The Top Six First Year Experiences Your First Year Bucket-List
Mmm... 6. Number six on our first year bucket-list is dining at one (or all) of Guelph students favourite eateries. If you’re looking for a quick bite the Bullring is the obvious choice for many students. It features a completely round building and food that accommodates many dietary restrictions. Even if you’re vegetarian or vegan the Bullring won’t disappoint! When you’re looking to celebrate or just a night out without leaving campus Gryph’s Sports Lounge is the place for you. Enjoy a live hockey game with your meal on the rink the Lounge overlooks. No game? No problem! Enjoy another sporting event on one of Gryph’s televisions. Where did you come from Cotton-Eye Joe? 5. Not nineteen yet but dying for a night out? There’s a solution! Number five on our first year bucket-list is going to Aggie Pub. Agricultural students hold an event in Peter Clarke Hall every Wednesday where for $5 you can enjoy a night of dancing and fun. The music varies but is mainly country so put on your boots and plaid shirt and head down to Aggie Pub! Check the board by the Bullring for info on weekly themes. Aggie pub also offers a bar for those who are of legal drinking age.
“Family” Bonding 4. Over the next year the people that live on your floor/section will become your family of sorts. That’s why number four on our list is going to a family dinner. There should be plenty of opportunities to bond with your floor-mates throughout the year and you should take advantage of all of them. A perfect example is “Family Dinners”. Many RAs will plan a night out to one of the off-campus restaurants that takes meal plans for their section. If your RA doesn’t plan a family dinner I highly recommend you plan one yourself! They’re always a great time and tons of fun.
The “Guelph”-Factor? 3. If you want free entertainment, Guelph is the place to be. All of our residence halls, Artz Haus in particular have Open Mic nights throughout the year. During O-Week you can check out the North Pride Open Mic night to get a taste for what the rest of the year will be like. These events most often feature some amazing singers, guitar players and sometimes even student bands and original music!
Old Jeremiah 2. The Cannon is one of the most renowned landmarks among University of Guelph students. For that reason painting the cannon is number two on our list. Many students will tell you that you aren’t truly a Gryphon until you’ve painted the cannon at least once. Whether you do it with your floor, your club or just with a group of friends it’s always a blast! According to tradition you cannot start painting until after dark, however it’s strongly recommended you get there to guard the cannon a solid few hours before hand. Once the sun sets get to it! There have been many creative cannons in the past and I personally look forward to seeing many more.
G-R-Y-P-H-O-N and then an S, Oh yes, ‘cause we are the best! 1. We’ve finally reached number one on our list of top six first-year experiences. There was no other experience that even came close to this for me and many other students. The pep-rally during O-Week! It has music, it has boogies and it has tons of school spirit. What more could you ask for? The pep-rally is a truly amazing experience that most people only get to experience in their first year so take advantage! Go and support your hall by joining in with the hall boogie and cheer for other halls well they perform theirs. It really is great fun and by far my highest recommendation for a first-year experience!
Living with Roommates! By Domenic Rao
So the first task at hand is for me to say: Welcome to the University of Guelph!! Second, I would like you to know that you made a great decision by choosing Guelph! I say this because this place is simply amazing! Here at Guelph there is an endless supply of activities to keep even the busiest of people running all day long! As a part of Interhall Council (IHC) I am always busy making sure that students in residences’s needs and opinions are heard at weekly meetings! Which brings me to the main topic of this article which is living in residence and in specific living with a roommate!
Last year I lived in a triple in the beautiful Johnston Hall (4S)! It is to be hoped that you all completed the online survey like I did and were matched up with a roommate(s) that is/are somewhat similar to you and your lifestyle. For example: My two roommates and I were all in the sciences (biology, zoology, and pharmaceutical chemistry) and all really enjoyed music. The online survey is a really useful tool that I hope you all took advantage of! If you didn’t; that is still okay! You really get the experience of living with someone new! By figuring out ways to accompany each others company and lifestyle without any prior compatibility matching is the perfect way to meet a potential life long friend(s).
Wether you completed the survey or not I hope that you have contacted your roommate(s) in order to get to know them and figure out what each of you will be bringing for space reasons. Contacting your roommate(s) before moving in also gives a chance to talk about your expectations with each other. The online survey addresses many of these issues but as humans sometimes we stretch the truth and “super clean” is realistically “sort of messy” and “morning person” sometimes means “wakes up before sunrise.” If any of this happens, it is OKAY! This is all a part of the experience of living in residence and it helps build a foundation for a friendship. Once foundation is built you can only build up!
Another very important factor to take in to account when living with a roommate(s) is boundaries. It is very important to establish a ground with your roommate(s) in regards to your personal things and your space. It is very important to establish this sort of thing from the get go. For example: In my room last year I had a safe under my bed and I locked my violin case whenever it was not with me. I told my roommates it was just because I kept my personal things like my watches and passport in my safe and that my violin is my prize procession and I am very protective over it. I needed to make sure that they knew that it was me and had nothing to do with them.
If you have personal issues with other people touching your things then do not be afraid to take your own precautions to keep your items safe. I know many people who lock up their computers and other electronic items. Especially in some of the larger residences where the rooms are very close to one another and where it is very easy to just open a door, grab what is in sight, and run. This scary topic brings me to a very basic precautionary statement: LOCK YOUR DOOR. You will be told to lock your door probably a million and one times this week but one more won’t kill you. Even if you are only going next door, lock the door. It only takes a bathroom break, vending machine run, or even a neighbor pop in for someone to take everything. Just be careful!
So now that you are all moved in go out and have some fun! Take that O-Week guide and plot out some things that you define as “Must Do.” These events are designed for you to meet other people through your hobbies, abilities, likes, and academic interests. Look through it with your roommate(s) even and determine some things that you would like to do together. You will be living together for quite a while now and everyone has to make the best of it! Do this by having communication and openness. Your first year residence experience is only what you make of it! Do it the right way and you will remember this year for the rest of your life!
Good Luck and enjoy O-WEEK!
Painting the Cannon By Sara Pyper
What is the Cannon? The cannon, or Old Jeremiah, is an old British naval gun that lives in Branion Plaza just outside of the UC. When he was first brought to the university Old Jeremiah was moved all around campus as a result of a rivalry between Guelphâ€™s Engineering students and the Aggies. Rumor has it that Old Jeremiah was eventually cemented in place after being pointed at the University Presidentâ€™s office. Now that students can no longer move the Cannon around, they make their mark by painting it almost every night. While students can paint the cannon to look however they want it to, there are a few rules that come with painting him.
