Waterloo Woes

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Yesterday was an interesting, yet tiring day. My alarm went off at 6:30 AM, and I woke up and got ready for a busy day. My dad and I left the house at 7:30 AM to head up to Waterloo, to visit the University of Waterloo for their Campus Day. The first overwhelming thought that came into my head as we arrived was, “Look at all these Asians.” Heh. There were just a lot of them, and most seemed to be there for the same reason as me.

I won’t get into all the details of the day, but suffice it to say, the weather was less than pleasing. I had wanted to go on a campus tour, but with blowing wind that made it feel like about minus 10, plus a bit of snow every once in a while, that idea was out. I did, however, get plenty of good information about the university, campus life, and their psychology program. We also toured one of the university colleges, St. Jerome’s. The first thing both my dad and I thought as we went to the residence area was, “This looks so much like Tyndale!” It really did. Since my sister goes there, I’ve been able to see the residence there, and this was the same – even down to the Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling in the hallway. Anyways, it looked pretty nice, and the student giving us a tour was pretty cool, as well, so it was quite informative.

The very last thing we did before leaving was to go to a seminar on the co-op program available. Since I had applied for that, I figured I should find out more about it. However, that seminar went and made me entirely uneasy about the whole thing. I’m now completely unsure that I want to continue with the co-op idea. I mean, they explained that it was fairly easy to get out of the co-op and just go with a regular degree, so that was good, but I have such conflicting feelings about it now. On the one hand, it gives practical experience and such, which is good. On the other hand, there’s no guarantee that I’ll even get a job in a field related to psychology in any way, it involves a lot of moving and uncertainty about finding an apartment somewhere, and it also really disturbs the process of finding friends. I mean, I’ll probably meet more people, since I’d be travelling around to different places, but the fact is that I’ll meet them, get to know them for four months, and then likely never see them again. That’s not fun. Also, with the co-op, you don’t even get summers off. The whole thing just makes it seem like I’m being thrown out into the world and left there to find my way alone. I mean, I know God will help me, and that’s not the issue – the issue is, rather, that it feels like I’d be forcing myself to grow up way too fast. And I’m not sure I exactly like that.

Anyways, with that said, I’m trying not to make any decisions until I tour McMaster on Saturday. That was my first choice, and I also applied for the co-op there, so I’ll have to wait and see what they have to say about the whole thing. Until then, I’m just going to keep this Waterloo information in the back of my mind, and try not to think about it so that I don’t start hating life or something. After all, being told that you have to grow up is never fun – I’d much rather just stay and live off my parents’ hospitality for the rest of my life. The fact that it’s not possible is the bad part. But anyways, I guess I’m not the only one going through this, so I’ll eventually just have to suck it up and get on with it. I just haven’t figured out when that’s going to be yet.

4 responses to “Waterloo Woes”

Colin!

Hey Jeff,

Think twice about your decision to enter co-op — it is a one-of-a-kind opportunity. Your first work term may not be very related to your career goals, but as your education advances, so will the calibre of jobs available to you.

Also, co-op doesn’t necessarily mean moving away every 4 months — you might find research positions with professors on-campus, for example, or jobs at the large corporations in town.

Best of luck with your choice (and feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions!)

Jeff

Well hey, thanks for the comment! I definitely didn’t expect one from a Waterloo student.

I suppose you’re right that it doesn’t necessarily mean moving away, but the more I thought about the whole idea, the less I seemed to like it. I guess the question really is whether I want to risk the possibility of having to move away for hands-on experience that may or may not pertain to psychology. I mean, there may be plenty of jobs available, but when it comes down to it, if there’s only one employer that wants me, then I’m going to have to take it, even if it means moving out to the middle of nowhere. I guess that’s not really a likely possibility, but it’s still there…

Anyways, I’m going to have to mull it around in my mind a lot more, and also pray about it plenty before I make the decision. At least I have some time, and some options to choose from. Thanks again for the comment!

luckiestgirl

Hi!

If you’re going into psychology you will always have a job 🙂 One worry you can check off your list! Especially since you’re a Christian…there really is a growing demand for Psychologists who have a Christian world view. Even more so if you’re willing to live in a smaller town.

Doing co-op is a hard choice. If you are in a regular program would you still have to complete some sort of practicum or internship?

Having to move if you stick with co-op can be scarey. In my young life I’ve really experienced that God places us where we need to be and with the people we need to be with…even if it’s only for 4 months. My husband and I wouldn’t be doing the ministry we are doing right now if that wasn’t true.

Good luck with your decision! I’m sure that whatever way you choose you’ll still end up right where God wants you to be!

Jeff

Thanks for stopping by! That’s really one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to get into psychology. I mean, I like helping people as they solve their problems, but the fact of life is that many problems cannot be solved without that help from God. It is only He who can truly change a life around.

As far as I know, if I was not in a co-op, there’s no sort of internship available through the university. Of course, if I wished to, I might be able to hook up a job through one of the pysch professors or perhaps even find some part-time job in a counselling centre of some sort, which would at least give me some experience. However, a co-op would definitely be the easier way to go about doing that, rather than having to try and find those jobs myself.

On the other hand, the moving part is not really the issue, it’s the fact that doing co-op means living out of a box for like five years, unless I get a job in the city that the university is in. Even then, though, there’s limited space in residence for co-op students on their work term.

But hey, as you said, God will put me where He wants me, and what I need to figure out right now is whether He wants me to do the co-op program or not. If He does, then He will give me the strength to handle it. Anyways, thanks again for commenting!

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