Peer Contacts 2017-18
Interests: Law, Public Policy, Public Administration
Courses: POLS 1150, POLS 1400, POLS 2300, POLS 2100, POLS 2200, POLS 2000, POLS 3490, POLS 3210, POLS 2250, POLS 3470, POLS 3410, POLS 3250, POLS 3130, POLS 4300, POLS 3790, POLS 3650, POLS 3440
Hi everyone! My name is Arlene Campbell and I am a fourth-year student completing a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice and Public Policy. This will be my second year as a Political Science Peer Contact. I am most interested in Public Policy, Governance and Law as I enjoy learning about how the different areas within government interact with each other. With my degree in Political Science and CJPP I plan on going to law school to become a crown attorney. One of the best pieces of advice I can give to those in first and second year is to get involved in groups or clubs on campus so you can build a support system with upper year students in your major, as well as make excellent friends. In my first year I joined the Political Science Society and that allowed me to make connections with upper year students in my program who were able to give me advice as well as help me with understanding the material in my classes. Outside of academics I hold two jobs on campus, am involved with a number of groups and organizations, and spend way too much time (and money) at The Bullring on campus. Feel free to email me any questions you have on the program, getting involved, balancing school and a job, or about anything else you may have questions about; and have a fantastic school year!
Interests: Canadian Politics, Governance and Law, International Relations
Courses: POLS 1150, POLS 2080, POLS 2150, POLS 2300, POLS 2350
Hello everybody! My name is Samantha Crincoli, and I am a third year student here at the University of Guelph majoring in political science. This will be my first year as a Peer Contact, and I am beyond excited about the incredible year ahead.
Generally, my studies focus on domestic politics, as I am very passionate about issues concerning the Canadian state, and occasionally, on governance and international relations. I decided to study politics because it is so deeply entrenched within human culture, and I am curious about the ways in which it can be used to solve problems and to make peoples’ lives better. Justified or not, I am excited and optimistic about the possibilities.
While university can sometimes be daunting, there is an incredible range of resources available to help you succeed, and I encourage you to take full advantage of everything that is offered. Feel free to contact me anytime if you should ever have questions. All the best in the upcoming year!
Interests: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Municipal Politics, Political Philosophy
Courses: POLS*1150, POLS*1400, POLS*2000, POLS*2100, POLS*2200, POLS*2300, POLS*2350,POLS*3130, POLS*3180, POLS*3270, POLS*3300, POLS*3650, POLS*3670, POLS*3920
Hello and welcome back fellow Gryphons!
My name is Zach Graham and I am currently going into my fourth year of political science studies at the University of Guelph. As well as being interested in politics I am also interested and minoring in Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP), here at Guelph.
For the most part my interests have lead me down a path focusing on Canadian politics specifically looking at how our politics intertwine itself with global governance and even municipal governance. With this being said I still do enjoy looking at international politics and comparative politics to see how states interact with one another in the grand scheme of global relations.
From here I hope to attend law school, and I have aspirations to obtain my masters. With that said, I have been looking into the processes of applying for these higher programs and would love to share my knowledge of the University of Guelph, its programs, how to apply to this or that, or just in general questions about campus life. Feel free to message me at anytime via email. Have a great school year and enjoy your journey as a gryphon!
Interests: Political Institutions, Electoral Politics, and Political History.
Courses: POLS 1150, POLS 1500, POLS 2200, POLS 2250, POLS 2300, POLS 2350, POLS 3130, POLS 3140
Hi! My name’s Harman and I’m in my third year double majoring in History and Political Science. My primary area on interest in politics is in elections. I love analyzing polls and trying to figure out why people vote the way they do. Additionally, political systems and structures are fascinating, which for me often means electoral systems and the functions of our democracy. On the history side, my main area of interest is Canadian political history.
For incoming students, I cannot stress enough just how important getting involved is! For me, getting involved is pretty straight forward—working on elections and writing about them. For others that could me student council/government, interning at a legal clinic or firm, or whatever else that puts in a position to get first hand experience of what you study.
Please feel free to contact me to talk about anything at all.
Interest: Canadian Politics, International Politics, Environmental Politics
Courses: POLS 1150, POLS 1400, POLS 1500, POLS 2080, POLS 2300, POLS 2350, POLS 2200
Hi Everyone! My name is Zehan Jagosh and I am a third year student currently pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Development. This is going to be my first year as a Peer Contact and I am super excited to hopefully answer any questions you may have. I am most interested in political economy, and environmental politics. Along with my academic interests I am also someone who is very passionate about community and civic engagement. Through the university I am currently working towards completing a program which upon completion would earn me a certificate in the field of Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship. In the near future, I do hope to attend law school, as becoming a lawyer has been a lifelong dream of mine. For the fall semester, I will be attending Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. With that being said, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about what courses you should take, how the exchange works, ways to get involved within the community or just any general university questions, I would happy to assist you in any way possible. Have a great school year!
