Today was my last class in the Early Learning and Child Care program – ever. Tomorrow I have a seminar in the afternoon, but no more classes. I start my four week block of field placement and then the program is over. I’m excited but really sad at the same time, as I’ve made memories to cherish for a lifetime. As our instructors gave us their well wishes and goodbyes throughout the week, it made me realize that I have achieved so much throughout the program. I’ve gained so much knowledge and learned so many new skills to take forward in my future.
In class today, we had three grads of the program who work in different areas speak to us about their work in the field. It was inspiring and motivating. I’m currently working on my last paper of the year, relaxing with my feet up and thinking towards the future. I’m continuing my work in the field in May with a fresh mind and plenty of opportunities.
It’s crunch time! Next week is my last week of classes of the program. AHH! After that, it’s back to my field placement for four weeks. I feel like the end of classes creeped up on me with no warning. Before I was able to stress myself out completely with the list of things I have to get done, I finally sucked up the whining and planned out what day I would get everything done.
I’m currently cooped up in the library with the plan of finishing my big project due on Monday. I’m thankful our class got cancelled today and that my group finished our assignment early. Now I have time to finish this thing! You’re on, homework.
Students from four universities lent a helping hand last weekend to Stan or “standardized man,” a training mannequin for health care professionals. MacEwan University Clinical Simulation Centre staff were involved in instructing the students, about procedures for different scenarios, and about the importance of interdisciplinary learning.
Watch a clip on Global Edmonton.
Massage Therapy students from MacEwan University are volunteering their expertise to help athletes at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier. Watch an interview with Jeff Moggach, the program chair, and with students of the program about what they will learn, and how the athletes will benefit, from their experience at the tournament.
“It also gives [students] opportunities to engage with the community, see a variety of different conditions that they would normally treat in a clinical setting and just give them that one-on-one experience with high profile athletes,” says Moggach.
“It does remove them from the confines of the school and the comfort zone there and gets them into a new environment where they can really utilize their skills and interact with high profile athletes.”
Hurry! Hard! and watch the clip on Global Edmonton.
Hello! Both of my classes today got cancelled so I’m sitting in my pajamas and doing homework at home today. Yesterday, our program had its group graduation photo and I am starting to have mixed feelings! I’m excited to be done school and get out into the field, but I’m scared to say I’ll have a career. Thinking of having to finally grow up and be an actual adult with a job frightens and excites me at the same time.
Ironically enough, on the same day as my grad photos, I got excellent news about my future! I talked to the director of a daycare and there is a 99% chance that I have the job I applied for. My dream is coming true. All of the late nights and caffeine are paying off! All of my hard work is nearing an end and becoming real. Look out world, here I come!