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Honey, What's an App?

Posted: Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:36

Ah, a question the majority of you have undoubtedly had to answer at some point in your life, whether it was from your parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or a random Generation X’er at the bus stop. In the era of these things we call cell phones, they just don’t get it. They know an ‘app’ as a delicious, pre-main course dish. And though those are tasty treats, let’s be real, today the word ‘app’ refers to a much larger part of our everyday lives.

So, because you are all app-enthusiasts, the Globe & Mail published an article outlining the 16 must-have apps for campus life! Whether you’ve just entered post-secondary studies or are in the process of applying, now’s the time to familiarize yourself with these – you’ll be the ‘app-boss’, that’s a serious skill.

1. Safewalk

Because UofG nails everything on the head, Safewalk is a Guelph-specific app that promotes campus-safety and comfort. If you’re not someone who enjoys walking alone (at night, or even in the daytime), you can contact someone and they will walk you home, to your car, or to your next destination on campus. Safety first kids!

2. YIK YAK

Simply, this app allows you to post ideas and thoughts with people within a 5-mile radius of you (aka on campus!). You can peek at what’s happening around you, and always be up-to-date with the most ‘voted’ (popular) content. Yik Yak also filters content into specific categories so you can see what you ‘want’ to see. YAK away!

3. SONGZA

Songza creates playlists for any situation and mood. Feel like ripping the dance floor in half? There’s a playlist for that. Feel like curling up in a ball, and crying until your mom calls? There’s a playlist for that.

4. Facebook Messenger

Well, just another way Facebook helps you procrastinate.

5. MYFitnessPal

Because Guelph has been ranked has having the best campus food for yet another year, this app tracks calories, nutritional information and activity. One word…GAINZ.

6. Groupon

Couponing in the digital age. YOLO…and save money!

7. Outlook

It’s no surprise that your university email account will NEED to be checked multiple times a day. This app lets you do that in the palm of your hands!

8. Trivia Crack

Recently the most downloaded game in 2014, it sparks some friendly competition amongst you and your friends, and even people around the world. You have to keep that mind sharp, you know?

9. DropBox

Perfect for group work! Email accounts typically have a size limit when sending files. This will help you overcome that by storing large documents or presentations online, which can be shared with members. And, you can access the files anywhere!

10. Evernote

Keep all of your notes, thoughts, ideas and research in one workspace, and with you all of the time. On the bus and think of a thesis statement? Jot it down in Evernote and have it on your computer when you get home!

11. FaceTime

Because being homesick sucks, and sometimes, you just need to see a friends’ smile to get you through your day. Stop that texting thing and have a full-on conversation like the good ol’ days!

12. IPROCRASTINATE

We are all guilty of it! But this app helps you stay on top of your deadlines, exams and readings throughout the semester. If you’re an organization fanatic, this one’s for you! And if you’re not… this one’s for you!

13. Goodreads

Sometimes, it’s just nice to read a book without definitions and academic lingo! Physical books may not always be in reach, but this app gives you some leisurely reading at your fingertips. It will recommend books based on interests, most popular amongst friends and those with top reviews.    

14. Quora

Stumped? Ask Quora a question and find your answer! Answers cover a range of topics, and are posted and edited by the community of users.

15. Slack

Face it - group work in university is inevitable. Not only that, but it’s inevitable in any career path you choose! With Slack, you can create chat forums or channels for a project, topic or a team. It keeps all discussions (and team mates) in one easily accessible place.

16. Starbucks

UofG has three on campus, making this app 110% necessary! Happy pumpkin-spice latte Friday!    

You can find the Globe & Mail’s article by going to their website. Students comment on each app and its purpose, so you can see why they recommend it, too.  

While we’re on the topic of apps, be sure to add ‘uofgadmission’ on Snapchat. Get snapping…or whatever you kids are calling it these days.

As Gryphons, We're Allowed to Brag.

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 13:48

As you are gearing up to apply to your top schools for Fall 2016, it is obvious that we want one of those schools to be the University of Guelph! SO, this is the perfect time to highlight just how GREAT we are, and hopefully persuade you to select Guelph from that drop-down menu. Let’s do it!

This article will highlight our rankings based on the QS Top Universities website. QS is the most widely read university comparison tool, which highlights more than 800 of the top universities in the world based on specific indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty and international student ratio. In addition, they also break down these rankings into certain categories (i.e. faculty, program, region). 

Based on this, where does the University of Guelph sit, you ask? Well, we confidently hold the 20th spot in all of Canada, and happily live in the top 450 in the WORLD! More specifically, our Ontario Veterinary College is ranked as 4th in the world while our agricultural programs rank at a commendable 23rd.

