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2016 Road Warrior Series: Jade Sachdeva

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 14:19

U of G welcomes Jade to the 2016 Road Warrior team! As a Liaison Officer first-timer, you can already feel her enthusiasm for getting on the road, and chatting with each of YOU about what makes Guelph unique. 

Jade Sachdeva.

What is your favourite thing about U of G?

My favourite thing about U of G is that the minute I stepped on campus, I felt comfortable and at home and I think part of that comes from the physical beauty and green spaces.

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

I volunteered with the Peer Helper program for 2 years at Co-operative Education and Career Services where I was both a regular peer helper as well as a senior peer helper. I also worked at Alumni Advancement and Development as a student caller and a student caller supervisor for a total of 2 years.

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

I loved my time at the University of Guelph, and I want to be able to show students the great time they would have here if they chose Guelph. It is a beautiful campus, with endless opportunities to fit each person. To be able to share my love for the university and show a potential student just how well they would fit into campus would be very rewarding and exciting.

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

Get involved at while in school. Obviously classes are important, but some of my best memories are with the people I met while volunteering and helping better campus and the community around us. 

Isn't she great? And look at that face! Hailing from the Bachelor of Arts, Psychology program, keep your eyes peeled for Jade in the next couple of months. 

When you think "Agriculture", think U of G!

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 09:53

When you think “agriculture”, do you automatically think of an image of an overall-clad farmer with grey hair and a piece of straw sticking out of his mouth? If so, we need to talk.

The world has changed, and so has agriculture. 

When you think “agriculture”, think high-tech.

Think drone-assisted research.

Think solving global problems.

Think collaboration between ecologists, economists, activists, scientists, governments and institutions. 

When you think “agriculture”, think feeding 9 billion people, breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Think innovation.

Think overcoming obstacles and barriers.

Think “what if?” and “why not?”

Think community. Urban, rural, and everything in between.

Think climate change and changing tastes.

When you think “agriculture”, think GMO and organic.

Think engineering.

Think impact.

When you think “agriculture”, think University of Guelph.

You may have heard that U of G recently received nearly $77 million investment to launch 'Food From Thought', the start of a "digital revolution" in food and agriculture. 

This exciting new program will use high-tech information systems to help produce enough food for our growing population while sustaining the Earth's ecosystems, and will position Canada as a leader in sustainable food production.

Want to learn more? Visit the Food Institute today and see why U of G is where you should be.

 

5 Things to Know About the #OUF2016

Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 09:18

OUF is an annual fair held once a year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It promotes and provides information for students thinking about attending university in the future. 

OUF is next weekend, September 23rd - 25th.

#1. REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO GET YOUR OUF PASSPORT.

The OUF Passport allows you to give your contact info to the universities that you’re interested in. 

Step 1: register for OUF 

Step 2: recieve a personalized OUF passport by e-mail.

Step 3: bring your passport to OUF to scan at university booths for additional information. 

Mr. Bean making a funny face for a passport photo.

#2. YOU CAN  SPEAK DIRECTLY WITH CURRENT STUDENTS, PROFESSORS AND UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH REPS. 

Cartoon of a teacher saying "I'll take your questions now"

 

Seriously, ask us ANYTHING - someone will have the answers. 

#3. YOU COULD WIN ONE OF 6 iPHONE SE’S UP FOR GRABS

 

iPhone SE

For more details go to our contest webpage. 

#4. WE’RE GOING TO BE AT OUF ALLLLLL WEEKEND!! 

Excited minions.

 We’ll be there Friday to Sunday from 10am-5pm. You can attend one of our presentations throughout the day. Check the brochure for times.

#5. EVERYONE WILL BE THERE!

An image with all 21 university logos in Ontario.All 21 universities in Ontario will be there just for YOU! 

Follow us on instagramtwitter and snapchat for #OUF2016 highlights.

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2016 Road Warrior Series: Hilary Holmes

Posted: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 11:38

Meet Hilary Holmes, someone who LOVES the University of Guelph so much, that she has chosen to return for her second year as a Liaison Officer! She graduated from the Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. She was a tour guide, and now gets to take you on a more "virtual" tour of campus, our programs, and her experience at U of G.

Hilary Holmes.

What is your favourite thing about U of G?

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! 

This is the only school I toured that felt like home!

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

  • Campus Tour Guide
  • Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Help and Advocacy Centre
  • Client Services Representative in the Department of Athletics
  • CSA Foodbank Volunteer
  • Intramural Volleyball, Soccer and Hockey
  • Orientation Volunteer

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

Working as a campus tour guide was one of the most memorable and most rewarding experiences I had while I was a student at Guelph, so I always thought that after graduation I’d love to hit the road as a Liaison Officer! This is my second season; I had such a great time travelling across Ontario last year and speaking with high school students and their families that I had to come back for more! I am so excited to go to new places and meet even more people this year, and all to talk about my #1 favourite topic, the University of Guelph. I can’t wait to help students get their Guelph story started!

