Responses to EWB's O-Week 2010 Session

We called, and you answered! Here are some responses from students who received our e-mail about their contributions to this session:

Joel said...
"Give hope to people"

1. Hope is something very small to do, but can have huge impacts. The start of bringing hope is supporting people and being there in tough times, hopefully I have been able to do that sometime in my four years.
2. Plan is still the same, I would like to bring it to a more global scale if possible.
3. Re-reading my contribution, it sounds exactly like something I would say. It may be a bit philosophical, but it is something that pushes me everyday.

Savannah said...
My dream was still something I am passionate about, spreading equality which includes access to potable water, however EWB has helped me see more effective ways of accomplishing that task. Volunteering overseas is not the most effective way I can contribute, and there are so many other ways of providing support. It is really nice to look back and see how my perspective has changed, but the underlining goal remains the same.

Malcolm said...
Huh, cool. I had 100% forgotten about this.

I have very different goals now (and have for several years). They're still quite altruistic though: I'm currently working to develop a software system to help ambitious people make progress towards several goals at once. It's called Complice (, although there's not a lot to see publicly right now. I can tell you more if you're interested.

Janice said...
"Help control industrial CO2 emissions by 2020"

WOW! I'm not even working in this area at all... Just goes to show the varied ideas about what environmental engineers actually do. I'm heading towards industrial contamination control, but from the soil and groundwater side of things! I'm glad to see I was so positive though:)

Ryan said...
I still think working together as provinces is the only way to ensure that every Canadian is treated fairly. This nation is blessed with so many natural resources and we all play a part in making them accessible to markets but we have a shared accountability to one another to do these activities responsibly.

I have always thought the engineering profession to be too narrow minded - thinking only of reaching a design objective but never thinking of the objective itself. I think environmental projects are the largest culprit of this approach and we owe it to our neighbors to widen project objectives in the interest of our community - local or abroad we are a part of it and so are they.

I have tried to spend time with people of the same frustration, learning how their responsibility resonates within their decisions - EWB has been a great mechanism to do this.

Since I started university it has become infinitely clear to me that stepwise improvement can only come about through grassroots and local change - a growing challenge in the age of globalization and the temptation to be part of something bigger. It is clear to me that bigger is not always better. I know I owe it to the people I work and play with to push development in my own community and share our experiences with others so that they might do their own "backyard development".

Reading this again, some 4 years later humbles me as I think to how naive I was and still am. Development is a shared experience within ones own self and for the places and people with which one interacts.

Hope to hear back from more of you; it's so interesting to see how university has changed us!