OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Thursday, August 21

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QUESTION: I am entering Waterloo in September as a new student. Everything on this website has reinforced any thoughts or opinions I have heard about Waterloo, to be prepared for no social life. PLEASE, is UW really that depressing?

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  1. No. It's what you make of it. Go out, have fun, make and hang out with friends. The people who are complaining are the ones who don't even attempt to socialize.

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  2. Depends on your faculty, your residence, and how much effort you make.
    If you live in a residence where you have shared cafeteria you are likely going to be quite social.
    You are going to want to be as social as possible early on meet a lot of people before it's awkward.
    Join clubs that you are interested in.
    It is what you make of it.
    Once you are 19+ Bomber and bars on king street.

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  3. lol, yes... If you're in math/cs.

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  4. No, because more people are likely to complain on an anonymous site... If you get out and talk to people, there are a lot of friendly people around here! I've been around for 4 years and I've met some of the greatest people at UW. It's what you make of it, as 1 said. Be as social as you're comfortable with being during frosh.

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  5. join a club

    get involved with something like hvz

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  6. The best advice I can give you is to form your very own opinion, get off this toxic site

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  7. No. This website is where people with no social life go to complain. So there's some selection bias.

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    1. Well. You're on this website. :)

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  8. No, I've had a lot of fun at UW.

    Go out, get involved in clubs/societies/etc., meet people, and it's great!

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  9. > OP
    > believes stuff on the internet
    HAHAHAHA

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  10. No,, people just like complaining about things. I've had a great time at this school

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  11. UW likes to fuck you, but not in the good way.

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  12. What's with these frosh posts? You people sounds like children requiring reassurance from strangers about your choices. Ah well UW will fix you up.

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  13. My advice? Talk to as many people as possible during Orientation Week & Welcome Week. It is the only time in your university career when absolutely everyone you meet will be actively looking to make friends. If you're in residence, keep your door open and poke your head into every open door you encounter. Sit with new people at meals if you can. Talk to the people at your faculty events. Three of the best friends I've ever had I met during Orientation Week.

    Your experience here is up to you. If you want to be social, then go out and BE social. If you don't want to be social, don't blame it on the school.

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  14. Yeah I mean think about it, the fun exciting kids don't generally write depressing messages on the student forum. They're out with friends, sports, drinking, studying, enjoying the outdoors, smoking up. The sample of students you see on this site are not an accurate representation of the school as a whole. Every school has sad people. Life is what you make of it like 13 said.

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  15. From the social life I ave had tons of fun, from the academic aspect I have been quite upset. The professors are far from understanding, and think you are making stuff up even though you aren't. The academic advisor wasn't helpful at all in fact they more even more discouraging. And the school therapists I felt like I couldnt actually tell them anything because I was afraid it was going to be used against me. But my friends are good .

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  16. "Hey people of site X, so I was reading site X and it really looks like life is hard. Can you people of site X confirm that life is hard please?"

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    1. How is that what you took from this?

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    2. Because OP is saying that everything on OMGUW led him to believe whatever and now he wants a dissenting opinion...from the same site...
      It's like coming to a KKK meeting and saying "well guys, all this stuff you do here really leads me to believe that you are racist...are you really that racist?"

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    3. Not really... because the general fucked upness on OMGUW doesn't apply to all of UW and there's bound to be people on OMGUW who can give an accurate idea of what UW is like. Although, I guess you have a point... this isn't the website to come to if you want positive reinforcement.

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  17. Hey OP, i'm a don in residence this year, and i can assure you that UW is what you make of it. to a certain extent, yes, there is less of a priority placed on socialization by our students. however, that is a generalization, and statistically speaking, there are still going to be people who are just as social here as at any other university. you just need to be willing to make the effort to find them.
    Here are some way to meet new friends in first year:
    1. go to all the events your don runs (there will always be at least one a week), many will be with just your floor, some will be with your whole quad, and a few will be your entire residence.
    2. join res-council, you meet once a week and run events for your residence. its a great way to meet people, and looks awesome on your resume
    3. do the AMPED conference, you'll meet lot of other students, community leaders, and get some really amazing leadership experience
    4. join intramural teams. we have everything from kickboxing, to hockey, to dodgeball

    your experience here is in your own hands, you have the power to make UW amazing.

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    1. 2 and 3 in this list are bullshit - don't waste your time OP. Join clubs, get to know your floor, get involved on campus and your faculty. Some residence dons are great but if yours sounds like a suck like 17, check out other floors and don't get sucked into their weird bullshit. There are lots of awesome people on campus. Have a great year!

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    2. lol. agreed with 17a. Residence is a LOT of fun in first year for people meeting, I personally wasn't too involved with the actual festivities though. Not everyone is into planning events and going to "leadership" conferences (which are usually a load of BS anyway).

      OP: only come to OMGUW when youre stressed AF or having a bad day or really, really bored, because people here are really negative. It's not like this in real life, I promise.

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  18. 17a and b; +1, listen to these people OP and you'll have a good year. People around here are generally great, it's a sweet university. You'll find your people (just fuck "AMPED", I went my first year and it was the biggest load of shit)

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