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Applied Health Sciences student earns $5,000 leadership award
Saba Oji arrived in Waterloo when she was 13. She soon began grade nine at Waterloo Collegiate Institute (WCI), but began to feel alienated at school. She couldn’t speak English, and missed her home in Iran.
Imprint sends seven students to national journalism conference
Seven University of Waterloo students recently returned from Edmonton with a new outlook on journalism. Megan Nourse, Nolan Finkelstein, Joanna Cortalea, Juil Yoon, Matt Lawes, Vanessa Sale and Andrew Koo are all volunteers at Imprint, uWaterloo’s campus newspaper. Last term, they started fundraising to attend the Canadian University Press National Conference (CUPnash), a conference for student journalists all over Canada.
PhD students found health care charity in Nepal
A few years ago, School of Public Health & Health Systems PhD student, Lana Vanderlee, and Kinesiology PhD student, Andrew Mitchell, volunteered in Nepal. An experience that was supposed to last six weeks, however, has continued to impact Lana and Andrew’s lives.
Educating beyond borders
Jenna Bott, a Peace and Conflict Studies students, has always had a passion for travelling and learning about other cultures. It’s only natural then, that she spent her summer beyond borders in East Africa. Jenna volunteered for three months in Uganda for Reach Out Mbuya, an HIV/AIDS non-government organization, working in the “Operation Children Support” program with orphans and vulnerable children.
New student implements peer mentorship program for English students
When Katie Jessup arrived at uWaterloo in January 2012 as a transfer student, she brought along some great experience in peer-mentorship. It’s no surprise that by fall 2012 she was working with Dr. Heather Smyth to create a peer-mentorship program for uWaterloo’s English department.
uWaterloo student founds youth engagement organization
Julie Nguyen, a second-year Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy student, has been involved in her community for as long as she can remember. It comes as no surprise then that in February 2012, Julie founded Sparks Youth Enrichment Group to educate and introduce students to local opportunities, and to empower them to reach their maximum potential.
Ashley Moraes plans 2013 Welcome Week
As fall term begins, many students will attend Fall Welcome Week celebrations. The week is being organized by Ashley Moraes, a graduating Environment student acting as Welcome Week Event Coordinator.
Kevin Rotsaert is making the world better one project at a time
Environment student Kevin Rotsaert has experienced more cultures in less than 25 years than some people do during their lifetimes. A true world citizen, he has lived in six countries and has led three projects to help others around the world.