1st Trimester Social and Rugby Fundraiser

So June 14 was the first trimester social. This event was one of my favorite events from first trimester. I really felt like it helped me break the ice with students in my class and actually have a chance to talk and get to know them. There isn’t a lot of time in class to get to know someone and the 5 minute break isn’t that great either, so having a few hours dedicated to getting to know each other better over some snacks was great!

I feel lucky to be able to attend this event still as a 3rd trimester student in Student Council/Campus Guides to get to help them break the ice with each other and also just socialize with them myself! As I was talking to a few of the students, they pointed out my strong Canadian accent and were mocking me for the way I say some things, haha. To he honest I didn’t even think I had that big of a Canadian accent, but maybe having just been at home over the break surrounded by my “kin” my accent was heightened.

This year at the social, my rugby team set up a fundraiser to resell used lab coats, glasses and probes to the 1st trimester students at a discounted rate. I spent the majority of my weekend washing and bleaching all the used lab coats and everything so they would be at least clean and somewhat stink free for their new owners. Then we had a table set up where new students could buy the coats if they wanted to! This will be a great way to help us raise money for socials, travel and team equipment for the upcoming season! We only sold a few coats but we hope to improve the fundraiser and get it done earlier for the new students next trimester and have a table set up during orientation or the first week of school.

I think one of my favorite things about the social hour is just getting to answer questions and give advice on how to tackle the Palmer lifestyle. I remember being so nervous for my first quiz and nervous I wouldn’t be able to handle the workload or the stress, and talking with people who had been through it seemed to help ease my nerves. So I hope I can help do the same for them as well!

Cheers, eh


Barber’s Baldies

Dr. Michelle Barber's class, a.k.a. Barber's Baldies!

Dr. Michelle Barber’s class, a.k.a. Barber’s Baldies!

One of our professors – Dr. Michelle Barber – has decided to shave her head to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer. She asked for the students and staff at Palmer to support her, and so we did! Over the past few weeks some students decided to make T-shirts to help raise money to support Dr. Barber in raising the funds.

I personally don’t know Dr. Barber that well. She was a professor in one of my labs in first trimester, and even though I did not spend that much time with her, she became one of my favorite teachers right away. She was engaging, and her passion for teaching clearly shows in her patience and vast knowledge. She always takes the time to make sure everyone understands and explains things in a different way so that you can better understand. So, because she helped me even though she might not know it, I felt I wanted to get behind her and help her with this cause.

What happened was a bunch of students ordered these shirts that say “Barber’s Baldies” on them! It was kept a secret from her, and today everyone who ordered a shirt put them on and walked in to one of her classes and presented her with a cheque for $1,500 dollars that was raised from people who bought the shirts. She was clearly overwhelmed and so happy to have the support of her students.

I feel so happy to have been a part of this cause. It is so nice to be able to give back to those who give so much and are so selfless.

Go, Dr. Barber!