While finishing up my first year at Guelph, I had the honour of giving Miss Teenage Toronto East 2016, Sakshi, a tour of the beautiful place that I have the privilege of calling home. As any proud Gryphon would do, I told Sakshi that she should choose to come to Guelph in the Fall. I mean, it’s only the best school ever! But showing her around and giving her the low down on what life in Guelph is all about, it got me thinking about why I chose to come to Guelph in the first place.

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Showing Miss Teenage Toronto East, Sakshi, around my dorm room. I can’t wait until next year when there will be two crowns on campus!

In high school, I maintained a 95% average, I played volleyball, tennis, track and field, and soccer, I was a member of the semi-formal planning committee, the Glee club, and student council. Needless to say, I was accepted to every University that I applied to. But when it came down to it, I narrowed my choices down to Western, Windsor, and Guelph. Growing up in Kingsville, Ontario, Guelph is the farthest of the three choices, but after touring all three campuses, I knew that I had to go to Guelph. From the moment that I stepped onto campus, something about Guelph just felt like home, and not once have I regretted my decision.

So here are the top 8 reasons why I love my University:

1. Flexibility.

When I first came to Guelph, I wanted to be a vet. Then for a little while, I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer so I was going to enrol in some business courses. By the time the year had ended, I had decided on becoming a dietician. The programs at Guelph are so flexible and the program counsellors are extremely helpful. I was able to switch programs without even having to get out of bed.

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It doesn’t matter what program I’m in. As long as I’m at Guelph, I’m happy!

2. I like food.

Guelph’s food has been rated as some of the best in the country, and after living there for a year, I completely agree! From crepes, to Mongolian grill, to fresh vegan and vegetarian options, there was always something for everyone.

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Ice cream at midnight? Count me in.

3.  I love animals.

And I mean REALLY love animals. From the crazy Guelph squirrels, to the service dogs in training, to the occasional pig on a leash, everywhere you look on campus you’ll see cute little furry things running around and that is 100% okay with me!

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Is it bad that a dog graduated before me?

4. I’m obsessed with Harry Potter.

I lived in Johnston Hall, which closely resembles Hogwarts, we were the Johnston Hall “Dragons”, my school colours are red and gold, we’re the Guelph “Gryphons”, and we have a quidditch team. Enough said.

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Just waiting for Dumbledore to come flying out of a window.

5. I love volunteering.

At Guelph, there are so many ways to get involved on campus and give back. There was always something going on, whether it be a blood drive, a bake sale, or a fundraising dinner. I love being able to make a difference so Guelph was the perfect fit for me.

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A dinner held at the University to support the Syrian refuge students at Guelph.

6. The dorms.

A walk in closet, wifi and an unbeatable view. What more could a girl need?

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And I only brought my favourites.

7. The school spirit. 

People that go to Guelph, are PROUD to be Gryphons and they are not afraid to let everyone know that! The energy and atmosphere around campus is unlike any other school spirit I’ve ever experienced. You can never cheer too loud or own too many Guelph sweaters.

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Red, black, a little bit of gold and a whole lot of Gryphon pride!

8. The people.

The people at Guelph are some of the kindest people I have ever met. From holding open doors, to leaving little stress buster kits in the library, Gryphons know how tough University can be sometimes and go out of their way to make it as easy as possible for their fellow students.

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It’s tradition to take pictures with the Gryphon at the beginning and end of every year.

So here’s to one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (besides signing up for the Miss Teenage Ontario Pageant), one amazing year down, and hopefully many more to come!

Written by: Olivia

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