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"The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.”

Hey there! I'm Andy, and I'm a 2nd year Computer Engineering Student at the University of Waterloo. When I have free time, I enjoy reading non-fiction (healthcare, history, politics, you name it!), playing music , and tinkering on new projects.

I'm a Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) Student Councilor, serving the students of the Engineering Faculty and defending their interests.

In the future, I hope to be able to develop innovative ideas that can hopefully positively impact the lives of others.

You can contact me via email or Linkedin.

Ren 2020 - My platform

Introduction - Andy

Hi everyone! Thanks for dropping by :)

I'm a 2A Computer Engineering student, and I'm running to be your next engineering councilor!

Before we move on, here's just a few random facts about me:

  • I just finished 1B Computer Engineering this spring term, and I'm interning as a software developer at VirtaMove in Ottawa
  • I play three musical instruments - Piano, Alto Saxophone, and Percussion
  • I speak 3 languages fluently (English, Français, and 普通话)

Experience

Throughout high school, I've had the privledge of serving on a number of student advisory committes, finding ways to help others in my community.

In my senior year of high school, I served as Student Senator, representing 1200+ students and parents of my high school at the school board level. I've personally worked with elected adult trustees on serious issues concerning students of the day. For example, I was able to provide direct input on implementing IB at a new high school in the west end of the city, I participated in consultations on the board operating budget, and I was part of a group that hosted a student conference on graduate exit outcomes and board policy. My experience encompassed working with elected officials and stakeholders and passing legislation has allowed me to gain solid experience in ensuring that the needs of students are met and that their voices are heard.

Furthermore, I also was a member of my Member of Parliament's youth council. Here, I worked with other students in my constituency to develop methods for the Federal Government to tackle the opioid crisis.

And lastly, in first year, I served for two terms as a class representative to First-Year Engineering, which coincided with a few major scandals that occurred within my engineering cohort. I made it my personal goal during those terms to mitigate miscommunication and rumors being passed around and to ensure that First-Year's message was being transmitted to the proper channels. Furthermore, I also made sure that student concerns regarding the many diverse issues (i.e Removing hell week, workload) were addressed by First-year as well.

Next steps -Standing up for you

I'm running for councilor, because I'm passionate about student advocacy and helping others, because I want to make sure that we're getting things done, that student issues are being addressed, and because we need a councilor to help ensure WUSA executive is aware of the needs of engineering students and can then take proper action.

Some of my fellow candidates have promised specific things, some have even promised memes. However, in my experience, this is a position that requires having conversations with students over time and being serious about standing up for their rights. It is one thing to promise major sweeping changes, but it is a completely different beast to implement those promises.

On a side note, I also wanted to mention one thing that really inspired me in first-year, was that I was able to witness direct results of the advocacy FEDS/WUSA has done for students. For example, some of the advocacy included consultation on student fees policy, standing up to the provincial government on OSAP cuts, investing in legal services, or even switching to 2 ply toilet paper (:^)), these are just a few things that were brought up by students, are being implemented or is being actively addressed for students, and are the now the models for what we need to continue to fight for.

Thus, as your councilor, I pledge to-

  • Be a passionate advocate for all engineering students at the university, provincial, and federal level, ensuring that no student is left out,
  • Make sure that every measure I propose at the council table will be with full consultation and in the best interest of all engineering students,
  • Push for an organizational framework to tackle recurring issues such as (but not limited to) mental health, OSAP, and student fees. The goal is to increase organizational transparency and student involvement in formulating new policy for the years to come.
With my experience advocating for student voice for the past few years, I hope I can earn your vote as your voice as engineering councilor on October 9th-10th.

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