Practicum Students Share Insights into Placements
Practicum students at the University of Windsor find that with a proper work-life balance the work experience positively impacts their learning experience.
UWindsor offers different experiential learning options for students, including placements, practicums, and co-ops. The Lance interviewed three students in different faculties about their experience in a placement to better gauge student’s perspectives of placements as a part of undergraduate requirements.
Jennifer Pereira, a fourth-year forensic science student completed a practicum with the Chatham Police, in the Forensic Identification Unit. “I’ve loved that each day is different,” she began. “I’ve had the opportunity to visit a variety of different units within the police department.”
Nawal Jasey is a fourth-year student in the English department and is completing the publishing practicum. “I’m currently editing an anthology of poems, written by professors and students.”
Khaled Al Khatib is a fourth-year nursing student. The nursing program requires placements throughout the completion of the degree. “I remember being nervous at the start, but the clinical instructor was very nice and understanding.”
Pereira stated that her placement has motivated her to do better in school. “It makes me want to succeed so I can graduate with good marks and move into my career in forensics smoothly.”
Jasey added that the work in her placement is divided amongst students, lightening her workload, and ensuring her grades do not suffer as a result.
Al Khatib states that everyone handles balancing work and life differently. “Some students will fall asleep right after their placement, whereas others stay awake. It all comes down to how many hours your work, and how you personally handle the stress.”
All three students added that their respective placements have been a vital part of their undergraduate career. “The practicum is an awesome way to confirm what you want to do after graduating and to gain some life experience,” Pereira concluded.