#tourguidethoughts: Sasha

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 14:46

Sasha Monteiro

Name: Sasha Monteiro     

Program: Biomedical Science    

Tour Guide Year: Two      

Coolest thing about your program?

I think by far the coolest thing about my program was being part of the third year anatomy lab where I got to dissect a human cadaver. Yes…. it is your third year and you do have to wait a while, but it is so worth it!

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

As corny as it sounds, I enjoyed my tour in my grade 12 year. I had no idea where I wanted to go and coming to Guelph’s campus and meeting my tour guide, who was so friendly, just lessened my nerves. Now I am in my fourth year and as I walk around campus I spot new places every day, whether its places to study or just hang out. Being a tour guide allows me to share these places and facts with prospective students. Hopefully they leave as excited as I was!

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

I enjoy touring the eager prospective students who have many questions about my experience being a Guelph student. The best feeling is ending a tour and seeing that lightbulb go off in that students face that Guelph is the right place for them.

BEST spot on campus? Why?

The best spot on campus in my opinion is Johnston Green in the fall. It’s such a great view of how green our campus is! You can see a variety of students and faculty rushing to class or grabbing a meal at Creelman, while you sit and take in the beauty of what it feels like to be a Guelph student.

Why should students come for a tour?

I personally think going on a tour before choosing a University should be mandatory. I don’t understand how students can choose a place to live or study for 3-4 years otherwise. Coming on a tour gives you a feel for what it is like to be a student here.

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

Keep your mind open on any school you are touring because things are always changing. And remember that a tour is going to be the beginning of the next chapter of your life. Listen, ask questions and enjoy! 

Campus tours for the Winter semester begin Monday, January 16!

#UGStressBusters: Self-Care During Exams

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:37

Stress: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances

Stress Buster: anything that relieves or reduces stress or tension; relaxant. 

We all know that school – particularly exams – can be a big cause of stress.

Rory Gilmore.

Knowing this, the U of G Library, the Central Student Association, Residence Life Staff, and Interhall Council have decided to do something about that. While they can’t take exams out of the equation, they can help to relieve some of the stress exams bring. How?

Stress Busters!

During the exam period, a variety of fun and frivolous Exam Stress Busters have been helping ease students’ stress levels.

So, what would help YOU feel less stressed during exams?

How about a colouring contest?

Or “Coffee With a Cop”?

 Milk & cookies?

Lego building?

Or maybe just free food for a fun snack break?  

For many students though, the highlight of this semester’s Exam Stress Busters is the “Take a Paws” event. The event allowed over 700 students a chance to cuddle therapy dogs to reduce their exam stress.

This "puppy cuddling" event first took place in April 2016, and post-event results revealed 95% of students who participated felt significantly less stress after all those puppy cuddles.

Feeling less stressed now? You're welcome!

As you can see, busting students' stress levels is just one of the many services we offer here at U of G!

Want to learn more about our Exam Stress Busters? Check out the full schedule!

Fact Fridays – Episode 2: What You Should Know About Co-op at UofG

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016 - 16:05

Fact #1: Schooling and Working, and Working and Schooling

Put your skills to work! Co-opertive Education is offered for many majors at U of G. Co-op students work 3-5 paid work terms that alternate with academic semesters.

As a Co-op student, you’ll experience a true job search process and gain important paid work experience, all while completing your university degree.

Fact #2: Applying is EASY!

If you’re a high school student, you can apply to Co-op through the OUAC in the same way you apply to any university program. Be sure to mark the section titled “Co-operative Education” as opposed to the regular degree program when filling out the application.

Securing a spot in a Co-op program requires a slightly higher admission average, and you must maintain a 70% average across all first year courses to keep your spot in the program.

Not applying as a high school student? Not a problem! Visit the Co-op Admission page to find out more about applying as transfer student, or about being admitted to Co-op if you’re already a UofG student.

Fact #3: You Reap What You Sow – The Benefits of Co-op Are Awesome

Do you know exactly what you want to do when you graduate, or are you still curious about your options? Guelph’s Co-op program will open doors you never knew existed.

When we say we want you to succeed, that’s not just lip-service! We set you up for success from day 1 with COOP*1100, a mandatory one-semester course that prepares you for the job search and work terms that lie ahead. Our Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisors will assist you during the employment process, and throughout each work-term experience.

And to top off all of this AWESOME, all Co-op positions are full-time, paid employment opportunities. That’s right, we’ll help you get PAID to learn!

Fact #4: We Don’t Set Limits To WHERE You Can Work

Our Co-op students are encouraged to apply for jobs all over the place. Whether you fancy a job here in Guelph, elsewhere in Ontario or Canada, or even at an exciting international location, just go for it!

