Stay Healthy During Cold/Flu Season!

Nobody wants to be that person with a runny nose in an exam….

Flu Season Ahead

Getting sick could interrupt your studies (no student has time for a cold or the flu but it happens all the time…

Here are some tips for you to stay healthy during cold and flu season:

1. Always wash your hands: It may seem obvious to wash your hands after every trip to the washroom….but it is important to get into the habit of washing your hands at random times throughout the day. Try washing your hands before every meal to help avoid the spread of germs.

2. Carry around alcohol-based hand sanitizer: If you cannot follow step #1 a good alternative is to use a alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You can even get some nice colourful holders for them at Bath and Body Works (that way you can be healthy while staying in fashion!)

3. Eat healthy options: It is always imporant to fill your body with foods that are rich in nutrients but it is extra imporant during flu season. Make sure you are eating food rich in vitamins that will fight off those cold/flu germs.

4. Get your sleep: This can be especially hard right now during midterm season but make sure you are getting your sleep. A good suggestion is to try to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.

5. Try to avoid people who are sick: Easier said than done….I know….but try to make a special effort to avoid people when they are sick (if you can). One of the easiest ways to spread infection is to travel in public when you are unwell. If you are sick, stay home. Nobody wants your germs, trust me! Stay warm and recover in bed if you can.

6. Get a flu shot: It could be the No. 1 way to prevent the flu!

Did you know that Western Student Health Services offers free flu shots for students?

Visit the Health Services website today to book an appointment or call them at 519-661-3030

Be healthy everyone,



An Essential for Everyone’s Wardrobe!

Hi All! :)

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Autumn season and the new clothes trends. I’m sure many of you are looking and shopping for the latest Fall fashion trends. Enjoy the beautiful weather before bringing out the cute fall outfits!

The other day, I was shopping in Toronto and discovered a new trend of pants. They’re called, “Treggings.”

Are you wondering what they are? Treggings is a mixture of trouser fabric but it fits like leggings. Maybe that’s what everyone will be wearing in a few months. Who knows! if you work in a casual office work environment, maybe try treggings?

As we start post grad applications, job interviews and internships its important to always dress for the part! I find that an important essential item we need in our clothes wardrobe is a white dress shirt. The white  dress shirt can be wore for many occasions like a job interview, a simple casual day outfit or for graduation photos.

Next time you go out shopping, if you find a nice white dress shirt, remember to pick it up! Remember to make sure there is a collar at the neck, its a long sleeved shirt and the dress shirt itself isn’t see through! But also be comfortable in it and look beautiful!



 Comment below if you know where are the great places to purchase a good fitted white dress shirts or any tips to how to make your outfit a bit more fashionable!



Becoming an Entrepreneur

Happy Wednesday!

Do you have an interest in Entrepreneurship?? Then you can’t miss this workshop!

Kathy Burns, founder of Garlic’s Restaurant,  will be here to give you tips on becoming a leader in the business world.

business woman

When and Where is it happening?  Wednesday, October 22 from 1pm-2:30pm in Room 302A

RVSP to to reserve your spot! Space is limited, RSVP today!

The Entrepreneurship Workshop is brought to you by the Career Development Certificate.

Remember you can attend one session of the career development certificate ; however, if you complete all 5 core workshops and 2 elective workshops throughout the year as well as the learning components, you can receive a Certificate of Accomplishment signed by Brescia’s principal, Dr. Colleen Hanycz.

Have a good rest of your week! :)



Get a certificate and start your career!


Hello everyone! This is Emily! I hope you had a wonderful time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

You will receive a wonderful gift from Student Life Center at Brescia today…

We are going to provide you with an excellent way to help build your career development!

Have you ever heard of the “Career Development Certificate Program”?

It is an interactive and practical series of group sessions created to teach you about career development, the career planning process and career decision-making.

I completed the program last year and it was really excellent. I will introduce you to what kinds of workshops I attended and what I got from it based on my experience ( just a reminder that there may be some changes every year).

