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Fact Fridays - Episode 5: Why Choose a B.A. At Guelph?

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 - 08:30

By B.A. we mean Bachelor of Arts! These facts will definitely get you excited about pursuing a B.A. degree at Guelph!

FACT #1: HIST*1050 Invitation to History has the COOLEST topics.

This course is mandatory for ALL first year History majors and minors, and you get to select the topic that interests you the most out of the options – which vary per semester. For example, next years’ topics are:

  1. Licit and Illicit Drugs
  2. Polar Encounters
  3. Crime and Culture  

Cool right? We know.

FACT #2: It’s SUPER easy to switch majors.

As we mentioned, U of G’s Bachelor of Arts degree is very flexible! This means that if you find that your interests lie elsewhere once you’ve started, it’s a simple task to switch into another major. You might take some electives in International Development or Criminal Justice & Public Policy and find that you want to learn more about these areas.

There are so many B.A. degrees to dive into, from the classics (i.e. philosophy, history, geography) to other niche topics (i.e. Information Systems & Human Behavior, Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics or Mathematical Science). So, it is absolutely O.K. if you don’t know exactly what you want to do when you get here. In FACT, we encourage exploration! We’re here for you, kids.

FACT #3: Minors are very popular.

With flexibility comes the opportunity to take a minor. And, there are SO many! This is something that you would declare when you’re here, but for now you should see what we have to offer.

NEW in fall 2016 is the Media & Cinema Studies minor. We’re stoked about it.

FACT #4: Say Hello to Lawrence Hill

You may have heard that U of G has welcomed author Lawrence Hill to its B.A. faculty. He will be teaching creative writing beginning in July! His award-winning novel, The Illegal, is even being made into a t.v. mini-series. So, who wouldn’t want to be taught by him?

We LOVE the arts!

Bugs Bunny with hearts surrounding him.

Fact #5: UofG Has An Art Gallery RIGHT on Campus!

The Art Gallery of Guelph is located on the North end of campus, and presents over 12 regional, national and international exhibitions each year! It also houses the largest sculpture park at a public gallery in Canada, and a collection of over 9,000 works, including contemporary and inuit art. Did we say we LOVE ART?
The words "Art Attack" creatively written in paint, and slightly moving.

Fact #6: The Campus is Super Inspirational

In addition to witnessing the sculpture park on campus that displays creativity and passion, the historic and beautiful buildings, green spaces, greenhouses, and the people who support each other, learn from one another and who are driven to fight for causes they believe in will all surely inspire you in whatever area you're pursuing. UofG is motivation in itself.

A man yelling "no, what are you waiting for? Do it!"

FACT #7: EVERY Prime Minister with a formal university education has a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Each Prime Minister from 1896 to 2016 has held a B.A. degree, from Mathematics and Economics, to History and Sociology. The Prime Ministers prior to 1896 have a Bachelors’ or Doctors’ in Law (i.e. Sir John A. Macdonald, Wilfred Laurier, John Abbott), and those degrees are now considered B.A.’s in modern education.

And the moral of the story is? With a Bachelor of Arts degree, you have the ability to work in a LARGE variety of fields (the Prime Minister of Canada anyone?). Because of its broad scope, and flexibility, the amount of doors this degree opens for you is endless.

Justin Trudeau shaking his head.

A NEW Athletic Center Just for YOU!

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016 - 11:38

If you haven't already heard, the 25,000 sq.ft. expansion of the University of Guelph's athletic center is well underway! We are determined to "create the healthiest campus in Canada, develop the most active community in the country and build a place for health and wellness programs to prosper." Simply because we want to be recognized as a global leader in the promotion of healthy living...and because we're PRETTY great.

Virutally tour the new fitness equipment below! Keep in mind that this is just a rendering, it won't look exactly the same when completed. But hey! We like what we see.

AND, here are some quick facts about the new #GryphonAC. For full details, floorplans, money raised and updates surrounding the new athletic center, cruise to buildingpotential.ca.
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15 Reasons You Might #BeAGryphon

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 14:15

1. You want to be in a program as unique as your interests.

Flexibility? We got that down.  

2. You REALLY. LOVE. FOOD.

And want to reward your taste buds with some pretty epic food.

Pizza with fresh parmesan cheese and pesto on the crust.3. You’re always willing to hold the door.

Or smile at someone holding one for you.

4. You like to take part in tradition.

#OldJeremiah needs to be painted daily!

The canon decorated like the Titanic.5. Coffee is your friend.

Well that’s great! Because we have coffee around every corner.

A man drinking from a coffee pot.6. You like to get involved.

U of G is a community of volunteers.

A woman yelling "I volunteer!"7. You’re an active person.

