Welcome Gryphons! My name is Mark Mariner and I am going into my 5th year at the University of Guelph completing a major in Microbiology and a minor in Psychology: Brain and Cognition. I am originally from Newmarket (about an hour and a half from Guelph) but have been living in Guelph for the past 4 years. This year will be my 4th year on Residence Life Staff (RLS) and I am the Community Assistant for Lennox-Addington, one of our North campus residence buildings.
As a first year student, I was shy. In coming to university I made a personal goal of expanding my comfort zone and trying new experiences. In keeping with this goal, I applied to RLS, and I haven’t looked back since! This year, I will be returning to my position as Community Assistant because I love what I am doing. Witnessing the transformation that students undergo from when they first arrive to campus on move-in day to when they leave after successfully completing their first year is truly inspiring and is one of my favourite parts of my role.
Knowing how I felt walking onto campus on my first day and how I felt leaving 8 months later, I want to empower students to feel as much pride and passion as I did following my first year on campus, and still do! I love helping first year students succeed in whatever goals they set for themselves throughout the year.
As a Community Assistant, I oversee students and staff in my building and act as a support for anyone who needs it. I am most looking forward to being able to meet and get to know as many students in my building as possible and to assist my staff team as they build strong and lasting relationships within all of their communities, fostering a sense of pride, excitement and most importantly, a sense of belonging in the place that they are going to be calling home for the next 8 months.
I cannot wait for you to join our Gryphon family come September and hope that you feel at home! If you see me around on campus or in residence, feel free to say hi – I can’t wait to get to know you, and hope that you are excited to embark on what is about to be some of the best years of your life!
Hometown: Burlington, ON
Residence Building: Maritime, South
1) Why did you want to take on this role (whatever that may be) and what are you hoping to contribute to your residence community?
I wanted to take on the role of Senior Residence Assistant because I had an amazing experience my first year as an RA last year. I built lasting friendships with members of my team and some of my students. I fostered a community and ensured my students were safe and supported. Being a part of RLS has given me some amazing experiences and I wanted to make even more memories and experiences again! I also wanted to be able to support my staff team and take on a leadership role among my team. This year I want to make sure the students living in residence, as well as my staff members on RLS have a wonderful, exciting, safe, and supported year living in residence.
2) What are you most looking forward to in your new position for the upcoming year?
I am most looking forward to meeting all the new students who will be attending this amazing school. I look forward to connecting with other residence assistants, as well as new students and making sure everyone is welcomed and supported during their transition this year. I hope that people feel as though they can approach me and talk to me whenever they need to; as well I hope to make a lasting impact those living in residence this year. I look forward to meeting you all; have a wonderful rest of your summer!