#1 Career Exploration:

I remember I drew the Mind Map for the first workshop, and it really helps me to identify how different areas of interest and positions that are all related, and how many potentials and possibilities you can expand based on those interests. After this workshop, I believe you will be more clear of your broad perspective and you will start to visualize your future.

#2 Resume & Cover Letter Development

With the help of Career Peers Drop-In Hours and the professionals who hold the workshops, you can get a great idea of how to write a resume and cover letter tailored to the job posting.

#3 Job Search Strategies & Building Your Network

Introducing a strategy leading you to come up with your personal goals including well developed steps and to-do’s. Here is also the fun part: where I attended a networking event using the skills and knowledge I learned from the workshop. It is tough when you go to the networking event for the first time, but you will find the knowledge and tips you get from the workshop really help. And after some practice you will get familiar with those occasions, which also helps when you attend recruiter sessions for companies in the future.

#4 Interview Techniques

I completed an online mock interview and sent the interview to our workshop leader for feedback. From there, I practiced many questions based on the feedback she provided. With those tips I really feel more comfortable with answering interview questions, and have been able to have more opportunities to move forward within the job search process to get the job or volunteer opportunity.

#5 Networking

I created my LinkedIn account and built up my network through LinkedIn; getting the chance to follow companies that I am very interested in. I also created a network map and it is so amazing to see how broad my networking already is and that I hadn’t even notice before. I completed an informational interview with a successful business woman and we built a really good relationship! That’s the most valuable experience I got from this part of the workshop.

#6 Portfolio Building, References & On the Job Success

Handing in a reflection paper on my experience in the program, let the leader know how she can improve the program in the future, but also reminded me what a wonderful experience it is. I feel much more confident and professional after I completed these 6 workshops. I really want to say that it is an excellent opportunity for current students to have career related professionals sit besides you, hold you hand, and walk along with you to your future.

If you want to be more confident, professional, and comfortable with your future study and career life, don’t miss this excellent opportunity!

For more information, please click here



Resume and Cover Letter Drop In

Hello! Hope everyone is enjoying their thanksgiving weekend!


Do you have a resume or cover letter that needs some tender love and care? Come see the Career Peers during regular drop in hours at the Student Life Center!

What you need to bring: A paper copy of your resume or cover letter. We view one document at a time. Sessions are roughly 15 minutes long.

When can you come see us:
Monday – 10am-12pm
Tuesday – 2pm-4pm
Wednesday – 9:30am-11:30am
Thursday – 1pm-3pm

Resume and cover letter drop in hours will run until the end of classes: December 3rd.

Other great resources to help you with your resume are found on the Student Life Center website.



Welcome Back!

You have survived your first month! Congratulations!

We are pleased to introduce ourselves as your new Career Peers. Career Peers provide on-the-spot resume and cover letter support to students during specific drop-in hours offered through-out the semester.

For more information visit the Career Peers page on the Student Life Centre website.

Picture of Career Peers

Here is a little more about us:

Carmen: I am completing a Double Major in Community Development and Sociology. I am currently in my 4th year here at Brescia. If I had the time and money, I would apply to be on Amazing Race in Canada. My dream job would be to travel the world and help different missions to make each day a better place.

Kaitlin: I am in my 4th year at Brescia completing an Honours Double Major in Community Development and Sociology. I have also completed a 2-year diploma program in Human Resources Management. I am a major Disney fan and try to get down to the “most magical place on earth” any chance I can. I love providing career support to students and look forward to helping you over the course of the year!

Emily: I am a third year student studying Food Management at Brescia University College. I am very interested in designing, and doing anything creative. I would like to spend this academic year with students at Brescia to help you become more comfortable with your academic and career life. As a Career Peer, I can offer my help with English and Mandarin. I really welcome and encourage international students to come and see me!

Kassy: I am in 4th year of an Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am from northern Ontario and speak French. I like to play guitar, sing, and curl. 

Please stop by and see us at the Student Life Centre.