Cha-Ching! The new #GryphonAC will be ready for some sweat in the fall. AND, we also have a pretty great intramural program.

Mr. Potato Head trying to lift a weight and his arms falling off.8. You LOVE animals.

From squirrels, to puppies, to horses! They will be waiting for you on campus. Oh and birds! We got birds.

A golden retriever looking into the eyes of a girl.9. You’re one to express your school spirit.

Homecoming ya’ll.

A large ball moving through the crowd at homecoming.10. You enjoy open space.

Fresh air is in abundance on J-Green or as you stroll through the Arboretum.
Students laying on Johnston Green in the sun.

11. You’re riding the sustainability train and NEVER go anywhere without a reusable water bottle or mug.

How about them water refill stations throughout campus? CHECK.
A little boy trying to drink from a water fountain but getting splashed in the face.

12. You catch yourself daydreaming about personalizing your res-room.

It’s your crib – jazz it up.
Two men standing beside bunkbeds, one is dancing.

13. You have a GREAT sense of humour.

We’re hilarious, we know. BUT, the squirrels are also hilarious as they sneak around your feet.

14. You’re always stoked about meeting new people.

And we have some pretty incredible ones for you to meet!
A woman waving.

15. You’re willing to accept that “once a gryphon, #foreveragryphon”.

Family.
A quote written on the glass at one of the counters in the kitchen that says "you have brains in your head. You have feed in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose" by Dr. Seuss.

#BeAGryphon

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016 - 12:16

Congratulations #futuregryphons! Here are just a few of the MANY reasons why you should accept your offer to U of G and #BeAGryphon!

 
 

 

It’s Spring! It’s Open House! It’s Spring Academic Open House!

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 09:12

Have you received an offer of admission from us? Are you thinking you want to #BeAGrypyhon? Then you NEED to register for U of G’s Spring Academic Open House!

This event is run over four days, with each day focusing on a specific degree program (or group of programs). And you won’t just dive into the program you’ve been accepted to, but also tour athletics, the library, residences and attend information sessions on some cool topics (i.e. co-op, study abroad, career options)!

In all honesty, you really do not want to miss this. Register at the link above!

Listen to Raya! She just knows. See you next week #futuregryphons!

Tips Tuesday, Episode 4: The Inside Scoop to Winning on Campus

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 14:12

Tip #1: Don’t lean on the cannon!

#OldJeremiah has a fresh look almost every day! But as a heads up, the paint job takes a while to dry, so if you’re wearing your good clothes – we suggest avoiding contact.

A pig painting on canvas.Tip #2: Keep to J-Greens’ Path

The newly constructed path that cuts across Johnston Green is a work of genius. So if you want to keep your feet planted, feet DRY and body bruise-free in the winter, stick to the path, friends. Stick. To. The. Path.

When the snow and ice clears, though, feel free to gallop over every INCH of J-Green!

Tip #3: (Floor) Plan Ahead

U of G housings’ floor plans detail the exact layout of the room you are given. Before diving into some first-year shopping, be sure to check them out to see just what extra furniture or accent pieces will suit the room, and you.

Tip #4: Avoid Coffee Peak Times

We argue that ‘coffee’ is one of those forgotten superheroes. You know, the ones that Hollywood doesn’t think deserve a movie so they get overshadowed by the Superman’s and the Batman’s of the comic world. But in reality, coffee saves lives every day – and this doesn’t go unnoticed.

To avoid the rush(es), a tip is to grab your morning dose between 10:00 and 11:00am and your energizer cup between 2:00 and 4:00pm. Lineups NO MORE!

Coffee being poured into a mug.Tip #5: Keep a Blanket/Cushion in Your Room for Impromptu Outdoor Study Sessions

It’s exam season, but everyone is STILL smiling. Why? Because the temperature is finally above freezing and the sun is warming our skin. When this happens, you won’t want to be stuck inside studying.

Sunny days and studying! Thank goodness for WiFi on J-Green! #futuregryphon #myUofG

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Tip #6: Get the Residence Living Essentials

A few things you DO NOT want to forget when moving into residence:

  • Laundry backpack for carrying your clothes to and from the laundry room. THIS IS NEEDED.
  • A clothes drying rack if you’re not one to use the dryer.
  • Slippers! When roaming around the building, barefoot just shouldn’t happen and shoes are overrated.
  • Some space organizers. These are the KEY to fitting everything, while still keeping your room tidy.
  • Wall Adhesive! There’s no getting a nail or staple into the walls, so if you want to put up some photos, posters or wall-art, grab some of this.

Tip #7: Take Your Backpack Off when On the Bus

If you’re standing on the bus, this is a courtesy to other students! And if you’re sitting, this will make your ride a little more comfortable.

