Tour Guide Thoughts: Solveig
Name: Solveig Hanson
Program: Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Neuroscience + Criminal Justice and Public Policy
Tour Guide Year: 1
What’s your favourite memory from U of G?
My favourite memories are all of the fantastic events that I have helped run for BAS students at U of G. In particular, the bi-semesterly trivia nights that we host in the Brasstaps. It’s fantastic for such a diverse group of students to come together as a community. Trivia night is certainly an event that BAS students look forward to! I also am very proud of the interdisciplinary conference that we hosted here in January. We had students coming from all over the world to take part and tackle complex problems together!
Coolest thing about your program & favourite class you’ve taken so far?
This is such a hard question for BAS students! If I had to pick, my favourite thing about the BAS program is how diverse we all are, and yet how well we are able to come together and really use our different areas of expertise to solve problems. I have friends that are in the BAS program doing drama, music, mathematics, and marketing – all subjects that I know very little about!
I probably have two favorite ‘classes’, though I have enjoyed so many here at U of G. The first is the independent research project that I took on in my third year where I examined the medical community in the 1800s and their interaction with demonic possession, Marian apparition, and stigmata. My second favourite class is a seminar that I am currently in where we are looking at the history of scientific racism, as in the ways that science has created the concept of race and perpetuated the idea that races are biologically different from each other and that some are superior to others. Both of these classes are specific to the BAS program, which has allowed me to really connect with other BAS students!
What’s your go-to spot on campus?
If I had to pick one, I would likely say the BAS lounge in the Mackinnon building. However, there are so many fantastic spots on campus that I prefer to constantly find great new places to study, meet friends, or grab a bite to eat.
Are you involved in any extra-curriculars?
Yes! I have been involved in the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Student Association (BASSA) for most of my time at U of G. I started out in a very small role and then became the President in my third year. This past year, I have also taken on the role of President for the organizing committee of a conference that we hosted here at U of G, focusing on interdisciplinary cooperation and education. I am also on the curriculum review committee for the BAS program, which has been a great opportunity to advocate for students and to learn more about how higher education is organized. I have also worked as a research assistant, as well as being a tour guide this year! In addition, I am a member of the horticulture club. Getting involved on campus is a great way to build your own community of people who are passionate about the same issues that you are. Some of my best friends have come from these experiences!
What prompted you to become a tour guide?
I am originally from Vancouver Island, B.C. The first time I ever stepped foot on the U of G campus was the day I moved into South Residence! I was so nervous moving across the country without knowing anyone in Guelph, never mind not knowing what the campus community was like. I know that if I had been able to come for a tour, some of those fears would have been eased. I became a tour guide so that I can help prospective students gain some of the confidence that I didn’t have coming to U of G.
What is your favourite thing about being a tour guide/what's the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide?
My favourite thing about being a tour guide is seeing on a daily basis how friendly and welcoming the U of G campus is. People on campus, both friends and strangers, always smile and greet tour groups as we go by. I love being able to play a small role in helping students make the decision about where they are going to spend the next four years of their life.
Why should students come for a tour?
Students should come for a tour because it really is the best way to get a feel for the campus community at U of G. Plus, you get to chat to a current student, which is a great way to figure out what being a university student is all about!
What’s your favourite stop/story/fun fact on your tour?
I love telling students about dissecting brains in the Summerlee Science Complex. I mention neuroscience labs very briefly, but it always gets a gasp (sometimes in awe, sometimes out of shock!)
What made you apply & pick U of G?
I picked U of G 100% for the BAS program. I stayed because of the sense of community that the campus has. There are so many clubs and initiatives to get involved in; there really is a place for everyone!
What advice do you have for Future Gryphons (or their families)?
My advice is to ask questions and get involved! There are so many opportunities available at U of G, sometimes all it takes is a conversation with a professor or a fellow student to find something that really sparks your interest.
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