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#tourguidethoughts: Renee

Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 08:00

ReneeName: Renée Benczik

Program: MSc Animal Nutrition

Tour Guide Year: 2










Coolest thing about your program?

I get to do hands-on research with animals! In my Masters, I’ve gotten to conduct my own nutritional trial with rainbow trout, and during my BSc. In Animal Biology at U of G prior to my Masters, I worked directly with horses, pigs, chickens, and cows.

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

I have a love for the U of G school community, the people, and the academic supports. Sharing the knowledge I’ve gained with visiting students is such a pleasure because I know exactly how nerve-racking it can be to find a university to call home for the next 4 years of your life!

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

The best thing for me about being a tour guide is when families and students tell me how informative and helpful my tour has been. I especially love when I can add personal stories and tips that I think will help students looking into particular programs, clubs, and athletics. Providing a sense of ease and relief in the decision-making process is really rewarding.

BEST spot on campus? Why?

Pages Coffee House/Tim Hortons in the MacNaughton building is where I love to go grab a coffee and catch up on some homework. It’s central on campus so it’s very close to most lecture halls and the university centre. It’s also a really nice place to hang out with my friends in between classes during the week.

Why should students come for a tour?

Every tour guide goes through extensive training to be able to give you detailed information on so many things U of G has to offer, including residence, academic schedules, personal and academic support services, athletics, and much more. We all love adding personal stories about U of G to our tours as well, and we’re happy to answer any academic questions you have based on the programs we’re in.

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

Come on as many tours as you like and ask all the questions you have! Even if you’re not sure of what to ask on a tour, listening to the tour guide’s information and responses to other people’s questions can be immensely helpful.

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