In addition to this ranking system, QS also gives 1 to 5-star ratings based on criteria such as employability of graduates, sports & education facilities, community engagement, internationalization, teaching, research and innovation. All in all, the QS system evaluates schools against over 50 different indicators! These ratings allow students to get a better picture of a school’s qualities, which is where traditional rankings are limited. With this in mind, we’d like to highlight that the University of Guelph was given the highest rating – 5 STARS!

5 Star Ranking Graphic showing 5 stars with a description that University of Guelph also ranks in the top 450 in the world.

To see for yourself, head over to the QS Top Universities website.

As we in Admission Services live and breathe Guelph, these statistics come as no surprise. But, we encourage you to discover the University for yourself and hope you will end up calling it home, too. Some opportunities to explore why our school is regarded so highly are listed below:

  • Fall Preview Day: Sunday, November 8, 2015
  • Science & Engineering Sunday: Sunday, November 15, 2015

Don’t forget that we also have campus tours running Monday-Saturday throughout the semester!

Did we mention that UofG SERIOUSLY ROCKS? Well, it does.

Environmental...what?

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 14:33

A few of you have been posting questions on social media regarding all of the Environmental program/degrees here at Guelph and what differentiates them. Therefore, we thought we’d give you a brief lowdown on each for some clarification. We hope that this will make the application process a little less confusing for you!

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

Majors:

  • Ecology
  • Environment and Resource Management
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences

A degree in BSc. Environmental Sciences allows you to study the environment from a science perspective. Within it, you will balance required courses and restricted/choice electives in a variety of subjects (from science solutions to social/economic consequences), while also being given the opportunity to participate in research & study real-life and current environmental issues! Straight from the Environmental Sciences department, they noted:

  • Ecology students love the ‘nitty gritty’ lab & field work that teach them how elements of the environment interact with their surroundings
  • Environment and Resource Management students dive into GIS and Remote Sensing labs & field camps to gain technical skills in managing the biophysical environment
  • Environmental Economics and Policy students review resource & land economic techniques, law, and politics and apply them to the environment & real world problems
  • Environmental Sciences students develop a broad spectrum of environmental knowledge, from meteorology to forestry, and the underlying scientific processes occurring on Earth

Degree: Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management

Majors:

  • Environmental Management
  • Equine Management

Unlike BSc. Environmental Sciences, Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management programs provide students with a diverse skillset in both science and business. Specifically, it is suggested that the degree is %70 sciences and %30 business. So while the science-based courses will be very similar to those in the Environmental Sciences degree, in BBRM you will also gain that environmental-business perspective.  

In the Equine Management major, you will simply learn every aspect of and surrounding a horse - from a horse’s well-being and the horse industry, to concerns about their impact on the environment (and vice versa)! As a graduate, you will have a firm foundation in business, biological sciences, and economic/social/environmental dimensions of everything equine! Are you a horse fanatic? Then this is the program for YOU!

Contrasting other environmental majors, in Environmental Management you will understand the entire environmental system, while also applying business related topics (i.e. accounting, economics, leadership, statistics) to ensure proper maintenance, regulation and remediation of that system.

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Majors:

  • Environmental Biology
  • Biodiversity
  • Plant Science

Okay, now onto Science, Science, Science! Everybody’s favorite…right? Let us lay this out very nicely:

1. Plant Science is a plant-intensive program, and includes courses in structure, function, morphology and physiology of ALL plants, with a slight emphasis on botany and biotechnology.

2. Biodiversity provides students with a view on the current state of the earth and the diversity of every organism (plant, animal, microbes), while allowing you to focus on your own ‘niche’ (physiology, ecology or evolution).

  • FUN FACT: DNA Barcoding applied to real organisms was started at Guelph!

3. Environmental Biology courses look at the biological impacts of our activities on the natural/managed ecosystems (pollution, conservation, forestry etc.).

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Majors:

  • Environmental Governance

The arts! If science is not your friend, but you still want to understand elements of the environmental world, then hallelujah – this program is calling your name! Elements of the program include: the geographic, political and economic factors that shape the environment and its emerging societal concerns. You will also review decision making processes affecting the environment, and ultimately, touch on how to potentially solve many of the worlds’ environmental problems! You’ll become an environmental super-hero overnight (well, over 4 years… same thing).

Lookout! Fall Preview Day

Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 14:43

The University of Guelph in the fall is something everyone should experience! On November 8 – we invite you to do just that! Come and breathe in the autumn colors while meeting with faculty, staff and current students to learn about why UofG might be the perfect fit for you, and the educational and future goals it can help you reach.

Throughout the day, there will be campus tours, program information sessions, a resource fair, residence walk-throughs and degree-specific building tours, all while giving you the opportunity to explore the University on your terms and discover  everything it has to offer.