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

Ask questions, do your research and try to find the school that offers the best overall package for you. Consider the whole experience, academic program, opportunities to get involved, the food, the city, the on-campus facilities, etc. 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!

We’re here to help, so never be scared to reach out to our Admissions Department with any and all questions! 

Let Hilary 'guide' you to the school of your dreams. See what we did there?

 

Are You A Gryphon?

Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 13:16

As you begin your final year of high school and you start thinking about where you want to be next year, you should ask youself "am I a Gryphon?". 

We think you are, #futuregryphon.

 

Tips Tuesday – Episode Episode 7: All Things O-Week

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 10:33

With just under 20 days until the start if O-Week, we felt it was time to pump up the excitement. This is going to be fun!

Tip #1: “LIKE” the O-Week Facebook Page

The 2016 O-Week page is LIVE! We highly recommend following this page to stay up-to-date on the schedule, events, and any Q&A that might be helpful.

Join the discussion and start “virtually” meeting people before you arrive!

A man asking another man, "do you have Facebook?"

Tip #2: Choose Must-Go Events Ahead of Time

The Orientation Week 2016 theme? “I Am A Gryphon”. And there are over 300 events put on by student clubs, departments and groups. Meaning, there’s NO way you’re going to be able to attend them all.

The schedule of events has been published and is broken down by day and time. Review it, learn it, love it and decide which events you can’t miss. Events also don’t need registration as 99% of them are free!
An excited minion raising his hand in the air and smiling.

Tip #3: Follow the O-Week Team on Snapchat

  • Step 1: Open the Snapchat app
  • Step 2: Click on the ghost in the top center of the screen
  • Step 3: Select “Add Friends”
  • Step 4: Select “Add by Username”
  • Step 5: Type “uog_oweek”
Voila! Welcome to the O-Week family.

6 people in a group hug.

Tip #4: Login to StartOnline

StartOnline is the online home for new students and their families. You can find tips and information on everything you need for a successful first year.

Our favorite part is the StartOnline calendar! Not only does it look great (because it does), but it highlights every important date from now until the end of October. It also gives pointers on things to do prior to and during the semester.
4 of the same guy saying "yes!" in excitement.

Tip #5: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

The most IMPORTANT tip we can give you is this one. O-Week kick-starts and sets the tone for your entire university career!

This is the time to do things you would normally be too shy to do. Befriend strangers that could end up being your #bf4l. Dance in Branion Plaza. Join a club. Learn about a new culture. Try Synchonized Swimming (wait, what?). OR, do Yoga in the Arboretum. The opportunities are endless.
Synchronized Swimmers diving into a pool.

Everyone is in the same position you are; away from home, new surroundings, not knowing many people (or any) and nervous for what’s to come. Embrace it! This is the start of the rest of your lives, kids.

We’re excited; are you excited?   

#IAmAGryphon

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 13:07

We in Admission Services would like to formally congratulate EVERYONE on graduating from high school this week! All of you #futuregryphons are now, offically, #gryphons. See you in September!

 

Fact Fridays – Episode 7: U of G Has ALL the Student Resources

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2016 - 09:11

Fact #1: First Stop – The Library

The U of G Library is essentially the “hub” of all Academic Support on campus. You will find:

  • The Learning Commons: located on the 1st floor, and offers services that help you learn, write, research, and analyze, while also offering IT expertise.
  • Science Commons and Math & Stats Centre: staffed by teaching assistants, this centre is YOUR HOME if you’re needing help with anything math or science related.
  • Supported Learning Groups (SLGs): these are course-specific study groups lead by students who have previously taken (and done well) in the course, and who will help you understand the concepts.

The Library also offers a range of other services, so be sure to peruse their website!

​Note: while the Library is not associated with tutors on campus, you can make an appointment with the learning commons to help you get better at studying (and this is free!). But, tutors ROCK and you can check out the Tutoring at Guelph (TAG) website to find one that suits your needs. 

Fact #2: Student Accessibility Services is ALWAYS There

U of G is committed to providing a barrier free environment for its students. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) seeks to ensure that students are able to participate fully in university life, whether this is by overcoming physical or mental constraints.

From their Pre-Flight transition program and stress-management clinics to assisted note taking and advising throughout your degree; SAS offers everything you need for a successful university career.

Fact #3: We Give You Someone to Talk To

Counselling Services at U of G aims to help you overcome those emotional and psychological difficulties that you may endure, so that they don’t interfere with your academic progress or development. They offer individual counselling, therapy groups, crisis response and academic support. They’re always there to chat, and we recommend taking advantage of that.

Fact #4: U of G is Health-Focused

So, you’re moving away from home which means, you’re moving away from your family doctor who has known you since you got the chicken pox at the age of 5. This is a big step, we get it. But… we got physicians! We got nurses! We got immunizations! We got physiotherapy! We got nutrition counselling! We got a mental helpline! We got workshops!