Rules: 1. The cannon must be painted at night: This ensures that anything painted on the cannon has at least a day to be seen before it is brutally covered up. It also adds mystery and a sense of stealth to painting the cannon. 2. Once painted the Cannon must be guarded: If you leave the Cannon unattended overnight there is a good chance somebody else will come along and paint over your creation. It is very important that somebody stays with the cannon (and stays awake) until the sun comes up. 3. The only way to claim a night is to guard the cannon the day before: There is no other way to claim a night. The cannon is first come, first serve, and people are not afraid to wake up bright and early to claim the cannon for the night. Just like at night, if left unguarded the Cannon becomes free game for anybody to take. Painting the cannon with a group of friends gives you the ability to switch off whoâ€™s guarding it so you can go to class, get lunch, take a nap or just have some time off. Thatâ€™s about it for rules. Now take what youâ€™ve learned and go make the Cannon your own! Happy Painting!
Intramural sports are a fantastic way to get involved in the school community! It is an excellent way of keeping in shape, having fun, and meeting new people. Registration week will be in mid-September; youâ€™ll want to hurry and sign up for the sports you want, as spots can fill up fast. Each semester has different sports: you can find a list of the sports offered on the Gryphons website. To see if you can fit an Intramural into your week you can pick up a copy of the Intramural schedule, which is found in the fitness magazine at the Athletic Centre, so you can find out what day of the week your specific games will be. Some sports alternate days, but most are standard on one day.
The sports offered are for teams as well as individuals. You can choose to sign up on your own or as a full team. When you sign up on your own you are put with the other individuals that sign up, it is a great way to meet new people from all over campus in different years of study. If you decide that you want to sign up as a premade team, it is just as fun! You can meet new people from other teams, and spend time with your friends. Once you start to settle into your new residence you can make a team with others in your hallway to get to know the people you will be living with all year!
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By: Emma Shearer
When you first arrive at the University of Guelph you may arrive at your residence room think that it might look a little boring and that you want to make it feel like home. Well here are several ideas to help you spruce up your room and to transform it from something bland to glam!
Making an Inspiration Board: Using a Cork Bord to put to put pictures of things that inspire you or things that represent you as well as important pictures helps to make the first few weeks of university a little more bearable while you are transitioning to the next stage of your life. It will also help to brighten the area around your desk to make a more appealing place to study. All you need is a cork bord and some thumb tacks or push pins all of which you can inexpensively purchase from Walmart, Staples or Dollarama.
Wall Decals : Places like Dollarama have Wall Stick on Decorations that look like stickers or mirrors which you can stick on your walls. Some of these come in cute quotes that you can stick on your walls to put a little inspiration on your walls. There are also cute wall decorations that go on sale at places like Walmart or Staples during the Back to Schools sales. In addition check the Sale section of these stores and other ones such as Chapters to see what you can find.
Use pictures : Bringing a photo album or making extra copies of your favourite pictures of friends, family or yourself will help to not only make it feel like your home and close by to them. It also help to deal with those first few weeks where you may feel like you miss home and help remind you of different good memories. You can put them into inexpensive frames that you can buy from the Dollarama or you can use some tape or sticky take and stick them up on a wall.
Use some of your favourite posters: Putting some of your favourite posters up in your room that you can get from any music store or places like Chapters or Walmart. During once per semester there is a poster sale that happens in the University Centre where students can get any type of unique posters to match their budget.
Decorate your Door / Window: Using inexpensive decorative stickers or other supplies such as posters or wallpaper from different stores you can personalize your door so that it stands out in comparison to other ones. It also adds a welcoming touch to your door for when friends come over and helps if you have a whiteout board to inform others of where you are.
Artwork : Places like Ikea ,Walmart or even Dollarama have pretty inexpensive artworks that you can put up in your room
Use WallPaper : Find some inexpensive wallpaper at most stores like Walmart or Dollarama and simply just use tape to stick it on to any surface in any pattern that you think needs to be dressed up
Find some interesting pieces to add to your room: Having interesting pieces of additions to room from any department store such as Ikea, Walmart, or Target such as a colourful comforter, pillow or throw over with intricate patterns or bright colours have to brighten your room and not make it so dreary. You can also buy an inexpensive lamp from Ikea or Walmart that will help to bring some functionality while still sprucing up the room.
Guelph’s GlitchFree Guide Hey Gryphons! Being a first year university student can be a really hard adjustment to make, no matter where you end up. There are classes to go to, studying to be done, friends to be made, and learning how to balance it all while being away from home for the first time can be a really big challenge. Luckily, there are people out there who have already made the transition and who are more than willing to help you get through it all with a smile on your face. So, hello and welcome to this school year’s first edition of the Guelph Advice Column – the place for all your schoolrelated, personal, and even goofy and fun questions to be answered! As this year has not yet begun I, as well as my fellow Interhall Council members, have taken the liberty of creating a few typical first year questions to be answered. 1.
I’ve always been very shy and it’s my first time away from home. I really don’t want moving into residence to be a hard adjustment and would love to break out of my shell this year. How would you suggest that I meet people?
Moving in to residence isn’t easy, even for those of us social butterflies. Living in residence means being around people every day, people you don’t get a say on. Due to the fact that these people are going to be a part of your everyday life for the next 8 months, the best thing you can do
for yourself is to be open to just talking to them. Start by telling them what program you’re in and see if you have any classes together. Going to classes together instantly gives you someone to sit with and even provides you with an instant study buddy come midterm and exam time. Don’t stop there though! Let them know where you’re from, what your family is like, and what you like doing for fun. Dinner and goofy movie nights will soon follow! With these people by your side, your transition into residence life will be a snap!
2. I’ve heard from a lot of people that first year is the time where you gain a lot of weight. Staying healthy and active is really important to me and I’m worried that I won’t be able to enjoy the food that I want as well as having the time to go to the gym. How do I avoid the freshmen fifteen? Living in residence often means easy access to unhealthy foods. Pizza, burgers, ice cream – it can all be very hard to avoid, especially if you’re surrounded by teenagers all the time! But don’t worry, Guelph University is actually ranked number one for food – a feat we’ve managed to keep for the last 10 years running! One of the main reasons this is possible is because Guelph’s Hospitality manages to provide
an astounding amount of variety. So yes, while it’s possible to eat junk every day, there are tons of healthy (not to mention extremely tasty!) options to choose from. Also, make the conscious decision to go to the gym or exercise at least 2 or 3 times a week. This won’t always be practical, especially when you’ve got a lot of studying or homework to do, but if you’re the type of person who cares about what you eat, you’ve already won half the battle. Just don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while – you’re worth it!
