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We cover topics relevant to college life and the Creative Technology and Nursing industries in Canada. Examine career paths in graphic design, read about the benefits of a PGCNP program, or get tips on making the most of your college experience!
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It’s finally summer, time for beach days, BBQs and patio parties. Most people associate being sick with the colder months, but of course, you can get sick any time of the year. The following are our top tips for staying healthy so you can enjoy the summer months as much as possible. Avoid Processed Foods You probably hear this one all the time. So what are processed foods and why are they so bad for you? Processed foods are foods that have been chemically processed and made from a combination of artificial substances. These  are bad for you because more often than not, they are very high in sugar, contain chemicals that are not really “food” at all (preservatives, artificial colours and flavours) and have little to no nutritional value. So next time you go grocery shopping, try keeping mostly to the outside aisles where you can find the good stuff. (The...

Studying may not be the most exciting way to spend your time, but as a college student, it is something that must be done! Luckily, we have some tips that can make it a little easier. Go to class. Showing up is half the battle! Set an intention before each class to be present, to listen, and to participate. This time is for you, and it’s up to you to make the most of it. Take notes. Taking notes can help you retain information much more effectively than simply listening. Choose the method that suits you best, whether it be taking notes on a laptop or with a pen, but remember that laptops bring distractions, so try not to login to Facebook at the same time! Time Management. Did you ever hear one of your high school teachers say “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail?”. Might be...

Being a student is challenging. Balancing your education with your finances and personal life is no easy task. The solution is to simplify! With these five tips, you can stress less about money and focus more on the other important things in your life. Work part-time. One way to have more money is to make more money! At Sterling College, classes are only 3 days a week, which allows enough extra time in your week to work at least a couple of shifts. This extra cash can be used to start paying off student loans right away, or help you to avoid using a credit card for purchases. Make our own meals. Going out for lunch or dinner can be tempting, but is an unnecessary expense that can be easily avoided. Make sure to always have groceries at home so that you can always make a meal rather than go...

Thinking of coming to Canada to study but feeling overwhelmed when considering where to live? Whether you are planning a homestay or to rent on your own, Vancouver is a beautiful place to live, situated between the ocean and mountains, with a mild climate and endless possibilities for outdoor activities. It also has a variety of neighborhoods, each with it’s own unique qualities. Read on to find out which one could be right for you! Downtown If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, an active social life and being walking distance from pretty much anything you could need within minutes, then a downtown neighborhood is the one for you. Within the downtown core there are several distinct neighborhoods of their own, such as Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour and Crosstown. Though different, each one does offer plenty of great coffee shops to study at, amazing restaurants to try out, and...

In an era of increasingly connected people and devices, it is important to understand how networks utilize our data both positively and negatively. By now you have probably heard of the term “Internet of Things” or “IOT”. As more objects in our daily lives become “smart”, such as appliances, vehicles and wearable technology, the useful data which they produce will be used to generate value in our lives, while at the same time be used for commercial gain. IOT technology, like most innovations, has its pros and cons. Many fear a Big-Brother-like society of corporations exploiting this data for commercial purposes, and that it is an invasion of our privacy. However, the value they derive from this data more often than not finances or facilitates a service they provide for free. For example, Google uses search activity and personal data to target advertisements to the most receptive audiences. They also use...

How do most people respond when asked about the purpose of a college education? Just under half of the public (47%) says that the main purpose of a college education is to teach work-related skills and knowledge. Another 39%, however, says that college is an opportunity for students to grow personally and intellectually. A little more than one in ten (12%) say the time spent at college should be dedicated to both pursuits. At Sterling College, the consensus of the faculty is assuredly with the latter. This has never been truer than when discussing the subject of virtual reality content production. Employment opportunities in VR have grown 400% since 2016 in areas like content creation and coding, but there are many more VR job titles out there than just as software and hardware developers. Over the past 6 months I have gone from seeing architecture and design firms who a year...

Have you ever wondered why you would bother to go to a college information session when you could just visit the website? Well, we have a few really great reasons! Read on to discover why an information is the best way to help you decide if a college is right for you. You can have personal interactions. Yes, you can go online and read about programs and Google facts about the industry, but nothing beats being able to speak to an expert in person. Staff members will have their own career experiences that they can share with you, so that you can get to know the challenges and opportunities within the profession. Knowing the challenges and opportunities right from the get-go means you will be fully prepared. This meeting will also give the faculty a chance to get to know you—your personality, interests and background. Knowing you better means they can better guide you on what your career...

Vancouver is one of the best cities to study graphic design. The industry is continually growing, the opportunities are vast, and inspiration is everywhere. But the success of the industry in the city also means there are a high concentration of gifted designers. This means that not only do you need to be good at what you do, but also find a way to stand out. So how do you do that? How can YOU stand out from the crowd? Be Yourself If you Google “graphic design in Vancouver” right now, you will easily be able to find information on the many amazing graphic designers in the city. Now have a good look at some of their work. What do they have in common? They are great designers and they are great at what THEY do. This is key. You undoubtedly have your own personality, and your own specific strengths and aesthetic....

On Thursday, March 1st, Sterling College will open the doors for an official grand opening event at the new downtown Vancouver campus at 200-1111 Melville Street. This will be a chance for hiring managers, professionals and influencers in the industry to tour the campus and network with faculty and staff. The newly revamped Sterling College has been offering a Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice in Vancouver since the fall and has seen the program grow at an incredible speed, with over 90 applications received for the January 2018 intake. The program provides internationally trained nurses with the tools and training they need to become licensed in the Canadian healthcare system. This year, there are plans to launch a Creative Technologies program as well. Nursing and creative technology professionals and leaders are strongly encouraged to attend this event. The new campus is home to Canadian Tourism College as well, which will also be celebrating their grand...

A co-op is a mutually beneficial arrangement between you, your school, and an employer. Companies hire freshly trained and eager students to help support their business while students gain valuable work experience that is related to their field of study. Employers tend to find that co-op students are especially enthusiastic employees who bring a fresh perspective to the company that can be very beneficial to the business. Experience and skill-building A co-op program combines traditional on-campus education with workplace experience and helps you to expand your skill set in ways that may not be possible in the classroom alone. While it is still essential to study and write tests in the classroom, the college experience becomes all the more valuable when you can take that knowledge out into the real world and apply it. And it’s not just all about skill-building. A co-op work placement will also teach you how to conduct...