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Student tips: asking a prof to be a reference or advisor

So, you’ve decided to apply to graduate school – congratulations on taking the next step in your educational career! 

One of the key parts of these applications is asking for a reference or finding a supervisor. As someone who has gone through this process, I’m here to give you by best tips from writing a reference request, to inquiring about a thesis supervisor. And as someone who is starting graduate school in a few short weeks, I think I’m qualified to share some of the dos and don’ts!

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How to get involved as a food science/ FIM student

Do you want to get involved in extracurricular activities but don’t know where to start? As a second year food industry management student, I participated in many volunteer activates and  joined several clubs and councils. I’m here to give you some ideas of which activities you should participate in as a food science or food industry management student at the University of Guelph.

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Saving money on a student budget

To enhance my own student life, I am always trying to take part in travel opportunities and extra-curriculars. However, this can often increase my spending, making budgeting extremely important to my day-day activities. As a result, I’ve become pretty good at planning ahead and budgeting my meals. In this blog post, you’ll find a series of tips and tricks for grocery shopping on a student budget. 

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How (not) to write an undergrad thesis in 8 weeks

The dos and don’ts of undergrad thesis writing, from someone who had three months to write theirs. 

In the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) program, students are required to write a thesis in the fall semester of their fourth year. The topic is up to you, and I chose to write about climate change, with a thesis titled “High tides mean high time: Using landscape architecture to facilitate successful climate migration through managed retreat”.

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Meet David, landscape architecture student

David is a third-year landscape architecture student who has found his calling in combining construction and design to create functional and beautiful outdoor spaces. When he’s not in class or working in the studio you can find him rock climbing or helping to promote the BLA program at various events.

5 of the best University of Guelph “Aggie” experiences

Being a part of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) is a unique experience. From walking around campus in a pack of students wearing matching leather jackets, to participating in an annual tractor pulling competition , the student experience as an OAC “Aggie” is unlike any other. The lasting traditions of the OAC have cemented a college that is rich in community and passion.

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What first-year U of G students should know

Are you trying to find an honest, truthful insight on how your first-year college experience will be like at the University of Guelph? 

I used to be in your place. I also did my research about the struggles and hardships previous U of G students faced before making decision for myself. However, it is very difficult to find the sincere insight shared by a current student. 

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Meet Anna, equine management student

Anna found the perfect program to match her interests, and pursued it despite it being in new country and taught in essentially a new language! Four years later she’s wrapping up her studies in equine management and is considering the next steps in her equine career.  

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Meet Coey, food industry management student

Coey came to Guelph from Hong Kong to pursue her interest in a food career. After four co-op placements she’s learned a lot about the different career opportunities and what she enjoys most. She’s also learned a new city, a new language and how to get out of her comfort zone to make great friends.

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