Brace yourselves, Back to School is coming. In about three weeks, the summertime quiet of Guelph will give way to the hustle and bustle from a suddenly swelled student population as 20,000 undergrads come to the city to continue their education or initiate it, and Student Life will be there to help welcome them.
This week on the show, the pod welcomes Robert Routledge, Manager of the Student Transition Office at the University of Guelph Student Life, to the show. While the whole of the university is preparing for the imminent arrival of its undergrad population, a lot of the ongoing support for those students falls to Student Life. They offer a wide variety of services to help cover all aspects of student life: from academics to extracurriculars to renters rights.
There is an extra 'X' factor though going into the new school year, at least at the University of Guelph. You'll recall that there were several instances of students taking their own lives last year at the U of G, and you better believe that the people at Student Life have that fact on their mind for this fall. This is a not an insignificant portion of my conversation with Routledge, but we also look behind the scenes at what Student Life is doing right now, and how they address the variety of issues currently facing students at the university.
So on this week's Guelph Politicast, we talk about the world of possibilities and challenges at the University of Guelph, and how the Student Life office helps address both. See you in September!
***A quick disclosure: Robert Routledge is a Patron of Guelph Politico, and has donated to the website. I emailed Student Life asking for a representative to discuss this topic with, and it was Routledge who was available. So, now you know.
To learn more about Student Life and their services, you can visit their website here. A reminder that Move-In day is on Saturday this year, Saturday September 2, and as consequence, Gordon Street between College and Stone will likely be closed for most of the day. Stay tuned for those details.
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