Interests: International Development, International Relations, and Political Philosophy
Courses: POLS 1150, POLS 1500, POLS 2200, POLS 2350, POLS 2300, POLS 2080, POLS 2300, POLS 2250, POLS 3130, POLS 3370
Hi! My name’s Brahmbind. I’m currently in my third year majoring Political Science. My favorite field of interest in the many different fields of political science is international development and international relations. I love learning about how different nations interact with each other and how that interaction creates peace or conflict in the world.
For new students, My biggest advice would be to get involved! For me, getting involved is pretty straightforward taking opportunities to work with local politicians and volunteering in elections. This all helps build networks and experience within the field. This will allow you to expand and grow with a much different skill set that will help further yourself beyond just your political science degree. Whatever interests you in the field of political science I strongly stress you get involved and hunt for those opportunities.
Please feel free to contact me to talk about anything at all.
Interests: Political Marketing, Political Communications, Canadian Politics, Elections and Campaigns, Public Management, and International Affairs specifically Russia.
Classes: POLS 1500, POLS 1150, POLS 1400, POLS 2200, POLS 2080, POLS 2000, POLS 3060, POLS 2250, POLS 2100, POLS 3440, POLS 2300, POLS 3410, POLS 3250, POLS 3180, POLS 3050, POLS 3670, POLS 3650, POLS 3490, POLS 3270, POLS 4970, POLS 4250,
You may also have questions about: The Community Engagement and Global Citizenship Certificate (CEGC), Undergraduate Thesis, and Semester Abroad.
Hello There! I am Graeme and I have completed my fourth year and I am currently wrapping up degree by doing an extra semester in my fifth year! This is my third, and final year as a Political Science Peer Contact, and I must say I truly do love political science, and the department we have here at the University of Guelph. I have just arrived back from a semester a broad in England – which I would highly recommend – if you have any questions at all about doing an exchange please get in contact with me! Personally, the best part about being in political science is that my education teaches me about current events and what our government is doing. Everyone has an opinion on politics, so finding something to talk about with friends, family, and strangers is never difficult. My main focus is on Canadian politics, more specifically political marketing, government communications and strategy. That being said I do like to dabble in international politics as well. I am completing my undergraduate thesis this year, and working on the CEGC certificate, so if you have any questions about either program please get in contact with me! I cannot stress how important it is to utilize the vast wealth of resources available to you, we are here for a reason and are happy to help! If
One of the best parts of our university is that it is so easy to get involved. Here are some sweet clubs to check out that do a lot of fun events that you can use your political science back ground with: Model UN Club, Mock Trial Society, Pre-Law Society, Student Help and Advocacy Centre (SHAC), and CFRU - Campus Radio! From my experience one of the best reasons to get involved is that it makes productive use of your time when you would otherwise be sitting around watching Netflix or aimlessly scrolling through Facebook, also it’s A LOT of fun!
Feel free to give me a shout if you ever need a hand with anything school related, are curious about the exchange program, or are wondering how to get more involved! I promise you, you will not regret it!
Interests: Political Institutions, Political theory, Canadian Politics
Courses: POLS 3140, POLS 3210, POLS 3710, POLS 2150, POLS 3050, POLS 2300, POLS 2000
I am a fourth-year political science major and first year peer contact! I am a political and current events buff addicted to social media, so I would be willing, and likely more excited than you, to discuss any topic regarding any course. I especially enjoy discussing political institutions, and how these institutions interact and change relations of power. I am beginning my thesis and hope to further discuss this topic within the confines of the program.
I have been involved in Canadian party politics for years, and cannot seem to escape (despite my hardest efforts). I find the process of democracy intensely appealing. Internal elections, nominations and elections have consumed my life thus far.
About me personally, I have a love of cats, gardening and cooking (which I would also be willing to discuss at any time).
