Can’t wait for the PACE 7th Annual Cultural Night

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is a comfort, where we overlap.” – Ani DiFranco

The cultural cradle of Canada, Winnipeg is home to several famous cultural exhibits. At The University of Winnipeg (UoW), Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) hosts over 100 international students every year. However, this diversity doesn’t make us different; it instead unites us and makes us realise, people of all colour and ethnic diversity feel the same way.

Every year for the past six years, PACE Student Life Team organises an annual event to celebrate our cultural distinctiveness. The goal is to bring students, friends and families under one roof and to engage into each other’s traditional background. The Cultural Night committee plans this event with intricate detail also offering several sponsorship opportunities and a platform to express. Last year, the event was themed, “Unite Under The Light” and was supported by a local start-up SkiptheDishes, government agency Parks Canada, and beauty school  Aveda Institute & Academy Salon and a few more.

This 2018 PACE Seventh Annual Cultural Night will enhance last year’s theme and once again Unite us under the light, to mark our presence and pay homage to the land of opportunities and hope. The night will be held in one of Canada’s leading art museums, Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) on 19th January 2018. Each year, the evening commences as over 300 people pour-in to attend the gala. Following the tradition, it will kick-off with some exciting and fantastic solo and group performances, followed by the Special Guest Performance of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and a Global Fashion Show showcasing the real art of diversity.

Prepare yourself for the most awaited event of the year at UWinnipeg PACE. Save the date, and grace us with your presence and feel free to bring along your friends and family for this celebratory. Limited tickets are available at this point. If you are still interested, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pace-7th-annual-cultural-night-tickets-41835163099

We believe, the beauty of culture and diversity is experiencing it from within. #uwpaceculture

Written by Dinaz Mahuduwala

Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications, Class of 2018

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The Great Escape From The Circle Of Being Late

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I prepared my bag and breakfast in the evening, woke up early in the morning, and was late for my classes again. Nooooo! At least I managed to meet the deadline for submitting this blog post so you have an opportunity to read it now 😀

Why are some people always late? I decided to analyze my and my late friends’ cases to find the root of the problem.

If you are constantly late, you probably identify with the following traits:

  • You are an optimist.

You always think the best scenario will happen; the bus arrives on time and there are no traffic jams on the road.

  • You have a slow-running internal clock.

Sometimes when you are getting ready it feels like only 10 minutes has passed when, in reality, half an hour flew by.

There is some interesting research, conducted by psychology professor Jeff Conte from the San Diego State University. He divided participants into two groups according to their psychological type: Type A (ambitious, competitive, status-climbers) and Type B (creative, reflective, explorative). The two groups were asked to report when one minute passed without checking the clock. The result was surprising: Type A had a feeling that one minute had passed when only 58 seconds had gone by. Type B participants reported a minute had passed at 77 seconds. For more information about this research, please visit http://jeffconte.sdsu.edu/

  • You are a multitasker.

You always do several things at the same time, this is why your sense of time is lost when you are busy.

  • You are an airy-fairy person.

Sometimes your mind is wandering around and when it comes back, you are already too late.

  • You are not motivated.

If you are not interested in going somewhere or doing something you keep postponing it. It is like that joke, when the manager asked an employee, “Why were you late?” The employee replied, “I just did not want to come.”

  • You do not get a proper rest or sleep.

If you don’t sleep, you become very slow and inattentive which leads to tardiness.

  • You do not know how to say no.

How many times did you get a call from your friend when you were busy getting ready for a meeting and were just too polite to stop the conversation? Be strong to finish a chat when it is needed.

How finally can you get out of this circle of lateness?

  • Do only one task at a time.
  • Motivate yourself to do things even if they are boring.
  • Track the time all of the time.
  • Prepare everything in advance, so you will have to do less later.
  • Stop pleasing people and say no when you are busy.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Do not procrastinate.
  • Set reminders on your phone.
  • Put less on your to-do list.