Sidenote! Guelph Transit operates special Late Night Service routes that provide transit once the regular transit service has ended for the day (i.e. after 7:00pm on Sundays!). Guelph’s got your back.

Tip #8: Stroll through the Arboretum

Explore the arboretum in your first year! FACT: stepping outside, breathing fresh air and exploring nature helps the soul. And we have it all right on campus!

Tip #8: Drink from Reusable Bottles/Mugs

NEVER pay for a bottle of water again! We have refillable water stations placed throughout campus. Oh, and if you use a reusable mug to get ANY hot beverage at the coffee shops on campus, you only have to pay the price of the small. Heyo!

A hockey playersqueezing a reusable water bottle and water shooting out of it.Tip #9: Step Off Campus

The city of Guelph is such a cool place, and has so many unique areas, shops, restaurants and historic sites to explore. Do this in your first year, so that when you move off campus you’ll know how to navigate like a boss.

Tip #10: Plan Your Meals!

Did you know that Hospitality Services posts weekly menus for each cafeteria/restaurant to their website? You can find out what’s going to be cooking throughout the week so you know where you need to be and when to get your favourites!

Tip #11: Rent a Room for the Crew

Finding a spot or table in the library during peak times can be tricky, especially if you want to study with a group of friends or work on a group project. SO, why not save yourself the search and book group a study room? So much learning will take place!
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Fact Fridays – Episode 4: Cribs Edition

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:20

Fact #1: We Cater to Who YOU Are

In order to be matched with a compatible roommate, your Residence Application will try to get to ‘know’ you. You will answer questions like, “Are you a morning or night person?”, “Where do you like to study?”, or “Does your room need to be tidy?”. The questions might not be the exact same as those, but will seek the same type of information.

In addition, you can also request special consideration based on medical, mental health issues or disabilities by filling out the Special Consideration Form on the housing website.

Fact #2: We Do Our Absolute Best To Give You What YOU Want!

UofG assigns housing based on a lottery system. Therefore, everyone who applies and submits their deposit by the deadline (June 1) will have an equal opportunity to get their preferred room and building. You can take a deep breath now!

On the application, you will specify four choices (room + building) in order of preference. If your first choice is full when we draw your number, we look at your second…and so on. We do our BEST to at least give you your preferred room type, even if it’s not in your building of choice.

Will Smith dancing.Fact #3: Living Learning Communities Are Open to Anyone

There are six Living Learning Communities, made up of 25-50 students with common interests. And what is the best thing EVER about these? You don’t have to be registered in a related academic program to apply. You just have to be interested in the theme!

Is volunteering in your blood? Leadership House is for YOU. Or, are you one to dive into different cultures around the world? You should checkout International House.

Fact #4: We’ve Got Your Clusters!

These are small groups of students who are enrolled in the same academic program! Each cluster will have a Cluster Leader who helps organize study groups and activities to support learning and living. They are located throughout South residence, Johnston Hall (North) and Lennox-Addington Halls (North).

Never fear! They are adjacent to other clusters/non-cluster sections of the residence, so you will still have the opportunity to meet people from other programs.

Fact #5: Residence Learning Communities Are Where YOU Want to Be

Students who decide to live in a Residence Learning Community, whether it be a Living Learning Community, an Academic Cluster or a Themed Learning Community (i.e. study intensive or alcohol free), perform on average 3% higher academically. The communities bring students together, through events and experiences, which helps in the transition from high school to university.

Fact #6: You Can Live With Your Best Pal

You can request to live with a specific roommate on the ‘MyHousing’ website after you have applied and paid your deposit. FUN FACT: they also have to request you, or you won’t be a considered a ‘match’.

Fact #7: What You Need is Always in Reach in South Residence

Laundry? Check. Food? Double check. Service desk? YEP. If you live in South Residence, you have access to all of these essentials without EVER having to leave the building. Take that winter!

Fact #8: Always Check Your @mail.uoguelph.ca Account, Especially in July!

If you apply and submit your deposit by the deadline (again, June 1), you will receive your residence assignments mid-July. Keep an eye out on your UofG email account!

A woman getting an email notification and falling backwards in her chair.

Fact Fridays – Episode 3: Financing Your Education

Posted: Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:41

Fact #1: UofG Gives FREE money for academic Achievement!

If you have an entrance average between %85 and %90, you will receive $2,000. AND, if you average is %90+, you will receive $3,000.

Also, let’s say you’re absolutely killing your final semester in high school and your average increases. UofG reconsiders you in May and July for entrance scholarships! Keep trekking!

studying_0.gifFact #2: If you’re in need, we got your back.

