News Archives: GPRC recognizes Star Students online
Monday, November 30th, 2020
Alina Marina Crudu, second year in GPRC's Early Learning & Child Care program.
GPRC’s President’s Ball is the College’s largest annual fundraising event. With collective donations over the past five years, this event has helped to raise over $480,000 directly impacting our students and their success. One of the most loved aspects of the President’s Ball is recognizing our Star Students.
Star Students are students that stand out and shine for a variety of reasons including being an academic star; an outstanding volunteer involved in the College community; or someone who has shown significant improvement or made outstanding effort during their time here at GPRC. Star Students are nominated by GPRC faculty and staff.
Although, the 2020 GPRC President’s Ball was postponed until it’s safe to all get together again, we are excited to still highlight and recognize 8 incredible students virtually.
Thank you to our community for your valued support and ongoing commitment to our College.
Meet Alina Marina Crudu.
Alina is a second year in GPRC’s Early Learning and Child Care diploma program. GPRC Communications and Marketing got to virtually meet with Alina and ask a few questions on what it meant to her to be recognized by her instructors as a Star Student.
Check it out.
What does it mean to you to be chosen as a Star Student and recognized for your hard work?
It is an honor to be nominated as a Star Student. I put a lot of work and effort to become the student I am today and have met a lot of people throughout my journey that have inspired me and kept me motivated. Some of those people were definitely my instructors. I am very grateful that the people who inspired me the most are the ones that believed I deserved such an amazing and prestigious recognition.
Why did you choose to come to GPRC? What have been some highlights of your academic career so far?
I was attracted by the small, community-type of classrooms and the diversity of the programs that GPRC had to offer. Being a student in the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) program at GPRC is more than just being a College student. It was amazing to have the opportunity to get to know your instructors and it is even better when they know you by name. They are supportive and readily available to provide you with guidance throughout your entire academic experience.
I was able to grow professionally and personally while being a part of such an amazing community of instructors, colleagues, children and families! It is a very rewarding experience and I will never forget my years at GPRC.
What are your future goals after you finish your program at GPRC?
After I finish my diploma program I plan to work in the childcare field and become a professional educator. I also plan to further my academic career and get a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and one day become a teacher in the public-school system.
What are you up to when you’re not studying or in class?
I try to explore nature as much as I can. My go-to-ways to relax are one-day trips, long walks on the trails, fishing, and camping.
We want to know some of your favourites. Favourite class so far at GPRC? Favourite study snack? Favourite study spot?
It is hard to choose a favourite class at GPRC. I love all of them, especially the ones that involve hands-on experiences such as doing arts and crafts.
My favorite study snack is definitely coffee.
One of my favorite study spots was definitely the library. I wish I could go back to those times when we could freely walk in the hallways and in the library.
This has been an unprecedented year with the COVID-19 pandemic. How have you adapted to the new learning landscape? What have been some helpful or useful tips you have learned throughout this experience?
Transitioning from traditional in-person courses to online delivery was very smooth and easy thanks to my incredible and resourceful instructors. They went above and beyond our expectations to provide us with a high-quality academic experience. I have learned that anything can be done when people come together and share ideas and solutions that can help them overcome difficult challenges in unprecedented times.
What advice would you give to a fellow student to motivate them in their studies?
I would tell them to enjoy the process, even though there might be ups and downs. College years are some of the most beautiful years and they should enjoy it. Set small weekly goals for yourself and try to accomplish them, so you do not feel overwhelmed; and most important, do not forget to take care of yourself by doing the things you enjoy the most.
Congratulations Alina on being chosen as a 2020 Star Student. We can’t wait to see what you achieve next.
To learn more about the President’s Ball and how you can support GPRC students, please visit our website.