Also tune in for 2 weekly posts on this blog site!

We look forward to meeting you!

What an undergraduate degree IS NOT intended to do…

graduationDear Brescia students,

Have you had a chance to read the article ‘Dear undergrads: Your degree was never intended to land you a job’ (By: Todd Hirsch, Special to the Globe and Mail, Published Thursday Sept. 26th, 2013)?

If not I recommend that you do…yes the title seems a little bit off-putting but don’t let that stop you…the messages in this article are so crucial to helping you better understand the value of your undergraduate degree.

Hirsch tells students that you can’t be too fixated on “landing a job in your field”…because you really don’t yet have a field. What you study in university may or may not lead to a career within that area of study. Students often ask us “What can I do with my degree” and unfortunately there is not an easy answer to this question. Your future career isn’t just determined by what you’ve studied in university, but really by a combination of your interests, your skills, your values and your personal style. Of course there are some fairly specific careers that require a specific educational route (e.g. Registered Dietician, Teacher, Lawyer, Doctor) but the majority of careers/jobs out there (and many don’t even exist yet that will exist when you get into your career) don’t fall into this ‘gated entry point’ category.

So what’s the benefit then of a university degree?  What does it really provide you with if it isn’t intended to directly land you a job?  Hirsch tells us that it teaches you how to learn, how to think and problem solve in more complex ways and develop the ability to make rational arguments. We know that these invaluable transferable skills and the knowledge that you gain with an undergraduate degree are going to apply in a vast array of experiences throughout your life, these are skills and ways of knowing that you will be able to use in any career.

We encourage you further explore this and think about what your undergraduate degree means to you?  What types of transferable knowledge and skills are you developing as a result of your studies?  What kinds of curricular (through your academic courses) and co-curricular (beyond/outside of your academic courses) experiences are you getting involved in to help you better understand your interests, develop your skills and help you clarify you values?

Our role in the Student Life Centre is to help you explore these questions and enable you to gather the resources you need to make informed decisions about your degree and your career development.  You can learn more about how we do this by visiting us in person in the St. James Building or by visiting our webpage at:

So what can you do with your degree?  Anything and everything!!!

Your friends,

The Student Life Centre

By: Pam Core


Dress to Impress!

From helping with the Community Development Community Fair and working on the Career Development Certificate workshops, a question I get a lot is “What do I wear to meet an employer?” Many times a student does not have a lot of experience in formal interview settings or professional interview settings. A few simple rules to live by will help make all the difference…and help you feel more confident!

1) Over-dressed vs. Under-dress: It is always better to be over-dressed then to make the mistake of looking under-dressed or ill-prepared. You cannot go wrong with a pair of black dress pants and a blazer, paired with a nice top and dress shoes (heels optional).

2) The little things: Are you wearing jewellery? How much is too much? Keeping in mind you want to look put together and professional, and don’t want the employer to be distracted by excessive jewellery.

3) Hair & Makeup: The rule here is simple; Be yourself! Look put together, like you were intentional in getting ready today, but not overly made-up. If you don’t normally wear makeup, today is not the day to start wearing lots.

4) Don’t Rush! Ensure you leave early so you arrive early (even if you have to go down the street and have a coffee before you go to your interview). Rushing into an interview because you are running behind will shake your confidence and starts the whole process off on a bad foot.

5) Be prepared: The best way to feel more confident is to be prepared. Have your clothes ready the day before. Practice interview questions. Know your resume and experiences. The more prepared you are, the better!

To learn more about interview strategies and being prepared, join us for our Career Development Certificate workshops! For more information visit

Your Degree: It’s Just a Piece of Paper. Start Folding.

You’re into the second week of classes, so you’re probably not spending too much thinking about what you’re going to do with your degree when you finish at Brescia. Whether you’re in first year or fourth year, you’re likely focused on how you’re going to fit in all your readings, getting an early start on those papers or projects due in December (!), and finding a way to work part-time while still be involved….