3. I’ve never had any major issues with my grades. However, I’ve heard from many people that university students can, and do, drop about 10% in their overall average during first year. I understand that the adjustment to life away from home for the first time can sometimes result in this, but I’d really like to avoid it. How do I keep myself from falling so far? Doing well in your university courses can be a real challenge. One of the main reasons for this is that first year students have a lot of different things to adjust to. The first step you can take to avoid a major grade shocker (and possibly failing a course) is to start the year off with good habits. Be proactive! For example, if you
want to be organized, think about creating a schedule for yourself. Every week, write down everything you need to get accomplished, as well as how long you think it’s going to take you. By doing this you’re allowing yourself the opportunity to create time for work, as well as for fun and exercise. Another great idea is to write down every deadline that’s been laid out for you – this way you can avoid the night before craze that you could still get away with in high school. Also, take courses that you’re really interested in. If you’re in a program that has a lot of mandatory courses, make sure to take an elective that you’re passionate about. That way you create some fun mixed in with the not-sonice. Remember, take the initiative – and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it!
So that’s it for this year’s first addition of the Herd the Werd Advice Column! If you have any questions you need answered or comments you’d like to make, don’t hesitate to send me an email at email@example.com. Even if your submission doesn’t make it into the next addition of Guelph’s Glitch-Free Guide, I’ll be sure to email you back as soon as I can! But for now, good luck and have fun! By: Denika Fiedeldey
Be Proud to be a Gryphon By Emily Clapperton
If you are reading this, you made it through applications and admissions and have just moved into residence, so you clearly know where it’s at by coming to the University of Guelph, congrats! But before you go any farther, or unpack any more, you should know just how great this school is. Established in 1964, the University of Guelph has earned a very respectable reputation in just 50 years. We are consistently ranked one of the top comprehensive universities in Ontario, with some of our strongest assets being a tireless devotion to research, life-long learning, and student satisfaction. Physically, U of G boasts a beautiful campus year-round, a 408-acre arboretum and a 30-acre research park. There’s a lovely mix of old and new buildings on campus, and we even have our own landmark that serves as a tradition for students – Old Jeremiah, the cannon! Our school is in a prime location within the city of Guelph, with the downtown area a stone’s throw away. There is a great sense of community on campus and off campus, we aren’t totally excluded from the city but we aren’t spread out around the city either. Academically, U of G is dedicated to excellence in teaching and in research. This is not just a slogan for our school, it’s the way of life here and it’s evidenced by the amazing students who choose to study here every year, the outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields of expertise, and the endless opportunities to learn. Guelph ranks well above the provincial average in funding for these highquality opportunities, both locally and globally. We have some of the best study abroad programs, 70 of them in 33 countries; we host international students from over 100 countries, and continually participate in international development in Africa, India, South and Central America, and South Asia. U of G students are the most satisfied students in Canada with their overall education experience, and they cite the quality of education, close interaction with faculty, the caring community and the beautiful campus as main reasons for attending this outstanding institution. However, being a Gryphon isn’t dictated by facts and statistics. Being a Gryphon is more than just attending class and being a student here. It’s about painting the cannon during your time here, it’s about discovering a passion for learning, and it’s about improving life for others. We are not just students; we are athletes, artists, thinkers, biologists, architects, and unicyclists. We are leaders. We challenge ideas, we start movements locally and globally, we hold the door for each other, and we make life better for others in so many ways. We all have a common goal by being here, and we are some of the best at helping each other out in whatever way it may be to reach that common goal. We are a diverse but fantastic group of people, from multiple generations and places. We are not great people because we are Gryphons, we are Gryphons because we are great people dedicated to changing lives and improving life. So when people ask you where you go to school now, or what you’re up to these days, be proud to say that you are at U of G and that you are a Gryphon.
The A – List: Alternate Study Places On-Campus at UofG Cannot find a study space in the library? Want to eat while studying? Want a cool, laid-back place to read? How about a quiet place to write your essay? Worry no more! There are many alternative study places on-campus that the University of Guelph provides for our community. Below is a list of alternative study places that you could try this semester which might help you to find your most favourite study spot during your stay at Guelph. The University Centre
For those who want to eat a snack while studying, The University Centre (UC) is right for you! The UC provides a wide array of study areas. It houses some benches near the courtyard, a food court, and the Daily Grind Coffeehouse – where you can read or watch a TV show in the comfortable couches. Study tables are also available on 1st and 2nd floor.
“The hall in the basement if he UC is a good place during exams” Photo by: University of Guelph http://www.uoguelph.ca/campus/map/uc/
Kayla Peters, Bachelor of Science major in Human Kinetics b
Study tip: Do the problem sets.
Science Complex – Atrium The Science Complex – Atrium is a popular study space at University of Guelph. It provides lots of tables and chairs which is good for study group sessions. With the sunlight coming in from the large windows and the comfortable couches, The Atrium is also suitable for those who will spend long hours of reading. It also accommodates a Second Cup Coffee shop, if you want to grab a coffee or
“Science Complex: Amazing place to study at during late hours”
Study tip: Make a study guide.
Felix Aleobua, Bachelor of Science major in Microbiology b
A helpful place to study is in your own departments building.
Johnston Green and Arboretum If you love to be in the outdoor but needs to do study, then Johnston Green and the Arboretum are the perfect study spaces for you. Regarded as one of the most loved spots on campus, Johnston Green provides a vast area of lawn surrounded by large trees â€“ a perfect place for a study picnic.
Photo from University of Guelph http://www.uoguelph.ca/campus/map/johnsto ngreen/
Study tip: Manage your time wisely.
University of Guelphâ€™s Arboretum features 5 garden areas, like the Italian garden and The Edna and Frank C. Miller English Garden. These gardens provide quiet and relaxing atmosphere suited for those who writes reflection essays or just want to catch up on some readings. Photo from Hay123.5 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:English_Garden _Guelph_Arboretum.jpg
Study tip: Read actively; take notes and quiz yourself.
Where you study can have a larger effect on your quality of studying than you may think.
The Bullring pub is a coffeehouse and lounge run by University of Guelph’s Central Student Association (CSA). Alongside the cozy atmosphere and awesome background music, there food is also the best.
Photo by: Central Student Association http://www.csaonline.ca/the-bullring/ Study tip: Block off study time into
“If you like some background sound this place is great… It's not ideal for those who need silence, but convenient for those need snacks.” Hannah Lee, Bachelor of Science major in Biological Sciences
manageable chunks & stick it into your timetable.
Residences Your room is the best study space that you could have on campus, however with the immense amount of distractions around you – like noise from your neighbours or having the bed to sleep on – it will be very difficult to focus on studying. Fortunately, residences have study rooms that are available for the students 24 hours. Some residences also have study intensive areas too. Photo from University of Guelph http://www.uoguelph.ca/campus/map/southre s/
Study tip: Read Before Lecture, Review After.
