Stephanie Bienias

Stephanie is a third-year Northern College student enrolled in the Laurentian University Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Timmins Campus. Stephanie is from the Timmins area, and recently had an opportunity to spend a week learning hands-on in Moosonee and Moose Factory as part of the Northern Rural and Remote Nursing Experience course.

Q: Tell us your story! What led to you applying to Northern, and accepting an offer?

I first attended Northern through the College Link program while I was a student at Roland Michener Secondary School. The program was a great opportunity that allowed me to receive my high school diploma while also trying out a few college classes. When I graduated from the program, I was granted the Board of Governor’s Entrance Scholarship for any program of my choice.

Q: Did your Entrance Scholarship influence your choice?

Yes, because the $500 I was granted paid for a great portion of my first year tuition! If I had the opportunity, I would like to thank the donors for their well-received donation, which has led me onto a path of success and endless opportunity. If it weren’t for this scholarship, I could have ended up in a very different place than I am now.

Q: Did you ever consider studying outside of the north? If so, why didn’t you?

I did consider studying somewhere down south, just to get the whole college experience. However, college and university ended up being a time of growing up and maturing into a focused student and adult ready to enter the “real world”. This decision has also helped reduce my debt and allowed me to form connections with people in my community that may help lead to future employment.

Q: Do you have any words for students considering Northern College?

Personally, I think Northern is a great fit for students already living in Timmins. It is nice to be able to live at home in a familiar environment with support that can help you along with your journey through school, because it isn’t always easy. I am now finishing my third year of nursing at Northern’s Timmins Campus and couldn’t be happier with the decision!

Stephanie Bienias
Bachelor of Science in Nursing