From left

Students ahead of the class

Chemainus Secondary seniors experiencing university life while in Grade 12

A group of 10 Chemainus Secondary students are getting a taste of university life.

The senior students are currently enrolled in university classes at Vancouver Island University’s Cowichan Campus while completing their final year of school.

The students — Samantha Allan in criminology; Breanna Mitchell, psychology; Nicole Macwatt, English, public speaking; Daniella Loscerbo, English; Scott Bocking, English; Krista Doumont, introduction to social work; Jessica Deeble, psychology, Denay Shelling,English; Chelsea Eaglestone-April, literature and culture, communications and public speaking; and Micayla Bauerstock, psychology — say the benefits and challenges are plenty.

“It gets you ahead of the game,” said Shelling, referring to applying for colleges and universities after high school.

Doumont pointed out taking university courses early allows students to explore interests.

“It’s a great way to try something and if you don’t like it you didn’t spend all this money,” she said.

“It’s a good way to get a taste of university,” said Bocking of going to the classes. The students sit in on the classes to get the full experience.

Most of the students said they are not struggling trying to juggle the extra classes in what is a busy year of school and noted staying organized is key to getting through it. The students are also given a spare in their high school schedule.

Others are learning a hard lesson in prioritizing, with Shelling pointing out some of her tests fall around each other.

The students said being in university is a different environment as the students there want to learn and are passionate about their subjects.

The students all said they would recommend the classes to younger students, noting even for those who do not know what field they want to enter, it offers the chance to tackle some courses required for graduation.

“You have to be motivated,” said Deeble. Procrastination does not serve students in the program well, she added.

“It’s something you do because you want to, not because you have to,” said Doumont.

Getting the work done in high school can also take some of the stress off of the first year of college or university, said Macwatt.

Barb Stoochnoff, counsellor at Chemainus Secondary, said working with VIU has been great as the school even delays some of the classes’ start dates to better line up with the high school curriculum.

Just Posted

Caps fall to Clippers in Nanaimo on Friday night

Clippers’ tying and winning goals come in less than a minute

Cowichan school district approves women’s winter shelter

The Cowichan Valley School District’s board of education has approved in principle… Continue reading

North Cowichan is Canada’s hot spot on Wednesday

The Warmland lives up to its name

Ladysmith Secondary School improv still groovy after 20 years

Catch performances Nov. 15th, 16th, 17th and 22nd, 23rd and 24th

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

Most Read