Canada website, the nation has welcomed more than 29,970 Syrian refugees since November of 2015. Canada’s refugee resettlement efforts are still ongoing, and more asylum seekers are being welcomed every day.

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).

The start of something new

UWaterloo Rotaract club comes to campus

Guest blog by Anna Giesbrecht

Rotaract stands for peace, health, community and education; it offers opportunities in the community, workplace, and internationally; and it’s a place where people who are looking to be challenged, make a difference, and have fun can come together.

Food for thought

Third year Arts student delivers food to students on campus during exams

Exam season can be tough. Students become dedicated to studying and bunk down in Dana Porter or the Davis Centre to review. Third-year Arts student Emily Shiu is familiar with this situation, and this term she decided to do something to help her fellow students.

Students helping students

St. Paul’s students support each other through the Student Refugee Program

Gloire Gatabazi grew up in Kenya with refugee status, living most of his life in Nairobi and eventually relocating to the Kakuma Refugee Camp. When he was in high school, Gloire knew he wanted to attend post-secondary school, but knew that due to his refugee status he did not qualify for government scholarships. Last year though, he left Kenya to study International Development at the University of 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.


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