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2018 Road Warrior Series: Jess Helwig

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:57

Jessica HelwigName: Jessica Helwig

Program: Bachelor of Science, Bio-Medical Science; Master of Public Health

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

The atmosphere felt around campus is definitely something I’d highlight. The campus is always buzzing with activity and offers many chance to become engaged in activities important to you. The students are passionate and a strong sense of community can be easily witnessed. U of G is definitely an energizing and dynamic place to be, which really enhances the overall experience of university.

I couldn’t mention the sense of belonging felt at U of G without mentioning my intramural soccer team, “Goal-Post Malone”. What started out as a group of strangers wanting to play soccer, turned into a dedicated team that worked together…to lose every game of the season. While we weren’t very good, I always looked forward to our games. It wasn’t that I looked forward to facing yet another defeat, but rather I just enjoyed hanging out with a group of people who cheered for every shot whether it went in the net or not. The soccer field turned into a place where I could let loose and just have a great time with friends.

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

Throughout my studies, I was involved in just about every type of student experience U of G has to offer- from student government and program student associations to intramural sports and clubs. I also had two part-time jobs, which allowed me to stay engaged with both the campus and larger Guelph community. However, I would have to say my favourite experience was being a University Senator, where I was able to represent students in my program and contribute to the development of academic programs and policies.

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

After completing two degrees and spending six years on campus, I was still not ready to leave the University of Guelph. Becoming a Liaison Officer not only meant I could continue being a part of this dynamic and supportive community, but also meant I could share it with others and help to welcome in the next generation of Gryphons!

This fall, I am excited to bring the spirit and excitement of Guelph to communities across Ontario. I look forward to showing you the endless opportunities available to you during your time here and highlight how U of G makes learning accessible for everyone.

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

Be open to new ideas and say yes to any opportunities that could teach you something new. When deciding on a University, learning what you don’t want in an institution is just as important as finding out what you do!

Anything else to add?

I always recommend that students come for a campus tour. It’s a great way to help you picture yourself as a student at university and get a feel for the campus. However, if you do, I also highly recommend that you also stop by the Bullring and try their famous mac and cheese.

I also want to say that there is a lot of choice available when it comes to university, but don’t be discouraged if you aren’t sure what exactly you want to do. I didn’t know what I wanted and ended up changing my program four times during my time in university before I finally found out what works for me. So while I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to study in high school, I knew I wanted to study at U of G because they offered an environment that would support me while I explored my interested and figured out my own path.

Jess is really looking forward to meeting you on the road, and this weekend at the Ontario Universities' Fair! Hear it for yourself by following 'uofgadmission' on Instagram. 

2018 Road Warrior Series: Emily Vance

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 13:35

Emily VanceName: Emily Vance

Program: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology; minor in Family & Child Studies

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

Guelph campus is such an accepting and inclusive space and it’s because of the people! Students, staff, faculty, all the people! One of my most memorable experiences for me was being an Orientation Volunteer and doing the OV Boogie at our Pep Rally. I was surrounded by people that I loved, during my favourite week of the year, and just feeling complete and utter joy.

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

  • President, Synchronized Swimming Club – got to travel across the country representing the school I love through the sport I’ve loved for 15 years
  • President/Producer/Performer, V-Day Guelph – found my love for advocacy and continued my love of theatre
  • Volunteer with Student Support Network – had the chance to support my campus community through this peer to peer counselling volunteer position
  • Participated in Project Serve Day, Project Serve Reading Week, and Project Serve: Jamaica – got the travel the world educating young women about how to be effective leaders and promote ideas of positive self image and self esteem
  • External Affairs Commissioner, Central Student Association – ran campaigns/referendums promoting gender equity on campus
  • VP Student Experience, Central Student Association – ran undergraduate events and engaged with CSA Clubs through this full time paid position
  • Orientation Team Member with the Student Transition Office – worked in a team to organize the best week of the year!!!

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

I was looking for another opportunity that combined my love for the UofG with a desire to push myself outside of my comfort zone and this seemed like a great way to do it! I’m really excited to get on the road to spread the love I have for UofG and let people know about the amazing things it has to offer.

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

Enjoy the ride! As young adults, we’ve been in school for the majority of our lives and it can be easy to think about just getting to the finish line. But the journey is the best part! Get engaged while you’re in school, and push outside your comfort zone.

Want to learn more about Emily? Follow uofgadmission on Instagram and see what she's looking forward to most on the road. 

2018 Road Warrior Series: Jessie Kennedy

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:44

Jessie KennedyName: Jessie Kennedy

Program: Child Youth and Family Studies, minor in Psychology

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

My favourite thing about the UofG is the balance of academics, athletics, and student life. I was actively in involved in the Guelph community and it was the people that I met throughout these experiences that made my undergrad so memorable! One of my favourite memories form being a student is painting the cannon during the 1st year!

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

With so many opportunities to get involved on the campus, I made sure to try a bit of everything! I was a tour guide, athlete on the novice rowing team, and a student rep for my program where I spoke to prospective students and families at Campus Day Open House Events. My favourite job on campus was running the Admission SnapChat account during my 4th year!

