Life in Electrical & Computer Engineering

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ECE Lifehacks (Part II)

Earlier, Nikhil wrote a post about the courses you will be taking in 1A ECE. As the term comes to an end, you might wonder what 1B ECE has in store for you. So, similar to what Nikhil wrote last term, ECE Lifehacks Part II!
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Options in Engineering

In engineering, you will be taking a lot of courses specific to your program, most of which are required courses. Some programs may have their first electives as early as their 1B term (ECE has their first elective in 2B). These electives are usually chosen from a specific list as listed on the undergraduate calendar for your program. While you must satisfy these requirements, you can also take certain courses that can satisfy the requirements of certain “Options”.
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Waterloo Co-op: An Employer’s Perspective

As most of you know, I completed my 1B term in spring 2014, and currently on my second work term. I worked for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada my previous work term, and I decided to return to the same organization. I mainly do front end web development, but because this is a not-for-profit organization, I end up taking on multiple roles within the organization, allowing me to understand how the society functions as a whole. Recently, I was given the opportunity to participate in the co-op hiring process at the University of Waterloo for the Winter 2015 work term, and that was a great experience. Co-op students normally don’t know how things work on the employer end of the spectrum, which is exactly where this blog post is going: to explain how employers select applicants, and rank students (without breaching the confidentiality policy that my organization have in place).
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1B Midterms – Experience and Conclusions

For the first year engineering students at the University of Waterloo, midterm week (or more commonly known as ‘hell week’) is right around the corner. Other university programs spreads out its midterms over the course of the term, but at Waterloo Engineering, all your midterms are scheduled in one week; one after another, and is one of the most intense week for all engineering students at Waterloo. It would be pretty unlucky if you had a midterm at night and then the next one in the morning. Anyways, that’s not what I’m here to talk about: I’m here to talk about my experiences with midterms, specifically in my 1B term. Nikhil’s post was about his learning experiences after you fail your term and tips to prevent that, and my post is what you should do before you fail the term.
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ECE Lifehacks

I have been asked these a few times throughout the term and I can understand why; you just don’t know how to study. And it’s completely normal to feel like that. But sometimes, we over-think about it and end up much more ahead of ourselves and we get lost. I compiled a few tips for course wise in 1A and 1B (because i haven’t done 2nd year yet).
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Quest for Salvation: First year mistakes and experiences

Hey Everyone! I’m Nikhil Ramburrun, a student in ECE at UW and I’m currently on co-op. I figured since most of you have heard that ECE is hard and others are taking it lightly, that I should make some kind of blog to tell you guys about my own story. For someone who never failed a single course in their lifetime, failing 3 courses and hence my 1A term was devastating if you can imagine. Continue reading

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