To register, please visit the event page. You will also find a more detailed schedule and directions to our home!

We are so excited to welcome you to campus – see you then future gryphons!

2015 Road Warrior Series: Nicole Gazzola

Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015 - 08:43

In the final installment of the 2015 Road Warrior Series, we introduce (or re-introduce) you to a seasoned veteran of the recruitment team. Nicole GazzolaNicole is the Admission Services' Liaison Officer for National & Transfer Recruitment, while also being the Admission Counsellor for Landscape Architecture and Turfgrass Management. A graduate from the Bachelor of Arts program, her knowledge of and dedication to the Guelph community is noteworthy. We are so excited (and lucky) that she has stuck with the team for so long! And you should be too!

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

Definitely the community! I came to Guelph because I loved the university and campus, but the community has kept me here long after graduation!

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

I lived on campus the entire time I was a student. I was a Residence Assistant in Mountain Hall, a Sr. Residence Assistant in Maritime Hall and then held 2 executive positions on Interhall Council. My favourite day of the year was, and still is, move in day! The buzz of activity and excitement as a new year begins!

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

I didn't want to leave Guelph! I found an awesome opportunity and applied for it. What an amazing job - talk about the place that had such a huge impact on my life and help students find their perfect university.

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

Try new things, ask for help, meet new people, join a club, start a club,  step out of your comfort zone, explore the campus and city, talk to your professors and teaching assistants, read all the important emails the university sends you (I'm wearing my admission counsellor hat with that one), work hard, enjoy your journey, change lives and improve life!

If you're outside the borders of Ontario, you can expect Nicole to be coming your way (if she hasn't done so already!). Welcome her with open arms, she's a long way from home!

2015 Road Warrior Series: Nick Pankerichan

Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015 - 11:20

Nick Pankerichan, one of the truest Guelph gryphons you will ever come across! His feet have been planted on the university campus for many years, having completed an undergrad degree in Geography, then almost immediately joining the Liaison Officer team. Now the head Liaison Officer - Secondary School Recruitment, he refuses to leave his Guelph family, and his 'home'. If you attended the Ontario Universities' Fair this past weekend, you may have seen him roaming the UofG booth or in one of our presentations, where you would have undoubtedly witnessed his love for the University of Guelph. Nick Pankerichan

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I felt a part of a caring and supportive community - it was my home away from home. Little did I know; I would soon call it my home. There is a feeling on this campus that you can’t really explain until you visit.  And once I was here, it was really hard for me to leave.  Everyone is not only passionate about the University of Guelph, but every student and employee takes pride in making a difference by trying to change lives and improve life around them!

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

Most of my time was spent in the W.F Mitchell Athletic Centre - I played on the varsity basketball team for 5 years and had the honour of being named team captain for 4 of those years. For me, it wasn’t just about winning games; it was about the effort and dedication that my teammates, my brothers, made day in and day out to reach a common goal. And although we never won a championship, the memories and friendships I built will last forever. Guelph meant so much to me, that not only do I get to travel across Canada to speak to students about the possibility of living and learning at the University of Guelph, but I am also entering my 7th year as an assistant coach with the Varsity Men’s basketball team.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

My entire life has revolved around working with people, more specifically, students! This job not only provides me with the opportunity to guide students and their families during an important stage of their life, but I also get to talk to them about one of my favourite places in the world, the University of Guelph! I believe education is the most powerful tool to solve all of our problems. Our students are our future and they hold the keys to help make the world a better place!

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

Your university days will be the best days of your life. There are so many different universities to choose from and degree programs to study. The most important thing to consider is finding a place where you will not only learn for the next 4 years, but live as well. Make sure you go to as many presentations and ask as many questions as you can!  But most importantly, visit the campus!  There is not one best university out there, but there is one best university for you!  Make sure you embrace and enjoy every minute of this process and I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors!

He's already been shipped out on the road for the Fall semester and is busy chatting up the University of Guelph to high school students. So keep a feel out for his Guelph gryphon vibe, he could be coming your way!

2015 Road Warrior Series: Thisakya Gunaratne

Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 08:51

Thisakya, you can call her Tizy, has also been a Road Warrior for the University of Guelph a few years back. But yet again, she knew there's no place like 'home'! With her enthusiastic personality, and accompanying humour, she is bound to capture your attention when she arrives at your school. And, we're so excited to have her back on our team and heading on the road to share her passion for the Guelph community. Tizy's head shot in the garden, yellow flowers behind her.

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

The sense of community was what drew me to Guelph most. I was never intimidated by the size of this school. As an international student, I had to make sure that I felt safe and at home. Students, staff, professors all made me feel welcome! Not to mention, the food is pretty fantastic!