Essentially, Student Health Services is geared up to provide health promotion, disease prevention and primary medical care to all students (and their families!). The clinic is located right on campus and offers you more than what you could ask for. We like health, health is cool.

Fact #5: Benefits? You Get 'Em.

Through the Central Student Association (CSA), each student is covered by the Student Benefits Plan, which includes both health (vision, prescriptions, ambulance) and dental coverage.

Is there a fee? Yes. This is included in your tuition. However, you may choose to “opt-out” of your dental coverage and receive a refund, but you cannot opt-out of your health coverage. But we think it’s pretty great, so we don’t think you’d want to do that anyway kids! 

Fact #6: Campus Safety is a Priority

Guelph’s Campus Community Police provide around-the-clock support to students. In addition to being the watchful eye around campus, they also provide services for anti-theft, self-defense, crime prevention, cycling-safety and residence safety.

Also, the CSA administers the campus SafeWalk program which provides you with a “friend” to walk with on-campus between the hours of 7:30pm and 2:30am, if you’re uncomfortable doing so alone. AND, if you would like someone to walk with off-campus, they do their best to accommodate. Friends helping friends, #myUofG.

Fact #7: Career Services Helps You Get Experience, Get Paid and Get Ahead

Co-operative Education & Career Services is not just the “home” for co-op students. They encourage all students to visit them for:

  • Career Advice
  • Post-undergrad opportunities
  • Resume/Cover Letter/Interview help
  • Job search tips AND online job-postings
  • Workshops

…the list goes on. We can’t stress enough how helpful this centre is for all things “career”. So, if you’re over working that summer job at the golf course, or your towns’ Home Hardware, and would like applicable experience to your degree, you will want to drop-in here ASAP.

Fact #8: We Just Have It ALL

Multi-Faith Resource Team? Check.

Centre for International Programs? Check.

Aboriginal Resource Centre? You know it!

Child Care and Learning Centre? YEP.

Student Volunteer Connections? This isn’t even a question!

U of G and the CSA even offer a weekly Sunday Cinema at War Memorial Hall. Grab some snacks, put your feet up and catch a flick with some pals for CHEAP.   

We can’t stop, we won’t stop. There’s so much here for you! Be sure to look into it ALL when you arrive on campus in September.

Can’t wait to see you!

ATTENTION: ID Cards - YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS!

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 11:23

These are the steps to get your U of G ID card, and are extremely important as your ID card is also your meal card. Don't go HUNGRY!

Step 1: To get a U of G ID card, you must submit a photo online before August 12, 2016.

Step 2: You will pick up your Student ID card from Enrolment Services. They are located on the 3rd floor of the University Centre (UC).

Step 3: You can pick it up over the summer or during move-in weekend. But, we HIGHLY recommend coming over the summer to avoid long lineups. 

Here's the MOST important part! You must bring your passport or birth certificate and a valid piece of government-issued photo identification to pick up your ID card. Please read the criteria thoroughly.

Woman with pen in her mouth and looking at a book.

Tips Tuesday – Episode 6: STARTInternational

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 11:37

In September, will you be coming to U of G as a new undergraduate international student, a new permanent resident to Canada, or an out-of-country Canadian? Then you’re in LUCK! STARTInternational is just for you.

This program is designed to introduce you to the campus, on-campus resources, the Guelph experience and other students who are also “new” to Canada and the University of Guelph. We’re here with and for you every step of the way in your social and academic transition.

Tip #1: Register by August 24th!

In order to save your spot in this 3-day event, you must register by the deadline! Don’t hesitate, friends.

Note: this event is not for you if you are starting the ESL program in September, or are a full-degree graduate student.

Tip #2: Jump on the Shuttle Bus at Toronto Pearson International Airport

U of G has arranged for a shuttle bus from the airport to the university for those students arriving on August 30th. The bus will do 3 trips: morning, afternoon and evening. There will also be a small fee, but registration is NOW LIVE. You do not want to MISS this.
Man dancing at the airport with fluorescent vest and directional lights.

Tip #3: Checkout Last Year’s Schedule

The STARTInternational 2016 schedule has yet to be confirmed, but to see what kinds of activities will be included, the 2015 schedule has what you need to know.

You can expect: food, shopping, GAMES, information sessions, food, a city tour, to meet some fantastic people…oh, did we mention food?

Tip #4: Be Sure to Have Canadian Money

Even though the majority of the program is free, some activities may be a small cost (i.e. lunches, dinners and activities off-campus). We highly recommend having some Canadian money easily accessible for when you land at the airport.

Tip #5: GET EXCITED!

We understand that the cultural transition might be intimidating, but at U of G, we welcome diversity and strive to ensure you feel welcome and comfortable. We’re one big family, and we can’t wait for you to be a part of it.

The Centre for International Programs is a great resource for you, and facilitates all opportunities that involve international students. It has helped establish the University of Guelph as a leader in internationalization.

See you soon!

Two minions screaming in excitement.

 

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