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First Generation at St. Lawrence College logoFirst Generation students come from all walks of life; varying age ranges, different backgrounds, some have worked for years while others come directly from High School, some went to University first, some have children, and many more scenarios.

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Questions & Answers with First Generation Students

Ruth S - 1st year Social Service Worker (Arts & Science Graduate 2015) from Barrie, ON
Megan D - 2nd year Child and Youth Care from Ottawa, ON
Loni M - 3rd year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) from Bath, ON
Megan G - 2015 graduate of the General Arts & Science Diploma from Sault Ste. Marie, ON

1. Describe yourself in three words:
2. What are you passionate about?
3. What made you choose SLC over all the other colleges?
4. What do you like best about College?
5. My favorite SLC class has been
6. Where is the best place to study on campus?
7. What has been the biggest challenge for you as a student?
8. Have you used any of our services? If so, which service(s) did you use?
9. Please describe how the services(s) helped you:
10. If you could share one piece of advice with other First Generation students, what would it be?
11. When I graduate, I hope to:

1. Describe yourself in three words:

Ruth - Friendly, hardworking, caring
Megan D - Witty, Smart, Generous
Loni - Passionate, has vision, and is credible
Megan G - Ambitious, Stubborn, Independent

2. What are you passionate about?

Ruth - Family and doing my best in college
Megan D - I am passionate about Mental Health, the awareness and education of people to put an end to the stigma that is associated with have a Mental Health problem.
Loni - Leadership and Nursing.
Megan G - Helping others in any way possible and learning anything that catches my interest

3. What made you choose SLC over all the other colleges?

Ruth - The people
Megan D - I choose SLC because I would rather not be a number in a sea of students, I like to be able to have that one on one connection with my professors.
Loni - The nursing program St. Lawrence offered was close to home and allowed students to begin placement in the hospital their first year of the program.
Megan G - The SLC Slogan at the time "Dream it Live it" followed by the specialized General Arts program and the friendly faculty

4. What do you like best about College?

Ruth - The challenge
Megan D - I like the social aspect of college, getting to meet new people and learning new perspectives/ways of life.
Loni - The hands on learning and small class sizes!
Megan G - the equality and respect between the students and teachers

5. My favorite SLC class has been:

Ruth - Professional Effectiveness
Megan D - Women's Abuse
Loni - The nursing practice labs. The labs are a chance to demonstrate the skills you learned in the classroom on a mannequin before you head to the hospital and work with patients.
Megan G - Oooo difficult one. I am going to have to say "The Living World" with Curtis McKague or "Psychology" with Lisa Slack

6. Where is the best place to study on campus?

Ruth - The Library
Megan D - Davis Hall during exam time.
Loni - Definitely the library. I am the type of student who needs quiet and no distractions when learning, so the cubicles in the library fit my study habits.

7. What has been the biggest challenge for you as a student?

Ruth - Being a single mother and balancing family and college.
Megan D - My biggest challenge I would say is the unknown. Since my parents did not attend post-secondary, I felt very blindsided and a bit confused at first but you get the hang of it after a while.
Loni - The biggest challenge I had had to overcome as a student was procrastination. It is so easy not to pick your textbook, or write a paper on a sunny day.  However, overtime you learn these habits only create more stress down the road when the work load piles up and exams draw nearer.
Megan G - The booths with the Dr. Seuss quotes on them or the Eagle Cafe.

8. Have you used any of our services? If so, which service(s) did you use?

Ruth - Yes, I've been to most of workshops.
Megan D - I have used the school services, IT Services, The Heath Center, and The Accommodations.
Megan G - Math and Writing Centre, Eagle Cafe, Workshops.

9. Please describe how the services(s) helped you:

Ruth - I took most of the workshops and I learned new ways to study, note take, relaxation technique,
how to take tests, and how to manage my time etc.
Loni - I applied to and won the first generation bursary and it helped me with placing some extra cash in my pocket. Money can be tight when you are a student, and every little bit helps along the way! When financial stresses are lifted, often students find they are able to place their focus on their studies.
Megan G - The Math and Writing Centre helped to make sure that my assignments were the best they could be and helped me look at my essays from a different and more critical way. Eagle Cafe was a place where you could relax and mingle with people in a quiet setting. The workshops gave me tips on notes and studying that helped to manage my time better.

10. If you could share one piece of advice with other First Generation students, what would it be?

Ruth - Go to class every day and pay attention, take notes, and do the best you can.
Megan D - One piece of advice I would give to other First Gen's is not to spread yourself so thin, pick your priorities first, do things in advance, it makes life way less stressful.
Loni - I would recommend associating yourself with other first generation students. Being a first generation student can be scary at times, so it’s important to surround yourself with other students who are in the same boat as you, and who can help you with any concerns you may have. 
Megan G - Don't give up. Even if you don't like a class you may be in, attendance is important and you would be surprised at what you could find out.

11. When I graduate, I hope to:

Ruth - Become a Social Service Worker and make a difference in this world by helping as many people as I can. 
Megan D - When I graduate I hope to continue on to Ryerson University.
Loni - When I graduate I hope to combine leadership and nursing wherever I choose to begin the next chapter of my life!
Megan G - Further my education in Behavioural Psychology in hopes of eventually becoming a post-secondary educator

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