2017 Road Warrior Series: Ryan

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 14:07

RyanA graduate from the Bachelor of Arts, Sociology program, Ryan hopes to bring a little bit of U of G's "community" to all of you #futuregryphons. 

What is your favourite thing about U of G? What was your most memorable experience here?

I love the ‘Guelphiness”. It can be defined by people being friendly and inviting, from smiling or saying hello to one another walking down Winegard Walk, to holding the door open for someone. It is something unique to our campus that our students then bring out into the world wherever they go onto.

In my fourth year I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the graduating class at the Last Lecture 2016. Although it was amazing to represent all graduating students, the most memorable experience was after the lecture with tons of students coming up to me who I had never met thanking me for bringing up their most memorable experiences. It was amazing to see that even though we had never met we all held a bond together through our time here at the University of Guelph.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at U of G (i.e. clubs, athletics, student organizations, jobs).

During my time at U of G, I tried just about everything from Interhall Council, Student Government, and The Central Student Association to snow flag football and even playing on the Quidditch team! I had the opportunity to work in the school gym and sit on numerous committees, boards and working groups to represent the student perspective!

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer? What excites you the most about this position?

My experience was so amazing at the University of Guelph and I believe every student should have this opportunity as well. I did not take the most conventional route to university and I want students to be aware there isn’t just one route here. I wanted to be a Liaison Officer because I want to see that moment when a student realizes what the next step they are going to take is. This opportunity is amazing and I am incredibly excited to get on the road to start speaking with future gryphons!

What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?

Pick a university that will allow you to grow into the person you want to become. Pick a university that will push you to discover things about yourself you never would have known. The community you decide to join will become your home, so make sure you go to the campus, speak with the students and make your decision for you.

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