Celine Magneche is presently studying Resort and Hotel Management at Selkirk College in Nelson, B.C. For many years she taught Spanish in high schools and universities in Cameroon, but more recently has been living in Kenya with her husband and two children.
Celine works very hard to be successful in her program and gives the following suggestions to students wanting to survive and thrive as Post Secondary learners:
The best thing you can do for yourself is to try to be in control of your time. Use a schedule. I have monthly and weekly calendars and they are on my wall like strategy maps with all my upcoming assignments and tests. Every morning I check off the things I have accomplished. It feels so good to check things off the list! Then, I decide on the most pressing things on the list for the upcoming few days and choose my top priorities for how I use my time.
(Note: Weekly and Monthly Calendars are available in all of the Learning Success Centres! Some people keep them at the front of their binder to easily add to and refer to).
Her other important piece of advice concerns nutrition:
Don’t skip breakfast! It is very important to get the nutrients you need in the morning so you can be productive through the day.
Finally, Celine also recognizes that she needs to increase her hours of sleep so she can function at her best:
Listen to your body when it’s tired. Sometimes, you are reading but not taking anything in because you are so exhausted. You can train your body to a regular bed-time and it will obey you! I always wake up at exactly 6:30 and don’t need an alarm clock. I try my best to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
As well as being a very committed student, Celine still manages, from Nelson, to fulfill her duties as Founder and Director of a Non-Governmental Organization that operates two elementary schools and training and empowerment for Rural Women. Her schools have recently lost some of their core funding from Spain and are badly in need of money for new pit toilets and scholarships for rural students. Celine and her husband sponsor 3 students every year to get an elementary education. Her friends also sponsor 20 children and anyone can get involved to help a child from Cameroon have more educational opportunities.
Here are some photos of the students at her schools and a Women’s Education Project:
If anyone would like more information or if you have ideas for fundraising for her educational projects, please leave information in the Comments section below or contact Celine @ CSika2009@gmail.com
Celine last words of wisdom are:
“Helping people to live the life they desire and deserve is my passion and it is a way to give back to my community. Helping others gives meaning and purpose to our lives!”
Thank-you so much Celine for your insights into well-being and for all you do to make the world a better place! We are so fortunate to have International students that help us deepen our understanding of the world.