Winter the Season

Winter the Season


Are you worried about leaving 10 minutes earlier? The winter season is almost here again, officially speaking. Time to layer-up and stay warm. I find myself leaving 10 minutes earlier because I either have to clear the snow off my car/driveway or just to beat the slow traffic. Whatever it takes to be on time. Some say there is no such thing as bad weather just bad dressing, I say tell that to the stars! The great thing about this season at GPRC is that the college building is well taken care of. The rooms are set at the right temperature, but hey, don’t forget to bring a warm cup of coffee… because you don’t want to miss out on all the juicy stuff in the classrooms. Just a reminder to always leave your parking permit displayed. It might be a blizzard out there, but the security personnel are always on duty.

With winter set to roll, we too must be prepared. With our winter tires rotated and our winter gear on, we are ready to take on whatever tasks may lie ahead. The fall semester is almost over. Are we ready for winter? With more snow and more schoolwork, I bet we are. On the bright side, Christmas holidays are just around the corner. Don’t forget to cuddle under a blanket with a book at hand, whilst we await this season. Stay safe everyone.

Blog post submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Nneka Nwaigwe

Are You a Slave to Fashion Trends?

Are You a Slave to Fashion Trends?

Surprisingly, following the latest fashion trends is still a big deal on college campuses such as GPRC but considering the cost implications, one would think that students could literally not afford to get caught in this trap. Since fashion trends come and go, keeping up with them can become very expensive, particularly for students. I have noticed in my first year at GPRC that a lot of students are wearing the same fashion trends. I can’t afford to follow fashion trends but there are times that I have desired these trendy clothes but their cost was prohibitive. When I wasn’t able to have them, it saddened me because I felt that I was not fitting in with the rest of the GPRC college students. Ironically, these constantly changing fashion trends are a never-ending cycle of spending money just so one can feel “current” in today’s clothing fashions. It would never end if I got caught in this spending trap!

Is it possible that the constant pursuit of these trends is linked to self-esteem? Are people still trying to meet the standards of others? I came to realize that it is not so much about wearing the latest trends but how you could combine your existing articles of clothing, how it looks on you, and how neatly you present yourself.

Furthermore, students who want to look good take care of their inner and outer self: wearing a smile, and sharing some kindness and compassion is more important than what the eyes can see. While you work towards presenting the best outside, consider developing inner traits that make us better people.

Blog post submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Makua Chukwuweta.

College Life Blog

College Life Blog

College life is your typical college stereotypes. College can be stressful, nerve-wracking, and exciting, all at once. I procrastinated to attend an institution for years after high school for fear of failure and choosing a career that best suited me. “Am I making the right choice?” “Is now the right time?” “When is the right time?” For some, it comes easy, as if they had known their entire lives what they were going to be when they grew up. For some, it takes years and some it comes at just the right time. From one student to another, let me say, “you are not alone.”

Once the decision was made to follow through with my education, and for my career, I was happy. I went to class every day; assignments were handed in on time, tests, and the course knowledge came easy. Then as the first month past, I noticed my motivation began to slip. I was making excuses for myself and lying about those excuses. I found the balance of school, work, and my own sanity just wasn’t there. Feeling tired from the defenses and shame within myself, I reached out to a counselor on the MY SSP app because I knew I wasn’t getting out of this on my own. What came to light after our 30-minute session was weightlifting. I learned not to think about my day in a negative way; instead, try and find something positive to look forward to. I learned to talk to myself with patience, to stop beating myself up for everything I was doing wrong and start to tell myself a positive as a replacement. Something that may seem so small but helped a lot was to pick out an outfit the night before or pack my lunch to relieve some of those added morning stressors. Not every experience is the exact same, but I thought I could share a little of mine with you in hopes that when you question your “why, when, where, etc.”, you know there are others just like you. So please, from one student to another, let us put an end to THE MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA!

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Shawnee Stanley.

The Number One Cause of Financial Stress for College Students and How to Avoid It

The Number One Cause of Financial Stress for College Students and How to Avoid It

Impulsive buying often makes students buy things that they did not plan to buy or even need in the first place. When I have bought impulsively without thinking, it was an emotional reaction that sometimes lead to excessive spending. I came to learn however, that most items like extra clothes, shoes, bags, gadgets, etc. are things that can wait. If GPRC college students learn how to prioritize material needs, it will help determine essential from non-essential items. An important question to ask oneself when tempted to purchase a ‘luxury item’ is: “This item is nice but is it necessary?” If you answer this question truthfully, you will find that you can live without it.

One way to prioritize is to first be attentive to your actual budget, i.e. how much money do you currently have in your bank account? It would be wise to not get into the habit of depending on your credit card given their high-interest rates. It would be better to simply not live beyond your means. For example, if a GPRC student’s income consists of either student loans, financial gifts from relatives, or income from part-time jobs it is vital not to exhaust these sources leaving nothing left for paying essential bills and necessities such as food, housing, and textbooks.

A way to save money in Grande Prairie is to shop frugally in places such as Value Village for clothing (hey, they have some good stuff for cheap!) and No Frills for groceries. If necessary, there is also a GPRC Student Services Food Bank.

Another option to consider is to become less materialistic in life. Try to find satisfaction in non-material things such as helping a stranger, talking to friends, enjoying nature, etc. This may sound odd at first but in time, you may come to know genuine satisfaction that can last longer than a material object.

If you find that your bills/expenses exceed your budget, perhaps it is time to seek some form of employment. Check out the jobs for GPRC students on the College website.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Makuashukwu Chukweta

Welcome Visiting Scholar Gina Castro Sanguinetti

Visiting Scholar Gina Castro Sanguinetti

Gina Castro Sanguinetti is bringing her passion for animal health to the GPRC National Bee Diagnostic Centre! We’re excited to welcome Gina to our community all the way from Peru as she assists NBDC researchers with Honey Bee Viruses in the Peace Country, an initiative led by researcher and GPRC instructor Dr. Shauna Henley.

Gina works for the Laboratory of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology at the National University of San Marcos, Peru. As a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), Gina has worked on several research projects at the University related to animal health of domestic species. Recently, she has expanded her research experience into honey bee health working at the National Institute of Agrarian Innovation, Peru. The focus of Gina’s research was to identify the main viral agents affecting Peruvian honey bees. “In Peru, there are not too many studies at this level,” Gina said. “As a veterinarian interested in animal health, I wanted to introduce this field to the university where I work.”

Gina’s work with honey bees in Peru made her a perfect fit for Dr. Henley’s research project at NBDC. “I can’t wait to learn from everything,” said Gina. “This is a great lab, and it’s growing. I’m happy to be part of it.”

Gina’s position as a visiting scholar with NBDC is part of a larger trend of bee researchers around the world connecting, sharing, and collaborating on major issues with bee health. NBDC maintains several international partnerships and frequently welcomes visiting scholars like Gina, who offer fresh insights and perspectives on our work.

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