“Study areas or rooms are super helpful late at night when you want a quiet place to go to but you don't want to leave your residence.” Jenn Halden, Bachelor of Science major in Psychology
With the variety of alternative study places on-campus to choose from, depending on your needs, studying will be much more effective and fun.
Gryph’s Guide: Campus 101Crossword Going to the university is a big adjustment to all students, and getting familiarize with the campus is one of the challenges that they may face during the first few days (or even weeks) of classes. It is really important to know the buildings, residences and even the cafeterias on campus. The information was found on University of Guelph’s and Interhall Council’s websites. Challenge yourself and explore our beautiful campus!
Across: 5. All female residence 7. University of Guelph – Bookstore 9. A.A.__________ Building – School of Engineering 10. “M to the Left, M to the Right” (hall) 16. Health Services and Health Performance Centre; JTP Building 17. Building named from the first UofG president 19.”___________-_______ house!” (Watson, Maids Hall) 20. “War Mem” Hal 21. Where UofG Co-op Bookstore is located.
Down: 1. The Pit, El Toro 2. Axelrod 3. Dairy Science Building 4. north, south, _____ and _____! (Village, Residence) 5. The Phoenix 6. The library 8. AC 9. UofG Campus Police Building 11. C__________/Marketplace Hall 12. ____________ Stadium 13. R___________ Hall 14. Gary the Goat (hall) 15. What side? East side! 18. H.I. ---- Building; house the Department of Geography
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When was Guelph established? _________________________________________________ What is the oldest building on campus? __________________________________________ What is the all girls residence on campus? ________________________________________ What was the purpose of Maids Hall? ____________________________________________ How many residence buildings are there on campus this year? And what are their names? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
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Dorm Life Necessities By: Brandon Cox There are several items that many people oft forget when coming to university that greatly improve residence life. I' not talking about bringing a mini-fridge, or a fan, or cleaning supplies, or things like that which are fairly regular. I mean items that no one really thinks of until it's already too late. Now, not all of these are completely necessary, and as a student on a budget writing for students on a budget, I can't say that you have to buy all of these. All I'm saying is that this article is about things you should consider buying, if you haven't already. The first on this list is Shower Shoes. You do not want to go into a communal shower barefoot. There have been problems with people using showers improperly before, and you never know when the last time it had a good scrubbing was. Guelph showers are kept as clean as possible, but it's difficult to keep everything clean all the time. Even a simple pair of slip-flops or crocs can prevent the spread of things like athlete's foot and keep everyone disease-free and happy. A Power Bar. No, not the protein-enriched energy bars for exercising (though there's nothing to say you shouldn't bring those if you plan on working out often), but the ones for plugs. Residences have outlets to plug several devices into, but if you're like me and you have a mini-fridge, a fan, a computer, a printer, a phone to charge, and other various electronic hardware, you may want to invest in a power bar. Next on the list is an Eye Mask and Earplugs. Everyone's heard stories about that roommate who stays up all night playing video games, or had a day where you were tired and wanted to get some sleep for your test the next day but your floor is being loud. An eye mask will make it so that you never have problems with light while you're sleeping again, and earplugs (or noise-cancelling headphones) can give you the quiet you need to be well-rested for anything university can throw at you! Two things many people do not bring to university which I deem incredibly necessary are External Hard Drives and Laptop Locks. Have you ever spent a month working on an essay, only to have your computer crash the day before the deadline and for you to lose all your work? Buying an external hard drive for your computer and getting into a routine of backing it up will save you from losing your essays and class notes so that you'll always have them when you need them. And, while you may think of everyone on your floor as your friends, can you be sure that not a single person will take your computer or expensive electronics? Maybe no one on your floor would do that, but what if they have friends over who aren't on your floor, that you've never met? Getting a laptop lock , or some sort of protective lock, to keep your belongings safe when you're not present is very useful. Shower shoes, power bars, eye masks, earplugs, external hard drives, and laptop locks are all items which come in handy at university. Not all of them are necessary for everyone, but I do suggest that everyone at least think about getting them.
Cheap Ways to Live Away from Home Looking to keep living costs down? Moving away to school can be pricey. Buying new furniture for your room, new decorations, new cloths, new places to explore, all on top of tuition, books, and housing. The bill adds up. Many students have to pay for their way through school. Some are fortunate enough to have scholarships and bursaries. Others are simply using OSAP. The easiest way to keep the costs down are to find cheap ways to do things. Starting with textbooks. Use thecannon.ca, it is a great place for students to sell books to other students conveniently on campus. A lot of the time they are cheaper than the bookstore and that’s what we are looking for (although you might not find ALL your books on thecannon.ca, you will most likely find a lot of them). How about keeping food costs down? Go grocery shopping. We all hate it but its cheaper than buying your fruits and veggies everyday on campus. It is less convenient but you will save money in the end. With these groceries, try to make your own pre packaged snacks to grab and go. Veggie sticks, fruit cups etc. All this takes a little more time, but you will save money in the end. Even though you will save money going grocery shopping, you can also spend more money than you need to. Try and stick to the outside isles of the store. This way you are less likely to impulse buy on what isn’t healthy for you and may cost more. Clothing. With the mall so close to the university it can be tempting to want to go shopping all the time. Use every bone in your body to refrain from this. This, in my opinion, is one of the easiest ways to spend all your money and not really realize it or not get much out of it. Saving on tuition is a bit more difficult. A lot of the fees associated with tuition are mandatory fees, however if your family has a health plan you have the option to opt out (Make sure you do it early though). Little things can be cut from your tuition you just need to see the appropriate services to opt out of those fees. Exploring Guelph … Downtown Guelph has lots to explore even though its fairly small. There are tones of places in Guelph to discover. Try and spread this out through the year so that you are able to control your spending a little better. If you want to try new places to eat, try making it once or twice a week/month depending on your budget and how much you want to spend in that time frame. Lastly, Budget, budget, budget! The last thing you want to be doing is calling home for money at the end of the semester because you have none left. Plan accordingly. Take into consideration what you like to do for recreation, what kind of habits you have (are you an impulse buyer?), how much you eat, are you going to go to the gym, etc. This will help you plan what you can and can’t spend money on. Hope this helps! Most important is to study hard and have fun.
