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

Fall is on the Mid-Term

Fall is on the Mid-Term

Fall is upon us and we are ready for it… or are we? I like how the leaves slowly turn brown/orange/yellow. All the fall season colors coming to play reminds me of the upcoming mid-term exams. There are regular workshops held for writing skills. Perhaps all we need do is to form study groups to get a variety of ideas to support our own idea and get ready for the exams. Even studying alone strengthens us in ways we can never imagine. Whatever works for you, just get going… keep walking, and never look back; because here, there are endless possibilities. Make use of the opportunities offered at GPRC to excel. Most teachers here are willing to answer your questions and provide you with additional guidance. The bookstore has a plethora of informative books for researching. For bookworms like me, there’s nothing like “too much information”. No matter the season, just remember that you have what it takes to get to your dream world.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Nneka Nwaigwe.

Keeping the Stress at Bay

Keeping the Stress at Bay

We all know the feeling of our courses weighing us down, stressing us out, however, there are ways we can adapt and overcome the winter blues and keep that upbeat attitude through the school year! 

  • Diet: Making sure to eat a balanced and nutritious diet is key in looking and feeling your best. Try to enjoy fruit, vegetables, and home-cooked meals as often as possible, these are loaded in essential vitamins and nutrients that we need during the cold winter months
  • Exercise: Get moving! Moving and working out is a fantastic way to increase your mood, according to a Harvard medical study, running just 15 minutes or walking for an hour can help reduce the risk of depression. We have a fantastic gym available for students at no charge, just bring your ID!
  • Set aside ‘you-time’: Taking care of yourself is very important. With all the exams and papers that are due we can often find ourselves forgetting to take time to relax and do some much-needed self-care. 
  • Sleep: Sleep is so important for us, even though we can rarely find the time to get the proper amount. Without sleep, you will feel more exhausted and be less focused, which in turn can make sleeping more difficult. 
  • Give yourself time: If an assignment or a paper is due in a week, work on it when you get it. This will help you ration your time better and reduce the stress of having a large paper or assignment due with only a day to do it in!

We all have stress; it is completely normal and natural to feel stressed out. If you are feeling stressed or sad, we have many fantastic instructors and mentors here that can help you out, as well as professional counselors that can help you manage your stress, depression, or anxiety. If you feel you need help, get the My SSP app or talk to student services about mental health help.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Neil Reid.