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

I was an O – Week volunteer for 3 consecutive years. Also a senior peer helper for the center for international programs, and the office of intercultural affairs, which allowed me to work with international students, like my self each semester. I got to know amazing world travelers from around the globe. Both departments focused a lot on providing students with transitional supports, and workshops on cultural differences. It was great to be a part of the programs because I could personally relate to it.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

This is my 3rd year as a Liaison Officer. The University of Guelph is so passionate about instilling positive change in others lives and that is exactly what I get to do with this job! I love working with students and parents and being in an environment where I know that I am helping another student in some capacity. Most of all, the travel is so much fun and interactive.

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

Try out new things! Guelph is designed to help you explore and test your potential. To name a few, make new friends, try a new sport and join a club! Step outside your comfort zone because that’s where life begins!

The school visits have STARTED. Meaning, Tizy could be arriving at your school...tomorrow! Get excited, and don't miss out on her sharing personal experiences about coming from an international country, her campus involvement and the environment at Guelph she knows so well and adores.

See you at OUF!

Posted: Monday, September 21, 2015 - 15:48

If you’re a high school student, the Ontario Universities’ Fair is where you should be this weekend! It is the only event throughout the school year where you can visit all 21 Ontario universities in one place. And, admission is FREE! You can’t pass that up.

Being held at the Metro Toronto Convention center, OUF runs from Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27. It will give you an opportunity to speak with representatives from each university to learn about programs you’re interested in, the campus community and free advice for taking this next step in your educational career.

Most importantly, be sure to visit the University of Guelph’s booth! You’ll get up close and personal with university staff and faculty to gather all the information you need about coming to UofG. We also have our Liaison team doing presentations throughout each day that we highly recommend attending. Be sure to check out our Information Booth, where we will be giving away tons of Guelph swag – you’ll even have the chance to win an iPhone 6!

This fair draws more than 120,000 students, their parents and university exhibitors. So, mark it on your calendar and don’t miss out! We can wait to see you there friends!

For more information, visit the Ontario Universities’ Fair website. Here, you will find directions, resources, exhibitors and so forth.

2015 Road Warrior Series: Dan Nasso

Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 08:38

Dan Nasso just couldn't get enough of Guelph and is back on the road! After taking some time away from the Road Warrior life, Dan came to the conclusion that promoting the University of Guelph to prospective students is what he loves - and how could we argue with that?

As many of you may not have seen him around, here's a tid-bit of information about the guy: Dan

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

My favourite thing about Guelph is the people.  Our school seems to attract amazing students who are caring.

I found it very easy to make friends here, and to this day some of my best friends are who I met on campus.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

I had an opportunity to be involved with Gryphon Camps, where I was a counsellor and eventually director of camps. It allowed me to develop skills and take on responsibilities that made me grow as a person.  I also got pretty good at dodgeball.

I also was involved in intramural sports and found it to be a great way to stay active and a healthy distraction from school.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

I want students to experience what life is like at Guelph. From our academics to how to be involved on campus. I think it’s important that students not only succeed in the classroom, but also to have chances to express who they are outside of the classroom.

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

Do your research! Ask lots of questions about what University life is like, and make sure you visit campuses to make sure that school is the right fit for you.

Also- have a meal on our campus. We have some really amazing food…I probably ate a bit too much of it.

And there you have it! Major takeaways: Dan likes people, dodgeball...and food. All of which the University of Guelph supplies in high quality.

He's coming your way!

2015 Road Warrior Series: Bailey Thack

Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:27

Also stepping onto the 2015 Road Warrior team is Bailey Thack! Having graduated from the Tourism Management program at the University of Guelph, she couldn't stay away from the Guelph community and is looking forward to speaking with #futuregryphons about her time here. Bailey

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

The community feeling you get the moment you walk on campus.  Not only is it beautiful - taking in the fall sun on Johnston Green was one of my favourite weekend activities, but it's filled with amazing people who will make your time at Guelph memorable.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

During my first year I was an Inter Hall Council Rep and UoG Ambassador in Johnston Hall. In upper years I played girls intramural hockey and got involved in the HTMSA.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

After living and working on Toronto, I missed the feeling of community and belonging so evident at Guelph, so I moved back to become a Liaison Officer. I am excited to me traveling around Ontario to share my passion for this community with students looking for the perfect fit for them.

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

Get out of your comfort zone - when you arrive at Guelph, you'll be surrounded by new people all excited to try new things! Take advantage of your new surroundings to try a new sport - inner tube water polo anyone? Or try a new club - maybe you'll excel at juggling in the Circus Club - whatever you choose, you're sure to meet new friends and have fun along the way.

She'll be coming to your community soon hoping to persuade you to join her community! UofG is excited to have you representing us, Bailey.

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