News Archives: GPRC recognizes Star Students online
Monday, November 30th, 2020
Christina Shantz, second year in GPRC’s Bachelor of Kinesiology program.
GPRC’s President’s Ball is the College’s largest annual fundraising event. With collective donations over the past five years, this event has helped to raise over $480,000 directly impacting our students and their success. One of the most loved aspects of the President’s Ball is recognizing our Star Students.
Star Students are students that stand out and shine for a variety of reasons including being an academic star; an outstanding volunteer involved in the College community; or someone who has shown significant improvement or made outstanding effort during their time here at GPRC. Star Students are nominated by GPRC faculty and staff.
Although, the 2020 GPRC President’s Ball was postponed until it’s safe to all get together again, we are excited to still highlight and recognize 8 incredible students virtually.
Thank you to our community for your valued support and ongoing commitment to our College.
Meet Christina Shantz.
Christina is a second year in GPRC’s Bachelor of Kinesiology program. GPRC Communications and Marketing got to virtually meet with Christina and ask a few questions on what it meant to her to be recognized by her instructors as a Star Student.
Check it out.
What does it mean to you to be chosen as a Star Student and recognized for your hard work?
It is an honour to be recognized as a Star Student. Being chosen as a Star Student encourages me to continue to work hard and continue to focus on my studies. A Star Student is not only an example of personal sacrifice and dedication to the grind, but also a recognition of the people that have surrounded that person. I would not be here without the classmates, professors and staff who have shown me the way and encouraged me in this journey.
Why did you choose to come to GPRC? What have been some highlights of your academic career so far?
GPRC is dedicated to helping students succeed by providing excellent professors and small class sizes. My highlights have been finding students who are like-minded and dedicated to their work, and professors who take time out of their busy schedule to build up their students.
What are your future goals after you finish your program at GPRC?
After receiving my Bachelor in Kinesiology, I hope to continue my studies and pursue a Master’s in Physiotherapy.
What are you up to when you’re not studying or in class?
When I am not in class or digging into a textbook, you can often find me reading books from Tolkien, watching independent films, or in the great outdoors.
We want to know some of your favourites. Favourite class so far at GPRC? Favourite study snack? Favourite study spot?
My favourite classes are any that involve sport. Introduction to Personal Fitness (PE 2200), Introduction to Sports Injuries (PE 2400), and Skill Acquisition and Performance (PE 2030) are very practical classes and incorporate hands-on learning. My favourite snack would have to be a granola bar because it’s quick, easy, hits the spot, and not too much mess. My favourite study spot is in a quiet, secluded space, the GPRC Learning Commons is one of these spots.
This has been an unprecedented year with the COVID-19 pandemic. How have you adapted to the new learning landscape? What have been some helpful or useful tips you have learned throughout this experience?
Having been previously homeschooled has given me great skills in managing my studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some tips I have recently learned is to study when you feel best. For me, that’s late morning, early afternoon. Another tip is set timers when you work. This way you can track how much you study, regulate breaks according to your needs, and recognize when you need to step away from homework for the day.
What advice would you give to a fellow student to motivate them in their studies?
Look ahead and take advantage of your opportunities. GPRC is your College. There are countless resources GPRC offers to help you succeed in college. The classes you study, the people you engage with, and the time put into your homework are all opportunities to help you towards your end-goals. Opportunities passed are life-changing events missed. What we choose to do with the present defines our futures.
Congratulations Christina on being chosen as a 2020 Star Student. We can’t wait to see what you achieve next.
To learn more about the President’s Ball and how you can support GPRC students, please visit our website.