Many students will start out working locally, and then use their experience and wanderlust to apply their skills in some pretty exciting places!

Don’t take our word for it – check out some of these Co-op Success Stories!

Fact #5: Co-op means you get to be a Gryphon for just a bit longer!

Will enrolling in Co-op mean that it takes you longer to graduate? Yes. But not by much.

Most Co-op students will complete their studies up to a year (between one to three semesters) after those who were enrolled in the regular (non Co-op) program. And when you consider that you’ll likely be working at a placement during much of that time, it’s not such a big deal!

#tourguidethoughts: Ali

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 09:20

Ali Johnson

Name: Ali Johnson

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science - Child, Youth & Family

Tour Guide Year: 1

Coolest thing about your program? 

I love my program because I am very passionate about being a positive role model for children and youth. In Child, Youth and Family, am able to receive membership in the College of Early Childhood Educators and get to experience hands on experience in two practicum courses over the 4 years. This program gives me lots of hands on experience while earning my University degree!

What prompted you to become a tour guide? 

In my first year, I was a residence ambassador where I showed my room to prospective students and their families. I really enjoyed this experience because I got to speak to students about how much I LOVE the University of Guelph. This year, I wanted to take on a bigger role by giving tours around the beautiful campus that I am very fortunate to call “home”. 

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? 

The best thing I have experienced while being a tour guide is seeing students' faces light up when I share my personal experiences at the U of G. Their faces show their excitement about having similar experiences, and starting their life at U of G! 

BEST spot on campus? 

I absolutely love hanging out on Johnston Green. Anytime during the year there is always something to do on it. Johnston Green offers everything from carnivals, studying, playing frisbee, snowball fights and a wonderful place to just hangout with friends 

Why should students come for a tour? 

Coming for a tour is the best to picture yourself at the University of Guelph! University is your home away from home for approximately 4 years, so it is VERY important to feel comfortable.

Any advice to incoming students? 

The best advice I can give to an incoming student is to take your time while choosing a school to attend. Find a school that BEST fits you! Do your research and ask lots of questions. If you can picture yourself being extremely happy and successful at a school, then that is the school that you should attend! University is definitely the best time of my life so far and I am excited for you to start your journey. I wish each and every family best of luck in your student’s transition to University. 

Tips Tuesdays - Episode 2: Application Tips

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 16:18

Tip #1: Lookout for Our Alternate Offers

We know it’s always good to have a back-up plan, which is why we’ve built one into many of our most sought-after programs.

Applying to Biomedical Science? Then don’t also apply for Biological Sciences! This is because if you miss out on Biomedical Science, we’ll automatically consider you for Biological Science.

Same goes for Criminal Justice and Public Policy (we’ll automatically consider you for General Arts).

Interested in a major that has Co-op, but not sure if you should apply? Go for it! Even if you don’t meet the cut-off for the Co-op program, we’ll still consider you for the non-Co-op stream. If you meet the requirements to the regular program, we’ll give you an alternate offer to it! You’re welcome.

Tip #2: Look Beyond Our Estimate Cut-off Ranges

While our estimated-cutoffs offer a target range to shoot for in grade 12, don’t let yourself get too obsessed by these numbers.



We advise you to aim HIGHER just to be on the safe side. And if you realize that your average may fall within or just below the range, we highly advise that you fill out the Student Profile Form (SPF). The SPF will only be looked at in the final round of offers in mid-May, but until then, keep working!

Tip #3: To Apply (to Co-op), or not to apply? APPLY!

While you can apply to the Co-op program during your first year of study, it’s definitely much easier – and less stressful – to get in straight out of high school. And remember, your application to Co-op won’t be wasted if you don’t get in – see Tip #1!



Tip #4: READ Our Offer Schedule

Not sure what marks we’ll be looking at…and when? Check out our handy Admission Plan, which outlines everything for you – plain and simple – so you don’t have to guess.



Tip #5: Don’t Put all of Your Eggs in One Basket

We know it might be difficult to choose between Animal Biology, Wildlife Biology and Conservation, and Zoology, but applying to multiple majors within the same degree program will not increase your chances of getting in!

Why? Because the admission average required for them all is the exact same, and we’ll only admit you to one (i.e. the program you listed first).



We got you covered, though! Once you’re admitted to a program, it’s usually very simple to change your major – just have a chat with your Program Counsellor. 

#tourguidethoughts: Hanne

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 08:30

Hanne Goetz sitting on top of the University of Guelph sign.Name: Hanne Goetz

Program: BSc. Honours Animal Biology

Tour Guide Year: 1st

Coolest thing about your program?

