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4 Reasons to Apply to U of G over the Holidays

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2015 - 09:18

Applying to UofG over the holidays should be on your to-do list. So, put your feet up with some hot cocoa, and it's go time!

See reasons 1 to 4 below for some motivation.

#1 – Deadlines are sneaky!

Apply and submit your documents by January 13th – it is the deadline! Once the holidays are over, and 2016 rolls into sight, that date will be here quicker than you can say ‘gingerbread’.

#2 – ‘Treat Yourself’

Give yourself the ‘gift’ of university! We’re sure that the past few months have been hectic, and you’ve been working & studying with great determination. SO, what better way to reward yourself for your hard work than to start instilling excitement about your future?

#3 – TIME to Make U of G part of your 2016

Read, or re-read, our post about ‘Making U of G Part of Your 2016’. Next year is going to be a BIG one for you – and it should include the University of Guelph! Two weeks is a solid amount of time to nail down a degree and learn about all the ways U of G will ‘spice up your life’ next fall. We apologize if you now have Spice Girls stuck in your head…all…day.      

#4 – Food is Brain Power

FACT: Food = Energy - and with food always in abundance over the holidays, you’ll have SO much energy to use up. Why not focus it on applications? Or, if you end up on the couch from food-overload, then at least you’ll be in a comfortable position to open up OUAC, right?   

How to Apply

So, now that we’ve covered the who (you), what (apply), where (UofG) and when (holidays), the ‘how’ still hovers. The OUAC website provides very simple details and steps on how to apply. Canadian High School applicants complete the 101 Application, while the transfer or international students will complete the 105 Application. Select the appropriate application and you will find an instruction booklet that will be your guide!

Check out our Tumblr page for another short&sweet summary on applying the ‘right’ way that includes some Fun-Friday GIFs – we all need those in our life.  

To sign off, Gryph would like to wish everyone a happy holiday:

Gryphon wearing a santa hate with snow, holiday lights and snowflakes around him.

UofG in a Minute

Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 13:49

Stop, wait a minute…have you guys seen this video? If you haven’t, it’s about time you did…and if you have, it’s about time you re-watched it. It is a beautiful rendition of what a typical ‘day’ is like as a University of Guelph student, all while highlighting elements of campus that you will come across and experience.

To compliment this video, we thought it’d be a SWEET idea to briefly detail some of the buildings and campus locations shown throughout the video for you. So, strap on your walking shoes (and by strap, we do mean velcro, because we love velcro), and let’s take a stroll through campus.

Gryphon Statue    

Revealed just last year as a part of Guelph’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, it was designed by two faculty and two grads of the School of Fine Art and Music. UofG wanted to enhance the ‘signage’ surrounding the campus, which they nailed on the head with this statue. You can’t miss it!

The ‘Gryphon’ is our mascot, naturally, as the Gryphon is the king of all creatures. It is a hybrid creature, which accurately represents UofG as a dynamic and comprehensive university.

FACT: the LED light next to the statue signifies the ‘illumination of learning at the University of Guelph’.

Johnston Hall

Arguably UofG’s most iconic building, Johnston Hall is a residence building named after the founder of the Ontario Agricultural College, William Johnston. It was the second building opened on campus in 1932! In front of it, you will find a very large piece of grass that we refer to as ‘Johnston Green’ or ‘J Green’. It’s the cool hangout spot.

Johnston also houses the Co-op Bookstore where you can find new/used textbooks at very fair prices, along with some smiling student faces.

Bus Loop

Live off-campus? This will be your drop-off location. Check out City of Guelph transit.

University Centre (UC)

Ah, the main ‘hub’ on campus. In this building, you will find administration, finance, study spaces, the information desk, food, bank machines, Starbucks, student associations, chill zones, and, did we mention food?

Academic Buildings

  • Rozanski: this will be your main building in first-year! Lecture halls range in size from 30-600.
  • Summerlee Science Complex: calling all Science students – this is your HOME! Pack your bags.
  • Thornborough: now, calling all Engineering and Computing students – this is YOUR home!
  • MacDonald Hall: built in 1903, and originally the all-female residence, it is currently being transformed into the new building for biz-kids (business students). 
  • Alexander Hall: honoring Lincoln Alexander, UofG’s longest serving chancellor and an influential leader in Canada, this building serves as a ‘general’ lecture hall that you will undoubtedly become familiar with.

OVC

UofG’s Ontario Veterinary College ranks 4th in the WORLD; enough said.