I hope my advice will be useful to you, otherwise just practice running more like Forrest Gump from the self-titled Hollywood movie. I am joking, I believe in you 🙂

Written by Olga Liutenko

Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications Class of 2018

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5 New Year Resolutions to Begin 2018 Differently

It’s that time of the year again: renew hope, make new plans, and set goals. A new year has thisHappyNewYear kind of power, it gives us the sensation of a new beginning. Full of new opportunities, and the belief that everything can be different, even better!

  1. Make a list

Writing down your objectives will help you to focus on what really matters in order to achieve them (it’s easy to get distracted nowadays). Some tips: be realistic; start small (think in resolutions you can keep); beyond what, write down how you will do it to achieve your objectives; don’t give up easily (missteps are acceptable, you have a new entire year to complete your list).

  1. Practice self-coaching and have a mentor

Books, internet, instructors, and friends, there is an inexhaustible source that might help you to keep on track. Working on your weakness, or on what you want to improve, is not a simple task. Take advantage of this sources to grow and to not give up.

  1. Stop complaining

That sensation of a new beginning is in your hand! Ups and downs, good and bad days are a reality. There is nothing you can do to stop the bad days! So, overcome the obstacles with positivity, use them as lessons, and stop complaining. There is nothing worse than someone who is not able to see the positive side of life.

  1. Take care of your health

This shouldn’t be a new year resolution, it should be your priority! It is impossible to have energy to study, work, and have fun if you don’t take care of yourself. To work on your list, you have to be well, emotionally and physically. Part of this is eating well, have enough hours of sleep, finding time to enjoy your family, friends, and yourself. But maybe you don’t do all these so, it’s “ok” to include on your list how you will take care of your health: drinking more water; starting to meditate, or go back to the gym.

  1. Do something completely new

New beginnings inspire changes. Doing something you never imagined yourself doing is a way to reinvent yourself, to give you the opportunity to learn more about you. You will discover how powerful this can be; the feeling of self-awareness and self-esteem.

Besides all that, don’t forget to be grateful for this past year. Here is the last takeaway: gratitude! It is an essential feeling to move forward. Be grateful for your achievements, and lessons you’ve learned from difficulties.

Written by Renata Castro

Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications Class of 2018

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The Spirit of Giving at the Global Holiday Party

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Seasons Greetings everyone! This year, PACE students started celebrating the holidays with the spirit of giving. The 2017 Global Holiday Party kicked off with our own performance of the 12 Days of Christmas (turned into the 12 Days of Giving). Students, staff, and faculty were encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the food bank. We collected an amazing amount of food and started the holiday season off right!

The Global Holiday Party started right after classes on a brisk Friday afternoon. Everyone got together for dancing, games, food, and some delicious hot chocolate.

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With everyone involved, the music selection was not only from all around the world but also out of this world. Music was chosen from every part of the globe, and it was fantastic! Popular music from dozens of countries was mixed in with some classic (and not-so-classic) Christmas carols, making it a holiday party to remember.

After a day’s worth of rigorous scholastic activities, everyone was hungry. The Global Holiday Party was the place to be on an empty stomach. I would highly recommend visiting the restaurants that sponsored our food choices. We had delectable hotdogs and sliders from Big Deal Catering, an amazingly delicious assortment of rice rolls and spring rolls from Bahn Mi King, and incredible sandwiches from Stella’s.

We tested everyone’s Canadian knowledge by having a Trivial Pursuit-based game. Canada has two national animals; do you know what they are? I’ll be honest, it took less than a second for someone to yell out, “beaver!” it took a few minutes (and a few hints) for someone else to yell out, “horse!!!!” If you knew the second national animal of Canada was the Canadian horse, then you, my friend, are a trivia master.

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With everyone full of food, chocolate, and good times, to make the night a complete success, we handed out some presents. I was lucky enough to get some mouth-watering tea that I can’t wait to share with my class.