Interests: Constitutional Law, Judicial Politics, Canadian Politics
Courses: POLS 2350, POLS 3130, POLS 2200, POLS 1400, POLS 2250
Hello Everyone! My name is Danielle McNabb and I am a fourth year student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Criminal Justice and Public Policy. This will be my second year as a Peer Contact. I am passionate about constitutional law and judicial politics, specifically gaining a greater understanding of the relationship and dynamics between the judiciary and elected branches of government. I have been lucky to have a diverse range of amazing opportunities during my time at Guelph including attending a field school in Italy, working as a research assistant, participating in a fellowship program, taking fourth year seminars and much more. I have aspirations to either pursue a Masters degree in political science or to attend law school. My biggest piece of advice would be to not be afraid to ask questions and to reach out for support. First and second year can be challenging, but I am looking forward to being another source of guidance. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time over the course of the year. Have a great school year!
Interests: International Relations, Conflict Studies, Elections and parties
Core courses taken: POLS 1150, POLS 1400, POLS 1500, POLS 2000, POLS 2100, POLS 2200, POLS 2300, POLS 3180, POLS 3650
Hi everyone, and welcome to the Political Science program! My name is Tiann and I am a fourth year student here at Guelph. I am majoring in Political Science and I am also completing a minor in International Development and a Certificate in Business. In terms of subject areas, I am most interested in international relations and conflict studies, especially the Middle East region. While at Guelph I’ve had some amazing opportunities including spending a semester in Krakow, Poland, working with some amazing student clubs, and being a Peer Helper. This year I am also the News Editor for our campus paper The Ontarion. I really encourage you guys to get involved on campus! You will meet so many amazing friends, build your skills set and maybe discover a new passion.
Political science is a great major and there are tons of ways to use your knowledge in the real world. One of my most rewarding experiences during my undergrad has been volunteering on election campaigns for both candidates here in Guelph and in my home riding.
After this year I am planning on pursuing a Masters degree (in what I’m not quite sure!) or looking for an internship with a major media outlet.
If you ever have any questions about the program, what you should do after your undergrad, or are interested in journalism, do not hesitate to reach out!
Interests: Constitutional Law. Canadian Politics, Political Philosophy
Courses: POLS*1150; POLS*2300; POLS*2000; POLS*2100; POLS*2200; POLS*2150; POLS*2250; POLS*3180; POLS*3650
Hello everyone! My name is Ileah Rindfleisch and I am a fourth year student here majoring in Political Science. I will be entering my second year in the Peer Contacts program. My main interests are Constitutional Law and more specifically dealing with Charter of Rights and Freedoms issues and conflicts. Having spent the past 4 years at the University of Guelph I have had the opportunity to experience everything from participating in clubs and programs within the Political Science Department, to branching out and participating in research conducted by other departments. Having done so, I have struck a new appreciation for the philosophical side of political science and therefore have proudly had the honor to declare philosophy as my minor! My biggest piece of advice for the new and upcoming Gryphon’s is do not be afraid to ask questions. Myself and the other peer contacts are excited help you achieve the different opportunities we all have. So get excited with us, get involved and get asking! Have a great school year everyone!
Courses taken: POLS1150, POLS1400, POLS2250, POLS2300, POLS2350, POLS2100, POLS2150, POLS3210
Interests: Canadian and American politics, Case Law, economics, and political theory
Hey everyone. My name is Dakota Stone and I am in my third year majoring in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP) here at Guelph. This will be my first year as a peer contact. When studying politics, I find political theory and political history, such as learning about constitution building and monumental court decisions, to be the most interesting. My plans for this year include volunteering with political science peer contacts as well as continuing my commitment as an Off-Campus Living (OCL) Peer Helper, where I review leases and help students with understanding the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). An important lesson I’ve learned in studying politics and looking into post-graduate options is that volunteering and becoming involved early in your degree will help you succeed. After completing my political science degree, I am hoping to attend law school to become a lawyer in the field of corporate or finance law. The biggest piece of advice I have would be introduce yourself to your professors.
Interests: Comparative Politics, International Relations and Global Studies
Courses: POLS*1500, POLS*2100, POLS*2200, POLS*3000, POLS*3060
Hello everyone! My name is Micah Winter and I am in my third year of studies in Political Science with a minor in French. I am most interested in comparative politics and am particularly intrigued with the Middle East and Africa, specifically perspectives surrounding conflict, sovereignty and state building. At this point I still have no idea what I want to do with my degree, but I would love to continue learning in some postgraduate pursuit. This year I am not physically in Guelph as I am on a full-year exchange at Université Lumière - Lyon 2 in Lyon, France. I am excited (and a little terrified) to study at a different university and learn their perspectives, as well as improve my French. Even though I am across the ocean I am still more than happy to answer any questions that come my way, about academics, adjustment, life in Guelph and abroad. The best lesson I learned at UofG is to ask questions (a lot of them) so ask away!