2015 Road Warrior Series: Nick Pankerichan
Nick Pankerichan, one of the truest Guelph gryphons you will ever come across! His feet have been planted on the university campus for many years, having completed an undergrad degree in Geography, then almost immediately joining the Liaison Officer team. Now the head Liaison Officer - Secondary School Recruitment, he refuses to leave his Guelph family, and his 'home'. If you attended the Ontario Universities' Fair this past weekend, you may have seen him roaming the UofG booth or in one of our presentations, where you would have undoubtedly witnessed his love for the University of Guelph.
What is your favourite thing about UofG?
From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I felt a part of a caring and supportive community - it was my home away from home. Little did I know; I would soon call it my home. There is a feeling on this campus that you can’t really explain until you visit. And once I was here, it was really hard for me to leave. Everyone is not only passionate about the University of Guelph, but every student and employee takes pride in making a difference by trying to change lives and improve life around them!
Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.
Most of my time was spent in the W.F Mitchell Athletic Centre - I played on the varsity basketball team for 5 years and had the honour of being named team captain for 4 of those years. For me, it wasn’t just about winning games; it was about the effort and dedication that my teammates, my brothers, made day in and day out to reach a common goal. And although we never won a championship, the memories and friendships I built will last forever. Guelph meant so much to me, that not only do I get to travel across Canada to speak to students about the possibility of living and learning at the University of Guelph, but I am also entering my 7th year as an assistant coach with the Varsity Men’s basketball team.
What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?
My entire life has revolved around working with people, more specifically, students! This job not only provides me with the opportunity to guide students and their families during an important stage of their life, but I also get to talk to them about one of my favourite places in the world, the University of Guelph! I believe education is the most powerful tool to solve all of our problems. Our students are our future and they hold the keys to help make the world a better place!
What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?
Your university days will be the best days of your life. There are so many different universities to choose from and degree programs to study. The most important thing to consider is finding a place where you will not only learn for the next 4 years, but live as well. Make sure you go to as many presentations and ask as many questions as you can! But most importantly, visit the campus! There is not one best university out there, but there is one best university for you! Make sure you embrace and enjoy every minute of this process and I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors!
He's already been shipped out on the road for the Fall semester and is busy chatting up the University of Guelph to high school students. So keep a feel out for his Guelph gryphon vibe, he could be coming your way!