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

I am extremely passionate about the University of Guelph and wanted the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience about the school to prospective students. I cannot wait to start the travel season and to meet the #futuregryphons

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

Come and visit our beautiful campus, the vibe at the UofG isn’t something that I can describe, you have to come feel it for yourself! The best way to learn about all the opportunities at the UofG for you is to go on a campus tour and hear from a current student! When you are on campus, make sure you see the Cannon, and grab a bite to eat at Creelman Hall, my favourite dining facility!

You've might have "seen" Jessie around on our social media, so to hear what she's looking forward to the most on the road, follow uofgadmission on Instagram (check out our highlights)!

The 5 W's of OUF

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 11:44

The Ontario Universities Fair (OUF) happens only once a year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We're breaking down the 5 W's of OUF, why you should attend and how to register in advance.

When is OUF?

Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30 from 10 am - 5 pm daily. This is less than two weeks away friends!

Where is OUF?

Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON. M5V 2T6. Visit their site for details on getting there.

What is OUF?

The only event where you can visit and talk to representatives from all 21 Ontario universities in one place. Did we mention it’s also FREE to attend?

At the U of G booth, you will have access to current students, professors, academic advisors and admission reps – all excited to share their knowledge with you.

WHO can attend OUF?

Anyone interested in studying a program at an Ontario University. This includes high school students, current university and college students, out-of-province students, International students and mature students. Parents can come too!

It's never too early to start planning for your future!

Why attend OUF?

It’s the BEST opportunity to learn about the different programs offered at each university, as well as admission requirements and student life.

It’s the next-best thing to visiting the campus and getting a feel for the community. It’s a sure way to narrow down your choices of universities to visit and apply to.

For information on how to register for OUF, check out our recent article. Hope to see you there #FutureGryphons!

How to Register for OUF

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018 - 09:35

The Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) is the only event where you can visit ALL Ontario universities in one place. If you’re thinking about applying to university for Fall 2019, you do NOT want to miss it!

Head to Ontario Universities’ Fair website, click Register for an OUF Passport then Register Here.

Remember to bring your bar code with you to OUF. You can keep a photo of it on your phone or print it out old-school. You’ll scan it at university booths and in presentation rooms to receive more info about campus tours and events, scholarships, athletics and university news!

We hope to see lots of #FutureGryphon faces at OUF this year. Be sure to visit the U of G booth - we may or may not have some exciting surprises in store for you!

2018 Road Warrior Series: Taylor Scully

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 14:20

Taylor Scully

Name: Taylor Scully

Program: Bachelor of Science, Bio-Medical Science

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

My favourite thing about U of G is the sense of community. I always feel welcome and appreciated no matter where I am or who I am with on campus. My most memorable experience here was as an orientation facilitator in my fourth year. As part of a team we created the boogie, taught it to the volunteers, and presented it all 5000 incoming students at pep rally.

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

While a student at U of G I was a part of the Bio-Medical Science Student Association, Learning Services Peer Helper Program, Project Serve Reading Week and a Ms Infinity Committee Member. I also worked as an Orientation Facilitator, Off Campus Connection Facilitator, and Health and Performance Centre Volunteer Coordinator.

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

I wanted to become a Liaison Officer to share how I found myself at Guelph, as well as counsel students on finding the right program for them.

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

My advice would be to take your time at U of G to explore the opportunities available! Get involved outside of class and find what is and isn’t for you, you’ll never know until you experience it for yourself.

Anything else to add?

Take the opportunity to find yourself and enjoy your time. Campus will become your home and your friends will become your family.

Want to hear what she's looking forward to most on the road? Follow uofgadmission on Instagram, and check out our story/highlights!

2018 Road Warrior Series: Ryan Shoot

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 15:19

Ryan ShootName: Ryan Shoot

Program: Honours Bachelor of Arts, Sociology 

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

I love the ‘Guelphiness”. It can be defined by people being friendly and inviting, from smiling or saying hello to one another walking down Winegard Walk, to holding the door open for someone. It is something unique to our campus that our students then bring out into the world wherever they go onto.

In my fourth year I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the graduating class at the Last Lecture 2016. Although it was amazing to represent all graduating students, the most memorable experience was after the lecture when tons of students came up to me (who I had never met) to thank me for bringing up their most memorable experiences. It was amazing to see that even though we had never met, we all held a bond together through amazing experiences here at University of Guelph.

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

During my time at U of G I tried just about everything from Interhall Council, Student Government, and The Central Student Association, to snow flag football and even playing on the Quidditch team! I had the opportunity to work in the school gym and sit on numerous committees, boards and work groups to represent the student perspective.

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

My experience was so amazing at the University of Guelph and I believe every student should have this opportunity as well. I did not take the most conventional route to university and I want students to be aware there isn’t just one route here. I wanted to be a Liaison Officer because I want to see that moment when a student realizes what the next step they are going to take is. This opportunity is amazing and I am incredibly excited to get on the road to start speaking with future gryphons!

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

Pick a university that will allow you to grow into the person you want to become. Pick a university that will push you to discover things about yourself you never would have known. The community you decide to join will become your home, so make sure you go to the campus, speak with the students and make your decision for you.