How to Buy Textbooks (And Other Course Materials)
Buying textbooks can be one of the most stressful parts of the school year. When each professor asks you to shell out over $100 on textbooks for each course, university can become expensive quickly. Luckily, every student has the same problem, and many websites have been established to make the textbook-buying process simpler and cheaper. The three most popular ways for students to buy textbooks are at the University Bookstore, the Co-Op Bookstore and The Cannon website. The University Bookstore is located within the MacNaughton Building (35 on the map below). The University Bookstore is closed on weekends, but Monday to Friday is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Once you enter MacNaughton, the store will be on your left. On the ground level, you can buy a variety of accessories like pens, paper, notebooks, USBs, and school clothing. Textbooks are located on the lower level, which is accessed through the staircase at the back of the bookstore's ground
level. The textbooks are organized by subject and course level to make them easier to find, but you can always ask an employee to help you if you're having trouble finding something. You can also order textbooks online, if you so wish, by visiting bookstore.uoguelph.ca, and looking under the "textbooks" heading. The University Bookstore is a convenient store where every textbook will be in stock and in good condition, but is also the most expensive option so it is not recommended unless you need a textbook immediately and cannot find it anywhere else.
Like the University Bookstore, the Co-Op Bookstore is located on campus below Johnston Hall (25 on the map below). Co-Op is open regularly from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Co-Op Bookstore was created in 1913 by students who wanted an oncampus and cost-effective way to buy textbooks. At Co-Op, you can buy new and used textbooks and course materials at cheaper prices than the University Bookstore. If you visit Co-Op, simply bring a copy of your timetable or a list of courses you are taking and the employees will bring you all the materials you require. You can also buy a yearly membership for $10, which will give you a 5% discount on your purchases; this discount pays itself off if
you spend over $200 on textbooks. The Co-Op Bookstore can also be accessed through their website at guelphcampus.coop.
A third way to buy textbooks is through The Cannon website at thecannon.ca. Through The Cannon, students can use the "Classifieds" section to find and post offers for textbooks and other course materials. There are many other websites that function similarly to The Cannon, but The Cannon is the most popular choice for Guelph students. Unlike the Co-Op or University bookstores, you cannot order online through The Cannon. Instead, you will meet the other student in person to sell or purchase materials. See The Cannon's website for specific tips and instructions on how to use it. The Cannon offers the best deals for students to save money on textbooks and is highly recommended.
The University Bookstore, the CoOp Bookstore, and The Cannon website are the three main ways Guelph students have for purchasing textbooks. They are not the only ones, and there are numerous websites and Facebook groups devoted to the buying, selling, and exchange of textbooks, but they are the most popular ones which make buying textbooks a much less stressful event-- for both you and your wallet!
By: Brandon Cox
Keeping yourself on track and on schedule! By Domenic Rao Welcome to University life. Here at Guelph you will have to balance an educational, social, and healthy lifestyle and schedule. It is very important to balance all of these in order to give yourself maximum potential to do well here. Education is the reason why you are here. You are hear to learn and expand your knowledge in a specific topic to better prepare or qualify you for a job or even further education after your four years here. A balanced educational lifestyle will consist in attending your lectures, taking notes (if needed), completing your work, studying, and taking exams. If these elements are balanced properly, your grades should be up to your expectations. If they do not meet your expectations you can always arrange tutoring or group studies to help you! One of the most important things in regards to a balanced educational lifestyle is your class schedule. I know sometimes the classes you need are only offered at one time but those that have multiple lecture times, pick the one that accommodates your personality. For example: Talking about me: I am not a morning person. I like to enjoy my sleep and waking up slowly. In my first year my earliest lecture was 10:30 AM. This allowed me to fully wake up and prepare myself for the day. Another example: I had a friend who played varsity sports here at Guelph. Their practices were at 6:00 AM. They had all morning classes and were usually done by 1:00 PM compared to me who would have class ‘till 4:00 or 5:00 PM. Accommodating your preferences and your personality with your class schedule will be beneficial. Social life here at Uni is very important. You will make some of your best friends here. Meeting new people is an essential part of healthy living here. If you are reading this you are most likely living in residences with people you have never met before. It will be beneficial for you to make friends with the people you will be living with for the next year because living with someone who you do not know or someone that you do not like will only hurt you. It’s one less person to talk to when you need to talk, one less person to help you study or study with, and one less person who you can freak out with before your midterms and finals. Being social can always accommodate one’s schedule. Even if you are just walking down your hallway it is never hard to just say “Hi!” to someone new. It will most likely be responded too! Healthy living is also very important here at Guelph. Keeping yourself on schedule isn’t easy when you are not healthy. It is very important to not lose any knowledge from living at home. Eat three meals a day, brush your teeth twice a day, clean behind your ears... You know the fundamentals. Besides trying to avoid the freshman fifteen, which is possible!! It is important to keep your sleep schedule balanced and not go off the deep end with partying. I know that it is fun to have a good time with friends but it shouldn’t be your first priority. I think rationing the parties is good. Last year, I wouldn’t party on the week because I would use those five days a week to study and sleep. By Friday night I would have gotten all my work done to give me my weekend off to enjoy the time with my friends. It is very important to not get lost on the 2A on the way to the LCBO during the week. If you miss your stop it’s about 1.5 hours until you are back at the University Centre. Not good the day before a midterm. Well stay on schedule and stay balanced and you will do fine here! Now get out there and enjoy your O-WEEK!
Using your agenda By Sara Pyper If you’re a student at the University of Guelph, chances are you’ve have been, or will be, given a small agenda book to keep track of deadlines and homework assignments. This agenda can be indescribably helpful if used in the right way. That being said, the “right way” to use an agenda can be completely different for different students. Here are a few tips that I have found to be very helpful over the years.
1. Colour Code your tasks: This can either be class work in one colour and extracurricular activities in another colour, a different colour for each class, or whatever system works best for your schedule. This makes it easier to look at your list of tasks and pick out what you are looking for. 2. Make your agenda your own: On top of keeping dates and assignments your agenda can be used in a number of ways. If you’re the type of person who likes to doodle, doodle in your agenda. If you like writing, write in your agenda. This helps make your agenda more than just for school, and makes using it a much less daunting task. 3. Use Stickers: It works. If there is a particular aspect of school that you are struggling with, whether it’s waking up early, attending all of your classes or taking time to practice your instrument, the sticker system just might help. Every day that you remember to do the thing you’re struggling with you put a sticker in your agenda. Myself as well as a couple of friends did this last year, and we found it worked wonders to keep us motivated. 4. Bring your agenda with you: There’s nothing worse than going to write something in your agenda and realizing you left it in your room. If you always have your agenda with you it becomes very easy to use it as a reminder and to keep yourself organized.
This little agenda book is quite possibly the most helpful thing you can be given to help keep you organized and get you through this school year. If you utilize it in the way that works best for you it will literally become your best friend.
