Location: PAS Lounge Room 3005
The PAS Lounge is a great study spot that has a lot to offer. I was surprised at how easy it was to find, which for being in the PAS (aka the maze of frustration) makes it a very special room. All you need to do is go in the doors on the SLC side and go up to the third floor and turn right. Make sure you bring your Watcard though as they have all your essentials for studying (coffee, chips, fruits etc.). There is not much traffic in and around this room during the most of the day so you don’t have to worry about being distracted especially if you have some headphones on. It has nice big windows so that you aren’t stuck under artificial light all day. As well with nice big comfy chairs and tables this would be a good place to study with friends in a quiet respectable manner. If you are planning on taking a break during the day I’d suggest taking it during lunch hours as it can get a little busy with people buying food.
Location: Empty Classroom
Now during the exam time there are no classes going on (obviously). What this means is that you can spend even more time in those classrooms as they can now be used to study. This may not sound appealing at first, but these classrooms offer limitless study capabilities. You’re already used to sitting in these chairs for hours on end and the big tables offer a great place to spread out your notes and get your final exam grind on. The big chalkboards are excellent study tools and with a rooms like this you’ll have unlimited space. As well if you bring a couple friends and you have the room to yourselves you don’t have to worry about disturbing other students. Just found this out while writing this post, but FEDs is actually sponsoring some rooms like this (HH 344) and leaving free pens on the tables so you won’t have to worry about bringing six pens to study. I don’t know any other rooms that give you pens for studying so this is definitely a plus because who doesn’t love free stuff?
Location: Dana Porter Library (Study Cubicle)
The original study spot for most students, as I know it was for me. I spent many sleepless nights (open late till 2am) during exam times in a cubicle just like this during first year. Its quite nostalgic going back to these cubicles in your upper years after spending time searching the campus for other study spots. Nothing can beat how secluded these cubicles are. Put on your headphones and you can be in another world filled with books and study notes… well not really “another world” as DP will be filled books and study notes already, but it can be your own private world filled with books and study notes. I’d suggest bringing your own snacks or food for when you study so that you don’t have to leave your spot unattended. Though if you decide to tough it out and want to buy food they have a café with coffee, tea, sandwiches and snacks on the first floor. As well this is also the closest study spot to the SLC where you can find tims or the food court. Tip from trying to find an empty cubicle for a photo is to start on the 10th floor and work your way down till you find and empty cubicle as this will save you from walking up the stairs.
Location: Dana Porter Library (Study Rooms)
Now for those people who plan ahead and want to know they are going to have a clean, open, quiet and effective study space these rooms are perfect for you. These rooms are especially effective for group study which is what I have used them for in the past. The only thing is that you have to book the rooms (can be done online: http://bit.ly/1kjn443) in advance and i’m sure that during exam times they can fill up pretty quick so you should try and plan ahead. These rooms have been updated recently (they weren’t like this last fall as far as I can remember) and they now have glass whiteboards and TV screens. These tools when used properly will allow you to study more effectively and achieve those higher grades.
Location: Student Societies
Another great place to study is your student societies. Most of the arts majors will have a room dedicated for their students to hangout, read or even study. They usually have comfy couches, snacks and drinks with lots of place to study and hangout. The most beneficial part of studying in one of these rooms would be that everyone coming in and out of the room would be within your major. That means your struggling with a problem? Why not ask the upper year across the room who might have taken your class before. Its easy to see the benefits of these rooms so I would definitely recommend that you check to see if your majors student society has one available for your use.
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian dropped by the University of Waterloo while on his book tour Without Their Permission. Being only a new visitor to reddit.com I was excited at the chance to see the man who created the latest “social media” site to sweep the net. With people moving further and further from getting their news and information from the mainstream sources (TV, Radio, Newspaper) I am in awe at how reddit has become a news sources almost made by the people for the people.
I was amazed at the energy as I walked in the room. Unfortunately all the seats were taken but I was not alone in crowding the standing room to catch the talk. You could tell from the start that this was not going to be your average speaker. Alexis drew the crowd in with his eccentric personality. He would go from a thought provoking message like, “The world is round. The internet is flat” to doing his own personal bane impression, with a sprinkle of stand-up comedy throughout.
