At the Waterloo campus, it was a special day with both work and play for us SHADs. We had a great breakfast, in which I enjoyed a scrumptious scrambled eggs and yogurt. The amazing breakfast everyone enjoyed prepared us for the long day ahead, which started with our first rec activity of the day. All of us walked over to EV3, the environmental studies building at the University of Waterloo, where we played several games of pool noodle hockey. Even though my team didn't win every game, pool noodle hockey was a great way for me to connect and work together with my team!
After our rec activity, we had the first part to our project launch, the moment that everyone had been waiting for! The question we had to solve was: "How might Canadians meaningfully reduce our individual energy footprints?" In order to fill our minds with background knowledge on the topic, SHAD Waterloo invited professor Paul Parker and Ph.D. student Bronwyn Lazowski to talk to us about sustainable energy and the effects of the carbon footprint. We were definitely inspired by their words of wisdom and their presentation was the catalyst that was sparking ideas within us for the second part of the project launch after lunch!
Back at the dining hall, I had a chicken burger for lunch, and then we went back to work! We broke up into smaller groups in order to brainstorm ideas and came up with 18 possible questions that narrowed down the main question that was presented earlier. We voted on the questions that we thought were the best to investigate further and the top 9 narrowed-down questions would be used tomorrow in the third part of our project launch! We were well on our way to setting a great foundation to an amazing collaborative initiative over the course of the month!
Supper was very special tonight! Every Wednesday, the residents of Conrad Grebel University College Residence held a weekly community supper. This gave us an opportunity to speak to Waterloo students living in the same residence building as we were and seek advice for our future educational goals! At my table, I met Max, a first-year Chemical Engineering student at Waterloo! It was great experience having someone to be there to ask questions regarding academics, student life, and athletics. The wonderful supper consisted of chicken with rice and vegetables! To everyone's amazement, we were serenaded by an Indonesian orchestra, better known as a gamelan. The lovely music provided a great end to a fine meal!
After supper, we had another rec activity which was a choice of either quidditch, basketball, or frisbee golf. Finally, we had a PA panel in which we asked our advisors questions and gained academic insight into the experiences of their post-secondary education. Overall, it had been a very exciting day, and I can only wait and anticipate an even better day tomorrow!