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scibus.ca Magazine of the Waterloo Science and Business Program
Contents “Producing Leaders for the New Economy”
6 Five Useful Tips to Survive The SciBus Program By: Ketyurah D’Silva 7 Confessions of a First-Year SciBus Student By: Matthew Botelho 8
The Global Experience Certificate By: Elisabeth Huang
Embracing Change and Opportunity By: Gabrielle Hebert
A Proud Scibizurr! By: Pragna Chandrasekar
11 The 2010 Fusion Science and Business Conference By: Sharon Ng and Henry Hsu 12
Academia 101 By: May Zhang
Taking Your First Steps With Pride By: Nicollette Zaptses
Enrich Your University Experience By: Nicollette Zaptses and Phyllis Lam
The Science and Business Ambassadors By: Alice Qi and Stephanie Malatesta
Fatema Zehra Abdallah Lalji
Program Advisor and Coordinator
Dear Students and Readers,
Welcome to scibus.ca!
I take great pride in welcoming you to the 2011 High School Edition of scibus.ca. The articles in this edition are written by our students and is produced by our Project Manager, an alumna of our program. The magazine showcases the brilliance of our students in their accomplishments and leadership roles.
The technology-driven industry of today requires a fundamental understanding of how to integrate scientific outlook with business methodologies. The Science and Business programs will open doors to the fields of management, law, medicine, and research, to name a few. Our unique SCBUS workshops nurture highly sought-after skills such as to critically scrutinize business problems of technical companies, prepare and conduct presentations, and use creativity in problem solving.
Our programs are designed to support a philosophy of excellence in delivering outstanding business-savvy scientists to the market place. This is accomplished through academic and practical training in both science and business. Our students are equipped with the tools to not only conduct research but to take research from the lab to marketable products in the hands of a consumer. I am grateful to our entire editorial team for their hard work in producing this magazine. I would particularly like to thank our Project Manager, Fatema, for leading this effort. I also want to thank our readers for reading this magazine. You may also access our magazine online at www.scibus.ca. Happy Reading! Kashif Memon
Issue 12 of scibus.ca features articles and profiles of students who are currently in one of our programs: Science and Business, Biotechnology & Economics, and Biotechnology & Chartered Accountancy. You and your peers from the Science and Business programs will all graduate with a Bachelor of Science; but what distinguishes your degree from that of your colleagues is the lessons you would have learnt and the initiatives you were involved in during your time at the University of Waterloo. Key events to look out for within the SciBus community are the SciBus Ambassador Information Sessions, the SBSA Socials, and the Fusion Conference. As an alumna of the program and in my role as the Project Manager, my experience at the University of Waterloo has impacted me personally and professionally. To those of you who are about to embark on this journey through University, dive into this phase by setting yourself up to take chances. Explore your interests by getting involved with clubs on campus, and determine your career path by venturing into different co-op positions. Finally, ensure you maintain connections with your peers and professors as they become your true mentors and advisors. Best wishes on your future endeavors, Fatema
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Our Academics Science and Business The technology-driven global marketplace of today is driving the development of a new type of workforce. One that can keep up with the novelty of developments and yet be skilled in a way that requires the integration of multiple skill sets including being analytical, practical, and innovative. The Science and Business program in particular prepares its graduates to cater to this demand for individuals who are skilled in integrating scientific outlook with the business savvy expertise. An Honours BSc degree in Science and Business will prepare its graduates to excel in diverse fields including intellectual property, research and development, marketing, sales, business development, and economic forecasting. Additionally, graduates of the program are able to proceed into professional fields such as law, medicine, pharmacy, and optometry or obtain an MBA. Specializations: Students in the program will gain an education in both science and business. They can choose to obtain a specialization by selecting their science courses from a particular field of study. Alternatively, they can choose to remain unspecialized and take a combination of science courses from the biology, chemistry, physics, and earth courses offered at the University of Waterloo.
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Biology Biochemistry Biotechnology Chemistry Environmental Sciences Hydrogeology Physics No specialization
Requirements: »» Successful completion of 21.5 units »» Cumulative average of 65% in Science courses »» Cumulative average of 65% overall in all courses »» No more than 2.0 failed units »» Completion of the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) »» Completion of co-op requirements »» Completion of mandatory courses for each specialization as listed in the course plan in the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar
Where will your education take you after graduation?
