It Started With a Soundtrack

Have you ever listened to the radio and when a certain song comes on you are transported instantly to that moment in time when it was your favourite song? Well, as a graduate of the Television Broadcasting Class of ’84, every time I hear Roxanne or Burning Down the House I’m brought back to those long days in the studio. I remember hating Tainted Love the first few times I heard it, but now when it plays I can’t help but smile. I’m immersed in a vivid, tangible memory from college. Continue Reading

‘Memories and friends that will last a lifetime’: My College Days

Felicia (bride) with her Mohawk friends, (l-r) Ellen Alstein, Karina Mankinen, and Jessica Stacey (Faria)

Felicia (bride) with her Mohawk friends, (l-r) Ellen Alstein, Karina Mankinen, and Jessica Stacey (Faria)

I was at Mohawk College for three years, fresh out of high school. Everyone said, your college years are your best, but for me, those years didn’t become the best years until towards the end. It took me a while to find my place at Mohawk, to find my friends, to manage my time better, to find solid roommates and to figure out where I wanted to go in life – which is something I am still figuring out.

One of my favourite recollections of my time as a college student is how certain a friendship grew. Karina Mankinen and I were both enrolled in the Tourism and Travel program at the same time. It took a year and half for us to have the same schedules. We were always just missing each other. Continue Reading

‘Jeans were tight and hair was big’: My College Days

1989 Mohawk College Fennell CampusI went to Mohawk for Business Administration right after high school; 1987 through 1990. It was a different time from the hyper-sensitive, politically correct generation of today. Jeans were tight and hair was big; people talked on phones and face-to-face and we were there to learn something so we could get a job and get on with life.

I remember those awesome chocolate brown bricks were still pretty cool. I couldn’t figure out what career options those students in F-Wing could ever have.

The 4.77 mhz IBM Personal Computers were blazing a trail through BBSs around the globe and the World Wide Web was just an embryo at the time. Continue Reading

Taking My Son To Work

skateboardOn November 2, 2016, all students in Grade 9, Senior 1 (Manitoba), and Secondary III (Quebec) across Canada will spend the day at the workplace of a parent, relative, friend, or volunteer host. This is a signature program of The Learning Partnership (thelearningpartnership.ca), a national charitable organization dedicated to supporting, promoting, and advancing public education in Canada. The program is called, “Take Our Kids To Work” (thelearningpartnership.ca/TOKW), which has been running for 22 years, and has involved over 250,000 students and 75,000 businesses annually in a day of valuable career exploration and learning about the skills required in the world of work.

I really wish that they had this program in place back when I was in high school! It would have answered a lot of questions that I had back then about careers that I thought I was interested in pursuing. It would have saved me a lot of headaches and missteps in terms of what post-secondary programs to study and what jobs to apply for. Back in the mid-1980’s, all we had were guidance counsellors that could only provide outline information and resources about careers. The rest was pretty much up to us, the students, to figure things out. Continue Reading

5 Tips For Back To School Season

school kids runningSeptember – It’s that time of year again: Back to School Season!

As the summer comes to an end, students are settling in for a new exciting school year and transitioning back into their normal daily routines. The beginning of the school year tends to be very thrilling for all: they encounter new teachers, friends and of course, learning something completely fresh. Each year, students are faced with the challenge of adapting to their new transition of education institution, such as the move between Elementary School, High School and Post-Secondary Education. We all experienced these changes differently and the outcome for each individual can either affect us positively or negatively during our time as students.

Approach from a personal experience:

As a First-Canadian generation, my parents have always instilled the value of education and how we are fortunate to live in a country that is filled with grand opportunities to create a successful future – something that can be easily be taken for granted. Continue Reading