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2017 Road Warrior Series: Wes

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 08:47

Wes We welcome Wes to the 2017 Road Warrior Team! He graduated in 2014 from the Bachelor of Arts program, with a major in European Studies (Culture & Civilization) and a minor in German Studies. He's looking forward to sharing all of his wisdom with you, #futuregryphons.

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

The high quality of academics and education. I went on to complete a Joint Master of Arts from the University of Waterloo and Universität Mannheim after graduating from U of G, and the skills I learned here prepared me to not only succeed but to excel in these further studies, and I am always proud to say I am a U of G graduate.

My favourite memories are how the originally "random" people I met in classes became friends and colleagues with whom I still have lots of contact today, even though they too have moved on to different things both in Guelph and beyond.

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

I was a member of the German Cultural Society for some of my undergraduate degree here. I also worked from 2012-2017 as a Residence Porter, part of the Residence Facilities Team in Student Housing Services.

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

I strongly believe the U of G offers something unique, and having grown up in Guelph, I don't think I realized that about the University and the city itself until I later left it. It is a great pleasure for me that I now have the opportunity to bring other young, bright minds to the U of G so that they may also have the great experiences and high quality of education that I did here.

I am simply very excited to visit some places throughout this beautiful province I may not otherwise have the chance to see, and to talk with people about something that means a lot to me.

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

Go meet new people! The University attracts some amazing people from all corners of the Earth, so get out there and meet new people. Be open to new ideas and new cultures. I feel so many people come to University almost to hear their own opinions echoed back to them, but you should be challenging your own world view and opinions! If you do this you will grow so much, make amazing friends, and be well prepared no matter what you go on to do.

The 5W's & H of OUF

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:30

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 22 to Sunday, September 24 from 10 am - 5 pm daily. This is just TWO weeks away!

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 is 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.

How do I register for OUF?

Head to Ontario Universities’ Fair website, click OUF passport then Register Here.

Remember to bring your bar code with you to OUF 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!

You best be at OUF – and you best visit the U of G’s booth. We may or may not have some exciting surprises in store for you.

2017 Road Warrior Series: Jessie

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 11:52

Jessie KennedyIntroducing our first 2017 Liaison Officer, Jessie! She rose to fame this past year as our Snapchat ambassador; and now, she's coming to your school to talk all things U of G. 

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 U of G 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 U of G isn’t something that I can describe, you have to come feel it for yourself! The best way to learn about all the opportunities 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!

1st Year Tips & Tricks

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 08:48

Tip #1: Visit

You’ll join the online community of students at U of G. They offer free classifieds to buy and sell everything from housing rentals to textbooks.

Don’t want to buy your textbook new at full price? This is the place to find it used at a cheaper price. Need a place to rent after first year? Browse the listings.

Tip #2: Off-campus restaurants deliver to campus

Feeling famished during a late-night study session? Order from the many locations that deliver right to your residence door!

Tip #3: Familiarize yourself with the bus routes.

The City of Guelph has arguably one of the best transportation systems. You pay for a bus pass within your student fees, so take advantage of it!

Tip #4: Find “your” study spot on campus.

You don’t have to study in the library or your residence room. There are a ton of other buildings and unique places across campus to study.

You also don’t have to be in that program to study in their building (i.e. the Science Complex, Engineering Atrium).

Tip #5: City of Guelph

We recommend stepping off campus and taking in the beauty that is Guelph! There are a ton of events that happen year-round or places to go see; take a break from studying and check them out.

Tip #6: Research the closest grocery stores to campus.

It’s so easy to jump on a bus and go grab some groceries. Fact: Zehr’s offers 10% off for students on Tuesdays! This is necessary.

Tip #7: Take advantage of discounts.

There are a range of other places throughout Guelph that offer discounts for students. Be on the lookout for promos or have your student card visible at the cash and you just might get lucky!

Tip #8: Get to know your student services.

There are a range of academic, wellness, accessibility, counselling, professional and other student services across campus that you should research now, and take advantage of when you get here!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and find the resources you need.

Tip #9: Find your people.

“Club Days” happens at the beginning of every semester. You can browse the booths, find people with the same interests and get involved.

Tip #10: Bounce Back

If you’re finding first year difficult, this program will help you get back on track!

Tip #11: Learn the ins and outs of the Library.