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Project Coordinator, Patheon Assistant Brand Manager, Proctor and Gamble Financial Advisor, Rathore Associates Asset Management LTD Research Coordinator, Princess Margaret Hospital Project Manager, Research In Motion Limited Senior Consultant, Deloitte and Touche LLP Economic Analyst, City of Brampton Medical Representative, Zeneca Pharma Inc Lab Analyst, Pinchin Environmental Ltd Business Analyst, Medcan Health Management Inc
Biotechnology & Chartered Accountancy
Biotechnology & Economics
The Biotechnology & Chartered Accountancy program was developed to target a need for professional accountants who can bridge the application of science and technology to the public practice of accounting in business and government. Only ten students are admitted into this highly competitive program each academic year. This unique program integrates biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology studies with financial management, accounting, auditing, and taxation. Upon graduation, eligible students can proceed to complete the Masters of Accounting and obtain a Canadian CA designation.
The Biotechnology & Economics program integrates the specialized business focus of economics with the fundamental principles and applications of biotechnology. Graduates of the program are able to implement the commercialization of biological innovations in the fields of biotechnology, vaccines, medical diagnostics or environmental sustainability. This program will allow you to become familiar with the science behind products and processes to assess the demand for new technologies, perform costbenefit analyses, and determine how to finance these projects. An Honours BSc degree in Biotechnology & Economics will propel you into a career in a pharmaceutical company, a brokerage house, a bank, government agency, or a science-based business.
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Successful completion of 22.25 units Cumulative average of 65% in Science courses Cumulative average of 70% in Accounting courses »» Cumulative average of 70% overall in all courses »» No more than 2.0 failed units »» Completion of the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) »» Completion of co-op requirements »» Completion of mandatory courses for each specialization as listed in the course plan in the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar Where will your education take you after graduation? »» Senior Tax Consultant, Deloitte »» Manager, Deloitte »» Senior Accountant, KPMG »» Auditor, KPMG »» Audit Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers »» Microbiology Research Technician, Environment Canada »» Senior Staff Accountant, Ernst & Young LLP
Requirements: »» Successful completion of 21.75 units »» Cumulative average of 65% in Science courses »» Cumulative average of 70% in Economics courses »» Cumulative average of 70% overall in all courses »» No more than 2.0 failed units »» Completion of the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE) »» Completion of co-op requirements »» Completion of mandatory courses for each specialization as listed in t he course plan in the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar
Where will your education take you after graduation? »» Neurosurgery Research Assistant, St. Michael’s Hospital »» Business Analyst, CIBC World Markets »» Quality Control, National Microbiology Laboratory »» Portfolio Analyst, Ontario Power Generation Inc »» Research Analyst, Capital West Mortgages »» Research Officer, National Taiwan University »» Marketing and Sales Assistant, Biotechnostix Incorporated »» Investment Manager, Phillips, Hagar & North Investment Management »» Research Assistant, Ontario Ministry of Enterprise »» Project Coordinator, Research In Motion Limited
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Five Useful Tips to Survive The SciBus Program By: Ketyurah D’Silva Program: Science and Business - Biotechnology, Fall 2008 Don’t Miss: The SciBus Ambassadors’ “What I Wish I knew In First Year”. Worked at: » » Microsoft Canada, Sales and Business Analyst » » TutorJam, Academic Director & Account Manager
When I first entered University, I was excited at the prospect of living the “university” life, yet also nervous about classes. I had heard that university was very tough and there would not be much time for anything else but studying. That was partly true. University is tough, but conquerable, and in this article, I will share some of my tips about excelling at the University of Waterloo’s Science and Business Program. Tip #1: STUDY EARLY AND HARD Before you know it, midterms will be around the corner. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed with the pace of work. It is much faster than high school and you are not going to be spoon-fed here. Keep track of assignments, quizzes, and midterms using a calendar you can update regularly (paper or electronic – whatever works for you!).You need to study early, and keep up as much as you can in all of your classes. Use your free days off to review work or start assignments early. Tip #2: GET INVOLVED University is not just about studying. There is a lot of self-discovery that you can do about yourself. One of the best ways to learn about your passion is to get involved and share that interest with others. Join a club, group, or sports team, and you’ll feel that vital sense of belonging. For SciBus, groups you should consider
