Meet Mercy; Your New Student Success Officer!

Hey GPRC, meet your new Student Success Officer!

My name is Mercy Balogun and I am the new student success officer for the Faculty of Arts, Science and Upgrading.

In August 2008, I moved from Nigeria (West Africa) away from my family and friends and everything I have always known to Canada for school at GPRC (Business Administration Program). It was a huge step for me as I have never lived away from home. I was very young and nothing prepared me for the weather of Alberta. With the help of new friends, I started to adapt to my new environment. Seeing snow for the first time ever in December 2008, was an exciting experience!

I had my own struggles as a student but starting at a small community college, like GPRC made all the difference.

In my leisure time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, I love to read books, meet new people and I love to travel. One of the things on my bucket list is to travel and see the world. Travelling I believe is part of education. It makes you experience new cultures, food, environment and a new way of life.

I am looking forward to providing support and resources to help students achieve their academic and personal growth. As a former graduate of GPRC, I definitely identify with the ups and downs of being a student. I am very excited to meet all the students and start my new role. Mercy joins Alaina Archibald as one of the College’s Student Success Officers.

Check out the blog post we did welcoming Alaina here.

So how can these Student Success Officer’s help you?

“As Student Success Officers, we will act as a contact point for students to offer assistance in accessing various resources within the college and in the surrounding communities. We want students to gain the supports they need, both academically and personally, to ensure that they are successful in achieving their post-secondary goals. We will regularly check-in with students and provide information to help them to continue moving forward.”

Pretty cool, right? So don’t hesitate to reach out!

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GPRC Student Success Officers are available to students from Monday-Friday and we can be reached via email, phone or in person.

Alaina Archibald
Student Success Officer
School of Trades, Agriculture & Environment
Office: FAC131, Fairview Campus
Phone: (780) 835-6763

Mercy Balogun
Student Success Officer
Arts, Education & Upgrading
Office: C310, Grande Prairie Campus
Phone: (780) 539-2942

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