Suggestions For Voluntary/Experience For Software Engineer?

CompGuy
Posted: 7:12AM December 04, 2012 UTC
I'm hoping to get into Waterloo's Software Engineering program (in grade 11). They have an extra requirement: 
"-Strong performance in a programming course such as Grade 11 or 12 Computer and Information Science or equivalent
-Strong performance in a programming contest
-Significant work experience
-Other (must be explained on the Admission Information Form)"
So I'm working on the programming course one. I need some ideas though for other things to do that I can write in my AIF that will impress them to increase my chances of getting in. By the way I will be attending at Waterloo's programming contest but don't expect a significant performance at all lol. 
I need some ideas from people that have done it or have some good ideas let me know please! 
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seasharp
Posted: 7:12AM December 05, 2012 UTC
Make something, or join an open-source project.
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CompGuy
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Posted: 7:12AM December 05, 2012 UTC
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I need some specific Extra Curricular activities to do that you guys have done in the past that you think it helped you out a lot or other examples. Like is there a computer company you know that does volunteering or something?
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seasharp
Posted: 7:12AM December 06, 2012 UTC
@CompGuy wrote
I need some specific Extra Curricular activities to do that you guys have done in the past that you think it helped you out a lot or other examples. Like is there a computer company you know that does volunteering or something?


Just find one in your area and ask. A lot of people won't say no to free labour.
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greygoose
Posted: 7:12AM December 07, 2012 UTC
Adding to what's probably been said above, personal projects! That can include involvement in something open source. (host it on github for brownie points... for some reason that grants the points of brown cake, unbeknownst to me why)

Try to find a job placement in the area, whether paid or not. Not only does it look good, but you gain a lot of valuable experience.

I generally disagree with seasharp though. With a lot of the people I've seen apply for my work, I would pay some of them to stay away from my code if I was forced to hire them <.<
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