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High School to College: Being A Supportive Parent

Apr 08, 2016

Money matters, flaky friends, dining dilemmas and rusty relationships are all going to be among a few of the hurdles they’ll face. Heartbreaks. Student/Teacher conflict. Overdrawn bank accounts. No change for laundry. Pub Nights. Peer pressure. Room-mate drama. You get the idea. But how will they do it all without… Continue Reading High School to College: Being A Supportive Parent

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What the Heli is Going on?

Oct 15, 2015

The phrase “helicopter parent” is just one of the many colourful terms used to describe a “parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children”.  Also known as ‘cockpit parents’ or ‘black hawk down parents’, they do some crazy things in an effort… Continue Reading What the Heli is Going on?

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Failure + “no” = Motivation!

Sep 21, 2015

Failure or being told “no” can motivate people to achieve great success! Have you or someone you know experienced this? I have several times in my life, and it made me more determined than ever to achieve what I wanted to achieve and prove the naysayers wrong!  Far too often,… Continue Reading Failure + “no” = Motivation!

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More about Rebecca Dempsey

Sep 03, 2015

Hello everyone, My name is Rebecca Dempsey and I am one of two psychiatric nurses working within the campus health center (CHC). I have been in this position exactly a year now and have loved every minute of it. As a Durham College graduate, I completed my collaborative nursing degree by… Continue Reading More about Rebecca Dempsey

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More about Celeste

Aug 11, 2015

Hi, I’m Celeste, a Financial Aid Officer at Durham College. I’m also a single mother to the coolest kid on the block! When I am not at DC helping students navigate the complexities of OSAP, scholarships, bursaries and budget planning – I am watching my son play competitive sports! Yes,… Continue Reading More about Celeste

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Feeling the pressure

Mar 30, 2015

I’m feeling the pressure this semester. As part of our program, paralegal students are to complete a field placement. I was lucky enough to secure one right here on campus as the Campus Paralegal Student Assistance (CPSA) clinic. I have placement on Mondays and Tuesdays until 8pm. My Tuesdays are… Continue Reading Feeling the pressure

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Be Part Of It — Student Moms, Part II

Feb 09, 2015

She arrives to class looking tired and sleep deprived. I know that she’s worked five eight hour shifts this week. I smile at her and she takes her seat, ready to jump into a lesson. I have never known this Mom to take a break, working and working to provide… Continue Reading Be Part Of It — Student Moms, Part II

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Be Part Of It — Student Moms

Feb 09, 2015

When I first started school at Durham College I figured I would be two things: the oldest person in my class and I would be one of the only students who were also mothers. It made me a little apprehensive about starting my Durham College education. I already had a… Continue Reading Be Part Of It — Student Moms

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Dear Single Mother

Jan 12, 2015

Dear Single Mother, I see you over there over there juggling a thousand things at once. I see you listen to the misconception that you can go out every other weekend and party. That would be true, if you did not have a thousand other things to do, like the… Continue Reading Dear Single Mother

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