Want to hear what he's looking forward to most on the road? Follow uofgadmission on Instagram, and check out our IGTV channel.

U of G Meal Plans

Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 14:32

You’ll never go hungry at the U of G. Our students have consistently ranked Guelph as having the best food on any Canadian university campus. Whether its fresh fruit, salads, your favourite comfort foods or international cuisine, the choice is yours and everything is accessible via your meal plan.

If you choose to live in residence you will require a meal plan. Luckily we have several plans made to fit your needs:

Minimum – $2,000.00

Designed for students who don’t spend weekends on campus and those with lighter appetites.

Light – $2,350.00

Suitable for students who spend some weekends on campus and have lighter appetites.

Full – $2,600.00

Our most popular meal plan - designed for students planning to spend alternate weekends on campus and those with average appetites.

Plus – $2,850.00

Designed for students with hearty appetites and who plan to spend most weekends on campus.

Varsity – $3,000.00

Appropriate for students who plan to be on campus most weekends, athletes and those with larger appetites.

Ultra – Minimum Deposit: $195.00

Meant for students living Off-Campus, in East Residence, West Residence or the East Village Townhouses. Add money at any time!

Meal plan + Textbooks

Hospitality also offers a Textbook Plan, which can be added to your Meal Plan and rewards you with bonus Food Dollars every time you make a purchase at the University Bookstore.

You can now make your meal plan selection online in WebAdvisor until August 23, 2018. Visit the Hospitality website for more information. There, you’ll find a complete list of dining facilities on campus, as well as restaurants off-campus that accept U of G student cards as payment! Does it get any better than that? We don’t think so.

Bon appetit Gryphons!

U of G Library Services

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:08

Throughout your time at Guelph, you'll find yourself in the library in between classes, making a pit-stop for coffee, meeting friends to study or peers to work on a project, signing out a book, printing your assignment, or taking advantage of their many services.

1. The Learning Commons is here for you

From providing support to improve your writing skills and prepare for exams, to helping you fine-tune your research abilities, the Learning Commons in McLaughlin Library has got your back! In addition to these, they’ll assist you with:

  • Printing
  • Publishing
  • Data analysis
  • Conducting a survey

Think of it as a one-stop shop designed to help you succeed academically.

2. The IT Help Desk solves your tech problems.

Located in the centre of the first floor of the library, the IT help desk is staffed with Computing & Communications Service Student Consultants. Visit them through the week with your IT related questions or problems and they’ll do their best to help you out!

3. Supported Learning Groups (SLGs) get you through that challenging course!

SLGs are FREE, peer-led study groups meant to help you through historically challenging courses. These groups meet on a weekly basis and are designed to:

  • Help you understand course content
  • Meet students from your classes
  • Give you a chance to learn in small groups
  • Test your knowledge prior to exams

If you find yourself struggling in a course, or just need some practice before an exam or test, we HIGHLY recommend attending an SLG session.

4. We’ve got a Learning Centre just for you!

The third floor of the library houses “The Science Commons” and the “Math and Stats Learning Centre”. They both offer drop-in services and are staffed by Teaching Assistants in those respective areas, to answer any questions you may have.

As you can see, our library is more than just a place to study. We have a feeling you’ll be spending a lot of time there, so be sure to take a stroll through and familiarize yourself when you get to campus.

If you have any questions about Library services be sure to visit their website or reach out to them at

Earn While You Learn: Working on Campus

Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:41

We do what we can to help make financing your education easier on you (and your wallet). At Guelph, fees are due semesterly; so you don’t have to pay the full bill in September.

We also offer entrance scholarships, in-course bursaries, and encourage OSAP (check out our recent article on OSAP for more info); but we recognize that some students are looking for a way to earn money while they study.

1. Work part-time on campus through our Work Study program

Our Work Study program was designed for students who demonstrate financial need. It allows you to work on campus, gain hands-on experience while earning cash; PLUS it’s a great way to network and meet people on campus. Visit the Student Financial Services website for details on who is eligible as well as when and how to apply.

2. We offer over 4,000 Part-time Jobs on Campus!

That’s a lot of jobs and so many opportunities for growth, getting involved and skill-building! So whether you’re interested in serving up lattés in an on-campus eatery, helping with research, or showcasing your lifeguard skills at the pool, we’ve got you covered.

3. Gain research experience in our Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) program

Also for students demonstrating financial need, this program allows you the opportunity to experience Guelph in the summer, while gaining research experience AND earning money. These full-time positions begin in May and typically run for 16 weeks. The application process for this competitive program begins in December so be sure to check the financial services website for details.

4. Stay on campus for a Co-op work term

The great thing about co-op at U of G is that YOU find and apply to jobs that suit your program of study and personal interests. While students have the flexibility to apply for jobs across Ontario, out-of-province and even internationally, some students choose to work right here on campus! Visit the Recruit Guelph website for more information on co-op and to check out current opportunities.

If you have questions about our Work Study or URA programs, get in touch with Student Financial Services at For questions related to finding jobs on Recruit Guelph contact Co-op and Career Services at

Happy earning Gryphons!


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