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Anonymous asked: Hey! Is there anywhere I can find a sample first year schedule for a student in the arts? (Specifically SMF...) I thought I saw it somewhere on the uWaterloo website but I can't find it now. Heeelp?

Hi there,

I don’t think there are sample schedules for first year (that I know of). I can however, give you sample first year courses for students in SMF.

In your first year, we encourage students to explore introductory courses in a variety of disciplines (i.e. Anthropology, English, Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, etc.) This is because in your first year, you are not actually in an SMF major, but just in the Honours Arts or Honours Arts & Business program. It is at the end of your first year when you declare your major. If you would like to be on track to declare your major in SMF, you would take SMF 204 - Introduction to Human Sexuality and SMF 206 - Couples , Marriages, and Families in your second semester.

How your schedule will look like for first year depends entirely up to you and what courses you are interested in taking. If you are in Honours Arts & Business, you are required to take ECON 101, ARBUS 100, ARBUS 101 in your first semester, and ARBUS 102 in your second semester. 

Hope that helps, feel free to ask more questions if you need clarification.

Take care!

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Anonymous asked: For my first year I was in the Arts and Business program, however I did not meet the requirements to continue on to the second year. Someone told me that if I am at the arts level, I can continue taking arts and business classes, and once I get my marks up again I can reapply to be in the arts and business program. I was wondering if this is possible? Thank you!

Hi there,

Yes, it is possible to get back into the Arts and Business program. To learn more about how you can do that, please contact the Arts Undergraduate Office and make an appointment to meet with academic advisor, Susan Andrews. You can call 519-888-4567 ext. 35870 to set up the appointment.

Take care!

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Anonymous asked: If I can't make it to you@waterloo day what do I do?

Hi there,

The purpose of that day is to guide admitted students on their next steps but if you are unable to attend, don’t worry! Here is a very helpful link to see what you have to do next. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at arts@uwaterloo.ca

Take care!

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Reggie Love - “Success is where preparation meets opportunity”

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On Thursday, February 27th, our Arts Student Union hosted a Guest Speaker Event with Reggie Love. For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, he is most notably known for his role as the right-hand man, the personal aide for Barack Obama, President of the United States. While here on campus, he shared his stories and experiences of his time with President Obama, and lessons on crisis management, collaboration and leadership.

Reggie opened with his early life, giving us an insight on his versatile background. Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A, Love attended Duke University where he was able to follow his passion for both politics and sports. He graduated with a degree in Political Science and Public Policy and was on the Duke Blue Devils Basketball team that won that NCAA national championship in 2001. After graduation he pursued  a professional career in the NFL on both the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys for two years. By the age of 23, he already had a very colourful resume, and was soon to add politics to it.

He worked in the senate office as a staff assistant after getting hired by a man named Pete Ross.It wasn’t until that time, when Senator Barack Obama announced his run for Presidency, that Love really got involved in politics. Pete Ross asked Love to work on the presidential campaign and described Love’s role as ”to go on the road and take care of stuff.” So for two years, that was exactly what he did for Obama. When Obama was elected President, Love became Obama’s official personal aide. In 2011, after 3 years in office with President Obama, Love decided to leave to complete his Masters of Business Administration at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

As Reggie Love looks back on his experiences, he shares with us what he learned not only from his time with President Obama, but with his career in sports and education as well. He sums it up in two ‘P’s. 

Perspectivenoun; A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Reggie identifies learning a lot about perspective with the President. He described moments when President Obama would visit military hospitals and take the time to go to every single room just to talk to the patients and their families. Love explains that it allowed him to take note that he, and those who live privileged lives, are lucky to have things such as freedom and democracy. He states that some people may not recognize the sacrifices that have been made so that we, the people, are able to have security and rule of law.

What I take away from Love’s message is: if you take the time to step back and think, you may realize that the stress of the exam you have tomorrow, or the horrible mood you are in because you forgot your umbrella on a rainy day, might not be as bad as you think. Our lives may not be as tough as we think.

Patiencenoun; The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

Reggie Love admits that he often enjoys the instant gratification that success gives by reaping the benefits of hard work immediately. However, he clarifies that hard work is not always immediate, that it takes 5, 10, maybe even 15 years before hard work can eventually pay off.

What I take away from his message is that, it is the patience and the perseverance that you must always carry with you whenever you want to succeed in something. The road to success may not always be easy, but it is definitely not impossible.

Reggie Love also took the time to explain that to be successful we must take the time to do, what he liked to describe as the “un-sexy” work. He mentioned that as part of a team when he was playing basketball, you can’t always be the star of the show. You have to help your team to help yourself.