The Library is more than a place to study. See Week 8 for a list of their services

But if you are going there to study, make friends with those studying around you. The Library is flooded during the semester, especially during midterm/exam season. Your new friends can “save your spot” if you need to grab some food or a coffee. This is the best!

If you’re a night hawk and like to study into the wee hours of the morning, the Library is also open until 2:00am.

Tip #12: Register for your gym membership online.

To avoid line ups at the beginning of the semester, we encourage you to register for your gym membership online!

Tip #13: Play an intramural.

It’s simple. Intramurals are the best way to meet new people, and a fantastic break from academics. We have over 15 sports!

Tip #14: Go to Trivia Tuesdays at Brass Taps

It’s a good time.

Tip #15: Use a reusable mug.

By using a reusable mug, you can order any size coffee/specialty drink and only pay the price of a small (or tall)!

AND, if you get a stamp card, you can get a free drink after 9 purchases. Necessary.

Tip #16: Know the coffee shop locations across campus.

Need a coffee in between classes? Done.

Congrats, Grads!

Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 15:57

Congratulations, #futuregryphons! You’ve graduated  (high school)!

You did it! You cleared the final hurdle to becoming a real U of G Gryphon!

We just want to take a quick second to congratulate you on this wonderful accomplishment. We know that high school can be a challenging time for many students, full of ups and downs, victories and setbacks. 

Now, as you get ready to cross that stage and accept your diploma, we hope you can look back on the last four (or five!) years and feel proud of the person you’ve become. Your perseverance has paid off, and you have SO much to look forward to as you prepare to move to U of G in just two short months. 

So, now that you're done high school, you may be ready to tackle university prep head-on. Great! Visit our Transition to a Gryphon site for a week-by-week guide on what you should be doing to ensure you're all set to officially become a Gryphon in Septemeber!

Congrats again! Enjoy your summer! 

Take the Next Steps Toward Gryphonhood

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 15:00

It’s time to take the next steps toward Gryphonhood, #futuregryphons! 

From registering for your Fall 2017 courses and paying your tuition deposit, to logging in to your new U of G email account, checking out and picking up that super-important U of G ID card, we’ve got your to-do list covered!

1) Register for your Fall 2017 courses (if you haven’t already done so)

Make sure you register for your Fall 2017 courses by July 5; the next opportunity to register for courses won’t be until August 21.

For step-by-step instructions on how to pick your courses, refer to your Registration Handbook for New Students that you received in the mail. If you haven’t received this book yet, you can access the online version of the handbook

If you have questions, please call 519-824-4120 Ext. 58731 or email Enrolment Services at

2) Pick up your ID card

Remember, your ID card doubles as your meal card and as the access key to your residence, so it’s very important!

To get an ID card you must submit a photo online before August 11. You can then pick up your ID card from Enrolment Services, 3rd floor University Centre.

We strongly suggest picking up your ID card over the summer. You can also pick it up over Move-In Weekend (Labour Day Weekend) or whenever you arrive on campus, but you should expect long lines during this time. 

MOST IMPORTANTLY: bring your passport or birth certificate, plus a valid piece of government-issued identification to get your ID card. 
If you are an international student or permanent resident, please refer to the specific ID card pick up requirements

Visit the ID card website for all of the details you will need.

3) Pay your registration deposit

This one is also super-important! 

You must pay a $200 deposit by August 11 to hold your registration in your courses.

We recommend that you make your payment through internet banking. Visit the Student Financial Services website for more information on how to pay your fees.

4) Log in to your U of G email account

The days of using your Gmail account for university communication have come to a close – it’s time to access U of G’s Gryphmail, and be sure to check it frequently for important messages from U of G!

5) Check out

We’ve covered a lot of the nitty gritty of your journey to becoming a full-fledged Gryphon, but be sure to check out too! You’ll find your START to-do list, and get access to weekly blogs that will help you prepare for Move-In Weekend, Orientation Week, and making the most of the awesome resources available to our students at U of G!

You Know You're a Senior When...

