Students take winter break to focus on themselves

By: Robin Ringland

Christmas decorations are helping students get into the holiday spirit while classes are wrapping up./ROBIN RINGLAND

Students are already planning their winter breaks as fall term classes come to a close in mid-December.

Micah Uminga, a Graphic Design student at RRC, said she plans to use time over the winter break to develop her art style.

Uminga said between school, working part-time and the pandemic, getting proper exercise has been challenging for her. She’s also looking forward to being with family.

“Being in my room every day doing homework and projects made me feel like I only lived in my room. I barely see my parents during the day,” Uminga said.

Uminga said she’s disappointed she won’t be able to see her family who travels to Winnipeg to celebrate Christmas.

While some students are bound to their rooms, others are working on the front lines.

Jaskirat Sangha, an RRC Business Administration student, said she will be using the winter break to work full-time as an associate at Walmart.

“I don’t really have anything to look forward to due to the pandemic,” Sangha said.

While Sangha and her sister reside here in Winnipeg, the rest of her family is back in India.

Spending time with family is a hot commodity these days.

“I’m looking forward to hanging out with the fam-jam,” said Sean Rayland, a Social Innovation and Community Development student. “Getting together and eating—having Christmas in our own way.”

Rayland said his sister, niece and his nephews usually bring their families from the U.S. to celebrate the holidays at his mom’s home. However, this year he will spend the holidays with his partner Jaylee and their two daughters.