Mar 29 2015Biology Coming to Waterloo, I was full of hope about the future. The school is said to have a great reputation and to foster innovation in their students. What you quickly learn is that many people are miserable. It is very difficult to meet people who are similar to you (unless you are Asian). People are obsessed with academics. We hear of suicides all the time and most importantly the mental health services are in a horrible state. If you suffer from mental illness, expect disastrous access to care (e.g. they barely have therapy available and when they do it is so infrequent that it is basically pointless to even attend). So many people that I know are always down and it is easy to become isolated.
The school will invest money into improving its reputation over improving quality of life for students.
Expect to be treated like a number by academic advisers provided they even have the time to meet with you!
I would consider myself a good student and I had no trouble getting in to good grad programs, so what I have written is not a due to frustrations at not being successful. Male
Jan 29 2015Kinesiology I had a 90 interview and got accepted everywhere, but choose Waterloo for the coop, which sucks as it turns out. Basically study as much as you can and get the best grades you can. Time management really pays off. University is not about how smart you are but about how much you can do at once without going crazy. Female