We know you have so much on your plate.


We also know that in the next few months, you’re going to start wondering how to go about finding a (meaningful) summer job or where to look for (real) work after graduation.  That’s why we encourage you to START NOW.  Trust us when we say it’s never too early to begin your career education. In fact, the earlier the better! 


When you graduate, you receive an important piece of paper…an expensive piece of paper. It will say you were a Family Studies student, or a Leadership student, or a Foods & Nutritional Sciences student. However, that piece of paper alone will not designate you a career. “It’s not a paycheque, not a guaranteed job.” That might be hard to hear, but it couldn’t be truer. It will not be representative of all you have learned at Brescia. You will have to creatively play with that paper—the words on it, the experiences within it, and the lessons learned because of it, to make it useful.


The reality of today’s workplace is that employers hire people, not degrees. It’s important to start developing realistic expectations of the time it takes to research career options and build your skills and experience. University is a time to explore! The more time you spend investing in and exploring your career development, the more prepared and confident you will feel in making career decisions by the time you graduate.


Career planning is life planning.


You’re going to work for a long time. You’re going to add value and make a difference in the world. You’re not just planning for a job; you are planning for your life. Your self-awareness is imperative. Beginning to explore it now will make it easier to consider the ways in which you can fold your piece of paper and make it into something you never expected–paper transformed. Don’t wait until fourth year…

Let us help you imagine now—check out our Career Development Certification Program or Professional Mentoring Program.

Happy folding!

WATCH & LISTEN: It’s Just a Piece of Paper–Johnny Macrae, Imagine UBC 2013.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We love the first week of school!

Here are a few ideas for helping you feel more comfortable and prepared during your first week or two of classes:

  1. Introduce yourself to at least one other person in your class: This could be the person sitting beside you…remember, that you are not the only one with the first day jitters, most people in the class will not know each other…reach out, say hi and exchange email addresses/phone numbers. This could be a great way for you to connect in the future if you need to share notes or study together.
  2. Get to know your professor/instructor: Even though it may seem nerve-wracking, approach your prof after class to ask a question or visit his/her office hours. A good relationship with your professor can help you down the road when you are looking for reference letters or research opportunities.
  3. Review the syllabus for the course: This is that piece of paper your prof handed out during the first class and serves as a roadmap for your learning in this class. Check out the assignment due dates, mark breakdowns and any resources listed. Write down these important dates in your planner right away, this will help you stay on track with assignments (Check out this handy Assignment Calculator...a time management tool that helps you break your projects down into manageable steps).  You can also find out your prof’s contact info and office hours on this sheet of paper.
  4. Block off regular times to study in your schedule: Know when you need to have readings and mini assignments done and then block off consistent weekly times in your schedule (usually chunks of time are best e.g. 1.5-3 hours) so that you know you can dedicate this time to be prepared…it will help you stay on track.
  5. Start your big assignments as soon as you can: It may seem daunting at first, but getting a head start on these bigger projects will help you in the long run. Even coming up with a rough timeline for completing the project is a great start (remember that helpful Assignment Calculator, try using it for this!). Other great ways to start a big assignment include brainstorming some topic ideas or even spending 20 minutes in the library looking at general research  resources.
  6. Try out different study spaces/strategies:  Maybe you already know where you tend to study best?  Perhaps it’s on your own in a library cubicle, or in a group setting in the dining hall…most first year students don’t know though at this point and need to take some time exploring different study areas on campus or off campus to find out what feels right and where they feel most productive. Connect with your classmates so that you can try a study group, see how that works for you…make sure that you find a bit of quiet reading time too though. Most students need a combination of different approaches in order to be able to get through the reading related to courses and then work through the material/problem solving in groups.

We hope that these tips will help you think about your approach to your first few classes!

Do you have other tips you’d recommend?  We’d love to hear from you!

-By Pam Core (Reference: ’10 Tips for the First Week of Class’, The University of British Columbia: UBC Learning Commons, Aug. 29, 2012: