Strangers in a friendly land

October 22, 2013 • Written by

Student

The following article was written by Neil Reimer, a Red River College student in the Creative Communications program for “Community News Commons”, an online news hub. The story is about “foreign students” (Neil Reimer’s term) and the challenges they face when they come to Canada and adjust to life at Red River College. Neil Reimer interviewed Gabriela Ludusan, Mentor Program Coordinator, and focused the article on the impact and importance of the Cultural and Language Mentor Program. This article is posted with permission from Neil Reimer.

Foreign students at Red River College have to face many challenges living in Canada. Fortunately, they don’t have to do it alone.

One of those students is nineteen-year-old Nipneet Butter. She comes from Punjab, India, and is studying Applied Accounting. It was hard for her to leave her home. Now, her biggest challenge as a foreign student living in Winnipeg is meeting new friends.

“Leaving your friends with whom you have spent all your happy and sad moments is definitely challenging and heartbreaking,” said Butter.

She would like to see her fellow students outside of the class more often but doesn’t feel there are enough opportunities to bring them together.

In order to meet more people and to try to make friends she has signed up for The Cultural and Language Mentor Program, a program offered twice a year at the college, from September to December and again from January to April.

The Program pairs an international student with a Canadian staff or student for friendship, English language practice and cross-cultural exchange. Last year there were 280 completions.

Ayomikun Kayode is from Nigeria, and now lives in Winnipeg. A recent graduate of Red River College, Kayode also took part in The Cultural and Language Mentor Program while studying at the college.

“I was able to have very great partnerships with two wonderful people that were always ready to advise me accordingly, support me even outside of school, and introduce me to lots of opportunities out there,” said Kayode.

Read More →

Student Employment Services – Speaker on Campus Event

October 22, 2013 • Written by

 The ME Company: A resource guide to networking and branding yourself in today’s economy.

  • How to avoid the little things that will destroy your resume                                            Personal Branding Social Network
  • How to access the hidden job market
  • Networking: What works and what doesn’t
  • How to get an informational interview in the company of your choice  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

White Lecture Theatre, Notre Dame Campus

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

If you are interested in attending the information session please register online at: http://connect.rrc.ca/Resource/StudentEmploymentServices/

Cognitive Cross Training

October 21, 2013 • Written by

DaynaBlog1A note from your Academic Coach on Cognitive Cross-Training

Think about yourself and how you learn. What do you read, think about and pursue when you “don’t have to”?  How do you learn this information?  What resources do you tap into?  What learning style do you employ?

You may notice that learning is easier when you are genuinely interested, when your natural curiosity is peaked.

Now, think about your college classes.  How is information shared with you?  What can you do if the teaching style of your instructor is a bit different than your learning style?  And, how do you make seemingly uninteresting material engaging. How can you make it your own?  Because, at the end of the day, you want to incorporate your brain’s natural learning preferences into your studying approach.

You can repackage the material

How can you repackage your material?

Mix things up! What does your study time look like?  Is it a repetitive & predictable exercise?  If so, string together a series of varied, but related activities.  Begin by learning through your natural learning style and then incorporate an activity from each of the remaining 3 learning styles.  Because, encountering the same material in different ways can help cement knowledge as you activate different parts of the brain.

Visual (V)
Learn information from charts, graphs, flow charts, and other symbolic means.

Aural/Auditory (A)
Hear what you are learning. Learn from lectures, pod casts, group discussion, YouTube videos, web chats, and by talking things through.

Read/Write (R)
Receive your information through words, reading, and writing in all its forms.

Kinesthetic (K)
Learn through hands-on activities, either in real-life situations such as work-based learning, or in simulated lab environments.

Interested in knowing your learning style & finding out great tips on how to study using this learning style?  Check out:

http://www.rrc.ca/files/File/lac/learningstyle.pdf

What can I do today?
Take it outside.  Done your cable-knit sweater and walk on an autumn trail.  Pose study/review questions to yourself and answer them as you walk.  There is a school in Canmore, Alberta which is built on the model of a “Forest School.”  Students spend at least one 45-minute block learning outdoors.  Sometimes our best ideas come to us when we leave the 4 walls and synthesise information in nature.

In the final analysis, challenge yourself to synthesize information, apply it in new ways, be innovative, think about what you’re learning and apply it to future thinking.

Submitted by:  Dayna Graham,  Adult Learning Facilitator, Academic Success Centre

DaynaBlog2

 

Calm your mind, boost your grades

October 7, 2013 • Written by
student-distracted

http://www.technapex.com/2012/12/teaching-a-distracted-generation-to-focus/

Work. School. Home. You know it, these days our minds are pulled in a million directions. Add to this phones, friends, and coworkers that want to beep, poke, ring and connect with you anytime, anywhere. (And they’re asking for us to respond immediately. Like, now. As in ASAP. It’s urgent!)

How it it possible to study with all these competing demands? Learning at RRC takes time and concentration. Your brain needs the space to focus on the important task of considering, absorbing and practicing using new knowledge and skills.

If you feel a buzz of activity is distracting you from learning, you may want to invest in developing a practice that can help you concentrate, de-stress and prioritize your thoughts. It’s called mindfulness, and it means centering all your energy and thought to one thing, at one time.

Though this sounds simple, this one step can have a profound effect on controlling your time and your mind’s activity. And this kind of control does influence your success at school, with recent studies have showing that mindfulness activities lead to higher grades on quizzes. 

Mindfulness asks you to pay attention to one thing while ignoring distracting thoughts.

mindfullness

www.getselfhelp.co.uk/mindfulness.htm

To help yourself develop mindfulness, try the simple meditation exercise found below. It’s relaxing and will help you focus and train your brain to eliminate thoughts that interrupt your intended area of focus. This particular exercise focuses on breathing, but you’ll find the skills you learn in this exercise are transferable to school-related activities.

Mindfulness is something that needs to be practiced and cultivated. Give yourself at least 15 minutes a day to practice this skill and you’ll be rewarded with owning your mental space and controlling the multiple distractions that bombard your mind daily.  To find other online mindfulness resources, try visiting:

http://www.psychologytools.org/mindfulness.html
http://www.mindful.org/

Read More →

ASC Tutors rock, literally.

October 7, 2013 • Written by

spirit rocksDelaney Earthdancer is a tutor at RRC’s Academic Success Centre. Below is a story that illustrates how the value of tutoring reaches beyond simply reviewing coursework. 

Rocks

I collect rocks. Have done so for years. I have never asked myself why. They sit contented in large glass bowls throughout my house. They are a grounding presence.

A few years ago, I was tutoring a young man – early thirties – who was in the Apprenticeship program at Red River College. We met three times a week and focused primarily on mathematics and DC Fundamentals. He worked hard which is essential if you want to succeed in a college course. However, his history as a struggling student in grade school worried him.

As his final test approached, his anxiety became more apparent. Listening to him talk about his fears, I wondered what I could do to help him ground during the test.

Hmmm….. how about a rock? So, quietly and gently – in a listening spirit – I told him that I collect rocks. And I asked him, “Would you like a rock? You could put it on your desk, or in your pocket, and it could be like I am there with you as you write the test.” He hesitated, then his face softened with emotion and I knew my offer had touched him. There was silence and quiet considering. Yes, that would be okay. So, I brought him a rock.

A beautiful spirit-filled grounding rock.

A few days later – a big smile on his face – he came to me to tell me he had passed his test and his course. And he gave me a lovely polished rock. I still carry it with me.

Since that time, I will offer rocks to students who may need this small support. As a result, students in different areas in the college are now aware of the rocks, and will ask for one. I pull out my ceramic container of beloved rocks I keep at work and the student picks the rock that speaks to her/him. And later, I hear about how the rock was with them as they wrote their test.

Aboriginal Student Support Events – Exchange District Campus – October 2013

October 3, 2013 • Written by

8720042081_03d3215658_oThe Aboriginal Liaison from MB Student Aid will be at the Exchange District campus to present information and answer questions regarding student aid –  the process, how to apply, free money…!

MB Student Aid Presentation

  • Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
  • Aboriginal Support Centre P409
  • Exchange District Campus
  • 12pm –1pm

ALSO COMING UP

EDC Beading Club with Cheyenne & Monica

  • Wednesday, October 16th and 30th

Inuit Wall Hanging Making Workshop – with Elder Levinia Brown

  • Wednesday October 23rd, 2013
  • Wednesday November 6th, 2013
  • Exchange District Campus
  • Aboriginal Support Centre Room P409
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

EDC Winter Feast

  • Thursday, December 5th 2013
  • Aboriginal Support Centre Room P409
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For more information on any of these events please contact Cheyenne Chartrand at 949-8506 or email chchartand@rrc.ca

If you think flu season is coming up…you’re right!

October 3, 2013 • Written by

Don't Get FluFlu, cold or stomach flu – which is it?

You may be wondering: Do I have the flu, or stomach flu, or just a cold? Contrary to popular belief, the “stomach flu”, which is the general term used to describe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, is not actually caused by influenza. Influenza is a respiratory virus, meaning it affects your lungs and chest, not your stomach.

 

Although they can seem similar, a common cold causes a runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, a sore throat and is much less serious than a flu. The greatest distinguishing factor between the two is the gradual onset of a cold as opposed to the sudden feeling of severe sickness caused by the flu. In fact, an influenza infection can sideline you from school and work for up to two weeks!

What is influenza then, and what is the big deal?

The “flu” (short for influenza) is caused by the influenza virus, which invades your nose, throat and lungs. This is also how the virus spreads from person to person. All the lovely folks you see coughing, sneezing, and blowing their nose around you are victims to the virus’ diabolical strategy of infecting as many people as it can, as quickly as it can.

Picture this: You’re on a bus and someone has just sneezed beside you. You may not know this, but it’s likely you were unfortunate enough to inhale a good dose of your neighbour’s respiratory droplets. Depending on your health and immune status, you may be in for a rough ride of sudden onset fever (>38 *C), coughing, headaches, sore throat, runny nose, weakness and fatigue that can sometimes last two weeks or longer. Another characteristic feature of the flu, commonly described as the feeling of “getting hit by a truck”, is severe muscle and joint pain. It is also important to note that children may show somewhat different symptoms of influenza than adults (such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting), as well as the symptoms listed above.

Why a flu vaccine?

A flu vaccine is the best known way to prevent you from the most common types of flu. That being said, it does not provide a 100% guarantee that you will not get the flu. Find out why and how effective the flu vaccine is in our following blog!

Check out our following blogs to learn about how the flu vaccine is manufactured, benefits of getting the flu vaccine and more interesting information as well as flu clinic dates.

From Health Services Practicum Nursing Students Thomas and Alexis

Celebrate and support LGBTT* rights in October!

September 30, 2013 • Written by

8951933831_db3bea0255_b (landscape)October is a month with many opportunities to celebrate and support the LGBTT* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit) community. Coming Out Day (October 11), Spirit Day (October 17) and the Ally Week (October 21-25) provide a special time to reflect and advocate for LGBTT* rights and the value of diversity and inclusiveness, and to become Allies!

Coming Out Day (October 11): Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or as an ally.

A Resource Guide to Coming Out is a publication that acknowledges that the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion – from fear to euphoria, and is available at http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/resource-guide-to-coming-out. A Coming Out as a Straight Supporter guide is a resource intended to be a welcoming guide for straight supporters to build bridges of understanding when someone they know comes out to them, and is available at http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/straight-guide-to-lgbt-americans.

Spirit Day (October 17): People wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and to speak out against bullying. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag.

Participants can take the Spirit Day pledge at www.glaad.org/spiritday and then wear purple on October 17 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.

Ally Week (October 21-25): Ally Week, taking place this year on October 21-25, is a week where people can engage in a dialogue about how everyone can work to become better Allies against anti-LGBT language, bullying and harassment in schools.

Read More →

Student Employment Services – Employer on Campus events in October include:

September 30, 2013 • Written by

Notre Dame Campus

Mosaic (Tuesday, October 8, 2013)

TD Canada Trust (Tuesday, October 22, 2013)

Allstate (Thursday, October 24, 2013)

The North West Company (Wednesday, October 30, 2013)

 

Exchange District Campus

Fast Canadian Enterprise Ltd. (Monday, October 7, 2013)

TD Canada Trust (Thursday, October 24, 2013)

Allstate (Friday, October 25, 2013)

The North West Company (Tuesday, October 29, 2013)

For event information and registration visit Jobcentral.rrc.ca.

RRC Aboriginal Student Supports – September Events Calendar

September 13, 2013 • Written by

8721165368_a69f09dc8e_o

The Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations department has plenty of great events coming up in the next few weeks, including Women’s Full Moon Drumming, an info session on Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships, a Pipe Ceremony and Fall Feast to celebrate the equinox, and an opportunity to become part of the R-Crew.

Women’s Full Moon Drumming – September 17

Please join us in the Aboriginal Support Centre, room F205 on Tuesday, September 17 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for Women’s Full Moon Drumming with Elder, Mae Louise Campbell.

Although drums will be provided, feel free to bring your own drum. No past drumming experience or knowledge is necessary! All are welcome. If you have any questions, feel free to call Tracy Brant at 632-2106 or email: tbrant@rrc.ca.

Information Session on Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships for Aboriginal Students

Want to know more about awards and scholarships available to Aboriginal students?

Don’t know what the process is?  How do you apply?

Please mark your calendars to attend one of our information sessions.

Notre Dame Campus

  • Wednesday, September 18,
  • Aboriginal Support Centre, F205
  • 12pm – 1pm

Exchange District Campus

  • Wednesday, September 25
  • Room P415
  • 12pm – 1pm

Read More →