2017 Road Warrior Series: Wes

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 08:47

Wes We welcome Wes to the 2017 Road Warrior Team! He graduated in 2014 from the Bachelor of Arts program, with a major in European Studies (Culture & Civilization) and a minor in German Studies. He's looking forward to sharing all of his wisdom with you, #futuregryphons.

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

The high quality of academics and education. I went on to complete a Joint Master of Arts from the University of Waterloo and Universit├Ąt Mannheim after graduating from U of G, and the skills I learned here prepared me to not only succeed but to excel in these further studies, and I am always proud to say I am a U of G graduate.

My favourite memories are how the originally "random" people I met in classes became friends and colleagues with whom I still have lots of contact today, even though they too have moved on to different things both in Guelph and beyond.

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

I was a member of the German Cultural Society for some of my undergraduate degree here. I also worked from 2012-2017 as a Residence Porter, part of the Residence Facilities Team in Student Housing Services.

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

I strongly believe the U of G offers something unique, and having grown up in Guelph, I don't think I realized that about the University and the city itself until I later left it. It is a great pleasure for me that I now have the opportunity to bring other young, bright minds to the U of G so that they may also have the great experiences and high quality of education that I did here.

I am simply very excited to visit some places throughout this beautiful province I may not otherwise have the chance to see, and to talk with people about something that means a lot to me.

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

Go meet new people! The University attracts some amazing people from all corners of the Earth, so get out there and meet new people. Be open to new ideas and new cultures. I feel so many people come to University almost to hear their own opinions echoed back to them, but you should be challenging your own world view and opinions! If you do this you will grow so much, make amazing friends, and be well prepared no matter what you go on to do.

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