Creelman Hall

Oh hello! And welcome to the #1 ranked dining hall on ANY Canadian university campus for 10+ years. Are you drooling? We are.

Library

This place is full of knowledge, literally. It first opened in 1968, and now houses more than 20,000 rare books, more than 65,000 electronic journal articles, a help desk, writing services, learning services, a Math & Stats centre, supported learning groups, computing experts, and even public computers for student use.

FACT: the Library will see roughly, 1.5 million visitors in a year! And even close to 13,000 on a busy day (i.e. exam season!)

Business Innovation Zone

This room fosters engagement and transformational learning amongst business students. This space is not your typical lecture hall; instead, it promotes collaboration, innovative thinking and contribution in an encouraging atmosphere, all of which are major components of the business program at Guelph.

Branion Plaza & The Canon

Branion Plaza is the ‘centre’ of campus, located just outside of the UC. There are places to sit, relax, meet and take in some fresh air.

And, The Canon! Also known as ‘Old Jeremiah’, this piece of history is a tradition on campus. Students will camp out overnight just to paint it, let’s say, the colors of their residence, to promote an upcoming event or even to turn it into the Titanic or a Squirrel. The ideas are endless; and we have seen many (including a proposal – that warmed our hearts). Follow @OldJeremiah on Twitter!

Alumni Stadium

This is THE place for our boys; the varsity Football team. It includes a turf field, and a newly renovated track! Other varsity teams will also practice here, and, you can take in its beauty at Guelph’s annual homecoming!

FACT: right behind this stadium, UofG is undergoing a $60million athletic facility expansion! This will be ready for all of you next Fall!

Co-op: Learn It, Live It, Love It

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015 - 10:45

Co-op: what is it, how do I apply, and is it worth it? These are the types of questions we’ve been getting a lot of lately. So, by popular demand, we figured now is as good a time as any to compile any and all co-op information just for YOU!

What is Co-op?

The co-op stream of the degree requires you to rotate between academic semesters and work terms. Depending on the degree chosen, these work terms will be 4 or 8 months in length, and take place in the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. For example, the co-op stream of the Biomedical Engineering degree looks something like this:

Year Fall Semester
(September-December)
WinterSemester
(January-April)
Summer Semester
(May-August)
One Academic Academic OFF
Two Academic Academic Work Term 1
Three Academic Work Term 2 Work Term 3
Four Academic Academic Work Term 4
Five Work Term 5 Academic  
 
In this example, you wouldn’t start your first co-op work term until the end of second year! That gives you almost two years to fill your head with knowledge, and then apply that knowledge to a program-related job. You won’t even know what to do with all that learning!  This is so exciting!

Within those first two years, you will also take a ‘Co-op Prep Course’, or what we like to call a ‘Co-op 101’. You will learn the ins & outs of resume and cover letter writing, professional demeanor, interview techniques and questions, and basically, how to be a rock-star when it comes time to apply & land those co-op jobs.

Recruit Guelph will be your home throughout the 5 years. Through the co-op department, you will work with your coordinator to help find jobs, tweak your documents or to contact other co-op students/employers. They will also be your go-to resource when you’re in need of career advice and guidance! The semester prior to your work term, you will undergo a job search. Recruit Guelph will likely be the main platform you browse as it contains hundreds of postings for Guelph co-op students! UofG students have a fantastic reputation and employers keep coming back for more. Recruit Guelph is also where you will upload your resume/cover letter, apply to the job, be notified of an interview and receive job offers!

Don’t think you’re limited to Recruit Guelph, either! The co-op program offers you flexibility in your job search. You’re more than welcome to seek out your own employment, even if it’s in another country or continent. You’ll just connect with your coordinator and the employer, ensure the position meets the requirements of co-op, and you’re off.

How Do I Apply?

Simple! When you’re applying to your program of choice in OUAC, and it has a co-op option, just click ‘yes’ beside ‘co-op’.

If you’re on the fence, we would recommend applying to it anyway! It is much easier to back-out of co-op in your first year than it is to try and tap into it. And, you’ll automatically be considered for the general stream of the program if you don’t meet the cut-off for the co-op stream. You can’t lose!   

Is It Worth It?

Wait…did we mention that the work terms also include competitive wages? So while it may extend your degree beyond just 4 years, the cash being tucked away into your wallet is undoubtedly worth it. And while your summer job at the golf course may give you a wicked tan and be a lot of fun; working towards your career will not only be enjoyable, too, but fulfilling and beneficial to your life beyond university.

