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OMG: After my completing my undergrad at UW and moving on to my post grad else where I realized UW is a very boring school. At the time when I was as student I would defend UW and say it really didn't matter but looking back most of my friends were Laurier kids or very few UW kids who liked going out. It's weird that the school lacks social. It Laurier wasn't in the city, Waterloo would be so damn boring. At the end of the day people like to say who cares if a school is social/fun you're here to learn but most of us are only here for four years before we enter the working world so why not use this time to have fun and learn

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  1. After having had a few years to reflect on this, I've decided it's completely irrelevant. How much you do/do not enjoy being at a particular school doesn't depend on the school, it depends on you. Make your own fun, and make friends that way!

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  2. I've been to Guelph U and Laurier many times; both are much less boring than UW.

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  3. Being social can mean more than just getting drunk and going out. Most people here are social, just not in the way you expect them to be.

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  4. UW is a drone school. It's for peons who attend university because it's the only thing that makes them worth something. So studies take over their lives. Little do they know that later in life those soft skills are more important than memorizing textbooks.

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    1. Actually 4, I think UW does more for teaching soft skills than a lot of other universities, thanks to its massive co-op program and a wealth of entrepreneurial opportunities. You know... *actual* soft skills, that matter for *real* success in the workplace.

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    2. "Teaching soft skills"? I am not sure a few PD courses would count for this honestly. Plus co-op and entrepreneurial is more of a technical or business college rather than what a university should offer. Imo of course.

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    3. That's a pretty fair summary of Waterloo actually. I'd NEVER recommend this place to anyone.

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    4. 4.c I fully agree. I'm in fourth year and I wish I went elsewhere some times, co-op is the only thing this school has. Even the profs are shit.

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    5. Waterloo is technical, but definitely not just lets students memorize textbooks. Some arts courses do that, but not all of them.

      University is a place to learn technical skills. Co-op and other part of the society is where you learn "soft skills".

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    6. I hear this thing about "textbook memorization" a lot. The sad part is that you get a much deeper and more profound understanding of the topics from the textbooks than you could ever get from the profs' rushed lectures or shitty cobbled together slides.

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    7. "University is a place to learn technical skills"

      AHAHAHAHA you can't be serious. This has only been a thing in the very recent past. University is about becoming educated you pleb. It's only become a place for technical skills since the societal shift that burdens people to learn these things in university over say rhetoric, philosophy, pure mathematics, or oration.

      You realize the term liberal arts literally comes from the skills worthy of a free person? Technical skills are for slaves and servants. Have fun creating your race to the bottom with your engineering though

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    8. Hey 4g, there are enough nauseating and obnoxious things in this world WITHOUT your gross superiority complex. If you feel a need to scorn others for not being as "enlightened" as you... then you're not nearly as enlightened as you might think.

      Unfortunately, the idea of the institution of university as a place of free thought and "learning for the sake of learning" is being progressively abandoned by the outside world. In Ontario, the funding model for universities is being changed from "enrolment-based funding" (where schools get money based on how many people they enrol) to "strategic funding" (where schools get money based on what they're good at). Governments at every level have made it clear that they see universities as institutions meant to train the population to enter the workforce - nothing more, nothing less.

      The "free thought" approach is only really ascribed to by academics. Your professors might endorse it, but nobody out in the 'real world' honestly does anymore. I don't think this is ideal, but it is what it is.

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  5. it does'nt matter when yo get your dick sucked by three women does it

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  6. it does'nt matter when yo get your dick sucked by three women does it

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  7. it does'nt matter when yo get your dick sucked by three women does it

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    1. Am I the only one who rapped the previous three comments? I'm literally dying of laughter :')

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  8. What's sad is that apparently UW used to be a really fun school. In the late 90s we even had a really good football team. Older generations said that people would come from other schools to UW to come have a good time. Then around 2003 it hit a decline and has only gotten progressively worse since.

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    1. I think UW just stop giving a fuck about itself socially

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    2. 9a, I think you just one this entire comment section. Who the f*** cares about the social habits of students at this school?

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  9. I'm finishing my Masters here this year after also attending Waterloo for undergrad. I partied a LOT when I could and made a ton of friends. Lots of people I know actually had an even more enjoyable undergrad than I did. I agree that on average people at UW aren't as fun, but if you personally didn't have fun that's on you.

    PS: As much as we love to hate Laurier, they really do make the town a better place to be a student. I think if all we had was UW students here then a lot of the statements above would be valid.

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  10. I just hope OP could use more punctuation. Reading through your post was a pain.... I had to take a few breaths even though I'm only reading it in my mind.

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    1. I was on my phone. Sorry

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  11. People like OP would be miserable at any uni. Stop propagating this boring school thing. If you can't have fun in a place with 30 thousand people your age, I have bad news for you.