joining include SBSA (Science and Business Students’ Association), the Fusion Conference Team, SciBus Ambassadors, and the Coordinating Committee. If you choose not to be a direct member, you can always come out to the events run by these groups – it’s a useful and fun way to meet other students from your program. Tip #3: GET YOUR RESUME TOGETHER FOR CO-OP Co-op is a great way to get valuable work experience, and pump up your resume. It is important to start working on your resume now, and keep updating it. When you apply for jobs, look for places outside your comfort zone and those in new industries. After all, the placements are only for 4-8 months – just enough time to learn about the field or job while networking. Tip #4: INVEST IN SOME BUSINESS FORMAL ATTIRE Here at the SciBus program, you will be involved in formal presentations. Do not fret if you are not the best public speaker – you will have lots of practice and before you know it, you’ll be a master of the trade. Being well dressed for presentations will give you the right amount of confidence! Tip #5: EXERCISE As you’ve probably heard, ‘Freshman 15’ is not just a scary theory. To many of us, it’s very real especially if you live on campus and are taken care of by the University of Waterloo’s meal plan. Exercise keeps the blood moving, gets oxygen to your brain, gives you a positive outlook, and helps you focus on your work. To keep in tip-top shape, go to the gym regularly – there are three fitness facilities on campus and many outside as well. You can also join intramurals or a sport team on campus. Consider joining the SciBus teams–we’ve had indoor and outdoor soccer before– just speak to the SciBus Program Manager for more details. As you enter University, you will find that you will update these tips with your own personal experiences. It is important to keep reviewing all your experiences and learn from the mistakes or successes. We hope to see you next semester at Waterloo’s Science and Business Program!
Confessions of a First-Year SciBus Student By: Matthew Botelho Program: Science and Business - Biology, Fall 2010 Don’t Miss: Getting involved with campus clubs; check out the Science and Business Students’ Association!
As I stepped into DC 1350 on the first day of my SCBUS 123 Workshop, I remember the nervous feeling I got in my stomach… and this time I knew it wasn’t a result of a spicy chicken wrap from the cafeteria. I was excited, yet somewhat intimidated. I had no idea what to expect, knew very little people, and was unsure if I would survive. Did I pick the right program? How would I fit in? Was I even in the right lecture hall?! After completing my first year in the Science & Business program, I am confident in saying that it has been an incredible experience. To assist 2011’s incoming first-years, I have summed up a few first year take-away’s which I think every first year SciBus’er ‘ought to know.
ambassadors and mentors for SciBus students, and study groups can be useful with the right friends. In my first term, I thought hiding in a cubicle in the corner of the 10th floor of DP would do me well. But come second term, I found that when I used all my resources and studied with reliable friends, I was able to do a lot better due to the extra support I took advantage of. Just make sure you choose to study with friends that don’t go from discussing Hess’ Law to the devastating breakup on Glee last night.
1. GET INVOLVED It’s totally cliché and I know I sound like your high school guidance councillor. I honestly believe that of all of my colleagues, it is typically the students who are able to balance school, work, and extracurricular that get the most out of their time at UW and are top choices for co-op placements in the future. Waterloo offers an endless number of clubs & societies and I can guarantee there is something for everyone. It is an excellent way to make friends, develop those interpersonal skills, and keep you sane. I would highly recommend getting involved in the Science & Business Students’ Association (no, this is not a paid advertisement) if you are into a student government style society and want to facilitate interaction amongst your colleagues.
3. BE WELL-ROUNDED The beauty of Science and Business is that it develops students into well-rounded adults who are able to understand the language of Science and Business. Some come into the program because they cannot decide which field to get into, which is fine. However, in this day and age, a BSc does not always cut it, even if it’s for a job specific to science. Since you will gain coop experience and have a business edge, this is sure to give you an advantage. It will get difficult to switch from studying production possibilities frontiers over to electrochemistry over to preparing for your SCBUS 123 presentation the next day. Just remember to use all sides of your brain and try your hardest at everything. You will become a versatile learner and it will pay off!
2. YOU’RE NOT ALONE When your high school teachers told you that in university you are on your own, they were half lying. Yes, independence is critical and you are the key to your own success. However, you are not alone. There are all kinds of resources to help you succeed. Almost every course offers review sessions, there are academic
4. BEWARE OF GEESE IN MATING SEASON That’s late March to April to be exact. Do NOT go anywhere alone. Buddy system is urgently recommended. Good luck!