But, money isn’t the most important thing; in addition, co-op will help you:

  • Develop professionalism; on your resume, in a work environment and in your everyday life
  • Determine what parts of your degree you’re most interested in and what career path you’d like to follow; you can ‘try’ a few different careers that your degree has the potential to lead you to
  • Improve your skills in the areas of: organization, time management, collaboration, communication, independence, responsibility………..the list is extensive.
  • Build a network of employers, references and contacts
  • Enhance your understanding within the classroom as you’ll witness real-life application of the principles and concepts learned

So, is co-op right for you? We hope that this article helped a wee bit in finding the answer to that question. Also, check out some co-op student success stories – they are also a good tool to help you make a decision.

OH; by the way, it’s Friday (i.e. FRI-YAY) – we did not mean to rhyme 3 times, but let’s roll with it and appreciate this day for a moment…

Harry Potter smiling with his arms out.

Blowin' Up Your Mailbox

Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 10:41

It's that time of year when your mailbox is going to become your new best friend. And by mailbox, we don't mean your electronic mailbox, but that actual, physical box hanging outside your door or at the end of the driveway. Remember that one?

Because LOOKOUT! Once you've applied through the OUAC, we will be sending you our nifty "AckPack". This acknowledgement package will be your guide to the next steps in the application process, inclusive of supplementary documentation information, important dates, answers to common questions, financial details, scholarships & bursaries available, campus involvement, tours and other fun facts about UofG.

So, whether you camp out at your mailbox (stay warm!), or get some cardio in by running out to it every 30 minutes, be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Simply, it's a VERY important book that you'll want to read (multiple times) front-to-back.

BUT WAIT - THERE'S MORE!

When you're accepted, you'll want to pitch that tent out at the mailbox again, while you wait for our CongratsPack! You can keep refreshing your OUAC account for updates on your application, too. It will display the acceptance notification, first, then the package will be shipped to the comfort of your home.

If you have any questions, you can tweet us, email us, 'tumblr' us, or even pick up that phone and give us a shout. We're here friends! Our social accounts will always keep you in the loop, so be sure to follow us (twitter, tumblr, snapchat, facebook...you know, the usual).

Make UofG Part of Your 2016

Posted: Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 11:19

1. Find Your UofG Program

We're got twelve degree programs covering the arts, science, engineering and business!5 Star Ranking

2. “Apply” Yourself!

Nail down your program and head straight to the OUAC website. Follow the steps and apply by January 13th! Find their 'how-to' under the Resources tab!

*Friendly reminder: if your program has a co-op option, and you’re on the fence about that stream, check it off regardless! It is much easier to change your mind when you’re here than it is to apply to co-op within first year.

3. We want to see you!

We can’t stress it enough; you will never know if a university is the best ‘fit’ until you feel it out. UofG runs tours Monday through Saturday. Roam the residences, see the lecture halls, try our FOOD, meet the people - find out firsthand if you are #futuregryphon material!

"Everyone says to choose a university based on how you feel when you visit. I didn't believe it until I visited #UofG"Goodluck, and we hope UofG will be a part of your 2016. For some #MotivationThursday (that’s a thing, right?), listen to the wise words of our friend Dr. Seuss.

“You have brains in your head; you have feet in your shoes; you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

OH, & checkout these fun-facts about UofG below!

#1 in Canada for overall student satisfaction.Best food on any Canadian university campus for 10 years.$26 million in scholarships given to students in 2014-2015.Most outstanding intramural programs.74 exchange programs in 36 countries200+ clubs and organizations

#UofGGives

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:18

Today is December 1st, which not only means that your stomach is going to be filled with tasy treats for the next month, but it is also Giving Tuesday.

Ah, but what is this ‘Giving Tuesday’ we speak of? Well, just as December sparks the opening of the holiday season, Giving Tuesday sparks the opening of the ‘giving season’. It aims to shift our focus from consumerism to charity, and seeks to promote the support of charitable causes around this feel-good time of year. Check out the GivingTuesday Canada youtube video to get you hyped!

Last year, the City of Guelph launched a ‘Guelph Gives’ campaign to see if Guelph could live up to its reputation as Canada’s most generous city. Without surprise, the people within Guelph (aka Guelphites) surpassed expectations and gave a total of $1.2million back to the community, in addition to the thousands of volunteer hours, pounds of food/clothing collected and volunteer projects launched.

To follow this incredible example, the University of Guelph has launched its own #UofGGives campaign! Today, you will have the opportunity to support some uniquely innovative and inspirational UofG projects through a crowdfunding website. On this platform, you will find details, goal descriptions and donation impact on 10 small initiatives that are underway at the university. Cruise to the website now, and check everything out for yourself!

GivingTuesday Logo

UofG is encouraging individuals to invest in something that has the potential to bring change, help and hope to not only local communities, but those around the world.

Catch you on the giving side.

 

 

 

Listen to Your "Art"

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 11:02

To switch gears from the last few articles that had an EXCITING engineering and science focus; let’s tap into everyone’s creative, expressive and artistic senses by detailing a few of our Bachelor of Art degree programs!

Are the arts for you? Sure, you may be thinking, “wow, my stick man drawing could arguably be passed off as a child’s”, or “if someone heard me singing in the shower, they may or may not think it’s a dying squirrel.” But, here’s some enlightenment:
Quote: the artist is not a special kind of person; rather, each person is a special kindo of artist.

So, while you might not think you’re an ‘artist’, well…you are.

While UofG’s Bachelor of Arts degree provides you with 25 choices that span the arts, social sciences and humanities, this article is going to focus on 3 unique majors: Studio Art, Theatre Studies and Music.

Music

Okay, your vocal talents are questionable and pursuing your dream of becoming the next Adele or Ed Sheeran might be slightly out of reach. But, maybe you’re an absolute boss on a piano or a…cello! Our Music program differentiates itself on the premise of having a very interdisciplinary approach. Auditions are not required for admission; so if playing an instrument or having serious vocals are just hobbies for you, but you’re interested in the foundation of music, its principles, history, literature and cultural contexts, a B.A. in Music is a great fit!

The School of Fine Arts and Music has also enhanced their facilities to incorporate learning in the digital technology realm. Wherever your musical interests lie, from striving for a career in Music marketing to DJ’ing alongside Calvin Harris, you can be sure this degree will cater to them with its distinctive approach to analytical and practical training across the entire music spectrum.

Studio Art

The Studio Art major at UofG is the third largest studio program in Ontario, and exposes you to a diverse range of artist techniques and collections, alongside giving you access to one of the most significant galleries in Canada: the Art Gallery of Guelph and its associated Sculpture Park. Think back to that stick man you claim is unrecognizable; well, drawing may not be your forte, but your hands can do wonders with clay, metal or even a paintbrush. Art can be anywhere and anything; it’s what you can make others see.

Similar to Music, UofG emphasizes the combination of both hands-on and conceptual learning, to ensure that students have an art theory and criticism background to apply to their media in the studio. The focused and small-class approach will enable you to engage with your professors, connect with peers and to explore a range of career paths. Still value the use of a camera, and not a smartphone, for that #SundaySelfie? Come & show us your photographic eye in the Studio Art major at UofG!

Theatre Studies

“Everyone tries everything…A student can be working as an actor one semester, hammering nails the next and sewing on buttons the semester after that.” – Denis Hunealt-Joffre, Wardrobe Head and Instructor

Our School of English & Theatre Studies requires students to experience all areas of a theatre production, from directing, acting, costume design, screenwriting, to dramatic literature, theatre history and theory. From this, you can understand why UofG’s Theatre Studies major is recognized internationally and attracts reputable faculty, much like Hunealt-Joffre noted above.

Hunealt-Joffre is the man who seeks to understand a plays’ characters in order to design costumes that give those characters an identity. He helps students learn how to alter garments or re-purpose old costumes in the “biggest closet on campus”. Before coming to UofG, he was the designer at the Toronto Dance Theatre for 14 years!

With a special interest in drama and Canadian theatre, our Theatre Studies program will lead you into the world of poise, confidence, collaboration and communication. Even if stepping on stage immediately makes you sweat and somehow become a mute, the workers behind the curtain are just as important; if not more!

Minors

Say music is just a hobby for you, but you don’t want to abandon that hobby when you come to university. This is where you can consider a minor! Most of the degree programs at Guelph allow you to take a minor, and both Music & Theatre Studies along with an extensive list of others, are offered as such. So, maybe you want to combine Studio Art & Music (which, WOW, we applaud your talent), or, go outside of the box and major in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Theatre Studies…we LOVE it!

Until next time…
Dog pointing at you with the caption "who's awesome? you're awesome!"

11 Ways UofG Can Make You Smile in a Day

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 13:52

1. When the Cannon (Old Jeremiah) spreads hope&love.    

The canon painted in the France flag colors.

He feels what the world feels! Our cannon is a platform for expression and awareness.

2. When a puppy

kisses your hand.

Two puppies playing.

It’s impossible to not light up around animals.

