Bring back Waterloo Unlimited
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This past March break, I, along with 60 other brilliant students, attended the Grade 11 Waterloo Unlimited transdisciplinary enrichment program where we widened our perspectives on the concept of design, teamwork, university life, and made everlasting memories with new friends. Unfortunately, when coming to the bitter-sweet end of our week, we were given the news that this was the final of 39 Unlimited programs hosted by the university over the past thirteen years. It was quite the shock to all of us because of how amazing, educational, and enriching this program was for us.
As a student who also took the Grade 10 program last year, I can wholeheartedly say that this program was the best experience of my high school career this far; I've personally transformed myself using the four cornerstones upon which Waterloo Unlimited is built—intrinsic motivation, transdisciplinary, community, and self-enrichment. I've shaped myself into a more social, effective worker, and a more open-minded person who believes that with the right mindset, I truly do have the power to make a change whether it be in my own life, my school, my community, or my country.
Myself, among many others, have learned through this program that our dreams are unlimited, our future is unlimited, and that we ourselves are unlimited.
We decided to create this petition to show the Provost of the University of Waterloo just how many lives that the Waterloo Unlimited program has changed, whether you be a student, parent, or teacher, to perhaps change his mind on shutting down this amazing program.
After having hosted over 1600 high school students from across the country with the help of over 100 university faculty and staff members, we believe that future high school students should have the opportunity to participate in this unique program to meet amazing staff, faculty, and like-minded students to broaden their horizons and bring change in their present lives and future. Thank you for your consideration.
-Leslie Wilkinson, Waterloo Unlimited alumnus, on behalf of the 2017 Grade 11 Unlimited program participants.
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