Fact Fridays – Episode 7: U of G Has ALL the Student Resources

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016

Fact #1: First Stop – The Library

The U of G Library is essentially the “hub” of all Academic Support on campus. You will find:

  • The Learning Commons: located on the 1st floor, and offers services that help you learn, write, research, and analyze, while also offering IT expertise.
  • Science Commons and Math & Stats Centre: staffed by teaching assistants, this centre is YOUR HOME if you’re needing help with anything math or science related.
  • Supported Learning Groups (SLGs): these are course-specific study groups lead by students who have previously taken (and done well) in the course, and who will help you understand the concepts.

The Library also offers a range of other services, so be sure to peruse their website!

​Note: while the Library is not associated with tutors on campus, you can make an appointment with the learning commons to help you get better at studying (and this is free!). But, tutors ROCK and you can check out the Tutoring at Guelph (TAG) website to find one that suits your needs. 

Fact #2: Student Accessibility Services is ALWAYS There

U of G is committed to providing a barrier free environment for its students. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) seeks to ensure that students are able to participate fully in university life, whether this is by overcoming physical or mental constraints.

From their Pre-Flight transition program and stress-management clinics to assisted note taking and advising throughout your degree; SAS offers everything you need for a successful university career.

Fact #3: We Give You Someone to Talk To

Counselling Services at U of G aims to help you overcome those emotional and psychological difficulties that you may endure, so that they don’t interfere with your academic progress or development. They offer individual counselling, therapy groups, crisis response and academic support. They’re always there to chat, and we recommend taking advantage of that.

Fact #4: U of G is Health-Focused

So, you’re moving away from home which means, you’re moving away from your family doctor who has known you since you got the chicken pox at the age of 5. This is a big step, we get it. But… we got physicians! We got nurses! We got immunizations! We got physiotherapy! We got nutrition counselling! We got a mental helpline! We got workshops!

Essentially, Student Health Services is geared up to provide health promotion, disease prevention and primary medical care to all students (and their families!). The clinic is located right on campus and offers you more than what you could ask for. We like health, health is cool.

Fact #5: Benefits? You Get 'Em.

Through the Central Student Association (CSA), each student is covered by the Student Benefits Plan, which includes both health (vision, prescriptions, ambulance) and dental coverage.

Is there a fee? Yes. This is included in your tuition. However, you may choose to “opt-out” of your dental coverage and receive a refund, but you cannot opt-out of your health coverage. But we think it’s pretty great, so we don’t think you’d want to do that anyway kids! 

Fact #6: Campus Safety is a Priority

Guelph’s Campus Community Police provide around-the-clock support to students. In addition to being the watchful eye around campus, they also provide services for anti-theft, self-defense, crime prevention, cycling-safety and residence safety.

Also, the CSA administers the campus SafeWalk program which provides you with a “friend” to walk with on-campus between the hours of 7:30pm and 2:30am, if you’re uncomfortable doing so alone. AND, if you would like someone to walk with off-campus, they do their best to accommodate. Friends helping friends, #myUofG.

Fact #7: Career Services Helps You Get Experience, Get Paid and Get Ahead

Co-operative Education & Career Services is not just the “home” for co-op students. They encourage all students to visit them for:

  • Career Advice
  • Post-undergrad opportunities
  • Resume/Cover Letter/Interview help
  • Job search tips AND online job-postings
  • Workshops

…the list goes on. We can’t stress enough how helpful this centre is for all things “career”. So, if you’re over working that summer job at the golf course, or your towns’ Home Hardware, and would like applicable experience to your degree, you will want to drop-in here ASAP.

Fact #8: We Just Have It ALL

Multi-Faith Resource Team? Check.

Centre for International Programs? Check.

Aboriginal Resource Centre? You know it!

Child Care and Learning Centre? YEP.

Student Volunteer Connections? This isn’t even a question!

U of G and the CSA even offer a weekly Sunday Cinema at War Memorial Hall. Grab some snacks, put your feet up and catch a flick with some pals for CHEAP.   

We can’t stop, we won’t stop. There’s so much here for you! Be sure to look into it ALL when you arrive on campus in September.

Can’t wait to see you!

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