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From 2013-2018, the UWaterloo Life Blog revealed many highlights of the University of Waterloo student experience. What started as one story all the way back in 2013, snowballed into over 300 unique tales of adventure and perseverance, a little failure, and a lot of success. If you liked the blog, you’ll love our Instagram! Follow @UWaterloolife to discover new stories of student success and follow along with student takeovers.

Designing hope in Haiti

Welcome Home Children’s Centre operates out of a rented facility in Haiti. It is at capacity and the lease is soon expiring. Without the help of Civil Engineering student Marcie van Weerdhuizen and Engineering Ministries International, these children would be without a place to go.

Making kindness a priority

Ryan Connell is the definition of inspiration. His generosity and charisma allow him to be an incredible volunteer and show kindness to everyone.

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.

Telling the story of sustainability

Environment student advocates for sustainability on- and offline

This past weekend, a group of volunteers organized by third-year Environment & Business student Phil Murphy gathered in Arnprior, Ontario to clean-up their community together. In just one hour they filled five garbage bags while working along the marina. Phil’s commitment to the environment reaches far beyond his hometown though.

Nothing to waste

Students launch campus compost initiative

Environment and Business students Mike Hager and Brandon Caron, and Science and Business student Andres Garcia are launching a new venture on campus today. Dedicated to improving waste management and sustainability on campus, they started the University of Waterloo Campus Compost (UWCC).

Paving the way to sustainability

Third-year Environment student revamps the Davis Centre courtyard

Elspeth Holland, a third-year Environment and Business student, joined the Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) in the spring of 2013, and by August she was the Project Leader of the Davis Centre (DC) Redevelopment Project. Last week, after almost a full year of hard work, the dirt pathways between DC and the Mathematics & Computing building (MC) were paved.

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