I hope your holidays have started off as exciting as ours. If not, there’s still time to share with your loved ones and keep the spirit of giving alive this holiday season.

Written by Stephanie Fung

Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications Class of 2018

Gratitude Walks

It feels great to wake up smiling, to think that life is a miracle, and with each passing day the joy just keeps multiplying. This is the feeling of walking your way towards gratitude.

Gratitude Walk is an activity which can be practiced for a minimum of five minutes a day. It can be done on your way to Tim Hortons or for nature-lovers even in Assiniboine park, by the river. All you need to do is be grateful for your achievements and your aspirations. If practiced daily, you start being thankful for what you have, maybe a healthy body, a peaceful mental state or your achievements. Also, be thankful for what you want to have in future and in that way, it will be a visual reminder of your goals.

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I have inculcated the Gratitude Walks in my life to get results which once seemed a fantasy. As I embarked upon the journey of Gratitude Walks, I started seeing a change in my personality, I felt happier and imagining what I wanted to achieve in life, etched a strong image in my mind, of life as I wanted it to be. A new faith replaced feelings of uncertainty which also relieved stress. And since then, I have been smitten by the new me and addicted to Gratitude Walks.

Entrepreneurs Mimi Ikonn and Alex Ikonn are firm believers of the Gratitude Walks. Inspired by the Gratitude Walks, they created the “Five Minute Journal,” which is gratefulness in written form.

Advantages of Gratitude Walks:

  • Live in the Present: You get used to living in the moment and unknowingly train your mind to be in a happy state.
  • Self-Motivating: You learn to motivate yourself and to pick yourself up even if you are having a difficult day because you are self-sufficient in motivating yourself.
  • Visual Reminder of Goals: By going for a gratitude walk, you visually remind yourself of what you want to achieve and start matching your actions to your goals.
  • Become an Optimist: You are so grateful for everything that you forget being negative about anything and become a more positive person.

In the words of Oprah Winfrey “Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you do not have, you will never ever have enough.”

Written by:

Ankona Mukherjee

Full time Project Management, January 2017 Intake

PACE, University of Winnipeg

 

How to find your first home in Winnipeg

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Congratulations! You’ve made it, and are now ready to begin a new university experience with The University of Winnipeg. Now you need to ask yourself a very important question, where are you going to live? There are many options available: University Housing, renting an apartment or renting a room to live or enrol in a homestay program provided by the University. To make more sense of your options, let’s look at what different options have to offer.

University Accommodations

The University of Winnipeg is located in the vibrant downtown area of Winnipeg and has two university accommodation options McFeetors Hall and Balmoral Houses. The good thing about university accommodations is that you will have your own room and access to a lot of social activities without having to travel a lot to get to your lectures.

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McFeetors Hall is located at Langside Street which is a 5-minute walk away from the university. McFeetors Hall comes with compulsory a meal plan which can be used in diversity food restaurants inside the University.

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Balmoral Houses are renovated houses with shared common areas and a backyard to give students a feeling of being part of the community. Balmoral Houses are located at Balmoral Street, a 10-minute walk from the University.

One thing to remember while applying for student housing is that in both options, the students need to purchase their own internet connection. Check the campus living site for more information

https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/campus-living/rooms-mcfeetors-hall.html

Homestay Program

The students can also enrol in the Homestay Program by the University of Winnipeg under which, the students will be placed with an English-speaking local host family. This is a great way to understand the new environment and learn about the Canadian culture. Find more about the homestay program at https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/elp/homestay.html

Independent Renting

The students can also look for renting a room or an apartment in Winnipeg for the duration of the studies which is usually a cheaper option for students. This option would give you the most independence, however, it is important to keep in mind the additional responsibilities and costs that come with renting in the private sectors (utility bills, dealing with your landlord). Private rentals may be far from the university, so keep in mind the extra time and cost of travel while deciding. The best areas to rent near the university can be The Forks, Osborne Village and Portage on Downtown. Check out this link for Winnipeg’s top neighbourhoods: https://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/plan/neighbourhoods