What I take from this is the idea that not everyone can be the Lebron James, who will dunk and outscore everyone on the team. What people may not realize is that the key to winning a game are the people that are rebounding and giving solid assists. To be part of a successful team, you must add some value to your team. 

To end off, here are some fun facts Reggie Love shared with us:

  • Meeting Jay-Z was a life highlight
  • Playing basketball with Barack Obama was also very memorable
  • In his opinion, the best part of Air Force 1 was the amazing food and its Wi-Fi
  • Obama and himself did not have a chance to bond and get to know one another well until their mutual love for basketball was discovered
  • He was teammates with Shane Battier, 2x NBA Champion for the Miami Heat, on the Duke Blue Devils
  • He let us in on a little White House secret: There is an entire underground city in the White House in case of emergencies!

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Anonymous asked: what is you @ Waterloo day all about?

Hi there, 

You @ Waterloo Day (held in May) is open for anyone who have received an offer of admission to the University of Waterloo, to come on campus and be guided onto the next steps of your admission. You will be able to learn how to do course selection, and receive information on what you will need to do with residence and tuition. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity to visit campus if you have not had the chance before. 

Hope that helped, and hope to see you at our You @ Waterloo Day,

Take Care!

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Anonymous asked: which buildings are common to Arts and Business students ?

Hi there,

The simple answer to that would be it varies.

Definitely in first year you will find that you have quite a few classes in buildings that are located in the Arts Quad (i.e. Arts Lecture, Modern Languages, Hagey Hall, etc.) However, because where a class will be held depends entirely on how many students are in the class, and which spaces are available to accommodate the amount of students, you may find yourself in buildings all across campus. Speaking from personal experience, I’ve had classes held in not only Arts buildings, but in math and engineering buildings as well. You may also find yourself in classes that are held in our University Colleges like St. Jerome’s and Renison. 

Hope that clears some things up.

Take care!

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Travelling The World

Our Arts Goose has made its away around Europe and has come back to share some pictures with us. Thank-you to Saveria Romano, we hope your exchange is going well!

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Anonymous asked: when is the deadline for scholarships??

Hi there,

Here is the information (eligibility and deadlines) for all open scholarships and scholarships open for Arts students.

https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/financing/scholarships#open

https://uwaterloo.ca/find-out-more/financing/scholarships#arts

Take care.

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Reading Week - What Will You Do?

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! No… Not Christmas, but pretty close. Reading Week, where there is absolutely no school for an entire week, and it couldn’t be any more needed with midterms rolling about again. So here are some things you can do (or not):

1. SLEEP. SLEEP IN. SLEEP FOREVER.

Probably one of the only times this semester where you can sleep in and not feel guilty that you are missing a class or studying time for it. So please take advantage of this time to catch up on some much needed ZzZzz’s.

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2.Spend time with your family

Reading week is definitely a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your family as you get to head back home for the break.

Sure, sometimes your siblings can annoy you

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And maybe your mom can be overbearing at times

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But don’t worry, your dad will always have your back

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Just remember that they love you and have your best interest at heart. And don’t forget, this Monday, February 17th is Family Day!

3. Go out and do something fun!

This is your opportunity to do something fun, something exciting, something you just did not have time to do because of school.

So ladies, I wanna see some of this:

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And boys, I wanna see some of this:

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But I do not want to see any of this:

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So what will you be doing? I suggest finding cool things that are happening in your city. If you’re from the GTA, grab a friend and go to the Ripley’s Aquarium that opened not too long ago. If you live in Hamilton, KANYE WEST IS COMING TO TOWN! Go see Yeezus in action (because I know I will be)! If you’re staying in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, there is a Bring On The Sunshine Festival on Monday, February 17th to help celebrate Black History Month. A good resource to find out what events are going on in your city, is the city’s website. So go out with your friends and come back with some amazing stories to share!

4. Lastly… Study. (Even if only a little bit.)

Womp, womp, womp. The dreaded studying.

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Sorry I had to add it in but it’s true. Most of you probably will have some midterms after the break and will need to do some studying to ensure good results on them. I mean after all, it is called reading week, so you must do some reading. In the midst of the break you may start to forget how to be productive, but you can’t get into that mind set.

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You don’t have to push yourself too hard because you do deserve a little break. Just make sure you do enough reading so that you don’t come back from the break and the night before your exam looking like this:

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HAPPY READING WEEK EVERYONE!!