As one of the most popular programs on campus, I love that I am always meeting new people within my program who have the same interests as me!

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

I have a friend that always talked about how much fun she had as a tour guide, so I looked into the process and was excited to learn about the opportunity to meet new people and share the campus that I love.

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

My favourite thing about being a tour guide is how unique every group of prospective students is. They always come from different backgrounds, and are prepared with different questions so there’s never a dull moment!

BEST spot on campus? Why?

The Bullring. Great food and comfy couches to relax or study. Need I say more?

Why should students come for a tour?

I had not been to Canada until the day I moved into my residence, so I took a huge leap of faith. As crazy as this sounds, I think it’s a testament to how diverse the community is both on and off campus. Now in my 3rd year of my program, I can say that this campus has become “home.” As soon as you set foot on campus you can feel the sense of community here, and coming for a campus tour is a great opportunity to get the same feeling as I did when I started here!

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

University is a great opportunity to learn about who you are and who you want to be. Get involved on campus and don’t be afraid to try new things! If someone would’ve told me I would be a campus tour guide while also being on the executive team for two organizations before I started here, I wouldn’t have believed them. But this involvement has taught me so much about myself and I wouldn’t change a thing.

#tourguidethoughts: Jenny

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 09:11

Jenny Trinh

Tour Guide Questionnaire 

Name: Jenny Trinh 

Program: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 

Tour Guide Year: 2 

Coolest thing about your program? 

It was the first accredited Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in all of Canada!  

What prompted you to become a tour guide? 

I remember when I went on a tour while looking at universities, and how Guelph really spoke to me. I know how influential the tour was in making my decision to come to Guelph, so I jumped on the chance to be able to do the same for prospective students. 

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide? 

One of my favourite moments while being a tour guide is seeing students I gave tours to become a University of Guelph Gryphon themselves. It’s really rewarding to know I was a part of their decision to come to Guelph! 

BEST spot on campus? Why? 

Hands down the Arboretum! It’s absolutely stunning all year round, is home to a countless number of wildlife, and the best place to go for a walk when you need to clear your head or take a study break. 

Why should students come for a tour? 

The question is why not? I believe that the best way to get a feel for a school is to go on a tour and see what the school is all about, and if you can see yourself there. 

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)? 

Just do what is best for you. At the end of the day, it’s your future, your school, your program, your choice. You need to do what is going to make you feel happy, excited, and fulfilled.  

Book a tour with Jenny today and see what possibilities lie at the University of Guelph!

ICYMI: Science & Engineering Sunday 2016

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 15:41

U of G's future engineers and scientists took to the campus on Sunday! 




#tourguidethoughts: Dana

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:41

Dana Kondo.


Name: Dana Kondo

Program: Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Psychology; Family and Child Studies Minor

Tour Guide Year: 2

Coolest thing about your program?

Getting to conduct my own research. You know those people who make kids run through an obstacle course to see how safe they act or make you answer a bunch of questions to see what exactly you daydream about? That’s me.

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

I was constantly bragging about Guelph to my friends at other schools and trying to get everyone I knew to come here anyway, so I figured I might as well make it my job. How many people get to go to work just to talk about something they love for 2 hours?

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

I love getting to meet everyone! I’m always a bit shocked when people fly in from British Columbia or Texas just to come on my tour, but Guelph is so beautiful I guess I can’t really blame them. It always amazes me how much energy people have even though they’ve literally just drove in from campus from the airport. You guys are the real MVP’s.

BEST spot on campus? Why?

You’ve got to love the Bullring! My favourite TV show is Friends, so I love sitting on the couch, sipping my coffee and pretending I’m in Central Perk. The fact that they have the best mac n’ cheese on Earth doesn’t hurt either.

Why should students come for a tour?

One of the best things about Guelph is the sense of community here. It’s the little things that happen, like someone waiting the extra few seconds to hold a door open for you, or leaving treats around the library for you to find during exams to give you that extra push you needed to study. The feeling you have when you’re a part of campus is hard to explain, but when you come on a tour, you get a glimpse of what that feeling is like.

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

You’ve got this! Follow your instincts and enjoy the experience. The next few years are all about discovering yourself, so don’t feel like you’ve got to have your whole life all mapped out. And seriously, go get some mac n’ cheese at the Bullring.

See Dana this Sunday at Science & Engineering Sunday! Can't make it? We have tours running almost every day! 

ICYMI: Fall Preview Day 2016

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2016 - 14:34

Fall Preview Day on Sunday, November 6 was a HIT!

Weren't able to make it? See what you missed, or relive it, in 60 seconds through the highlight reel we put together for you. Oh, and checkout what some of our #futuregryphons had to say about it below! 






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