2019 Road Warrior Series: Katie Jany
Name: Katie Jany
Program: BSc. Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
What is your favourite thing about U of G? What was your most memorable experience here?
My favourite part about the University as a whole is how caring and supportive Gryphons are of one another – they welcome each other’s accomplishments! It is an environment that sets students up for success when combined with the academic and research excellence at Guelph. A memorable experience I would highlight would be my first class of MATH 1080 (Calculus) in first year. Our prof took off his shoes, sat on a desk at the front of the room, and made everyone grab the numbers of the students beside them so that they would have people to study with if they didn’t know anyone in class!
Please describe your campus & community involvement while at U of G (i.e. clubs, athletics, student organizations, jobs).
In first year, I was involved as a member of the IHSA equestrian team, and a floor representative in my residence. I began rowing in second year and rowed on the varsity team during third and fourth year, which did a lot to shape my university experience and allowed me to meet so many people. In fourth year, I was a Chemistry 1040 laboratory teaching assistant and Vice President of Communications on the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Student Council. In terms of employment, I held an Undergraduate Student Research Award after second year in the Physics department, and then worked the summers after third and fourth year in a Biochemistry / Microbiology laboratory on campus studying the mechanisms by which bacteria evade antibiotics.
What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer? What excites you the most about this position?
I love speaking to others about topics that I’m passionate about, and often find myself bragging to friends and family about Guelph – so why not get paid to do it? I’m excited to meet new people on the road, see new parts of Ontario, and inspire students to find what they’re most interested in!
What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?
I would offer the advice of making connections right from the day you get here. Connect with people in residence, your classmates, and get to know your professors – you never know what will help you to find a job or get involved in a new experience!