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    1. Nah, I'm at McGill now and I love it here. People are much different. I had a good time in Waterloo because of my Laurier friends. I said UW was boring

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  12. I couldn't disagree with you more. I had the best time of my life while I was at UW. Seriously, if you can't fit into the society, the world is not at fault, it's your problem.

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    1. UW = society? Lmao. Thanks for the laugh m8.

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    2. 13a, like it or not, UW *is* a community. Whether or not it's one you want to participate in makes no difference to that fact. Same goes for every company you'll ever work for, and any neighbourhood/city you'll ever live in. If you ever have kids, their schools are another community, and you'll be part of a community that includes the parents of your kids' classmates.

      Again, whether or not you participate in any of those entirely up to you. But in my experience life is better when you actually make an effort to *enjoy* where you are, rather than constantly hoping to be somewhere else.

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    3. @13.b Look up the definitions of society and community before trying to be sanctimonious. It would help your cause.

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    4. I don't have a cause, 13c, just a school I enjoy attending with a lot of friends I've made since I've been here. It's a shame your experience hasn't been the same.

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    5. At 13, it's a strange little asian community where reverse racism is extremely prevalent. Trust me, as an east asian fellow born here, as soon as those asians find out I can't speak their language they treat me even worse than they would a white fellow.

      I've had family go to many universities and I feel that Waterloo has a very strange and backwards community, even if you can call it a "community" compared to most other universities. As another poster said previously, Waterloo WAS a big party scene back before the 90's or so - when I tell family that's attended waterloo what it's like now they're in shock. They cannot even fathom how that could be possible. But, unfortunately, due to the consequences of new technology and even overpopulation, it appears that it's too damn competitive. Rather than students attempting to make a community (or a union , for that matter) it seems that unemployment upon graduation has increased.

      When a student asks for more marks, it isn't necessarily that the student didn't work hard. The student may have been trying their hardest to honestly suceed. The student doesn't want to screw everyone over by doing so; the student simply wishes to get a good job upon graduation and make money to live a regular life, possibly even start a family. But because it's too competitive in terms of marks, as well as co-op positions, you have the students competiting with each other to the point where everyone complains about a common cause, such as "FEDs sucks!" but nobody does anything because they're too busy trying to make something of themselves.

      The Asians aren't stupid; they know damn well that ontario isn't necessarily a good place for jobs and have secured their communities elsewhere. If I go to a TD or CIBC here, I'll see that strange text; communities in BC have free Asian newsletters getting handed out all over the place. They can go elsewhere to secure employment after taking our co-op positions here. You were born here and paid taxes for your whole life here? Too bad. Let the employers hire those "international" students. I personally don't believe their higher costs for tuiton make up for it. Though controversial, I think of it analogously to the foreign work exchange program Canada had implemented. I can tell from many people I've worked with that they really hate me because I don't attempt to absorb my Asian culture; but it was never my culture to begin with. I was born in Canada, just like my parents.

      What I'm trying to say is that the community has changed. It's perfectly okay not to accept this disgusting, even derogatory excuse for "community". As an Asian who's both myself and my parents were born here, I can proudly stand and proclaim that I'm certainly not a member of this "community", as you call it.

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    6. @13.e: Paying taxes provides you with services like health care and lower tuition and lots of other things. They are not meant to provide you with jobs. By the way, International students are actually paying for a part of your education cost because they are extremely overcharged while you're undercharged even if you add the government funding. To find out whether or not they do pay for your education costs, try to deduct the income from int students and the money spent on them and you'll find out that the university will have a huge deficit. Also, international students are not taking *your jobs*, they are not *your jobs* if you can't compete for them. If anything it's way harder for international students to get jobs because they require more paperwork so if you are not getting the jobs they're getting, they're probably a lot more qualified than you are. Also, remember that your parents or grandparents or n-th-great-grandparents were once immigrants.

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    7. 13f every thing you said was perfectly valid but I still agree with the sentiment of 13e about the community. I often felt like I wasn't even in Canada any more and if you're a naturally quiet type like a lot of UW students the cultural differences don't help much in feeling a sense of belonging. In all my math classes (my major) Asians were literally the majority and my parents are immigrants too but I am Canadian and I don't give a fuck about people look but when there are cultural and language barriers and Canadians are a minority in their own country it's pretty surreal.

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  13. Oh well, you can always go somewhere else!

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    1. OP stated s/he graduated and moved on to a different school...so s/he did go somewhere else..

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  14. I would think because most of the students at UW are from across the country and globe that they wouldn't know what it's like beforehand. I think there are very few that decide after being here for a while they should attend another institution. My guess is various pressures, ie. family or financial, really keep them here to complete their respective degrees and add to the tension of not wanting to be here.

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  15. There are subcultures within UW that are actually super social and fun if you look hard enough. Without going too far, I'd recommend the A Cappella Club. I used to hate my time here until I came across these guys.

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