Published on April 13, 2016 | by Leyah Mirza Photography by Leyah Mirza0
Guelph-Humber attracts future media students at Program Preview Day
For a Saturday morning, the University of Guelph-Humber’s atrium was packed. Grade 12 were excited to see their future school, faculty and classmates for the first time.
The annual event which was held on Saturday, March 6th gave interested students and families opportunities to interact with faculty, students and alumni, get their questions answered and find out what it is like to study at Guelph-Humber.
“It’s pretty fun, I’m getting a good vibe from the school, it makes me wanna come to this school more, it seems like it’ll be a fun experience, said grade 12 student Tania Sharma.
Representatives from admissions, financial services, residence, student life and alumni services were all in attendance at the marketplace to answer questions throughout the day.
Meagan Dolmage, the vice-president of public relations for GuHu Media, informed visitors about the media society. Although the media program offers theoretical and hands-on courses, she said, “what makes this society [GuHu Media] so great is it takes the hands-on approach much further. That’s so important and students are going to take those skills when they go into the industry.”
She said she hopes when students “walk through the doors for the first day of class, they know about GuHu Media, and that they’re excited to join and be a member or get involved.”
S.T.A.R.T. (Student Transition and Resource Team) leader Piradeepa Rajanayagam said, whether students have been accepted or are still deciding on schools, it is a good idea for them to attend this event. “By coming here they get to experience the actual program itself, learn more about it and see if it’s a good fit for them,” she added.
Grade 12 student Jennifer Yien who was recently accepted into the program said she came to hear about “hands on stuff and also the academic part of media” that she would learn as a student.
Another grade 12 student Maddie Genier, who was enjoying the event, said she is excited to start the media program. “People seem really close and nice, I wanted something that was along the creative lines but also something business-y, I think this program will be good for that,” she said.
Fourth-year media students Erin Donnelley and Kevin Martins, who were promoting the Emerge Media Conference, said they regret not attending events like Program Preview Day in their first year.
“When I first applied to GH, I didn’t know Emerge was a thing. The more you can get a student into these programs and get them informed, the better off they will be and hopefully it’ll make more opportunities available for them,” said Martins.
They also wanted to clear up any misconceptions about the media program. “A lot of people come into media thinking you have to be a specific type of personality, but the more you go through our program, people realize there’s actually something for everyone,” said Martins. “It’s so broad. You don’t have to feel pressured to do one specific thing,” Donnelley added.
Visitors had the opportunity to meet the host of Sportsnet Central, Jackie Redmond. The Guelph-Humber alumni explained what makes the media program so unique.
“What I liked about this program was the hands on aspect. I feel like I really had a personal relationship with most of my professors. They knew who I was, they knew what my goals were and I don’t think you get that anywhere else. For me that was incredibly beneficial,” she said.
Redmond added, “I hope they [visitors] take away how awesome GH is! It’s small but amazing!”
Students who have any other questions regarding admission are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-789-1331 ext. 6056.