Advice from Current Students
Hello, my name is Niculina Jensen, and you can call me Nicky. I am a second-year Practical Nurse (PN) Student as well as the Lethbridge College Student Association (LCSA) Vice President (VP) of Operations & Finance here at Lethbridge College. I have been a student here at the college since 2018, and since then I have finished the Health Care Aide Program (2019), Upgraded my learning so that I could enter the PN program (2020-2021), and finished my first year as a PN student (2021-2022). Studying in college can have its ups and downs, however, there are so many resources to help you through your journey while you are completing your program or classes that you are taking.
My one piece of advice for students would be: Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling with something. It is better to ask for help and get the necessary help you need to get what you need to accomplish done than try to figure it out on your own and not get the result you were hoping for. The instructors, library, LCSA, and all parts of the college have tricks, tools, and things you would need to help you succeed.
To be successful sometimes having that support and tools can help you. All you have to do is just ask and you will be directed to where you need to go, explained what it is that you need explaining, and supported in the way that you need to be supported.
I encourage new students to engage in conversation with the class, build relationships with their instructors and to always keep the instructors in the loop with what’s going on. Instructors understand that life happens, we do have lives outside of school. Informing your instructors if you are struggling, need help, need reassurance, need support, or just have class inquiries, clarifying to your instructor on important issues around your life, because it does tie into your studies. Instructors will do anything possible to help support their students succeed, that is what they are there for.
I would absolutely get to know the learning café, what supports they have for students and their academics. My main thing with school is always always always do your chapter readings. This way you are up to date on information, you’re getting all the context of the course and you are prepared to ask questions and engage in class. Get into habit of routine studies, being structured, and organized. Have fun and soak up what Lethbridge College has to offer you!