Reconciliation & Me

Reconciliation & Me

Being an Indigenous student comes with its own unique set of experiences.

In the era of ‘Reconciliation’, post-secondary education has become the catalyst for change within our communities; the bridge between two systems of knowledge, and the foundation on which we’ve begun to create understanding.

It’s also a delicate balance between retaining one’s identity and pursuing one’s dreams. For many of us, it is a constant struggle between voicing our opinion and becoming a spokesperson, between sharing culture and becoming entertainment, between creating our own path and honouring our traditions.

It’s a strange feeling to discuss residential schools historically as if they aren’t our grandparents, aunts, and uncles were talking about. It’s even more odd to discuss Indigenous peoples in Canada and their traditions while sitting in a class as an Indigenous person still following those same traditions.

As we make our way through higher education and work together towards Reconciliation, we must find a way to first reconcile our own paths. To walk in our journey holding the knowledge of both worlds in balance. To learn from and with each other. Reconciliation starts here. Reconciliation starts with you, and it starts with me.

Tips for Managing Reading Week

Tips for Managing Reading Week

It is almost that time of year! The time that students everywhere look forward to… Reading Week!

I have been attending GPRC for the past four years. The first two years, I was taking just a class or two, but the past two years I have been a full-time student.  As a student I have very mixed feelings about Reading Week. It’s hard to not love the break, but truth be told, I have a really hard time getting back into the swing of things after Reading Week ends.  With that in mind, if anyone else feels the same struggles as I do, I have compiled a list of a few tips to help you with managing and staying on track during your Reading Week.

  1. Take the time at the beginning of the Reading Week break to make a list of what you want to accomplish over the week. Make a list, and plan the things that you want to do with your time.
  2. Get some rest during the week.
    Our brains are so tired, we really do need some sleep. Treat yourself to some early bedtimes.
  3. During your week off give yourself some time to plan out your next two months of school. Make a schedule using your course outlines as a guide to what is coming up. There is going to be a lot to do, but with a plan in place, you are laying out the ground work for success.
  4. Use some of Reading Week to get caught up. Whether that means doing laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning your house, or maybe making some meals for the week ahead.
  5. Plan some “you-time”. For myself, this means catching up on texts and phone calls, doing some Netflix binging, and taking my dog, Richelieu (shown in picture), for some good walks. Whatever it is, do things that make you feel good, things that have been weighing on your mind when you are busy with school.

  1. Don’t stop doing school work for the whole week. This is a big one. It is so hard to get back at it once you have completely stopped. I give myself a few days totally off, but then I start slowly getting back into the school routine.
  1. Use the weekend before school starts as a regular weekend. Meaning, use your weekend as you normally would during the school year.
    For me, that means coming to the college to study for a few hours, especially on Saturday, because that is what I do most weekends.

It definitely would be easy to take the whole week off, and I have done that… but the fact is, I’m way more successful at handling the after break blues when I follow these tips.

Have a great Reading Week everyone!

Submitted by Jessica Fontaine Gwin, Student Ambassador

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: February 11, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: February 11, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Blake Hoogestraat from the Wolves Men’s Soccer team and Mckenna Wolstenholmefrom the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Blake Hoogestraat #4

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Education
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Spruce Grove, Alberta

Blake Hoogestraat is in his second season with the Wolves. He is a dynamic player who always gives 100% on everything he does both on the field and in the classroom. Blake practices as he plays, with great effort and attention to detail. He always has a willingness to support his teammates and brings a never-say-die attitude to the pitch. Blake is a valued member of the Wolves Soccer Program. Thank you Blake for your dedication to the Wolves.

Mckenna Wolstenholme #12

Program: 3rd Year, University Transfer Bachelor of Education
Position: Libero/Setter
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Mckenna Wolstenholme is an extremely hard working individual who takes great pride in her academic and athletic accomplishments. Mckenna was a recipient of the CCAA – ACSC National Scholar Award for the 2017-2018 season, and has the future goal of completing an Education degree. Mckenna is a talented and versatile athlete gifted with speed and a strong ability to read the game. She is a fierce competitor who does not hesitate to pursue a ball and be relentless on defense. Mckenna also brings a strong serving game and setting ability. She also gives back to young volleyball players by coaching at summer camps, and has been a coach with Wolves club for the past 3 seasons! Thank you Mckenna for your dedication to the Wolves.

Loving Life

Loving Life

Being able to say I finally love my life feels amazing.

I will be 30 years old in April and in the past have felt like I haven’t accomplished much in my life besides party and take life for-granted. Since September 2017, when I made the decision to come back to school, I realized that was the first step I needed to take to feel great about myself again. I feel like I am actually doing something with my life now and have found myself, even though I still have my bad days – I always try to think positive and do the best that I can.

I came back to school aiming to get my upgrading done so I could take the Office Administration Program and so far I have succeed; and I’m excited to say that in April 2020 I will be done my program.

It has been a real struggle for me since I was out of school for so long before deciding to come back and also did the majority of my upgrading while I was pregnant with my son; who was born in July 2018.

GPRC made me a different but better person; someone who is more positive and keeps trying no matter how hard it is. I know for a fact I would not have come this far if it was not for my amazing instructors who stood by me and helped me as much as they could. I am so grateful that I got a chance to meet all the amazing people that work at the college to help all the students make their careers possible.

Becoming a Student Ambassador has also improved my outlook on life and my GPRC experience. I love that it has made me grow as a person and keeps giving me so many new experiences. I love giving my time to volunteer and help others, not only is it a great feeling but it is also so much fun.

With all this being said, when I turn 30 in April, I will feel like I have accomplished so many things in such a short period of time. Walking through the college doors back in 2017 made my life change for the better and I could not be happier. Being a student at GPRC helped me in so many ways and I feel like I have now done something with my life. I have so many plans for my future and now with me achieving my goals and having it just about completed, I feel so good about the life I can give myself as well as my children.

I was so afraid to turn 30 and have nothing to look forward to but now I can say that turning 30 will be the best year of my life and I would not change it for anything…because I love my life!

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Briana Sidoruk.

Here’s to the Kids!

Here’s to the Kids!

Finding balance as a student and parent is a tough gig. For those who must balance work on top, it can be overwhelming to say the least. We often talk about the struggle of working-student-parents, but there’s a group that is often overlooked in this journey; the kids. Our kids are on the same journey we are, and while we all hope to build them a better future, in the meantime, they feel the effects of our hard work and dream chasing. So, here’s to the kids…

Photo submitted by Casey Caines.

To the babies who grow up being rocked to sleep with lullabies of Plato and Organic Chemistry.

To the kids who learned to fall asleep on the floors of the library during exam week.

To the children who never complained about cereal for dinner too many nights in a row.

To the little ones who are the first at daycare in the morning so their parents can go to school, and the last ones to leave at night so their parents can go to work.

To the toddlers who learned to walk down the corridors of an empty school.

To the kids who had to share their family time with textbooks and laptops.

And to all the children who missed a good morning and, also a goodnight, because when you are a working student, sometimes 24-hours just isn’t enough.

I know it can’t be easy being the child of a working, student, parent. One day, there will be more time, and less studying. There will be less cereal, and more suppers at the kitchen table. You will walk this path together, even when its difficult, because you need to finish, and they need to see you do it. So, here’s to the kids who will grow strong, resilient, and educated because their first example was their parents.

Submitted by GPRC Education Ambassador, Casey Caines.