I first discovered the SHAD program at the start of high school from a SHAD Fellow who attended back in the eighties. It sounded like an incredible opportunity - a summer at a university campus, exploring a new city, making new friends, and getting to pursue all the things I was interested in. I attended SHAD at the University of Waterloo in 2016. I was definitely equal parts nervous and excited, but it only took a few hours for me to realize that SHAD was going to be synonymous to home. But hold on, I’m getting ahead of myself! Before attending, I had to get accepted. In this article, I’ll walk through the application process, what my experience was like when I got there, and the perks of being a SHAD Fellow.