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The ‘What Makes You Feel Alive List’

Step aside ‘Bucket List’, there’s a new list in town: the ‘What Makes You Feel Alive List’! Okay, so this idea came from the combination of a couple of things that have been percolating in my mind over the past two weeks. First, it’s the new year, which reminds me that I need to contribute to my RRSP so I…
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It’s okay to be uncomfortable

“It’s sometimes okay to be uncomfortable,” my mentor said to me while we were talking about my driving anxiety. While the conversation had nothing to do with counselling, it was extremely relevant to therapy. The phrase struck a chord with me and I began thinking about how change can be uncomfortable. Everyone goes through changes in life but sometimes even…
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Sleep and Sleep Hygiene – a Psychoeducational Class

After graduating from the Psychiatric Nursing program, I wrote and passed the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) exam and am enjoying life as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. Part of my job entails creating and running psychoeducational groups, which is a type of group therapy aimed at educating clients about their conditions and how to cope. While creating a psychoeducational group…
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5 Tips for Managing a Busy Schedule and School

Going back to school as an adult learner certainly adds a bit of chaos into your life. Juggling work, family and schoolwork is possible but it requires some diligent schedule management. In my case, I chose not to work while in Gerontology school knowing that it would be difficult to devote my attention to both. To be honest, it wasn’t…
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Meet Preet! Stenberg’s Optician Student

Makeup artist who found her fit as an Optician There’s a saying that elders always tell us, “One should never stop learning”. By trade, I’m a hair and makeup artist. By education, I’m a historian mixed with a little philosopher’s guilt. But on every path I’ve treaded, life’s sent me some random detour I was not prepared to travel. So,…
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Meet Nikkil! Stenberg’s Optician Student Blogger

Industry professional turned Student Optician Hello, my name is Nik! I am a student in Stenberg College’s Licensed Optician Diploma program and am excited to share my journey to becoming a Licensed Optician with you. I began the program in October of 2018 and have already learned so much.   How I fell in love with Opticianry Initally, I was…
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Meet Janelle: Our new Cardiology Technologist blogger

My name is Janelle and I am so excited to start this blogging journey to share my adventures and what I learn in the Cardiology Technologist Diploma program at Stenberg College! To start off, I would like to share a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Abbotsford in beautiful British Columbia. Since I was young, I…
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Theory without practice is empty; practice without theory is blind

Our class had its first lab portion of the Licensed Optician program, where everything we have learned in theory came together with actual hands-on practice with an equipment opticians use called a Lensometer. In layman’s terms, it is a “microscope” for glasses, which allows the optician to perform many measurements towards what the best options for their client will be….
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My First Clinical Experience in Psychiatric Nursing

At the end of the first semester, Psychiatric Nursing students shadow care aids as part of their clinical experience to learn the basics of patient care…or so I thought. I can confidently say my experience at practicum expanded way beyond the basic of patient care. Although my first clinical experience cannot easily be summarized into a single page, there are a few major components I would like to share.
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Learning how to fail: The key to surviving my first semester

My first failing mark was for the participation of a discussion forum within a few weeks of starting the Psychiatric Nursing course. I had completely forgotten to do my peer posts in one of my classes, which are expected every week by noon on Sundays. I resolved that I would never fail again… and then I did. The second time…
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