Posted: Monday, June 5, 2017 - 08:00

1. When you realize you have less than a month left of high school.

2. When your older sibling is graduating university and gives you life advice.

Life Sucks

3. When someone asks you what you're doing with your life. 

4. Walking around your high school like...

5. Realizing you're studying for one of the last exams you'll ever have to take in high school.

6. Trying to get your essay's word count up like...

7. Trying to do any homework.

Empty Brain

8. Trying to sneak out of class because you just can't anymore.

9. When someone complains that they're going to miss high school.

10. Prom.

11. When all of your assignments are due at the same time.

12. Daydreaming about the University of Guelph next year.

13. Procrastinating...

14. Every night thinking about school tomorrow.

Roll in around noon

15. Realizing that the end is near, and how much you're going to nail these next few weeks. 

Welcome, #futuregryphons

Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:41

You’ve accepted your offer, you’ve applied for residence (we hope), and you’ve high-fived/hugged/screamed in the faces of your closest friends and family.

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to become a Gryphon. We’re sure you’re wondering what that looks like and what your next steps are. Well, we got you!

Our 15-week Transition to a Gryphon campaign will introduce you to the U of G departments and services that you need to be familiar with. We’ll also remind you of upcoming important dates, give some first-year tips, and prep you for Orientation Week!

Step 1: Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook (if you don’t already). Most of the campaign’s tips and information will be pushed out on our platforms, along with directing you to other departments’ social accounts.

Step 2: Bookmark our Transition to a Gryphon webpage! This is where you can find all of the information you need for that week and what you might have missed.

If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to ask and we’ll show you where you can find the answers. See you soon, Gryphons!

15 Reasons You Might #BeAGryphon

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 09:39

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

Flexibility? It’s an art form at U of G. Customize your program with research and volunteer opportunities, Co-op placements, exchanges and study abroad options… the possibilities are endless.


What better way to reward yourself for all of the hard (but fun) work you’ll put in as a Gryphon than with some of our epic food

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.

Our cannon #OldJeremiah needs to be painted daily!
Congrats Cannon

5. Coffee is your friend. 

With stellar coffee shop options around every corner, you’ll never be lonely again.

6. You like to get involved.

Intramural sports? Check. A world of volunteer opportunities? Yep, we got that too. Student-run clubs and activities? You betcha! 

We are a community of volunteers.

7. You’re an active person.

Have you seen our AMAZING new athletic facilities? Being active on campus never looked so good.

8. You LOVE animals.

From squirrels, to puppies, to horses, we’ve got lots of furry friends waiting for you on campus. 

Oh and birds! We’ve got those, too!

9. You’re one to express your school spirit.

Homecoming ya’ll. Be there!

10. You enjoy open space.

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

11. You’re riding the sustainability train and NEVER want to get off.

BYO reusable water bottle or coffee mug and enjoy our water refill stations throughout campus. Also, get perks at many campus coffee shops for using your own mug. 

Now, pat yourself on the back for being an environmentally responsible Gryphon!

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

It’s your crib – jazz it up.

13. You have a GREAT sense of humour. 

We’re hilarious, we know. BUT, the campus squirrels get the last laugh as they surprise you at every turn. 

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

You’re in for a treat – U of G people are the BEST people!

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

We are family.
Tour Guides Winter 2017

Gryphon Speak

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 14:49

The University of Guelph is a special place. So, we thought there should be special words that Gryphons can use to sum up their experiences at U of G. These will definitely help every #futuregryphon fit right in come September.

Clunger: that hunger you develop when sitting in class and deciding what to get from Creelman for lunch.
“Man, how can I focus when I got a mean clunger going on!”
Guelphie: a selfie taken in Guelph
“Check out this awesome guelphie I took with the Gryphon statue!”
Libing: thr act of studying in the library
“Libing all day today! I got a big exam tomorrow.”
MacFusion: that constant feeling of confusion between all of the buildings that start with "mac" or "mc"
“Whenever I get my new class schedule, there’s a period of total macfusion while I figure out which building is which!”
Procrastigreening: avoiding all responsibilities by choosing to hang out on Johnston Green instead.
“I should have started this essay way earlier, but I was procrastigreening.”
Saiting: the act of standing in a conspicuous fashion and holding a textbook while you wait to see it to another student.
“It’s such a nice day to be saiting by the cannon!”
Studicane: when you room becomes a disaster during midterms and finals.
“Uh, a huge studicane hit my room this week thanks to my physics midterm.”
Wingard Weaving: the act of maneuvering through students on Winegard Walk between classes.
“I want to get my next class early, so I’ll be Winegard weaving for sure!”


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