If you fill out the Financial Needs Assessment form by April 15 (that’s NEXT FRIDAY), you will be considered for entrance bursaries ranging in value from $500 to $30,000.

Fact #3: Putting in the effort can seriously ‘pay’ off.

Get it? ‘Pay’ off? We’re hilarious…

Okay. In addition to filling out the Financial Needs Assessment form, you’re encouraged to utilize the awards search to seek out any and ALL entrance awards that require an additional application. There are quite a few – so jump on it!

Fact #4: OSAP is your friend.

Applications for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) open in May! You must have your 2015 taxes filed in order to apply.

If you’re not eligible for OSAP, you can still check out (and apply for) the 30% off tuition grant that you will receive each semester throughout your studies!

Fact #5: We got JOBS!  

UofG offers a work-study program that caters to those in financial need. If you’re eligible for OSAP, you can apply to this program which will place you in a position on-campus! You could be: an office assistant, event manager, lifeguard, research assistant and MORE!

In addition to this program, the university also encourages students to apply for part-time jobs (on or off-campus). You do not need to demonstrate financial need to apply for a part-time position. This is for anyone! On-campus positions can be for hospitality services, the athletic centre, the library or in a research field.

Because the university is centralized in the city of Guelph and our transit system is UNBEATABLE, there are a large variety of places you can apply to!

FUN FACT #6: In 2014-2015, UofG awarded $26.7 million in merit- and needs-based awards to eligible undergraduate students!

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You Say UofG. We Say Family.

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:47

When you ask a student what they love most about the University of Guelph, you will continuously hear this word “community”. The vibe around campus is that everyone feels cared for, welcome and appreciated. We’re family.

UG Stress Busters is an example of the campus community coming together! Every semester throughout exam time, the library puts on stress-buster events to support all students. From milk & cookies to hugs from Gryph, they’re bound to put a smile on your face.

New this semester was the Take a Paws event where students could register to cuddle St. John Ambulance Therapy puppies! WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT? We managed to sneak a few photos and videos in amongst our hearts melting and getting licked in the face…Best. Buster. Ever.

Two girls smiling and rubbing a dogs' head.A grey and white dog starting directing at the camera.A beige dog staring into the eyes of a girl.A grey hound laying down with 3 hands petting him.2 girls a guy petting a small, long haired dog.A beige dog about to lick the face of a male. His tongue is out and the male is laughing. Book your spring campus tour today (Spring Tours begin May 2) and see for yourself what a special place this is!

Campus Day: 10 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Day

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 15:56

1. Talk to People in Your Program of Interest

The Academic Resource Fair is FULL of people to talk to! Professors and staff are on hand to answer all of your questions, and current students will be available to chat to about anything and everything!

2. Visit Program Facilities and Labs

There are drop-in and guided tours of our program facilities, from the human anatomy lab (you don't want to miss THAT!) to the performance arts, to the science complex. Check the schedule to plan your day!

3. Attend a Presentation

There are presentations throughout the day that either connect to a facility tour, or are separate. Included in this are our Academic and Student Services information sessions, which are VERY popular. They are only offered once or twice during the day, so don't miss them kids.

Woman pointing and yelling 'yes, yes!'.4. Hop on a Tour

There are drop-in tours, residence tours, lab tours, building tours, campus tours… so bring your walking shoes.

5. Fill Your Belly

We’re proud to hold the title for Best Campus Food in CANADA for the 11th YEAR! Don’t believe the hype? Have lunch at one of our on campus eateries like Creelman or our cruising food truck, the Gryph’n Grille! Your taste buds will thank you...

food.gif6. Snap a Picture

We’ll be Snap-chatting the day (uofgadmssion - follow us!) and you should too! Send us your pictures and don’t forget to add one of UofG's filters!

7. Find Your Future Home

Visit one residence or visit them all. Drop-in residence tours are guided by current students, so the choice is YOURS!

A blonde woman snuggling into bed.8. Rep UofG

Want to show your love for UofG? The Bookstore is offering you 15% off your Guelph swag purchase when you show them your Open House booklet. CHA-CHING!

9. Get a Sneak Peek

If you happen to notice a lot of construction around campus, that’s because we’re getting two new buildings ready for September...just for YOU! We're building a brand new Athletics facility just past the current Athletics Centre. AND, we’re renovating the former all-girls residence, MacDonald Hall, into the new business home.

10. Get a Selfie with a Statue from the #StationaryCrew

@TheBeggingBear, @OldJeremiah, and @GryphonStatue...they’re all statues with big personalities on Twitter! Oh, and they love taking selfies.

A cell taking a picture of itself, with the caption "Cell-Fie"...we love science puns.

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