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11 ways to stay motivated this semester

Between a full calendar and blustery winter days, it can be hard to keep motivated and on track. Here are some great hacks from Georgian’s advisors:

  • Connect with others. The options to get involved at Georgian are endless – from student clubs and athletics, to changemaking projects and events.
  • Get to know your profs. They’re experts in their field and want you to succeed. Take in their inspiring stories and advice.
  • Keep up. Don’t get behind on readings or assignments. Regularly review and reflect on course material.
  • Break your work into small, manageable chunks. Don’t try to get everything done at once; you’ll feel overwhelmed. Block out time in your calendar.
  • Ask for help. Tutoring, counselling, accessibility services, research and writing, meeting with your advisor…we’ve got the services you need to succeed.
  • Focus on learning, not your grades. In the end, what matters is you understand the course material and can apply what you learn in your program.
  • Embrace collaboration, not competition. Talk to your peers. Encourage and help each other. It’s likely you’ll work closely with others in your career, so start developing a team mentality.
  • Be mindful of negative self-talk. Treat yourself like you would a good friend – be kind, compassionate and forgiving.
  • Adjust your attitude. What usually grounds you or makes you feel alive? Exercise? Meditation? Spending time on hobbies or with friends? Take a breather. Then get back to the books!

12 tips to stay on track with your New Year’s fitness resolutions

It’s January and you’ve likely made a New Year’s resolution to take better care of yourself — and you may have already broken it. Georgian’s Fitness Centre staff have prepared a few tips to help ensure your resolution sticks.

  1. Set realistic fitness goals. Start with 15 to 20 minutes of exercise a few times a week and then build on that plan. The important thing is just to start moving. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five.
  2. Write everything down. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track.
  3. Plan ahead. It’s easier to eat well when you have all the necessary ingredients. Plan some meals and shop at the beginning of the week to ensure your fridge and cupboards are stocked with a good supply of healthy food.
  4. Schedule your fitness. This is time set aside for you and your well-being. So, block off an hour or so in your calendar for a little “you time”.
  5. Find a fitness buddy. Buddy systems are great for encouragement when you’re not feeling it.
  6. Find ways to reward yourself. Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t interfere with your resolution. Reward yourself with new fitness clothing or pay yourself every time you go to the gym or do something active. You can put that money aside to save for something you want.
  7. Forget about the scale. While it’s a big boost of confidence to see the number on the scale go down, it’s also about your clothes fitting better and having more energy.
  8. Hire a personal trainer. Georgian has a number of great personal trainers who can set you up with a personal program to meet your goals.
  9. Mix it up. Changing your fitness program on a regular basis helps you avoid falling off the wagon. Variety is the spice of life!
  10. Don’t beat yourself up. Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time. If you fall off the wagon, just start again the next day.
  11. Be patient and stick to it. Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality.
  12. Try something new! The Barrie Campus Fitness Centre offers a number of cool fitness and nutrition sessions including: GrizzFit challenge (Jan. 21 to March 1), Meet the Dietician (Jan. 28), Row-Bike-Run (Jan. 29), Valentine’s Day Partner Workout and Partner Yoga (Feb. 14), Glow in the Dark Yoga (March 5), and Meal Prep with Pam (March 6, 13 and 20).
A young man in a grey t-shirt lifting wweights
Graphic for GrizzFit showing one woman lifting weights and another on an exercise bike

To find out more about different classes or session, contact Craig Campbell, Barrie Campus Fitness Co-ordinator, go online to see what’s happening at other campus locations, or speak with any of the friendly staff at the front desk in the Athletics Centre. Read more...

Turning a love for winter into a career

Despite its frosty personality, winter does have several faithful fans. And some have managed to turn their passion for the snowy season into a meaningful and fun career.

Two of Georgian’s Snow Resort Operations (SRO) alumni share their reasons for loving all that winter has to offer. Read more...

Georgian College celebrates long-standing partnership with Innovative Automation with room dedication

The Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre at Georgian’s Barrie Campus received support from government, individual and industry donors. On Jan. 10 the college recognized the contributions of Innovative Automation with a room naming dedication for the CAD/GIS lab in the new building. Through their support, Georgian has created a stimulating environment to deliver quality-rich, cutting-edge curriculum. These classroom learning experiences will prepare our students to hit the ground running, when they start their co-op placements and when they graduate and pursue meaningful careers. Helping to celebrate the room dedication were (from left to right): the owners of Innovative Automation Michael Lalonde, Mathew Setterington, Steve Loftus, Mechanical Engineering Technology student Sachin Macwan and MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO.


Battle of robots returns to Georgian College March 16 and 17

The robots are coming back to Georgian’s Barrie Campus Athletic Centre on March 16 and 17. The FIRST Robotics Competition at Georgian College promises an epic adventure of innovation that includes 26 robots, built and programmed by teams of high school students, that combines the excitement of a championship sporting event with the practical application of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This year, three teams from Simcoe County are competing.

“We love hosting this event because we believe it’s crucial to support the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and changemakers,” says MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College. “We’re thrilled that several teams are returning to our campus for this third annual competition.” Read more...

Georgian students prepare holiday meal for the homeless

Students, staff and faculty across Georgian love to give back to the community – and generosity is exceptionally high during the holiday season.

Close to 60 second-year and 70 first-year culinary students were busy prepping in the labs at the Barrie Campus this week, getting ready to serve a special holiday lunch – turkey with all the fixings – to 250 clients of the David Busby Centre. Read more...

Innovative collaboration enhances critical life-saving practice for paramedic students

Rob Theriault, a professor in Georgian’s paramedic programs, devised an innovative solution to enhance life-saving skills for his students utilizing high-tech 3D printing technology to create low-cost simulated tracheas.

“Life-saving procedures involving the trachea are a low frequency, high-risk set of skills that students need to practise frequently to stay competent,” said Theriault. “My Advanced Care Paramedic students can even practise cricothyrotomies – a procedure that involves placing a tube through an incision in the cricothyroid membrane to establish an airway for oxygenation and ventilation – a skill they may require in emergency situations.” Read more...

Students’ innovative eCo-op project rewarded with special Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre funding

Budding entrepreneurs Connor Minielly and Eric Ladouceur are receiving a financial boost toward their innovative eCo-op project to start the new year.

The second-year Computer Programmer Analyst students, and co-founders of Bookshop Interactive, are the proud recipients of the inaugural Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC) Fellowship Fund. Read more...

Georgian grad takes career to new heights

Scott Groh has been helping to shape the aviation industry for more than 30 years. Having grown up in the small Ontario town of Port Elgin on the shores of Lake Huron, he admits that he began his aviation journey with very little experience with aircraft.

“I was 20 years old before I even set foot in a real jet,” says Scott. “The opportunity to study aviation and expand my worldview was very exciting.” Read more...

Georgian grad overcomes challenges and gives back through work at shelter

The first time Jason Staats really felt accepted was when he received an invitation to sit around the grandfather drum.

“It was the first time I felt like I wanted to live, that I wanted to be sober,” says Jason. “I will never forget that moment.” Read more...