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The Battle for Earth Begins Now

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Hello Frosh, and welcome to the clash of the Enders and Defenders! Up to this point, you’ve hopefully received a couple of mail-outs and looked through our website so that you know a little bit more about the University of Waterloo’s Engineering Orientation Week. We hope you’re just as pumped about the week as we are and that you’ve come prepared to have one of the greatest weeks of your life!

If you’re reading this, you have probably found your colour group’s headquarters and have met a couple of your leaders, the Bigs and Huges. We encourage you to talk to your leaders as much as possible because they can give you a wealth of information as they have all been in your shoes. Their job is to answer any of the questions you may have about Engineering or the week in general. It was not too long ago that they were frosh, so they know how you feel! You may be a little overwhelmed with the number of new faces you’re meeting, but do not worry! We’re all in the same position, so go and introduce yourself to another random! There’s an 8.33% (repeating, of course) chance that they’re in your class! Better yet, they could be your long lost brother from another mother, or sister from another mister!

H’okay, so you’re now in your headquarters and you’re a little scared, excited, or both! You’ve been given a sweet bag of loot and a snazzy new t-shirt. Now what, you ask? Tuesday is packed with activities such as meeting the Dean and the infamous Education Committee. You’ll also be Earning Your Hardhat with your fellow Frosh and Bigs. Your hard hat is your protection against the foes of Engineering and is a well-established tradition from all of the great Waterloo Engineers before you. You must do everything in your power to protect this hard hat and all that it represents. Once you have Earned Your Hardhat, you’ll conglomerate in a show of Engineering unity as you pose for an Aerial Photo. Having now earned your hard hat, you’ll have to put it to good use on Thursday. At the Junkyard Wars competition, you’ll have the opportunity to prove your firepower with a limited amount of resources at your disposal. You will also get to meet several of our student-run engineering teams. After the student teams lunch, you’ll get to meet our Engineering mascot, the TOOL. It’s the ultimate and the all-knowing. It also loves spirit and loud noises. Apart from the cross-campus events of Wednesday Night Mixer, Monte Carlo, and Saturday Night, the final Engineering event is the Hunt of Scavengers. Go forth and compete in events to gain tokens to try to win the week. There can only be one team… So will it be yours?

We, as your SuperHuges, are part of the Engineering Federation Orientation Committee (EngFOC) and are here to help make this week as fun as possible for you. What you put into the week is up to you. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to stop us at any time or just to say hello! We are wearing Gold jackets or vests all week!! May the best team win!

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