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Stress is a common post-secondary student experience; however, there are individual and systemic strategies that can be developed to ensure all students succeed. As such, the BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) Wellness Department is implementing the below project to understand your perspective of stress. This will enable us to design programs and services that meet your needs. For example, this past September we were able to start offering free 30 minute massages every Friday to help you relax and take a break from studying.
Participation in this project is entirely voluntary and confidential. Your involvement will include completing:
either 1) a 1 hour interview or 1 hour focus group to share your perspective
and 2) a 1 hour data validation session to ensure we accurately interpret your collective
As a result of participating in this project, you will learn about BCIT-specific resources and services. You may also share tips and strategies to manage stress as a BCIT student and increase your understanding of wellness and its connection to academic success.
Additionally, the BCITSA will gain insight as to students’ experience in order to improve and develop effective programs and services. If applicable, BCIT may also benefit from this knowledge and will be informed when making systemic changes to one of British Columbia’s key learning environments.
Given the topic of stress, you may feel slight anxiety or stress during the discussions. All students will be given information about the various resources (e.g., Counselling and Student Development, Student Health Services, Indigenous Services, International Student Centre, etc.) at the time of signing the consent form as well as the beginning of each data collection session. This will ensure you have the relevant information if you would like additional support.
Group discussions (i.e., focus group and data validation session) will be facilitated as the primary data collection method. During these activities, some students may share personal experiences at BCIT with the group. There is some risk of other participants sharing this information outside of the research setting. During the consent process and at the beginning of all data collection sessions, everyone will be reminded of the ethical considerations such as respecting each other’s privacy. Students will be asked specifically to respect all participants’ privacy and do not share any of the discussion with others outside of the research setting.
Compensation to recognize your contributions will include $15 cash for the interview/focus group portion and another $15 cash for the data validation session. All interview, focus groups and data validation sessions will also be catered with snacks and coffee or tea.
To further inquire about the project or to request a consent form please contact the Principal Investigator and BCITSA Health and Wellness Manager, Kimberley Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bcitsa.ca/wellness.
BCITSA Wellness Team
Lucy Moger, Wellness Program Assistant
Lauren Oleksewich, Health and Wellness Coordinator
Kimberley Carter, Health and Wellness Manager
Wellness Department, BCIT Student Association
We do this by providing eligible students with a Health and Dental insurance plan, as well as by offering a variety of programs and services designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and to bring awareness to physical and mental wellness.
Health and Wellness events sponsored by the SA are fun, informative & include: