#tourguidethoughts: Dave

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:08

Dave Seymour

Name: Dave Seymour

Program: Ph.D Animal Biosciences

Tour Guide Year: 5

Coolest thing about your program?

Since I’m from Toronto, I think one of the coolest parts of my program is getting to work up close and personal with dairy cows

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

When I was in grade 12, I never really pictured myself coming to Guelph. But when I went on a tour for Science & Engineering Sunday, my tour guide totally changed what I thought about the university. After that, I wanted to help show people how awesome Guelph is.

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

The best thing I’ve experienced being a tour guide is encountering students who are like me – they weren’t really considering applying to Guelph before they came to campus, but after the tour they’re off to the Bookstore to pick up their own Guelph rugby jersey because we just became their number one choice

BEST spot on campus? Why?

Brass Taps – they have a lot of fun events like weekly trivia, and it’s also a great place to go and watch the game.

Why should students come for a tour?

I think one of the biggest things that sets Guelph apart from other universities is the campus and how scenic it is. What better way to experience that than coming on a tour?

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

I find that a lot of students (and some parents) are very concerned with what residence building they will be living in. When you’re in first year, there are so many awesome things to do outside of class that you really only sleep in your room. No matter what residence you live in, you’ll always be with awesome people that will make first year one of the best years of your life.

Take it from the pro, and sign up for a tour at U of G now! Or, register for Fall Preview Day or Science & Engineering Sunday!

Tips Tuesday – Episode 1: How to Pick YOUR University

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 14:42

Tip #1: Visit Campus – ASAP

There’s 100% no better way to know whether a university is the right fit for you until you step onto campus. Picture yourself there – in the lecture halls, in the residences, grabbing lunch in the dining halls, studying in the library – just picture it.

Meet the people. Eat the food. Sit in a classroom. And you’ll know right away whether it is your place. Trust us!
A little boy eating food and smiling.

Also, while you’re visiting campus, explore the surrounding city. This will be your home for the next 4+ years, if the city doesn’t feel right, then neither will the school.

We think the University of Guelph is where you should be! Come see for yourself at our Fall Preview Day or Science & Engineering Sunday.

Or, come checkout campus on one of our tours that run throughout the semester.

Tip #2: Do Your Research, Friends

Yes, feeling comfortable on campus is very important. But, the university also needs to have what you want to study!
A girl dancing.

Websites house all information. Let’s face it – you’re on your phone the majority of the day anyways, so why not browse university programs and see what peeks your interest?

Look into what programs are offered under which degree, what courses you’ll be taking, potential career paths, and if there are any cool “extras” like co-op, internships, field courses or study abroad options.

Tip #3: Relax, Look at Your Options

You don’t have to know what you want to study right out of the gate. That’s more common than you think!

Universities understand that your interests might lie in a few different areas, or that your interests may change after a year…or two. When you’re researching, look for flexibility.
A man saying "chillax."

How easy is it to switch programs? Can I apply to a general program, then pick my major? Can I take a minor? What about electives? Or, can I combine my interests into one degree?

At Guelph, we offer you all of that. Most of our programs have a general first year, so switching majors is SIMPLE.

And, see our Bachelor of Arts & Sciences program, our large list of minors, or look for our “general degrees” or “undeclared” options in some of our programs.

Tip #4: Connect

We live in a very social world, don’t we? Instagramming your memories, tweeting throughout the day, snapchatting your life events… we get it. And we’re with you!

A woman asking "who here is on social?"Universities are active in the social world. You can ask them questions, get a feel for student life, visualize campus and stay up to date on important information. Connect with them!

Follow uofgadmission on each of the platforms below and we promise to keep you informed… and entertained.

Coming to U of G Gives You Bragging Rights

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 12:16

You’ll hear time and time again that Guelph ranks as one of the best comprehensive universities in Canada. Okay, cool. But, what does that mean for you? Let us help.

Maclean’s university rankings place Canadian universities into 3 categories:

  • Medical doctoral: universities that have a medical school
  • Comprehensive: universities that conduct LOTS of research, and have a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Primarily undergraduate: universities that are focused on undergraduate education

U of G falls in the comprehensive category. Simple. Maclean’s then ranks universities in each category on 5 indicators:

  • Students: awards, student/faculty ratio, student satisfaction
  • Faculty: faculty awards, humanities grants, science grants, citations
  • Resources: research dollars, budget, library expenses, library acquisitions
  • Student Support: scholarships and student services
  • Reputation

Get it? Got it? Perfect.

A little boy with blonde hair saying "yep"

Now let’s move on to the important stuff: how does U of G rank amongst other comprehensive universities in Canada?

Overall: 4th Best Comprehensive University

Last year we were 5th. We’re moving up, kids!

2nd for Student Satisfaction

Straight from the students themselves!

They told MacLean’s that we are absolute bosses with our course instructors, student life staff, administrative staff, advising staff, mental health services, extracurricular, experiential learning, residence, and in preventing sexual assault.

1st for Total Research Dollars

We’re solving all the problems. Oh, and we are the Food University.

5th for Student Services

Because the students are the real MVPs.

Now, in comparison to all of the universities in Canada, not just comprehensive, U of G is still pretty stellar. But we already knew that.

Top 15 in Canada for National Reputation

Guidance counsellors, faculty, administration and business people across the country ranked universities on 3 tiers: highest quality, innovation and leaders of tomorrow.

We are quality. We are innovative. We are leaders.

A man and a woman high fiving.


92.6% of Students Return for their Second Year

That’s well above the national average of 84.8%!

A woman saying "whoa"

So, to sum it up #futuregryphons, coming to the University of Guelph gives you a few bragging rights. We are pretty great.

Checkout Maclean's 2017 University Rankings to dive into more detail on all of this.

We Need to Chat.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 10:09

#futuregryphons, the season you’ve all been waiting for is just two weeks away! And no, we don’t mean old-man winter, we like our warm campus.

We mean…

…wait for it…

Kristen Wig saying "no way!"

U of G’s chats give you the opportunity to talk with our admissions’ and recruitment staff, students, and program faculty. Ask questions – get your answers. It’s that simple!

The first online chat is Thursday, November 10 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. You can checkout the chat schedule for more dates.

General chat dates for the new year will be added in December, along with dates for specific program chats.

We’d also like to take this time to introduce you to our “Snapchat Chats”. In addition to our online chats, we’d like to chat with you on Snapchat!  

How does that work?

Step 1: Follow “uofgadmission” on Snapchat

Step 2: Snap us your questions during the time outlined on the schedule.

Step 3: We’ll answer your questions in our story.      

We also have some pretty cool stuff going on on Snapchat every day, so you’ll probably want to follow us like, right now.

See the campus. Checkout events. Meet the students. We. Are. Snapping. It. All.  

That’s it for now, friends! Let’s chat soon, yes? 

Fact Fridays - Episode 2: Why Study “Arts” at U of G?

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2016 - 09:00

It’s time to dive into the nitty-gritty of “what degree program do I want to apply to?”. So, let’s talk Arts at U of G, and why it’s the program for you.

Fact 1: We Give You OPTIONS!

U of G’s Bachelor of Arts degree offers you 24 programs, all of which span the fine arts, social sciences and humanities.

Within those are two unique options: “Major to be Determined” and “BA General Degree”. We get that not everyone knows what they want to do straight out of the gate! Come to U of G and test drive some courses in several areas.
A brown haired girl driving.

Fact 2: It’s SUPER easy to switch majors.

You declared a major, but still aren’t sure that it’s the one you want to study.

Our Arts degree is extremely flexible, and in fact, we encourage exploration! It’s a simple chat with your program counsellor to switch into another program.

Fact 3: #music

Our Music program takes a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the program. Auditions are not required for admission! Let’s say you don’t play an instrument, but music is still very important to you.

The School of Fine Arts and Music will introduce you to the principles, history, literature and culture of music. You can be sure this degree will provide you with everything across the music spectrum.
A white cat playing the tamborine.

Fact 4: Lawrence Hill is a Prof

We’ve introduced a new faculty member to our arts department: the author Lawrence Hill. His book, the Book of Negroes, is even a mini-series on Netflix! Now you have a reason to dive into a binge-watch session, are we right?

He recently received the Order of Canada, the highest honour for lifetime achievement. Learn from him in one of his creative writing courses!
Lawrence Hill receiving the Order of Canada award.

Fact 5: So Much Campus Inspiration

Sitting right on campus is the Art Gallery of Guelph, along with a Sculpture Park with 38 pieces by prominent Canadian and international artists. That’s the largest public sculpture park in Canada!

Every day you’ll be inspired and motivated by the works surrounding you. Proof? Two graduates were recently selected as finalists for the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

The Studio Art major at U of G is the 3rd largest in Ontario, and is ready for you and your imagination.
3 sitting near the box sculpture in the University of Guelph's sculpture park.

Fact 6: You’ll Experience All-Things Theatre

“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 exposes you to all areas of theatre production (direction, acting, costume design, screen writing, theatre history & theory). This major is internationally recognized, and attracted reputable faculty, like Mr. Hunealt-Joffre.

Fact 7: We Got Your Minors!

Your passions might lie in the business world, but you still get excited about music, literature, or art. Guess what? You don’t need to sacrifice one for the other! U of G offers you an extensive list of minors to choose from.

Major in one of our business programs, and minor in the arts. Or, checkout our Bachelor of Arts & Sciences program, and combine two minors to design your own degree – design your own career! We LOVE it.

Fact 8: HIST*1050 is the Coolest

Invitation to History is mandatory for all first-year History majors and minors. But, you get to select the topic that interests you the most.

Topics for this year? They were “Licit and Illicit Drugs”, “Polar Encounters”, and “Crime and Culture.” You’ll look at history through a much different lens.

A man looking through a magnify glass with a man and woman looking over his shoulder.

Fact 9: You Can Study Abroad

Because of the program’s flexibility, many of our art students take advantage of international learning. How about an exchange in one of 36 countries, or a semester abroad with other Guelph students?

See the world and immerse yourself in culture, all while getting your degree!

A man reading a book and asking "does anybody know how to study?"

So, are the arts for you? As you can see, U of G’s Bachelor of Arts program not only taps into your creative, expressive and artistic senses, but also your analytical, political, and environmental side. We offer so much more than the classical meaning of the word "art".

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

See what our Bachelor of Arts students have to say! Checkout out YouTube channel.

Calling ALL Science & Engineering Enthusiasts

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:36

U of G is just under a month away from our annual Science & Engineering Sunday!

Are you the high school student that;

  • is interested in cancer research, forensics, molecular systems, subatomic particles, organisms, or exploring every aspect of the human body?
  • thinks learning about all things food, nutrition, environment, or plants is definitely for them?
  • wants to become a vet?
  • could see yourself designing solutions for computing, biomedical, or environmental problems?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions – this day is for YOU.
Stephen Colbort nodding and saying "yep".

Let’s take a peek at the specifics.

Student Services & Academic Resource Fair

Let us ask you this: is there a better way to know if a program is right for you than to chat with students who are in it? Uh, nope.

At the fair, you’ll be able to chat first-hand with students and faculty from each of our science and engineering programs.

You can also check out our student service areas, including Housing, Athletics, Hospitality and Student Accessibility.


Tour campus! Tour the Summerlee Science Complex! Tour the Engineering building! Tour labs! Tour it all!
Engineering building's Atrium.

Well, not it all. But almost.  

Eat, Laugh, Be Merry.

We highly recommend planning to eat lunch/breakfast on campus. Your taste buds, and stomachs, will thank you.

While not all of our cafeterias will be open, you can still avoid the “hanger” by trying some of U of G’s nationally recognized food. We. Got. It. All.  
Amy Schumer eating and saying "nom, nom, nom, nom".

Residence Sneak-Peeks

Don’t leave too early! We have drop-in tours of various residence buildings on campus in the afternoon. Just show up – and one of our student ambassadors will direct you to the different styles of rooms.

We want you to picture yourself at U of G, #futuregryphon or should we say #futuregryphonengineer / #futuregryphonscientist (?). Yeah, those have a nice ring to them.

2016 Road Warrior Series: Nick Pankerichan

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2016 - 09:00

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'. When you meet him, you will undoubtedly witness his love for the University of Guelph.

Nick PankerichanWhat 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 busy on the road telling high school students why U of G is right for them, so keep an eye out for his Gryphon vibe, he could be coming your way!

So, Let’s Talk About Fall Preview Day.

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:02

We’re exactly one month out from our fall “open house”. Kids, it’s time to get serious.
Kanye West laughing, and then immediately making a serious face.

Ontario’s University Application Centre is now open! The time has come to begin pinpointing the universities and the programs you’d like to apply to.

We think U of G should be on that list, and Fall Preview Day on Sunday, November 6 is the perfect opportunity to experience “why”.

What can you expect? We’ll break it down for you.

1. “Picture Yourself Here”

The entire day is laid out to suit your interests. We’ve got tours, tours… and more tours of buildings across campus that house different programs.