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The Global Experience Certificate By: Elisabeth Huang Program: Science and Business - Biology, Fall 2007 Don’t Miss: Getting involved on campus Worked at:
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Aga Khan University Hospital, Management Intern Palladian Health L.L.C, Research Assistant Health Canada-Natural Health Products Directorate, Junior Evidence Reporting System Analyst, Health Canada-Pest Management Regulatory Agency, D atabase Modeling CAPRI
1) Two sequential language courses PLUS one Global Studies Course Wow! Students enrolled in Waterloo’s Global Experience Certificate program are doing the most amazing things! Check out this international experience from Elisabeth Huang, a 4B Science & Business/Biology student: “After working in Canada and the United States, I decided to complete an international work term in Africa, a continent I have always wanted to visit. For the international experience component of the Global Experience Certificate (GEC), I am spending six months at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya as an intern for the Nursing Department. I really enjoy working in such a busy environment. My co-workers are wonderful individuals who are all very supportive and have been amazing in providing me opportunities to grow and learn. The people I have met both inside and outside of the hospital have really become my second family. During my spare time, I volunteer and explore the city. I have made many new friends such as a guy I met while doing my groceries at Nakumatt who used to run an internet café, and a child who sometimes keeps me company when I jog after work. I travelled to other parts of East Africa with two friends and visited Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar during a long weekend. I also had the opportunity to visit hospitals in Mombasa, Kisumu, and Dar es Salaam on a work trip. Although I have only been here for a few months, I have learned the art of bargaining, the knack of riding in a matatu (a usually crowded minibus), and a few Swahili words here and there.” Undergraduate students at Waterloo are encouraged to internationalize their degree with a Global Experience Certificate by completing the following:
2) An international experience – co-op work term, exchange, study abroad or volunteer experience (must be six weeks minimum duration outside Canada and the US) 3) 20 hours of volunteer work in a cross cultural setting Elisabeth realizes the importance of international exposure, whether it’s a co-op work term, exchange, study abroad or volunteer experience. Hey – who knows where in the world she’ll end up working? There are a million ways to personalize your Global Experience Certificate plan! Create your own GEC at www.international.uwaterloo.ca/certificate
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Embracing Change and Opportunity By: Gabrielle Hebert Program: Science and Business - No specialization, Fall 2009 Don’t Miss: The SciBus Fusion Conference Worked at: Redwood Strategic - Marketing Coordinator One of the first questions most people ask me is “what program are you taking in University?” and the answer is almost always followed by “Really?! WHY??” I have always had a passion for science. When I was little, I would plead with my parents to bring me to science fairs; I loved creating and experimenting with whatever I could get my hands on. In high school I became further intrigued in the classroom and knew that science was what I wanted to pursue in University. My father, who found his calling as a Chartered Accountant, has always tried to guide me over to the “dark side” of business. I knew from my past experiences, that I loved dealing with people, and of course “suiting up.” Among the mounds of applications and overwhelming decisions, by fluke I stumbled across the “Science and Business” program at the University of Waterloo. To this day, I believe it was fate. Who would have known that both Science and Businessbeing at opposing ends of the spectrum- could be combined into one amazing program?! After one visit on campus and meeting my future professor, I knew Waterloo was going to be my “home away from home” for the next eight months. Coming from a small community in south-western Ontario, being outgoing was never my forte. This program really helped to break me out of my shell. The Science and Business program equipped me with challenges such as thinking outside the box, communicating ideas verbally and being effective and efficient; skills essential to my preparation for the real world. I recently completed my co-op term as a Marketing Coordinator at Redwood Strategic in Toronto. There were two main realizations that came to mind. Coming from a small town, I would have never in a million years thought I would be undertaking a marketing position in Toronto!!! (A scary city to us small towners!) And secondly, of all the classes that I took in University, the Science and Business Workshop course, better known as SCBUS 123, was the one that prepared me best for this big jump into the real world. I realized that this program not only pushed me to achieve more, but really broadened the horizons of my skill set and what I could offer to the world as a new member to the workforce. Working as a Marketing Coordinator was a truly amazing experience; one I will never forget. This program inspired me; it gave me the
passion to become involved and the skills for continued success. So you want to be in this program?! DO IT! It is so worth the effort. In this program you are not a number, but a unique person. My advice to you as a future undergrad: work hard, study harder, and play hardest (aka. Take Friday nights off!).
