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The Top Ten Tips for College Students

November 25, 2015 Posted in Blog Posts

College is a big change and a lot of work. Whether you are attending Drake Medox College for our community support worker program, health care assistant courses or you have come across this article, these are general tips that will help you adapt and integrate into the college culture. These are the top ten tips for college students.

  1. When you are in college you need to take advantage of the social activities that the school has to offer. This helps students to balance academics with a social life. Some students think they are too busy with their community support worker program but when school gets tough everyone is grateful for the friends and fun that is received through campus programming.
  1. If you find yourself in the position where money is tight and you need to quit school or take out a loan, choose the loan. Don’t throw away your hard work, effort and dreams. There are many easy to obtain loan programs that have low interest rates. Just speak to admissions.
  1. Make sure you get enough sleep every night. It might be challenging at first with a new lifestyle, stress and excitement but you will benefit and academics will be easier if you are rested.
  1. If you are extremely overwhelmed, can’t sleep and have had a bad experience such as a breakup or are homesick, see your advisor or speak with a friend. It’s always a good idea to seek help and support to avoid an academic or emotional crisis.
  1. Always show up to class. You will learn more in class than through online wrap ups or your friend’s notes. Don’t schedule classes at times that you cannot make, such as 7:00am. Be realistic and set yourself up to succeed.
  1. Do not socialize too much. You will end up with bad grades and will defeat the purpose of being in school. Everything needs moderation. Sometimes it’s exciting to meet so many new and like minded people but they will still be there when pass your courses but you will not be there if you fail!
  1. Feel free to introduce yourself to instructors. Don’t be shy. Teachers are kind and like to know their students and what their goals and interests are. It’s great to develop a relationship with teachers because you can go to them if you are ever in need of course help or extensions.
  1. Take advantage of your school’s free support services, tutorials and peer coaching.
  1. Always try to keep a cool head. Don’t become angry or negative without first asking yourself if it is really necessary. Between roommates, teachers and peers, there are many opportunities to be annoyed but you have to spend a lot of time with these people so think and cool off before you say or do anything that you cannot take back.
  1. Enjoy the college experience. It’s unique and rewarding!

Drake Medox College has an outstanding reputation for community support worker courses and healthcare assistant programs. Contact us to learn more about the exciting opportunities on our campus.

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EMPLOYER TESTIMONIAL

“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist
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“Thank you Drake Medox College for assisting us in our hiring. We gained 5 staff from our posting and hope to gain more. Again our gratitude for producing high caliber members of the health care industry.”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre


“Please find attached the attendance and evaluations for all of the students who completed their practicum with us from February 8th – 15th. It was great to speak with their buddies because they all had such positive feedback, and really enjoyed working with the students. We really enjoy having the students here, and we look forward to working with you more in the future!”

Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Success Story

I chose Drake Medox not only as the waiting period was shorter compared to other colleges but it was recommended to me by some of my friends. I am already huge advocate of Drake Medox College, not for the referral benefits but because of the good quality and hands-on teaching environment that I had experienced during my time as a student. I am now more confident in applying all that I've learnt to my current role and have Drake Medox to thank for that.

~ RONALD SUREAL - HCA