3. When professor make ridiculous, but absolutely necessary, course-related puns.

The double helix with a pair of jeans on it. The caption is 'designer genes'.

This is gold. HOW CAN YOU NOT LAUGH?

4. When the Library motivates you to study.

A hershey kiss with a note that says don't let school stress get you down, have a kiss from one gryphon to another.

In amongst the studiousness, and learning, you will find that the community at Guelph is with you every step of the way; from encouraging messages & gifts, to stress busters and academic support.

5. When the squirrels are simply part of the UofG family.

They’re everywhere; and they want to be friends…and eat your food.

6. When Hospitality Services just KNOWS.

Halloween treats prepared by hospitality services.

The fellow students & staff will know your name, somehow schedule menu items that coordinate with your cravings, and well, they bake cookies. Cookies are 120% necessary.  

7. When the University Centre is the hot-spot.

Picture of the University Centre courtyard with vendor booths throughout.

Something is ALWAYS happening in UofG’s hub, whether it is an academic or educational fair, students encouraging involvement, vendors selling items from clothes to posters, or even a noon-hour concert!  

8. When the ‘Gryphon’ spirit is thriving.

A group of students running in the snow, holding snow balls, preparing for a snow ball fight. The student in the front is running with a Gryphon flag.

You’ll undoubtedly come across fellow gryphons promoting one of the many athletic teams or events (i.e. the Mitchell bowl this past weekend!), Gryph himself, or a casual & friendly “gryphon-esk” snowball fight.

9. When you look around and witness, embrace and appreciate UofG’s diverse community.

UofG is thrilled to welcome students from around the globe with a range of backgrounds. Every day, you'll be engaged in culture with students from more than 100 countries! That's pretty cool.

10. When you stroll through the arboretum.

Snow covered trea with sunlight.

Fresh air. Trees. Silence. Animals. Water. Silence. Trails. Disc Golf. Did we say silence? Nature’s beauty is enough to brighten everyone’s day.

11.  When someone is always returning that smile.

Take a walk through campus and you'll find a person smiling as they open the door for you, that person who bought you a coffee last week, or even, that guy with the most epic "Movember" mustache who caught you mid-air before you faceplanted on the ice. The struggle on black-ice is REAL.

Math Is A Really Cool Thing

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 11:47

School of Rock…anyone? To refresh your memory, here is Jack Black reminding you how wonderful Math is.

OH! Speaking of Math, next year, UofG is releasing a brand new major: Mathematical Science.

Today, mathematicians and statisticians find careers in a variety of fields, from a software developer to a public health analyst. There will always be need for graduates who can interpret data and information, and use these skills to solve industry related problems or make informed decisions.

With this in mind, what does our Mathematical Science major look like, and how can it turn you into the next Sheldon Cooper? Bazinga!

First & foremost, this major is ideal for students who:

  1. Love Mathematics & Statistics
  2. Can visualize applying these to real-world situations
  3. Would like to explore interests in field beyond Mathematics & Statistics
  4. Desire flexibility to achieve personal goals!

Program Breakdown

Step 1: Choose Your Degree

Mathematical Science is offered as both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree. The difference between the two is the types of science applied; selecting the Bachelor of Science degree will have you studying not only the required math courses (calculus, advanced functions, algebra), but also your core sciences (chemistry, physics, biology etc.). Can you picture yourself becoming a Forensic Analyst, Environmental Scientist or perhaps a Climatologist?

In contrast, the Bachelor of Arts applies mathematic principles to the social or human sciences (economics/business, sociology, philosophy, computer science etc.). As a graduate, you could find yourself in the Market Research field, or even sparking your inner creativity as a Digital Artist.   

Step 2: Choose a Stream

Once you’ve selected your degree, you’ll decide whether you want to drive the ‘Mathematics’  or ‘Statistics’ train. The statistics track will lead you to the realm of variability, probability and uncertainty, while all roads lead to certainty, rationality and facts on the mathematics track.  

Step 3: Choose an Area of Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science degree allows you to select from 7 areas of emphasis:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomathematical or Biostatistical Modelling
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Energy and Mass Transfer
  • Electricity and Systems
  • Signal Processing

Or, you can choose 1 of 2 areas of emphasis in the Bachelor of Arts degree:

  • Computer Science
  • Economics

Both degrees also give you the opportunity to ‘create your own’ area of emphasis! Once at UofG, you will sit down and chat with your Academic Advisor to discuss your interests and how you can personalize the degree to cater to them.

