Work term!

Hello! I made it! One year down, four to go (6 more academic terms + 6 co-op). It was a year of adjusting, making friends, and learning how to study, and honestly, it was great. Exam season was a bit cheerier this term thanks to some lovely warm weather, and I managed to keep an average that I’m happy with.

In the two weeks between terms, I was happy just to relax for a few days. I am learning how to pack lighter, as I’ll be moving about every 4 months from now on. After reorganizing and taking inventory of my things, I got to visit Montreal for a week before work.

I’ve been working for two weeks now, and I’m really enjoying it. I’m working in Waterloo as an IT specialist. I’m learning lots, in a fun environment. It was a bit weird at first to have so much free time. I don’t have homework, so at first I didn’t know what to do with my evenings. After a while though, I’ve managed to split the time between working on the online PD course we take during co-op, watching TV, hanging out with other friends who are working in Waterloo, and exploring the city more.

Best of luck to those of you writing high school exams. And to students who have received offers of admission from Waterloo: welcome and congratulations! Feel free to reach out if you have questions. Bye for now! 🙂


Hi! I’m Emma.

Hello all and welcome to my blog! I’m very excited to share with you some stories of my first year experience. If you’re not yet in university, hopefully this is informative and provides some tips for the future. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. Another helpful source is

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I am starting my studies at Waterloo in Nanotechnology Engineering. I spent my last few years being UW’s ultimate fan girl, so you could say I’m pretty excited to be a Warrior.

Outside of academics, I love playing and listening to music. I play piano, percussion, and alto saxophone, and spend a lot of time listening to indie and rock. I hope to get involved with some of the music ensembles on campus, so I will hopefully write a post about them at a later date!

Enjoy the last week of summer vacation!