If you decide to rent privately some helpful site could be

 

Written by:

Drishti Jain

Marketing Management Program

P.A.C.E, University of Winnipeg

Check out this link to know more about Marketing Management Diploma Program: http://pace.uwinnipegcourses.ca/marketing-management-diploma

 

 

Striking a Balance Between Student Life and Parenthood

It has been a month since I started the PACE Program, and the intensity is starting to pick up. This is a far cry from my previous employed life when, at the end of the day, all I had to worry about was giving my child a bath, preparing dinner and reading her a bedtime story. Just thinking about my deadlines makes my stomach churn, and I know it is bound to get worse as the months go by.

Don’t get me wrong, PACE is wonderful in the sense that it gives Gen-Xers like me a new lease on life when it comes to career advancement. It provides a big window of opportunity for me to develop new knowledge and skills to take on a more promising career in a shorter period compared to other post-graduate programs. However, a shorter period means a more intensive program that can be very difficult especially for parents of young children like me.

So, is it possible to be a parent and a PACE student at the same time? Of course! I dare not say I have all the answers, but my family of three is trying to make it work with these strategies. It’s working so far, and they might work for you, too.

  1. Communicate to your spouse/partner. There will be times you need to stay up late to study and you will need a lot of support. Lay out your deadlines for the week or month and request that they pick up your child at daycare/grab some groceries/prepare supper/clean up on those days at least. Make them realize that you enrolled in this program not just for yourself, but to make the family’s situation better. They must know that they have some accountability in your success. Unless they don’t want a better life for themselves and your child/ren, the little guilt trip will likely work.
  2. Let your child “work” beside you. Does your young child insist on sitting on your lap while you are in the middle of writing an assignment? If it is impossible to peel them off from your side, just give in. Over the last 10 years as a teacher, I learned that children like to imitate what their parents do, and you should let them because they are trying to make sense of their environment and it’s the basis for language and literacy development. Provide some materials such as blank paper to draw or scribble on, puzzles they can complete on their own, a toy computer or calculator that they can “type” with just like you.
  3. Prepare some activities beforehand. My child loves to play with slime, playdough, kinetic sand and other sensory materials, and she gives me around an hour of peace every time I bring some out. That’s a good amount of time for a mom with a full load at school. There are lots of safe (and sometimes edible) recipes online for sensory activities and perhaps the most simple would be a good mix of cornstarch and water to make goop. They are very cool but can be very messy, so I would recommend you cover the floor with newspapers, let them wear an old shirt or apron, and let them use a big basin instead.
  4. Highlight parent-child “dates”. When your partner realizes how important their role is in your success as a student, they would be more than happy to get out of your hair. Convince them that taking your child out for fun stuff (like getting ice cream, playing at the park, etc.) is healthy bonding time that may never come around again if they let it pass them by. Two or three hours is a pretty good leeway to get a lot of those assignments done, but it could also be sad that you’re missing out on the fun (it’s only temporary, though). FullSizeRender 10
  5. Find time to reconnect, uninterrupted. Put down your phone and close your laptop. Actively listen to you child talk about what happened at daycare, or your partner about their day. Even if it’s just for an hour, make sure you give them 100% of your attention. Play with your child, cuddle or watch an episode on Netflix with your partner. These are the moments that could energize you after a long day, as they reinforce the reason why you are in school to begin with. Make your family feel that you are always thinking about them and wishing you could spend more time with them, but you are in the middle of something important too, and that all your hard work will be for everyone’s benefit.

Nobody’s life is perfect, and we just have to make do with the cards we are dealt with. As PACE students, we need to be aware that it is an uphill battle, and we will need help most, if not, all the time. I wish you luck on striking that balance between student life and parenthood, and I would love to hear other strategies from fellow parents, too!

Written by:

Teresa Balinghasay

Human Resources Management

University of Winnipeg, PACE