Furthering the point made above, the Mathematical Science major emphasizes flexibility! Its main goal is to make it as interesting and rewarding as possible, based on what you want out of your university experience! And, well, because we all love a little π in our life - pecan, preferably.

If this article has peaked your interest, cruise over to the Mathematical Science program page for some more EXCITING details.

11 Tips to Help You Find Your ‘Home’

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 15:31

We get it; trying to decide where you want to spend the next 3+ years of your life is nerve racking! And as much as we’d love to see ALL of your beautiful faces here at UofG, we also emphasize the importance of finding a university that is the perfect fit for you

We’ve broken down the process of narrowing your choices into 3 categories: the landscape, the school, and ‘you’.

The Landscape

1. Going the Distance

Are you a home-body? Can’t imagine not being able to go home on weekends to get that home-cooked meal, or let’s face it, your laundry done? The distance from home to the school is the first factor you should be considering. If you don’t want to go more than, say, two hours away, then your radius of schools has just become that much smaller! And, if you’re without a vehicle, how is the transit to & from home, and throughout the city?

2. Location, location, location!

Location is key! Do you want to live in a city that never sleeps, or instead, be surrounded by trees and fields? In a broader sense, what city(ies) town(s) are a quick commute away? Break out that paper map dad has tucked behind the front seat of the car, and get a feel for where each school is.

3. “Size” It Up

Similar to location, this is based on personal preference. Are you from a small town, and would prefer that type of atmosphere in the area where you go to school? It all depends on whether you would like one Starbucks in walking distance of your home, or 3…………or 6.

4. Research Things to Do, See & Hear

You’re not visiting; this is where you’ll be living! Though those lazy Sunday’s are inevitable, activities are necessary Monday through Saturday (in between study sessions & class, of course). Read up on the culture, vibrancy, events, social scene, shops, restaurants, hiking (nature lovers), recreational & competitive sport leagues, gyms and so forth, in the area. Town doesn’t have a bowling alley? Scratch it.

The School

5. eInfo: Look it up!

This online platform has it all, friends! Compiled by those liaison representatives who have been in & out of your school throughout the semester, it provides information about university programs, admission requirements, financial information and more. It is updated throughout the application season; so it is an ideal starting point for researching schools. This tool will help you finalize a list of the most suitable schools that fit what you’re looking for, your budget and what requirements you meet.  

6. Experience the Campus & Facilities

This can’t be stressed enough; you need to visit the schools you’re interested in. Each school has its own unique atmosphere and ‘feeling’. That feeling is what will either draw you in, or push you away; despite how it looks in the handbook! When you walk around campus, you’ll see the facilities where your classes will be, the residences, and program buildings. Ultimately, you will experience a ‘day in the life of’ a student at that university. 

7. Did We Just Become Best Friends?

While you’re on campus, make an effort to spark a conversation with someone, or a few people, and see if you can ‘picture’ yourself amongst them. Each university draws in unique and fantastic communities; all with their own positive traits! You will have to decide which community pulls at your heart strings the most.

8. Where Do They Stand?

The schools’ reputation, accomplishments and research are great indicators of the quality of education, student life, campus atmosphere and faculty/staff. You can explore some of the schools’ rankings, subject areas and profiles on the Top Universities website!

9. Potential Courses & Topic Areas

Once you’ve nailed down some majors that interest you; begin looking at the schools’ program calendars. The key here is going beyond first year courses! First-year will be relatively general at most universities, and across a variety of majors. Instead, what types of courses are you required to take in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year? What types of electives are offered and do you have the flexibility to take some? These specifics will differ depending on the program and the school.

10. Get in My belly

Because, well, food; your taste buds deserve to be loved. When you’re doing research, look at the type(s) of food throughout campus or within walking distance. This could make or break that school for you, especially since moms’ lasagna will be out of reach. 

Your, Yourself & You

11. Get to know ‘You’

This final category and tip is the most important, because in the end, your decision rests on what you value and where you can see yourself for the next 4 (or so) years. The conclusions drawn from the tips listed here will differ for everyone; you want to live in a fast-paced, vibrant, cultural, large city, while she wants a small campus, lots of open space and close-knit community. Or, you want home to be a hop-skip-and-a-jump away, while she wants to ship cross country and start fresh somewhere new.  

Spend some time with yourself, and truly understand who you are, your learning style, your personality and what school characteristics will give you the best experience for you. Am I placing enough emphasis on “you”? Before you begin any research and dive into the tips above, remember that you are the starting point and finish line.

UofG wishes you the best of luck!

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