Students share passion for Queen's on campus tours
Prospective students can expect to learn about more than just academic buildings, residences and facilities when they take a student-led campus tour this summer, according to a former head tour guide.
“The guides are amazing because they have such passion for Queen’s. This is extremely important since they are the face of the university for many prospective students,” says former head tour guide Radissen Ramoutar (Artsci’12). “They provide a unique perspective on Queen’s and Kingston because of their diverse backgrounds and interests.”
Prospective students walk away from campus tours with a better understanding of Queen’s, and the guides also get something out of the experience.
“I wanted to become a guide based on my own campus tour. I remember walking around campus for the first time and thinking to myself, ‘I can see myself going here.’ It’s really that feeling I wanted to give other students,” says Mr. Ramoutar, who now works in Undergraduate Admission.
The guides have different Queen’s experiences, but they all share a desire to connect with tour participants. They learn their names and determine their interests so they can tailor the tour accordingly.
The guides receive extensive training to prepare them for questions from students and their parents. And even though there are hundreds of tours each year, there’s always a new inquiry that helps keep the tours fresh and exciting. If guides don’t know the answer to a question, they follow up with their supervisor to find out.
Over 10,000 people toured Queen’s during the 2010-11 academic year. The groups came from across Canada and over 50 different countries.
Campus tours run twice daily, Monday to Friday. Learn more