I have always considered myself to be a very independent person. I keep to myself, I don’t talk a whole lot, and I rarely make use of any kind of student services. On an intellectual level I understand the value of these services, but beyond that I usually don’t give them a second thought. That changed on a fateful Thursday morning.
I have a passion for martial arts. Unfortunately, my skill does not match my passion. As a result, I ended up sustaining an injury to my ankle during training. This injury faded after a few days, but it continued to flair up occasionally and I began to grow concerned. I decided to see a doctor and find out what was wrong. I started calling around, trying to determine if I could get in to see a doctor in Grande Prairie or if I would have to see one back home. The answer was the same no matter where I called, I could be spending hours in a waiting room, or I couldn’t get in to see a doctor at all. I was really struggling to figure out what to do when I remembered that GPRC has an on-campus clinic. I gave them a call the next morning to see if I could drop in.
I was able to set a time to drop in between lunch and my afternoon class that day. I got in, filled out a little bit of paperwork, and was able to see the doctor within fifteen minutes. The doctor came in and we discussed the problem. He did a quick examination and told me that it was just a sprain, and that my ankle would heal fine on it’s own as long as I gave it time to rest.
In the end, I ended up not needing a whole lot from the doctor. That fact makes me appreciate even more how much time I saved being able to go to the on-campus clinic. I didn’t have to drive anywhere, and I didn’t have to deal with any ridiculous wait times. As a full-time student this was a tremendous blessing. Life can get very hectic at school, and every bit of time saved is a huge help. Having access to on-campus healthcare is absolutely fantastic.
Submitted by a GPRC Education Ambassador