Good Eats (Student Resident Edition) Students in residence get their meal plan money all at once and it may seem like an endless supply of thousands of dollars to spend anywhere on campus. You may think that spending that little bit on chips or a fancy drink at Starbucks seems like nothing, but it will eventually all add up. Before you know it you might run out of money on your meal plan and have to refill it with cash again. Weâ€™ll here are some tips to help you stretch that meal plan for the whole year and maybe have some money left over. 1. Go grocery shopping for your basic essential: Buying milk, eggs, bread or snacks at East Sides can be quite expensive and are not as worth it as you do not get that much bang for your buck. The local No frills is only a 15-20 minute walk from campus and is more worth it as it is not only cheaper but also you can buy foods in greater quantities for around the same price. This also helps save money on your meal plan for other things such as another lunch. 2. Use your coupons: All students who purchase a meal plan except for ultra meal plan get a coupon book from Hospitality services. The coupon book has many useful coupons such as a free doughnut coupon or get a large for the price of a small drink from Starbucks. The coupons can help you save tons of money and get more food for your buck. If there are some coupons that you do not want to use try giving them to your friends or exchange it for a coupon you are more likely to use. Although it might seem exaggerated it is possible to survive with several hundred dollars on your meal plan with coupons. 3. Avoid frequently buying fancy coffee drinks: Fancy coffee drinks although it may not seem like much can cost a lot of money and drain your meal plan if you constantly buy them. Try buying your own coffee maker and making your own coffee or tea using a reusable mug to bring everywhere with you. Places like Tim Hortons will let you buy a price of a small for a medium with a mug or some days like Mondays it is cheaper for coffee or tea with a mug. Places on campus like the UC and the Bullring have places where you can refill your waterbottle instead of paying almost $2.00 for a bottle of water.
4. Buy reasonable portions: Buying more food than you can eat wastes money as your spending money on something that is just going to go into the garbage. To make it more worth your money only buy enough food that you know you will be able to finish or bring a Tupperware container so you can save some for later. In addition if you know that you may get hungry later buy a bigger portion for a little extra money instead of buying two portions to save money for the price of one. 5. Budget: Budget out your meal plan based on how much money you have left based on how long the semester is to figure out how much money you should spend for the rest of the year. This also means being careful when you are buying to look how much you are spending and where you are able to cut back to save a little extra money each time.
6. Spend your meal plan wisely: Several off campus restaurants such as Montanans and East Side Marioâ€™s accept student card using your Flex plan. If you are starting to run low on basic use your flex plan to order in or transfer money from your flex to your basic. This also means avoiding buying snacks and drinks from the vending machine. 7. Cook as many meal as possible: Some residences like East Residence, East Village have kitchens within their own suite which makes it easy to prepare meals. For other residences on campus there are usually kitchens at the end of the hall for each floor. Even if you donâ€™t have a kitchen there are several meals such as cereal and milk or instant oatmeal that are easy to prepare. Cooking at least one meal a day instead of having a fancy breakfast at Creelmans can save up to $10 dollars which can equal 10 Tim Hortons drink
On-Campus Healthy Eating Tips from SNAP! By Lauren Renlund, SNAP Coordinator 2013-2014 Welcome to the University of Guelph, where healthy eating is a SNAP! Eating away from home can feel overwhelming, especially given the number of choices on campus - but don’t worry! The Student Nutrition Awareness Program (SNAP) is here to help. SNAP is sponsored by Hospitality Services and run by two senior Applied Human Nutrition students, along with a team of dedicated volunteers. We promote healthy, balanced eating through nutrition displays, pamphlets, residence presentations and events, like the delicious SNAP Dinners every semester. SNAP’s Fruit and Breakfast Cards can help you save money and eat healthy on campus! With the fruit card, every time you buy fruit you will get a stamp. For the Breakfast card, every time you buy 2 breakfast items you get a stamp. Once you have 10 stamps on a card, you get a free piece of fruit or two breakfast items! You can get either card from any cashier on campus. FAQ About Healthy Eating On-Campus! How do I avoid the Freshman 15? The freshman 15 isn’t as scary as it sounds. Not everyone gains weight in first year, and the average gain is closer to 7 pounds, not 15. There are many reasons students gain weight: reduced physical activity, increased alcohol intake, stress eating, and readily available fast food and unhealthy snacks like chips and candy. We need to balance our food intake (energy/calories in) and exercise (energy/calories out) to maintain our weight. Finding your ‘right weight’ is all about learning how much food and exercise you need to be healthy and happy. Try to keep an eye on your portion sizes, include vegetables or fruit in every meal and snack, and make time for regular exercise. Is it possible to eat healthy on campus? It is definitely possible to eat healthy on-campus! There are lots of options to choose from – and if you choose wisely you can maintain a healthy balanced diet. Here are some tips for how to eat healthy in first year: Focus on veggies – Make sure to include colourful vegetables in your diet. Get a side of steamed veggies at Mom’s Kitchen, fill up your plate at the salad bar and load up your sandwiches, pitas and pastas with delicious vegetables! Don’t forget breakfast! – A balanced breakfast containing 3+ of the 4 food groups will kick start your day and prevent you from overeating later on. Even something small like a glass of milk and a piece of fruit is better than nothing! Use SNAP’s Breakfast Energy Card to earn free food. Watch out for liquid calories – It can be easy to overindulge with specialty coffees, large sodas and alcohol. The problem with these drinks is that they provide plenty of calories with few other nutrients. Enjoy in moderation and drink water most often! Stock up on healthy snacks! – Vending machines can be a source of convenient but unhealthy snacks. Try to stock your room with healthy snacks like fruit, vegetables, high-fibre cereal, milk, whole grain crackers and hummus. Make sure to bring healthy snacks with you to class. You
can make healthy eating as convenient as junk food by surrounding yourself with delicious and nutritious foods. Watch your potion sizes – Only eat until you feel 80% full, instead of stuffed. You can always take half your meal back to your room to eat later. Or try splitting your food with a friend! Every food can fit into a healthy diet. Aim to make most of your foods nutrient dense and minimally processed (e.g. fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean meats, low fat dairy or alternatives). However, don’t be afraid to enjoy your favourite treat occasionally. Make sure to keep an eye on portion sizes and how often you are consuming treats. You don’t need to completely cut out certain foods, or groups of foods to be healthy (except in the case of allergies or intolerances). What are the vegetarian/vegan options on campus? There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options all around campus. Nature’s Best (found in Creelman and the UC) is a counter that specializes in vegan and vegetarian entrées and sides to provide you with complete meals. The salad bar has lots of fresh and delicious options, and all items that include meat or animal by-products are marked. All of the make-your-own items can be made vegan or vegetarian – pitas, sandwiches, Panini’s, quesadillas, pasta, stir-fry, etc. There is always a vegan soup available and clearly marked, along with plenty of vegetarian choices at the Goodness to Go fridges. Overall there are tons of options here at Guelph, and if you’re ever unsure about what is in one of the dishes, just ask! The staff are happy help.
