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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.

2015 Road Warrior Series: Hilary Holmes

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 23:41

Say HELLO to Hilary Holmes, another new face to the 2015 Liaison Officer squad. Having been a University Tour Guide, she may already be very well known on campus. But now, she gets to take high school students on a more 'virtual' tour of the school, its programs, services and processes, and share her experiences as a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology major & Psychology minor graduate! Hilary

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

The people! U of G has a great community atmosphere and everyone is always happy to lend a helping hand. I also love the size of our campus and community – there are so many people to meet and so many different opportunities to get involved - but at the same time it’s not overwhelming and you will always run in to someone you know. I also love the City of Guelph – it’s a beautiful place to live!

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

Volunteer Note-Taker for the Student Accessibility Services, University of Guelph Ambassador (UoGA), Orientation Volunteer, Central Student Association Food Bank Volunteer, Sociology & Anthropology (SOAN) student society, Student Help and Advocacy Centre Volunteer Coordinator (1 year), Client Services Representative at the W.F. Mitchell Centre (3 years), “full-time” Tour Guide (3 years). I also loved to play intramural sports during my time at Guelph (indoor/outdoor soccer, volleyball, hockey).

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

As a Tour Guide in the Admissions department, I loved talking with prospective students and families and being a small part of their decision to come to the University of Guelph. The Liaison Officer position just seemed like another awesome opportunity to do that! I love to share how much I love U of G and I’m excited to take my stories and experiences to high schools across Ontario!

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

Take advantage of every opportunity! U of G is the perfect place to get involved and explore all of your different interests; join clubs and student societies, play intramurals, go on an exchange, get to know your professors, and just have fun! Working hard and studying are definitely important too – but balancing school and the student experience is what will make university the best four years of your life!

Be on the lookout for this warrior in the upcoming months! Let Hilary 'guide' you to the school of your dreams. That was cheesy, but we had to...

2015 Road Warrior Series: Courtney McCarthy

Posted: Friday, August 28, 2015 - 13:35

We are welcoming Courtney McCarthy to the Liaison Officer team in fall 2015. She graduated from the Bachelor of Arts program, with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice & Public Policy. Courtney

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

Our students care - a lot. There are always events on campus trying to raise awareness of different issues, whether it is climate change, use of bottled water, or alleviating world hunger. Being a student here taught me how to look outside of myself and encouraged me to dedicate my life to helping other people in whatever way I could. We have an active, or dare I say, activist community and it is inspiring to be around day in and day out.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

I worked as a peer helper in the Political Science Department, acting as a source of support for younger students as they moved through the program. I was also heavily involved with the Political Science Society and was elected President in my 4th year. We helped organize the first annual Student Research Forum on campus where upper year students could showcase their work on research or thesis projects. We also organized movie nights, trivia events, and information booths where students could find out about voting in the local elections. I loved helping to encourage students to get involved and care about politics. I also sat on the Board of Directors for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

I loved my time at Guelph and I wanted to share my story with other students. In high school, I was skeptical about the university experience but I have never looked back since applying to Guelph. My time here really did make me a better person. I made amazing friends, valuable professional connections, and I learned so much about myself. I don't have to sell Guelph - my experience and my story speaks for itself. If I can help change one person's life by encouraging them to come to Guelph, that will make it all worth it! Plus, it gave me an excuse to move back to the city which I was more than happy to do!

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

Explore and get involved. There is so much that this University has to offer - clubs, events, student groups, volunteer opportunities. Take it all in and put yourself out there. Go and introduce yourself to your professors. They will be an incredibly valuable resource and so often students are too afraid to reach out and say hi. The faculty here is so supportive and encouraging - they want to get to know you and do whatever they can to help you in your journey! Make connections and take advantage of everything that is in front of you. That is what will make your time at Guelph unforgettable - the people and what you do outside the classroom. Don't wait - start in your first year!

Listen to and learn from her...It'd be foolish not to! She'll be bringing her wisdom and that smile to your school, soon. See you then!

2015 Road Warrior Series: Kristen Campbell

Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 - 09:36

Meet Kristen Campbell, a 2011 graduate of the Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in English with a minor in History. Kristen

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

My favourite thing about UofG is the gryphon-pride! Students are caring, supportive and enthusiastic about the Guelph campus and local/global community! Gryphons feel connected during their studies, and remain connected beyond the classroom and after graduation!


Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG

I was a Peer Helper with Writing Services at the library, helping first year students develop their own critical eye for essay editing, and developed my own workshop to help history students in first year understand basic research and writing principles. I was an Undergraduate Research Assistant with the History Department, a volunteer with Project Serve, and was an Orientation Volunteer on the best day of the year—MOVE IN DAY!

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

I cannot wait to travel around Ontario sharing the amazing life-long learning, friendship, and experiential opportunities I gained while I was a gryphon with high school students all around Ontario! I cannot wait to share my love for a University that is rooted in inclusion, diversity, sustainability, collaboration, and truly delivers on the message of “changing lives, improving life.”

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

My advice would be to EXPLORE! Do not be afraid to try out many new educational and experiential opportunities. Growth begins when you dare to step outside of your comfort zone; ask questions, be critical, and speak your mind. UofG students are leaders and activists, friends and community. Take advantage of all of the supports, clubs, and even exchanges and field trips offered to you, and create your own educational path—a path unique to you!

Can you feel her enthusiasm and passion for the University of Guelph? CAN YOU FEEL IT?

Look for her in Fall 2015 at a high school near YOU!


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