Level 1 Reps

JORDAN ANDERSON | McMaster Site

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

 I decided to join MUNSS because I wanted to get involved in the nursing program and gain leadership experience that I can take forward with me. I also joined to help my peers and I feel included and important in the decisions made for the faculty of nursing, especially in a time where we are working remotely and social and academic assistance is more important than ever.

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?

Some goals I have this year as a Level 1 Rep for the McMaster stream is to create socially distanced or online events to get first years involved and facilitate relationships that may not have been made due to distance. Academically, I would like to introduce workshops that can help teach study habits and tips from upper years or graduates from the nursing program to help ensure that everyone is successful even in their altered learning environments.

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?

Some advice I have for my fellow nursing students is to not compare yourself to your peers. I find it easy to get caught up in feeling like you aren't understanding material fast enough, or are behind, but if you focus on what you need to do to be successful, you are much more likely to reach your goals.

Two Truths and a Lie:
-I was Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast in high school
-My neighbour is the guitarist in the band the Arkells
-I have a dog named Suki
(The lie is the dog)

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JAANVI KARANI| McMaster Site

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

I decided to join MUNSS after reading about the society on the website. To collaborate with other sites and provide nursing students with opportunities that will help their learning and overall facilitate their first year experience, is all something I would have loved to be a part of. As a student myself, learning virtually is sometimes disappointing and so the opportunity to liven up this experience was what attracted me to MUNSS.

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?

My priority as level 1 representative for the McMaster site is to address the mental health strains we may come across and the stress levels that we undergo as first year nursing students. My goal is going to be providing support in this matter and providing opportunities to learn about resources and ways to cope. 

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?\

Always communicate! Communicating your concerns to professors, TAs, academic advisors, and even us, your level 1 reps, will allow you to get the most out of your education. Being confused is scary, trust me I know! Feel free to reach out at any point and always try your best to communicate your concerns. 

What's your favourite food?

My favourite thing to eat is tacos!

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Nina Haskin | Mohawk Site

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

I decided to join MUNSS as a way to get involved in the nursing community, meet students in my own/other levels and streams, and contribute to the awesome events that are hosted every year. MUNSS is a great leadership opportunity, and an amazing way to stay active in school life, especially during the pandemic.

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?

This year, because school looks so different for many of us, maintaining a social support network is more important than ever. My goal with MUNSS is to work towards providing continuous social support for McMaster nursing students and to create a sense of community, even from a distance. I also want to create a method of check-ins with students in all streams, to emphasize the importance of taking care of our mental health while striving for academic success during distanced learning.

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?

My best advice for other nursing students is to remember why you chose to go into this program, and recognize your success by being here. It’s been a difficult semester for many students, and I find it’s very easy to get caught up in the stress and anxiety of it all. Taking time to reflect on all of your hard work and accomplishments is so important in helping students to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Give yourself some credit & make sure to take care of yourself first!

How do you take your coffee?

My favourite coffee is a Starbucks grande double shot on ice with light sweetener!

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Amanda Hong | Mohawk Site

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

I decided to join MUNSS because I wanted to take on a rewarding leadership role and to further gain more knowledge about Nursing. I love meeting new people and I recognize that it is one of the many opportunities that come with being a student body representative.

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?

  • To encourage students to take advantage of opportunities for new learning and networking.
  • To create appropriate but enjoyable socially-distanced events during the school year.
  • To make sure that nursing students have a voice in my decision-making process.

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?

My number one advice is to make time for self-care. It is crucial now that school has completely moved online and the ongoing pandemic continues to devastate many. Self-care can take many forms, whether that be ensuring that you keep yourself accountable for your responsibilities, taking a long bath, or watching tv shows. It is completely unique to each individual.

What's your favourite hobby?

I have various hobbies I enjoy including working out, singing, and designing clothes. But my personal favorite hobby is working out either at the gym or at home.

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GRACE DOWNING| Conestoga Site

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

I decided to join MUNSS as a way to meet new people and better involve myself in my program. I love working with others in teams and groups and felt I had a lot of leadership experience and great ideas I could bring to the table. I can’t wait for what this year has to offer!!

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?

Some goals I have this year as a Level 1 Rep for the Conestoga stream is to create opportunities for my peers to communicate with one another and build relationships that otherwise would have been made had we been in person. I will do this through planning of online and socially distanced events that promote the involvement of first year nursing students looking to make those long lasting connections with others.

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?

Times are unpredictable right now and no one truly knows what’s going to happen next. My advice is to seize the moment and make every day count. I know that personally, the transition to online schooling has not been easy, and I’ve been having trouble finding time for myself. The best thing you can do is go outside and catch some fresh air: go for a walk, do a workout, catch up with friends. Do something that makes you happy each and every day!

A fun fact about yourself, or the craziest thing you’ve ever done!

I enjoy being active and playing sports; lacrosse in the summer and ringette in the winter.  In my spare time I hang out with friends and spend time with my family!

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YURILEE PADUA| Conestoga Site

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

I enjoy taking on leadership roles and participating in team-work based organizations! I decided to join MUNSS as I wanted to actively participate in the nursing environment around me, outside of my classes. I feel that I can learn and enhance my skills (organization, collaboration, etc.) by being a part of this council. Since Grade 12, I wanted to join because it would give me the opportunity of connecting with upper-year nursing students and the community.

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?

I have many goals that I want to reach this year, but I feel most passionate in connecting the three sites together for the first years.
Though we are essentially virtual this year, I want to make each student feel as if we aren't far apart!
I want to incorporate events such as coffee and cram & virtual movie nights to help students de-stress 🙂

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?

My biggest advice for my fellow students is to make a classical conditioning plan haha! Having a study lamp or a scented candle while you study can help you to recall memories!!

What's the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

The craziest thing I've ever done is cliff jumping to a body of water, but ironically, I'm scared of heights.

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Thank you Level 1 Reps! If you would like to contact our Level 1 Reps, please email them at level1@munss.ca!