Glendon was a featured story, Nov. 30, on the half-hour news magazine show, VOLT, which airs on Télévision française de l’Ontario (TFO). Aimed at young people – primarily high school and university students – the show offered a review of all that is good at Glendon. The program was timely for Glendon, since students in their final year of high school are currently researching their best choices for postsecondary education.
In a relaxed format of other topics of interest to young people (such as self-defence for women and tips for becoming an airline hostess), spiced with youthful music, the campus was evaluated by VOLT’s interviewer from the perspective of the top 10 reasons for choosing Glendon.
Right: The beauty of Glendon’s campus (shown here in the spring) was listed as one of the top 10 reasons for choosing Glendon for postsecondary education.
Glendon student ambassador Célia Jutras guided VOLT’s representative around the campus. Jutras provided an excellent example of the bilingual prowess of Glendon students. Showing the beauty of the campus (one of the 10 reasons given) and its small, welcoming size (a second reason), students were approached for ad hoc comments about the realities of bilingualism on campus, the facilities at the Glendon Athletic Centre, student services as a whole, the cost and quality of food in the cafeteria and “the pleasures” of residence life.
The only negative comment in students’ replies included some that related to the food on campus, in particular its high cost and lack of choice. Those remarks were amply balanced out by the rave reviews given by every other student interviewed about the quality of the courses and the excellence of the professors. Several students emphasized the benefit of small classes (an average of 20 students per professor), and the outstanding personal attention each student receives both academically and through student services. Others mentioned cultural opportunities including Glendon’s highly successful drama program. The campus’ peaceful, natural setting in the centre of Canada’s largest metropolis was also considered an advantage. It was also pointed out that Glendon is in second place in all of Canada for the availability of scholarships and bursaries.
VOLT’s summary of Glendon: “A centre of knowledge, a pioneer of international relations, linguistics, commerce and diplomacy. An excellent report card for Glendon.”
This article was submitted to YFile by Marika Kemeny, Glendon communications officer.