Cruise through North American’s largest integrated teaching and research facility – our Summerlee Science Complex. Or, our brand new “home” for the College of Business and Economics!

Studio Arts’ Zavitz Hall? Yep, you’ll see it. Landscape Architecture’s work spaces? You know it. Engineering building? Uh, yes! Look, touch, and feel what it’s like to be an Engineer at Guelph.
One of our tour guides talking with a group of parents and students.

Oh, did we mention that we have tours?

2. Fall Colours on Campus – So. Much. Pretty.  

3 students walking in front of Johnston, a residence building on campus.

So, we have various building tours an drop-ins. Cool. But what about campus? We have that covered, too.

You can either register for a campus tour first thing in the morning or in the afternoon. Your choice!

3. See Your Future Crib

You’ll get to drop in to the various residences across campus all day! South, North, East – see them all, and decide where you want to be!

4. All the Information

There’s so much going on! But something you shouldn’t miss is the Student Services and Academic Resource fair.

Here, you will chat with students, staff and faculty from all of our academic programs. Resources across campus will also have booths set up for you to become informed with everything Guelph has to offer you.
Rory and Lorelai Gilmore, with Rory saying "I like knowing things".

Are you convinced? Registration is now open for our Fall Preview Day. Don’t be that person to miss out on all of the fun activities and explore what it means to be a #futuregryphon. 

2016 Road Warrior Series: Jazmin Holdway

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 09:49

Hello Jazmin! She's the final addition to the Road Warrior team this year, but if you've ever been to our Athletic Centre, her face might be familiar. That's where she fell inlove with working for the University, and that ultimately lead her to us! She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Leadership and Organizational management, and is overly excited to be on the road and helping you find your place at Guelph. 

Jazmin HoldwayWhat is your favourite thing about U of G?

The welcoming community that opens its arms wide to students. It’s a place you’ll feel right at home, with everything you could possibly need! My favorite spot is our 165 hectare Arboretum- a great place to take a walk, study break or even a run!

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

I worked with the Athletics Department with Client Services, Facilities (I got to drive the Zamboni), Working with varsity events and community leagues. I also created a collaborative program between Athletics and Wellness aimed at student involvement and mental health.

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

I saw the Liaison opportunity as a great way to travel and learn and share my experiences with future students! I loved working with the University of Guelph and this was a great way to share my love to help students choose the best university for them!

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

Get involved! You have the opportunity to have new experiences and meet people and have fun! Getting involved on campus allowed me to have more fun than I could’ve ever imagined at Guelph! 

Say hi to her for us if you see her these next couple of months. Be sure to ask lots of questions - she's got the answer, friends.

2016 Road Warrior Series: Laurel Borthwick

Posted: Monday, October 3, 2016 - 14:11

This is Laurel. She's another "newbie" to the Road Warrior team, but with some bonding and a few laughs, she fits right in. Laurel was an advocate for her program while she was on campus, so becoming a Liaison Officer must have been a no-brainer! Graduating from the Child, Youth and Family program with a minor in Psychology, she can't wait to continue her advocacy for the University and ALL it can offer you. 

Laurel BorthwickWhat is your favourite thing about U of G?

My favourite thing about the University of Guelph is the beautiful campus. It is not hard to walk around campus and feel inspired. From our beautiful buildings to the plethora of green space on campus, I always felt at home.

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

While I was at the University of Guelph I participated in a variety of different activities on campus. Every year, I was on multiple intramural teams trying out different sports each semester. I found it was a great way to stay active and keep a healthy school life balance. I felt it was important to help promote my program at Fall Preview Days and Spring Academic Open House as a Child, Youth and Family ambassador and being a member of the Child, Youth and Family student council. This was a way I could voice my thoughts on how we could continue to improve our major and get students throughout the major to come together.

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

I became a Liaison Office because I had a wonderful four years at Guelph, and I want students to be able to have that same experience that I had in my undergraduate degree. I truly think that at Guelph we have great programs, facilities, organizations and activities that will meet a lot of students interests and needs.

I am most excited about meeting students from all over the Province and discovering their passions.

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

One piece of advice that I would offer to potential University of Guelph students are to try to participate in as many opportunities as Guelph offers. Getting involved on campus is a great way to make friends and explore your passions!

Keep a lookout for Laurel for when she comes to your school. Let her tell you why we think the University of Guelph is the best fit for you. See you soon!


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