2015 Road Warrior Series: Courtney McCarthy
We are welcoming Courtney McCarthy to the Liaison Officer team in fall 2015. She graduated from the Bachelor of Arts program, with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice & Public Policy.
What is your favourite thing about UofG?
Our students care - a lot. There are always events on campus trying to raise awareness of different issues, whether it is climate change, use of bottled water, or alleviating world hunger. Being a student here taught me how to look outside of myself and encouraged me to dedicate my life to helping other people in whatever way I could. We have an active, or dare I say, activist community and it is inspiring to be around day in and day out.
Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.
I worked as a peer helper in the Political Science Department, acting as a source of support for younger students as they moved through the program. I was also heavily involved with the Political Science Society and was elected President in my 4th year. We helped organize the first annual Student Research Forum on campus where upper year students could showcase their work on research or thesis projects. We also organized movie nights, trivia events, and information booths where students could find out about voting in the local elections. I loved helping to encourage students to get involved and care about politics. I also sat on the Board of Directors for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.
What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?
I loved my time at Guelph and I wanted to share my story with other students. In high school, I was skeptical about the university experience but I have never looked back since applying to Guelph. My time here really did make me a better person. I made amazing friends, valuable professional connections, and I learned so much about myself. I don't have to sell Guelph - my experience and my story speaks for itself. If I can help change one person's life by encouraging them to come to Guelph, that will make it all worth it! Plus, it gave me an excuse to move back to the city which I was more than happy to do!
What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?
Explore and get involved. There is so much that this University has to offer - clubs, events, student groups, volunteer opportunities. Take it all in and put yourself out there. Go and introduce yourself to your professors. They will be an incredibly valuable resource and so often students are too afraid to reach out and say hi. The faculty here is so supportive and encouraging - they want to get to know you and do whatever they can to help you in your journey! Make connections and take advantage of everything that is in front of you. That is what will make your time at Guelph unforgettable - the people and what you do outside the classroom. Don't wait - start in your first year!
Listen to and learn from her...It'd be foolish not to! She'll be bringing her wisdom and that smile to your school, soon. See you then!