Industry Breakdown of Co-op Student Employment, Science and Business Programs, 2010 Other 12% Environment 6%
Health and Science 33%
Energy 3% Finance/Banking 26%
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A Proud Scibizurr! By: Pragna Chandrasekar Program: Science and Business - Biotechnology, Fall 2007 Don’t Miss: The Beginning of Term Social by SBSA (where you get to meet fellow SciBus students) and the annual Science and Business Fusion Conference (a wonderful platform for expanding your networks) Worked at:
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Britannia Industries Limited, Marketing Intern Nokia Private Limited, HR Intern Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Oncology Intern Department of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, Research assistant
Initially, when I was worrying my head about universities and about what to do after high school (oh yes, I know exactly what you’re going through right now!), UWaterloo was a school that was somewhere on my list of various “universities I’d like to go to”. My first priority at the time was a Biotechnology program at a university in Chennai, India, where I am from. Then I happened to come across the Science and Business program at Waterloo… When asked why I chose to come to pursue an undergraduate career at the University of Waterloo, I reply (and no, I am not being paid to say this to you): “the Science and Business, co-op program”. The best aspect of the program is that it gives you a bird’s eye view of two very different fields. For those who are, like myself, still deciding which field most interests them, I feel that this co-op program opens up various options – I, for one, have done both business and science co-ops and this has helped me somewhat narrow down what I would like to see myself doing in the future. Of course like every other frosh, I was completely lost when I first got here! The program has Ambassadors, Coordinating Committee members and other student representatives who are mentors to first-year students and are extremely helpful. The SciBus Ambassadors host a series of events that help first-year students understand what they have at their disposal (the Science and Business Resource Centre being one extremely helpful resource that I can safely say I’ve completely abused as a student!).
My favorite experience of being a Scibizurr was being on the Board of Directors for the Fusion Conference in 2010 – an annual conference held by the program not just for university kids, but high school students too! I got to meet a lot of different people from different companies, universities and from various walks of life. It definitely gives you a feel of what the program is like, and what it has to offer, while giving you an opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds who are ever-ready to answer your questions and to help you out with any advice you feel you may need! I enter my final year as a SciBus student this Fall, and I am extremely happy I chose this program. It has given me the freedom to play around with various options and as a result, find out what I like and what I want to do once I graduate. I definitely recommend it! I wish you all good luck with everything! Have fun in high school and get ready to have ten times the fun in university; I know I did :)
The 2010 Fusion Science and Business Conference Sharon Ng
Program: Science and Business - Biology, HRM Minor, Fall 2008 Don’t Miss: Orientation Week! Worked at: Suncor Energy Inc, Retail Service and Programs Intern
Program: Biotechnology & Chartered Accountancy, Fall 2008 Don’t Miss: The Fusion SciBus Conference Worked at: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Associate, Audit and Assurance Group
For the past seven years, university and high school students alike have come together at the University of Waterloo for the annual Fusion Science and Business Conference. This unique event aims to bring together concepts of various disciplines to a business focus. The most recent conference in March 2011, titled Fusion 2011: The Future of Innovation, was a unique conference that brought together current experts in science and technology industries with the bright young minds of the future. Delegates were provided with the opportunity to explore the concept of innovation and how its implementation can develop a competitive advantage not just in the context of industry, but also personal innovation for the future professionals. During the two-day event, students were challenged with a spectacular case study from Open Text to collaborate in teams and generate the best possible solution for the sponsor firm. Fantastic prizes were awarded to the top three teams as judged by Open Text representatives.
Keynote speaker Trish Bolton, Senior Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Research & Innovation in Ontario’s Innovation Agenda Renewal Project, shared insight as to how the Ontario government is working to spark innovation to maintain a competitive edge. We were also very honored to host the following speakers, who gave extremely engaging and informative sessions about their areas of expertise in relation to our chosen theme:
Aditya Shah, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Loose Button Earl Miller, Director and Strategic Partnerships, MaRS Steve Lightstone, Founder & President of Corner Office Leads Tim Hanlon, Senior Manager, Applied Innovation at RBC
Of course, we made sure everyone had a chance to unwind afterwards! The Fusion Conference Executive Team took participants to an after-social event at Caesar Martini’s, arguably Waterloo’s most sophisticated night venue, with plenty of hors d’oeuvres to go around. Fusion is definitely an event not to be missed - keep your eyes and ears sharp for information of the next conference coming in Winter 2012!