Alexis dived a little bit into his own start-up story. I loved how reddit was basically started by two people in an apartment who had a little money and a whole lot of time. I’m sure that can really relate to a lot of the people in the audience. Just as with most start-ups they had an idea of what reddit was meant to be, but had no idea what it would become. Perhaps his best start-up story is when they were invited to Yahoo only to be told by an executive that compared to Yahoo, they are merely “a rounding error.” How rude. Though this didn’t phase Alexis as he took this quote and posted it on the wall at his office. I’m sure that would have been quite the motivation to look at that every day.
Now as part of Alexis road tour he invites a local start up to share their story. These people turned out to be from BufferBox, which was started by University of Waterloo students. Now most Waterloo students know about the BufferBox story but if you want to know more about the company the link for their website is here: www.bufferbox.com.
Now what gets me excited about talks with these tech giants like Alexis or even Jack Dorsey (Twitter co-founder) is when they start talking about the human component. These new technologies are a way of bridging the gap between people who might never have had the chance to communicate 50 years ago. The arts are all about understanding and exploring to be what it means to be human. The fact that the arts can be paired with these technologies is exciting for everyone as it brings new ideas, discussions, articles, music, and art from all around the world. The best part is that you can access all of this without leaving your room (that’s my favourite part).
Alexis passion for entrepreneurship was evident throughout the entire presentation. However I would have liked to hear more about the possibilities of the internet which is the premise for his book. He did mention the value in learning code in today’s world. And while code may not be everyone’s cup of tea I don’t think that trying to better yourself with another skill, especially a technological one, can lead to many opportunities. Though his only slightly dipping into the topic of his book could have just been a clever marketing tool as I now I have an urge to read his book after the excitement he created during his presentation.
Alexis was able to visit a school where entrepreneurship is a lot of our students’ life blood and found a way to only create more energy and excitement for the future.
Anonymous asked: What is the exact average to get into Arts and Business program for co-op?
Unfortunately we do not have an “exact” average to get into the Arts and Business Program. Instead the our admission average is set as low 80s.
However this is because the minimum average does change every year do to the variety of applicants. I know being someone who was applying to university a few years back this can be a little frustrating. So thats why we recommend that you try and focus on doing the best that you can to reach or surpass our low 80s mark.
As well I would also recommend that you fill out our Admissions Information Form (AIF). Waterloo does look at this as well as your grades so its a great opportunity to show us how you are a well rounded student. Here is the link for more information on the AIF: http://bit.ly/1aZmEO5
Hope that helps :)
Anonymous asked: Are there any calculas courses that I would have to take in first year university? Like is it a required course in the Honours Arts and Business (co-op) program?!
Hello! Great question as I am sure a few other people are wondering this as well.
The Arts and Business Program does not require calculus as a required course when applying to the program.
However they do recommend that you take Calculus and Vectors if you plan on majoring in Economics. Though this is not required since students can decide to take an introductory Calculus class in their first year.
Hope that helps!
Anonymous asked: I don't quite understand the aspect of choosing your major for the arts and business programme. If I were to choose English ( digital communication) with a specialization in marketing, would it work? and must you choose only one of the english programmes between rhetoric and digital comm? thank you in advance!
Hello! Being a current Arts and Business (ARBUS) student I know navigating between all the specializations and majors can be a little confusing at first. Though that only speaks to how flexible the program is and how you can customize it to fit whats right for you.
Now after your first year is when you declare your major. At that time you will choose from one of the 24 majors that arts has to offer with the Arts and Business program. So for example at the end of the year you would choose English as your major. Now the English department has three different honours english degrees:
You would choose one of these to Major in for the ARBUS program.
Now you have a few options that you can look at for specializations. ARBUS offers three different specializations http://bit.ly/Ij3EAj:
- Digital Arts Communication Specialization (Co-op Only)
- Global Engagement Specialization (Co-op and Regular)
- International Trade Specialization (Co-op Only)
Now another option that you have is choosing a specialization within your own major. English offers two different specializations:
The Digital Media Studies Specialization and the Digital Arts Communications Specialization are cross listed so you would only be able to choose one of these two.
I hope that clears up some of the confusion!
Anonymous asked: how does the global business and arts program differ from the arts and business program?
Hey! There are some major differences when looking at the Global Business and Digital Arts program and the Arts and Business Program.
