Mandy Lau, Level I, McMaster Site
Hanna Jandrew, Level 1, McMaster Site
Krista Tse, Level I, Mohawk Site
Hiba Imran, Level I, Mohawk Site
Joshe Belrose, Level I, Conestoga Site
Lara MacDougall, Level I, Conestoga Site
Why did you decide to join MUNSS?
Mandy: I decided to apply to be a rep on MUNSS because I love our program’s spirit and unity. I wanted to work on a team that shares my stance on the value of promoting a balanced student life and having a strong support system for all nurses within the program. I appreciate how MUNSS organizes academic and social events for students, allowing us to have easy access to different types of events. I am extremely passionate about student mental health, and having a nursing student society that recognizes and advocates for the well-being of all its members is an extremely worthy cause to be a part of. During Welcome Week, all the yellowsuits and upper years I met were so open, caring, and kind, and really made me feel at home during the first part of my journey as a McMaster nurse. I want to help maintain that sense of community and enthusiasm throughout the school year, especially for my fellow first years at the McMaster site.
Hanna: I decided to join MUNSS because I thought it would be a good way to connect and learn from other nursing students. I was very involved in high school and loved being a part of a team – I will never forget the late night sessions at school prepping for events or hours spent working on promo videos as they are what really bring a team together and create a family. Coming into the new school year, I knew that I wanted to join a new team, a new family. I liked MUNSS because of how involved it seemed as a team and for the nurses, helping represent them as one of the many faculties. I really wanted to work on developing a strong, positive, supportive first year community and represent the needs of my fellow students.
Krista: MUNSS is an important resource which not only allows students to interact with each other, but also with mentors and faculty members. To me, MUNSS is a great opportunity to showcase our skills, contribute to decision making, and to collaborate with other representatives to coordinate events to enhance the nursing student’s experience. The transition between highschool and University is very overwhelming to some. Providing support and hosting activities for student to student connections can help facilitate student success and ensure that everyone can reach their full potential. Representing the voices of nursing students, and being a link between the students and the faculty is the main reason why I wanted to join MUNSS. Being a part of such a welcoming, supportive faculty shows the importance of teamwork. Being a nurse is such a rewarding profession, and allows for the creation of opportunities for everyone to be the leaders that they are destined to be. I love helping others and I want to help build strong bonds between students in the program, ensuring that everyone’s voices are heard.
Hiba: I decided to join MUNSS because I believe school should always be a balance of academics, extracurriculars, events and having fun while also succeeding academically. This is what I think of when I think of MUNSS. The opportunity to get involved and host events, study sessions, as well as being a voice for my peers is something I am ecstatic to be doing this year. I genuinely love making people laugh and feel included, which is why representing McMaster Nursing as a friendly, supportive, and accepting faculty is the goal. Nurses are family and a team, including all students and faculty, and to be part of the community for the next 4 years is an indescribable feeling of truly being home!
What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?
We want to focus on bringing all Level I students together, through social events because first year is a huge transition, and we want to provide a community that can support all of us who are going on the same journey. We would love to connect our year with faculty members and upper year nursing students who can act as mentors and provide channels of open communication. We want to involve fun physical activities in our social events, and one of our main focuses as first year reps is the upcoming Relay for Life!
What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?
Although we’ve only been here for a little over a month, we all see the importance of not comparing yourself to how your friends and peers live out their university experience. Reach out to supportive people in your life, whether they’re friends, classmates, or family members from back home – you have valuable support systems, and you really are never alone (feel free to message any of us at any time!). Listen to yourself when you need a break, and don’t be scared to step outside your comfort zone.
A fun fact about yourself, or the craziest thing you’ve ever done!
Mandy: Fun fact – I was born with a broken collarbone! My mom and the nurse noticed it really quickly, and I think it healed properly but sometimes people say my collarbones look slightly different now…
Hanna: Fun fact – I was born at McMaster 8 weeks early because my mom had preeclampsia. She has an emergency C-section and I was in the NICU for several weeks afterwards. She says she always remembers how there was always lots the doctors/nurses and their students, learning from her case. My Dr is also a Mac nursing grad and was very thrilled I was going to her old school!
Krista: Fun fact- I love anatomy way more than I love alpacas. That’s a very bold statement coming from me because I am obsessed with alpacas and have been to an alpaca farm!
Hiba: Fun Fact- I’ve broken more bones than I have fingers to count on (my mom doesn’t like this fact because she doesn’t think it’s “fun” but im having a good time)!
Thank you Level 1 Reps! If you would like to contact our Level 1 Reps, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org!