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Academia 101 By: May Zhang Program: Biotechnology & Chartered Accountancy, Fall 2009 Don’t Miss: Having cake on the patio of the Symposium cafe in uptown Waterloo Worked at: BDO Canada, Staff Accountant
The transition from high school to university may be overwhelming to some students, especially academically. The following is a self-help guide designed to briefly touch on a few key areas to offer tips and advice for incoming first-years. Textbook Resources The first step is to find out which textbooks are required for your courses. This can be done through the “My BookLook” tool found at www.bookstore. uwaterloo.ca. Following that, the easiest but least cost effective way is to buy new books at the campus bookstore. Alternatively, you can pick them up second-hand at the Feds Used Books at 20% discount or through online forums such as Facebook marketplace and www. bookro.com. When buying used copies, be aware of edition changes. While some professors permit the use of previous editions, it is not always the case. A third option that is becoming popular is the use of e-books. Usually at a fraction of the books cost, students can pay the publisher for online access. If you are tech savvy you may even find PDF versions online for free. Lastly, many professors will have copies of the textbook in the school library for student use. Notes and Readings Majority of classes will have slides that will be available before the start of lecture. Often the easiest way is to print off the slides to highlight key points and take notes. Not having to copy down information allows you to focus on the lecture but jotting down additional comments forces you to learn actively. Campus Resources There are all sorts of help available on campus to take advantage of. To start, residences offer weekly drop-in tutoring sessions for major first year classes such as biology and chemistry. In addition, Living & Learning
Communities and the SciBus Ambassadors will host events of their own. There are also various groups that will provide assistance from upper year students. You can explore the options at http://scisoc.uwaterloo. ca/. Aside from all of that, I found my peers to be of greatest support as we studied with and learned from each other. Job Hunt Requirements Students going into co-op or taking on summer jobs may be concerned about maintaining high academic achievements. While grades are definitely an important attribute, employers will typically look for well-rounded students who have also demonstrated involvement in addition to aptitude in school. Take chances to meet as many people as you can and leave your comfort zone to gain new experiences. Conferences and clubs offer great opportunities to network and learn. Just be sure to balance work with other commitments to avoid inducing unnecessary stress. Study Environment Depending on your high school background, first year courses may be very easy or very difficult. It is important to study strategically and tailor your routine to fit individual needs. Figure out your preferences to optimize performance. The two major libraries (DC and DP) offer a wide range of study spaces from quiet study sections to group study tables. If you learn through interaction with peers, form your own study group or approach campus clubs. The professors are also excellent resources and are almost always available for extra help during office hours or via email. I hope this self-help guide has provided you with helpful advice and refreshing insight into the academic portion of Waterloo. You will find that the people here are truly amazing and will always be there for support. If nothing else, for the next 4 years, embrace life with an open mind and go forth with a positive attitude. Good luck!
Taking Your First Steps With Pride By: Nicollette Zaptses Program: Science and Business - No specialization, Fall 2010 Don’t Miss: Hanging out with your friends after every SCBUS workshop
The anticipation and hard work has finally paid off. You made it in to one of the best Canadian universities for a one-of-a-kind program. When you clicked ‘accept this offer’, you felt accomplished, fulfilled and excited. You’re all set for the journey and adventure that first year has to offer –and you’re not alone! As September rolls around, everyone starts packing their things and essentially their lives, to be thrust into the unknown world of post-secondary education. Your classes will no longer be filled with the familiar faces of students you’ve grown up with in school. That’s okay though, because you are finally gaining the long-soughtafter independence that you lacked in secondary education. This is your opportunity to be who you want to be. This is your opportunity to start fresh. Are you ready? The adventure begins by moving into your new residence, or simply staying at home, and getting ready for the infamous Orientation Week. O-Week is nothing short of amazing, with many activities that get you meeting new people, and that help you get better acquainted with campus. Get ready to meet your new colleagues from where you will be residing for the next eight months; and don’t be surprised if you see many of these faces in your classes first year! There are even opportunities for off-campus students to get involved with their own dons. Do not hesitate to join in; you’ll regret it if you don’t! Moving forward in the week, there are various activities such as the “Science Olympics”, Toga Party and the Luau Dance where you will be colliding with a lot of new people. Take advantage of this, I met some of my closest friends during orientation week!