SNAP is here for YOU! As SNAP Coordinators, we eat on-campus every day, just like you! If you have any specific nutrition concerns or questions, please contact Lauren or Claire at ext. 52249 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to get healthy eating tips, website recommendations, and info about upcoming events and contests? Like our Facebook page – SNAP at U of Guelph SNAP QUIZ: Follow the Rainbow to a Wealth of Good Health! First 10 correct responses WIN a U of G re-useable mug! Email your answers to email@example.com True or False? 1) We should choose dark green & orange veggies more often 2) 1 cup of 100% juice = 1 serving of fruits & veggies 3) Eggs, nuts & beans are all meat alternatives 4) We should make at least ¼ of our grain products in a day “whole-grain” 5) 1 bagel = 1 serving of grain products HINT: Find the answers in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
Eating Healthy While On The Go or Studying Welcome to the university world. In the past students have found it harder to stay healthy when away at school. This could be due to the new found freedom to eat whatever you want, regardless of nutritional value, or even lack of time to get a nutritious meal. So here are some ways to stay healthy in your new found life styls. When studying, try not to reach for the junky comfort food. In Creelman’s, the University Center and Williams Café, all have pre cut fruit and veggies that you can easily pick up during the day. If that’s not realistic for you, once a week try to pre make snacks that don’t need to stay cold throughout the day – crackers, veggie sticks, fruit salad etc. Doing this will take a total of 10 minutes out of your day and you can grab them on your way out the door. Now when you need something between classes or while studying you already have something healthy and you save money! No one wants to eat the same thing all the time, try adding granola bars and protein bars to the mix. They are quick, easy and will keep you full for longer. If your not into that, you can always just make the healthier choices, if you really want the grilled cheese from the grill house in the UC, have it on whole wheat bread, its better for you and you won’t be as hungry later on. Try the whole grain or whole wheat options. The university also has gluten free options. The university has an amazing selection of food and voted the best for many years, when you see what everything has to offer, that it really is the best.
The transition to University can often be difficult for a variety of different reasons. For example, students find writing at a university level challenging. Or they’re having a difficult time finding a job in a new city. For almost every issue that first-year students face there is an on-campus resource that can help you work through the problem.
An extremely valuable resource on campus is Student Health Services. The building is located just past the athletic centre. It is almost guaranteed that this building will come in handy to every student at least once during the year. Health Services allows students to make appointments with the doctor regarding any health concerns and also offers walk-in appointments. Also you can stop by if you’re ever in need of protection or information on safe sex or contraception.
Shifting our focus to academics McLaughlin library is one of the university’s most resource-rich buildings. You can make an appointment with Student Writing Services for some help with any papers that you may have to write throughout the year. Whether you’ve only got an outline or you’re finished and in need of editing Writing Services can help you out. Got a big assignment and no clue where to start? Just request research assistance from the library. Additionally the library offers a variety of workshops that may help you on later in your studies. You can always check the library’s website or drop-in and ask about workshops they may be holding.
The final resource on our list is particularly helpful to students who aren’t too sure of how they’re going to afford tuition. That is Career Services. They offer Recruit Guelph which allows students to upload resumes and cover letters as well as assisting them in finding a job. There is also a service available that allows you to bring your resume into Career Services and have it edited for you. Finally, Career Services also offers a variety of Events& Workshops for students such as a Career Fair.
In summary, regardless of what challenges you may be facing during your first-year there is always something or somebody available at the university to help you out.
Opportunities at Guelph Welcome first years to University of Guelph, your new home for the next four years!! University of Guelph has tremendous amount of oppournites to help students keep a balance in academics life as well as social. To start off, resident students have an amazing opportunity to join IHC. Interhall Council which is the student body government for students living in residence. There’s a position designed for first years which is always ONLY for first years! That can be yours!! Take a chance, you never know, it might change your life! Hall council happens every week, where students have a chance to let their voices be heard, as well as find out what is going on. IHC holds one conference every semester, which gives students an opportunity to gain some leadership skills as well as meeting people across campus. Talking about conferences, IHC has 3 other conferences out of Guelph where you do not only meet people from Ontario universities, but from Canada as well as America and even from the world! Conferences are a great way to network, discover
leadership skills, as well as find yourself as an individual. University of Guelph is a university that is focussed on providing students a great balance in education as well as extra-curricular activities. UofG has more than 1000 clubs and organizations. Get involved in something you love or try something new. If it’s not there then you can always start your own club! I mean that’s what first year is all about trying new things, meeting new people. You never know it might just change your life for good. Something I’m sure all the athletics in you would enjoy is joining an intramural team. Join a sport you enjoy with your friends or even the people in your residence! Grab the oppournites that come your way, you never it, it might just change your life!
FIRST YEAR AT GUELPH WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME FIRST YEARS!! Welcome class of 2017 to University of Guelph, your new home for the next four years! You are officially a Guelph Gryphon! First year at UOG will be one of your best years of your life! Staying away from home, living on your own, meeting new people all across
Canada and even International students (WATSON OH BABY), discovering a new town, is all the benefits of first year. First year at Guelph will be a whole new experience. Academically there will be a shift as expectations will get a bit higher, and curriculum is a lot difference than high school. However to help out students, U of G’s library has some fantastic resources to help smooth in the transition into first year academically. It might be your first time living away from home, on your own as well, thus in helping students into the transition of first years, there’s an RA who lives in the residence, so if any issues come up you can always talk to them.
