EngSoc Events and Outreach

Sarbajoy Majumdar, Sabrina Huston, Chelsea VanderMeer - VP Internal / VP Student Life
Posted on: August 27, 2016

Hello and welcome to Waterloo, the best place… for SO MANY reasons!
We are Sarbajoy Majumdar, Chelsea VanderMeer, and Sabrina Huston, your VP Internal and Vice Presidents of Student Life for Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Fall 2017 (respectively). We are here to plan coffeehouses, board game nights, LAN parties, D&D, hackathons, bowling, art nights, laser tagging, improv games, movie nights, semi-formals/dances, puppy petting, volunteer/outreach opportunities, and overall, we are here to spice up your term! It is super important to relax and have fun when you can during school, because it will make you happier and actually improve your academics. Yes, this is scientifically proven; trust us, we know.

Coming to Engsoc events is easy. Stay updated by following EngSoc on Facebook, keeping an eye on the posters on the walls, and checking the events calendar outside the Orifice in CPH. Right now, some keynote events we want you to know about are:

First Year Mentoring is a way for you to be paired with a wise upper-year who can give you all the secret tips of how to thrive in Waterloo engineering! Sign up online at bit.ly/FirstYearFYM
“Lunch and Learn” University Life seminars will run near the beginning of the terms to help teach you how to survive best with this new university lifestyle; these sessions encompass study tips, how to do laundry, bussing, grocery shopping, de-stressing, where the best Pokestops are, and any other questions you may have.
Engplay is a play which occurs every term, run by and put on by students just like you! Come audition to have a crazy good time and bond with other future stars, or come see it and get ready to be dazzled.
Semi-formal occurs midway through the semester and gives you a chance to show off your fancy side and killer dance moves. (As long as you pretend you’re good, everyone will believe it.)
Coffeehouses and TalEng happen every term, and are a really fun way to showcase your cool and strange talents, and/or appreciate the secret abilities of your classmates! Also, there is usually lots of free food.
NEM (National Engineering Month) is in March, and through fun community events such as building creative structures out of cans and creating a Rube Goldberg machine, we show everyone how great engineering is! Be sure to get involved to inspire more fantastic future engineers like yourself.

And back to Will from earlier — are you interested in Outreach? Think community and charities! There are plenty of opportunities to work with the executive and commissioners to make a difference. As engineers, we love being engaged with our community; for this reason, every year the student body votes on a charity that the Engineering Society supports for a full calendar year. We run plenty of charity events that you can volunteer at or just participate in. Be sure to keep an eye out for things such as Charity Grilled Cheese and/or Pancakes, Movember and more! Stay tuned to find out what cause we will be supporting, we would love to have your help!

Another major component of the outreach we look at is connecting with students regarding the exciting and challenging field of engineering. The main initiative each term has us working with younger students in collaboration with Engineering Outreach. One event that we hope to run twice in the Fall term is Education outreach at the MUSEUM. Heading to Kitchener, we aim to run experiments that teach younger students about aspects of engineering.

This Fall we are starting a new initiative sending a group of engineers to the CN Tower for the CN Tower Climb on October 22nd. The goal is to promote engineering as a fulfilling discipline, which we do through a variety of outlets. Look out for volunteer forms in the coming months if you would be interested in helping out!!

We have all types of events and definitely have something for you… but if not, email vpinternal@engsoc.uwaterloo.ca and tell us what you want to see! Thanks guys!