done very poorly (not that this hasn’t happened before…genetics!). Keep in mind that everyone learns differently, and if you can teach yourself better than a class can, do what will work for you. Sometimes you might feel overwhelmed, but remain levelheaded and know that if you work hard, it will pay off. Going in to university, my expectations were considerably unrealistic. Hollywood tends to glamorize university life as being one big never-ending party. Sure, everyone loves to have a good time, but the reality is that you can’t just skate by. In order to stay in University, you have to study. The jump from high school to university can be difficult because most of us have not yet learned balance. Between school, friends, and a job, it can be very difficult to keep everything harmonized. The best advice I can give is: compromise and self-motivate. Both are necessary to be successful, but to be truly great, you have to have fun while doing it. It is now your choice as to what you want to do with your time and it is now your responsibility to fit everything in. Make it count, and make it memorable. How will you live your first year?
In addition, there are other opportunities to meet your fellow peers and help make your time at university bearable. Classes, clubs and intramurals are just a few ways of meeting new people. Personally, the SCBUS 123 workshop was my favorite class because my presentation group became some of my best friends. On a more serious note, make sure you understand that going to class is very important. In my own experience, if I hadn’t gone to class, I probably wouldn’t have got a lot done! Without classes, I would have
2011 High School Edition
Enrich Your University Experience
The Science and Business Ambassadors
By: Nicollette Zaptses and Phyllis Lam
By: Alice Qi and Stephanie Malatesta
Who are the Science and Business Ambassadors? Steph: Science and Business Ambassadors are a group of volunteers working in association with the Science and Business Resource Centre. We are a team of upper-year students.
Program: Biotechnology & Economics, Fall 2010 Don’t Miss: Taking credit for a well-deserved pat on the back! Calling all science-loving, business-savvy students of UW! So we hear you like titrations, anatomy and relativity. Word on the street is you’re also pretty good at marketing, economics and accounting. Well, if your university life was summed up in those two sentences, we have four very intriguing letters for you: SBSA The Science and Business Students’ Association is a collective group of students in the three programs under the Science and Business umbrella at the University of Waterloo. SBSA is geared towards students who love to make their experience in UW Science and Business more worthwhile. SBSA wants to promote union among the SciBus, Biotech/Econ and Biotech/CA students as well as acknowledge the differences that make each program unique to the Science and Business umbrella. SBSA is a great way to meet new friends and colleagues in your program, gain experience, connect with upper year students and alumni and most importantly, have fun fun fun! We highly encourage students who have a love for science and business to get involved. In the past, SBSA has sold spirit wear, gone to Blue Jays games, and tried to break a world record. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop by our office in ESC 102B, check out our website www.uwsbsa.ca or email us at email@example.com We hope to see your beautiful faces soon!
Alice: The team will work together to mentor all students of the Science and Business program, Biotechnology & Economics program, and Biotechnology & Chartered Accountancy program. Together, we plan several events throughout the year that everyone (in every year!) can benefit from. Steph: The team is made up of experienced, energetic, and knowledgeable upper-year students that are committed to ensuring students have access to the resources that the Science and Business department make available. How exactly can I be involved with the Science and Business Ambassadors in my first year? How about in the future? Alice: The events that we run throughout the year can definitely benefit everyone! For example, we will be running a “What I Wish I Knew In First Year” session to share some “tricks of the trade” to ensure a smooth first year transition. Another great event we’ll be hosting is a JobMine and Resume Critique session to help second year students with their search for the first co-op job. Of course, third and fourth year students can also benefit from our alumni dinner in the winter to make some valuable contacts for their future career! So... who are you guys? Alice: Both Steph and I will be leading the ambassador team! I’m in Biotechnology/Economics and just finished up my 3A. Currently I’m on my spring co-op term at Research in Motion (wooo Blackberries!) as a Project Coordinator in Accessories Supply Chain. Steph: I am entering my 4A term of the Science and Business program/Biochemistry Specialization, and I am currently working as a Marketing Analyst with GABAE Industries, a research and development firm located just outside RIM Park.