O-Week is one the best weeks for a Guelph student. A great way to meet new people, as well as discover your new home for the next four years. First year is all about trying new things as well discovering the individual you want
to be. Maybe even eating offcampus to try something new as an appetite. Going downtown Guelph, to discover the town which is amazing beautiful town where all you going to meet is the nicest people. Getting involved in your residence is a great way to be involved in extra-curricular activities as well as joining clubs or even making an intramural team with some people from your residence or even from across campus. Get to know your professors, do not worry they do not bite! Get help from them when you do not understand something in your course. Go out to events that are held every month on campus. First year at Guelph is going to be awesome experience for you so go and become the individual you want to be! Having an amazing first year
by Bakhtawar Khan One of the best things about Canadian Universities is their dedication to student success. They provide a host of academic services designed to ease the transition into university and help students achieve their academic goals. Students tend to underutilize these services even though almost all of them are free. Many people are often unaware that services exist because they are not generally offered at the high school level. Keep your eyes and ears open for the following academic support services offered by the University of Guelph: 1. Writing Services: Located on the first floor of the McLaughlin Library, writing services offers drop-in help, help by appointment, and workshops with the goal of helping you become stronger, more confident writers. They can help you brainstorm, structure, and/or edit any written assignments you might have. 2. Data Resource Centre: Once again located on the main floor of the McLaughlin Library, the Data Resource Centre provides support with spatial and statistical analysis through a series of workshops, help with assignments, and access to related software. 3. Tutoring at Guelph (TAG): A centralized online registry that was created to connect students seeking academic assistance with student tutors. 4. Learning Services: Learning Services offers ongoing workshops on study skills and strategies, time management, stress management, and academic expectations at the university level. They also provide one-on-one help through the Learning Peer Helpers. 5. Supported Learning Groups (SLGs): Supported learning groups are peer-led
study sessions designed to bridge the gap between “what to learn” and “how to learn.” They are usually available for courses that first year students tend to find particularly challenging. 6. Academic Advising: Academic advisors are there to help with an array of program-specific academic issues ranging from course selection to decisions about majors. 7. Center for Students with Disabilities: provides support for students with documented disabilities. It is located on the 3rd floor of the UC. 8. Counseling Services: Counseling Services is a place where you can share challenges that are hindering your academic performance. Your confidentiality will be maintained. Informal avenues of support also exist. To begin with, you should make sure you know at least one person in each one of your classes so you can get notes in case you miss class. Also, try to get to know your professors and reach out to your TAs from the get-go so when you need help, they already know you. These are just some of the many ways in which the University of Guelph works to ensure student success. Know that there is an abundance of resources at your disposal; it’s up to you to access them and make the most of your time here. Here’s to a great year ahead: you can do this!
Stress Management By Emily Clapperton
First year is most definitely what you make of it (just like everything else in life) but don’t be fooled by the lure of freedom and good times. They certainly do exist, but in moderation. The biggest factor in a stressful year is balance or lack thereof. Obviously, things happen that we can’t control and that’s normal! But for the parts of life that we can control, it’s often a lack of balance that creates so much stress for us. On one hand, almost all First Years live, study, eat, work, and socialize in the same place – on campus, and that’s great! But on the other hand, that means everything is always right there asking for your attention. This sort of blurs the lines between activities and places and tasks, which can lead to 8 months of go-go-go. It ends up taking a toll and over time, the stress can have serious effects.
So in order to manage your stress, one of your best bets is to find or create balance in your life. Don’t work all day and all night, you’ll most likely go stir-crazy and wear yourself out, but don’t socialize all day and all night, you’ll have trouble staying on top of your work. Study and get your work done for classes, but make sure you do other things as well. Make time for eating, taking care of yourself, socializing, and relaxing.
Managing your time is a skill and hopefully you will get pretty good at it by the end of the year if you aren’t already. Part of this is done for you; you know your weekly class schedule. Get a calendar and use it! Write down deadlines for assignments, papers, labs, tests, projects, and finals as soon as you get them from your professors or classmates. Use these to plan your time accordingly to get things done on time and stay stress-free! With adequate time-management, it’s even possible to work well enough and hard enough during the week to have your weekends free to relax and do anything and everything else. It’s said that spending 10-12 hours per week on each course you take, including class time, is enough to do well, which is 50-60 hours a week (based on a schedule of 5 courses/semester) and 10-12 hours per day. This gives you time each day and the entire weekend for the other things you have planned: eating, exercise, socializing, taking care of yourself, etc.! Plan when you’ll eat meals if you have early or late classes, or right around lunch. Set aside one night of the week to go play intramural sports, or visit the Arboretum.
Now the best way to get everything you need done for a class in those 10-12 hours per week, is to be efficient and focused. When you’re in class, be in class. Be present physically and mentally. When studying, reading, or working, try to eliminate distractions and focus on what you are doing. If you’re truly focused, you’ll learn more and get more done in the same amount of time as someone who isn’t focused. So this doesn’t necessarily mean working “harder”, but working “smarter”. Plan out your time to work and study, and be efficient when you do work and study.
As for the other areas of your life, there aren’t timetables but you can still find balance. Take eating for example; keeping yourself going each day is an important factor in balance. There are multiple places to get food on campus and they’re all great. Try them out! Find one you like, or one that is easy to get to between classes, mix them up. These also end up being great locations for socializing too. Our campus is beautiful year-round so even if you aren’t eating with friends, hanging out on Johnston Green or Branion Plaza and getting some fresh air and sunlight can be a good balance to sitting in a lecture hall for hours.
Hopefully your best efforts will prevent some unnecessary stress, but if you do end up stressed, it’s good to know how to deal with it to avoid long-term stress and anxiety. Exercise is a pretty good way to diffuse stress, whether it’s a team sport or an individual activity. Check out the Athletic Centre open house for information on the available facilities. Another way to manage your stress is to have someone you can talk to about it, or someone who will at
least check up on you every so often to see how you’re doing. If you find yourself with too much stress or even anxiety, visit the Wellness Centre on the 2nd floor of the J. T. Powell building. Student Health Services in on the 1st floor of the same building and both are very useful. Stress is common and management of it can be difficult, hopefully some of these tips will come in handy whenever you may need them!
Get Involved on Campus By Emma Shearer Coming to a new place and a new lifestyle can be terrifying and exciting at the same time. Either way you are going to want feel as comfortable as you can. By getting involved in campus life you meet tons of people and some of them you will be friends forever with! During Orientation Week is the best time to step out of your comfort zone because everyone is in the same position as you, they know little to no people and they are all lost and confused. Through plenty of events you can make lots of different connections! Plenty of clubs and organizations hold different events and you can find out what you really like. Mid September there will be a Club Day. This is a time where many different clubs or organizations set up booths or tables promoting their group. At each place there will be people to talk to and/or a sign-up sheet to get emails so you can receive more information. If you cannot find a club that seems right for you, you can even consider starting one. Now, not everybody wants to join a club, but there are plenty of ways to still be involved on campus or in your residence communities. By going to your Hall’s Council or your community meetings, you are actively participating in campus life, and getting to know the people in your hall. For more information about organizations on campus or starting your own club, you can look at the Central Student Association’s website, www.csaonline.ca, or ask your hall’s executive or your Residence Assistant.
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1964 Macdonald Hall Macdonald Hall Where the Maids that worked at the university used to stay on campus 12 NORTH: Johnston, Macdonald, Lennox Addington, Maids Hall (Artz Haus), Watson Hall (International House) SOUTH: Mountain, Prairie, Maritime EAST: East Hall, East Village WEST: West Residence
The Herd the Werd Committee Committee Members: Alexandra Wong Domenic Rao Brandon Cox Emma Shearer Sara Pyper Brianna Baird JP Pendon Taylor MacPherson-Aaron Denika Fiedeldey Jasmine Kaur
Special thanks to the following contributors: Garlly Chen Marianna Barone Emily Clapperton Bakhtawar Khan SNAP
University of Guelph Interhall Council's Herd the Werd - O-Week Edition 2013