The Arts and Business program is designed to combine your Honors Arts degree with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of business. What the ARBUS program is supposed to do is compliment what your true passion is (ex. history) with the business knowledge that will help you to find employment in a field you love or take you to that next step what ever it may be after graduation. https://uwaterloo.ca/arts/future-undergraduates/programs-majors/arts-and-business
Now the Global Business and Digital Arts program is designed to prepare you for the ever changing world or business and digital media. Their is becoming a more and more demand for the digital arts in the world of business as it continues to grow around the world. The GBDA program tries to prepare its students to be ready for the global economy and a career in digital media where you can explore your creativity, use new technologies and learn how to successfully run a business. http://staging.stratfordcampus.uwaterloo.ca/programs/gbda/
I’ve provided the links for each of the programs home pages as their is a lot more differences the further you dig in each program.
Hopefully this clears up some confusion!
Anonymous asked: any tips on being accepted into co-op for the arts and business program? :)
Hey! The best tip that we can give you is to try your best. Our requirements for the Honors Arts and Business Program are listed here: https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/admissions/admission-requirements/1/9/1/1/5/0/0
As well I would encourage you to fill out the Admissions Information Form when applying as Waterloo takes a good look at these forms when you are applying.
Hope that helps!
Anonymous asked: Hello! I'm interested in apply to the Honours Arts and Business Co-op program at Waterloo and was wondering what the steps were in order to become an accountant by the end of my undergraduate. If I'm applying without a highschool calculas credit is accounting still an option for me? Through the Arts and Business program?
Hello! Its great to hear you are interested in being an accountant. However I don’t believe that the Arts and Business program is the right path for you if you want to be an accountant after finishing your undergraduate degree since this program will not give you the proper qualifications. Now our School of Accounting and Finance and Waterloo would be a better fit for you. Here is the link to their home page that will give you all of the information that you need: http://accounting.uwaterloo.ca/
u-n-b-r-o-k-e-n-l-o-v-e asked: Hello, I'm a grade 12 student applying to waterloos arts program (global business/digital arts) shortly. Although I know that business arts is a different program, I cant find any information on realistic averages to get accepted! It says min low 80's on the website, and I'm most likely going to finish with a 90+average given my current average of 94. I was just curious as to if you knew anything about admission averages etc! thanks
As I’m sure you have looked at the admission requirements for the Global Business and Digital Arts program (GBDA) are listed here: https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/admissions/admission-requirements/1/9/1/1/53/0/0.
Now I know from applying to school two years ago it can be frustrating when the averages aren’t clearly stated. However this is because the minimum average does change every year do to the variety of applicants. As well since the GBDA program is new to Waterloo its hard to predict the admission average.
However from what it sounds like you are on the right track and would encourage you to keep doing your best! As well I would also recommend that you fill out our Admissions Information Form (AIF). Waterloo does look at this as well as your grades so its a great opportunity to show us how you are a well rounded student. Here is the link for more information on the AIF: https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/admissions/admission-requirements/1/9/1/1/53/0/0
Hope I could help you out!
serinac asked: Hi! I am a grade 12 student. I'm thinking about doing ARBUS with fine arts. Is this common at all? Business and fine arts are both something I love. What kinds of jobs are out there that have both aspects to it? Also, do I need a portfolio or can I submit that at the end of my first year? Thanks!
Hey! Great to hear your interested in our Arts and Business program.
A lot of students at Waterloo actually do combine Fine Arts and Business. I actually had some friends while living in residence that took that root. They loved the program because it gave them the opportunity to study what they love (usually fine arts) and get the business background they needed to find jobs after graduation.
There are many different types of jobs that would be available for you. Some that come to the top of my head right now are jobs in marketing or digital design. Here is a link for what current Fine Arts Grads are doing right now: https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/programs/fine-arts.
You might also be interested in our Co-op program. With 5 different work terms you would be able to try out a variety of different payed jobs and get a feel of what field of work you want to get into after graduation. Here is a link that talks about the Arts and Business Co-op and also list some possible work placements you could have: https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/programs/arts-and-business
Now since Waterloo has a general first year that allows you to take a variety of courses to go along with your business you don’t have to submit a portfolio till the end of your first year.
I hope I answered all of your questions!