Alice’s Dazzling Advice Maintaining (somewhat of) a Balance The best piece of advice I can give to any firstyear students (or any year... we all need it) is maintaining some balance in the first year. Of course, it’s definitely easier said than done. My first semester was definitely not what I would call “balanced”, in fact, it was probably everything but that. The hardest challenge for me was to realize that I couldn’t finish an assignment or cram for a test the night before anymore. Let me rephrase that - I could cram the night before, but those easy 90’s in high school were few and far between. Being away from home (and parents!) didn’t help ease my transition - instead it gave me the illusion that I could do whatever I wanted. On top of everything, I was very involved in my residence, which served as an excuse when no studying was being done. Not surprisingly, the first midterm mark that I got back was a nice slap in the face. At that point (alright, so maybe a couple more midterms - slaps in the face), I realized that I needed to achieve some sort of balance in my life. As cheesy as it may sound, I made myself a calendar highlighting important dates as a constant reminder. I also set achievable goals for myself each day prior to due dates. For example, I would try to finish a lecture a day leading up to my test, or finish a question a day for those pesky assignments. It’s also important for you to set yourself a strict time frame to finish - say, finishing a lecture within an hour - so that you don’t let it drag on and on and on.... you get my point. This way, I had time to finish my assignments AND go out and have a jolly good time with friends. Regardless, first year is going to be an amazing time, and you’re all going to leave with some great memories (from maybe some stupid decisions). The only challenge you’ll have now, is the dreaded freshman 15 (no pressure...). Best of luck! :) Steph’s SciBus Experience - Student and Co-op Lifestyle What I wish I knew in first year was the ability to recognize and focus on my individual strengths and weaknesses. Now this doesn’t sound like such a difficult task, does it? However my number of friends tripled from those in high school, my school work increased by a ten-fold, and my sleeping and eating patterns were very off balance, just as Alice mentioned! Keeping up with a full course load was just one of the
few expectations I had for myself. I kept up with my social life of both friends from school and at home, tried to stay fit by joining several intramural teams, and made an effort to stay updated with current events outside of the University of Waterloo. Although these expectations seemed overwhelming at times, my first year was a very exciting and rewarding time. The word routine was not a part of my vocabulary. My co-op experience began January of second year, after my 2A academic term. My first co-op job was intimidating at first because this time I was being evaluated as a student and as a worker. At the end of my 4 month co-op placement, I became very accustomed to the word routine. I learnt how to manage my hours of the day; so that, I was exceeding all expectations at work, while still making time for exercise. When returning to the University of Waterloo for the start of my 2B semester, I noticed a change in my student lifestyle. I was planning and organizing my academic schedule right down to the hour. I would take into consideration priorities for my courses, extra-curricular activities, family and friends. And besides, my energy level was never higher. I had decided that if I was going to be here for five years, I needed a change in my lifestyle. After my first year of school, I had thought of my university degree as only a means to an end. But after my first co-op placement, I have a new perspective of what my university degree means to me. I will not finish my degree, and then start my career because my career has already started. In fact as a fourth year student I can say that my career has already flourished. I have clear goals of what I expect from myself as a student, an employee, friend, and of course, as a CoLead Science and Business Ambassador. So this brings me back to understanding your strengths, and involving yourself in clubs and teams that can harness these strengths and allow you to excel as well as grow as an individual. The skills you will gain in your program and in the work force are unique to you. Each individual is valuable for their own strength. My advice is this, when you begin your journey at the University of Waterloo; do not be overwhelmed with keeping up with everyone but yourself. Set your own personal goals and stay true to those goals.
2011 High School Edition
scibus.ca, Issue 12 COVER: Ashley Linkletter and Stacey Goldman PUBLISHER: Science and Business Program, University of Waterloo. August 2011. CO-EDITOR: Kashif Memon, Science and Business Program Advisor and Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org CO-EDITOR AND LAYOUT PRODUCER: Fatema Zehra Abdallah Lalji, Science and Business Project Manager, email@example.com PHOTOGRAPHY: Chris Zhu; New School Photography; Light Imaging
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Published on Aug 29, 2011
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