Executive Positions 2018/19

Welcome to all of our new members this year! We are still looking to fill the rest of our executive team positions for this year. Have experience? Want experience? All are welcome to join and apply for any position! Here are the positions and their respective responsibilities we have available for the 2018/2019 year:

Treasurer (VP Finances):

  • keep detailed and accurate records of the BPA’s financial transactions and situation
  • submit receipts of purchase to the BUCSC VP Finance for reimbursement
  • update fellow executive members on the BPA’s financial situation on a regular basis
  • submit a financial report to the BUCSC VP Finance once per semester
  • support the VP of Communications as needed

Director of Communications (VP Communications)

  • responsible for communicating BPA events and happenings to the Brescia community
  • responsible for email, website and social media communication with general members regarding events and meetings
  • liaise with the BUCSC VP of Communications as needed to maintain communication between the BPA and BUCSC
  • record BPA meeting minutes in the Vice President’s absence
  • support the VP of Finance as needed

Director of Affairs (VP Events and Affairs)

  • work with the BPA to plan events
  • brainstorm ideas for events with the executive team and general members for events throughout the year
  • be knowledgeable about the BUCSC alcohol policy, risk management and event planning procedures (found on BUCSC website, PDFs available)

If you’re interested in applying for one of these positions, please fill out the Google Docs Form found here:





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Ways to Study for Exams that Are Actually Productive

ways to study for exams that are actually productive

Check out these tips for this exam season, there’s something to remember here, no matter where you’re coming from!

  • Use actual note cards for vocab. Yes, apps like Quizlet are dandy when you’re on the go, but actually physically writing out each note card helps put the information into memory faster than typing them.
  • Are you a visual learner? Make charts and diagrams. They don’t have to be pretty. The lines don’t have to be perfectly straight. It doesn’t have to be photogenic, but if it helps you learn, do it.
  • After you take notes (in class or at home/from your text book), write down possible quiz questions about the material on the next page while it’s still fresh in your mind. Later on when you’re studying for the test, use these questions to gauge what specifics out of that chapter you need to work on the most.
  • Start sooner rather than later. I know, you’ve heard this a million times from every teacher ever, but it’s legit. Especially as you get into harder level classes and college courses because there is literally so much material that the tests cover that you simply can not accurately learn all of it over night. Instead, start about 10 days in advance (but of course, the sooner the better).
  • Studying doesn’t have to be a big giant study session that takes hours. If you start far enough in advance, study sessions can be around an hour, even 45 minutes is a good. If you go too long in one study session your brain will be fried and studying will be pointless because your brain won’t be processing any of it. That’s why it’s important to take breaks and not just cram for 5 hours the night before an exam.
  • Actually study. hold yourself accountable and make your education a priority. If you have homework and studying to do, make it a priority over going partying or watching tv. There will be another party. You can download your show. You can’t take your test on a later day because you don’t feel ready. So be ready.
  • Be careful with study groups. If you have a study group with all of your best friends, lets face it, you’re going to end up spending more time talking about Harry Styles and Supernatural than actually studying. It’s better to have a study group with people who are your friends, but not best friends, and it’s better to keep it between 5-7 people so that everyone can be involved.
  • If the material is just super confusing and you can’t seem to understand it no matter how hard you study, it’s not you. It’s the way you were taught it. Each teacher teaches a bit differently, and maybe their style of teaching just isn’t for you. If this happens, find a way that explains it the best for you. For example, if chemistry is just super confusing for you, try watching the Crash Course chemistry videos on Youtube or have a friend explain it to you. this will give you a completely different perspective on the material and will help you understand it better.
  • At the end of the day, remember that everything will be okay. Studying can be stressful, especially if it’s in a class that you struggle in, but I promise you that you are not the only one who struggles sometimes in school, it’s a part of being human. As long as you actually put in an effort and try your best, be proud of yourself. Take a deep breath. and remember: you got this.

Originally by Colorado Psych student, samsstudygram.tumblr.com 


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HBK Wellness Week With the Exec Team

Hopefully everyone is having a great Reading Week! In the meantime, your BPA execs have some words to share with you about last week’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek!

Lina Saaden: President


“You might be in the busiest street in the world and still feel alone, you might be on the highest place on earth and still feel down as if nothing can lift you up. but here is something else to consider while at these moments; they surely are temporary, and they are worth living in the moment. Believe that the next day will bring you joy and happiness, if not from others or not from the place, try and find it within you. The human mind have unlimited capabilities, what makes you think you can’t create happiness out of nothing? Remember what makes you warm on the coldest winter night, and what brings you peace even if you are the only one in the room Take a challenge and create a positive environment for yourself in a very negative world.”

Afnan Almusned: Vice President


“Please take care of your mental health and always prioritize it. If you need time off please take it, if you need help please seek it! Mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s okay to talk about it, mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. By having strong mental health you are able to live your life to the fullest. Things can, and do get overwhelming at times; so please make sure to take time to de-stress and do something that makes you happy. Take care of yourself, you matter. ❤ ”

Charlotte Wilson: VP of Finances


“Hey Friends! My name is Charlotte Wilson and I’m the VP Finance for the BPA this year. I hope this Wellness Week you have all had the chance to do something to take care of your mental health! For the 1-in- 5 of you who are struggling, there is always help available, whether it be a friend, a family member or professional help. Mental health problems can be treated, and not all people will mental health problems are “difficult” or “unintelligent.” Let’s keep talking about mental health to reduce the stigma!”

Rania Ghazal: VP of Student Representatives


“It is okay to give yourself a break from everything sometimes. A break from university, social media, and even friends. If you feel like you can’t handle something, it is okay to pause for a while and take care of yourself. You are not being selfish for it. You are putting yourself as a priority, and you deserve it.”

Vanessa Cunha: VP of Events


“So, earlier this year I was dealing with overwhelming stress not only from school, but also from work, and my personal life. However, you wouldn’t have known unless I told you. I waited two weeks, two weeks of me getting angry and upset for no reason, two weeks of me never truly feeling happy about anything, and two weeks of just numbness before my boyfriend made me check into the wellness center. I was completely embarrassed that he made me go. Being a psychology student, I understood the emotions I was going through and I knew that this was the best decision, but the stigma that surrounded having a mental illness, and the stigma behind treating something that one cannot physically see got to me. However, even though I was embarrassed, I still marched to the front desk where I was later guided to see a councilor. I told her about what I was going through and in a weird way, it felt comforting telling a complete stranger, someone who I knew wouldn’t judge me, how I was feeling. She gave me stress coping strategies and since then I haven’t felt the need to go. The point of this story is to say that mental health is just as important as your physical health. Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. For all the people who judge or criticize, I’m sure they’re solely jealous of the bravery and courage you took to admit to not only yourself but others that there is an issue. So please, even if you have the slightest problem like you’re feeling super overwhelmed, or you’re not handling a tough situation well, please go talk to someone about it. Because if you leave it aside, I promise it will never be solved.”

Savannah Hayes: VP of Communications


“Hey all! I want to share something with you. No matter what people share on social media, the dream lives some seem to have, no one, NO ONE escapes having bad days. One day I might be the most productive person I’ve ever met, and the next I can barely get out of bed. It’s okay. We’ve all been there. There are people who care about you, who want to see you smile and thrive, no matter what you might think. Mental health is something we all have to be aware of and take care of, neurotypical or not. As someone with at least four neurological disorders, I’ve learned to accept that not every day will be a great one. Please remember to put yourself first when you’re feeling stressed or nervous or just not yourself. There are so many opportunities out there, but only one you. Take care ❤

Before you go, be sure to check out ways you can get help on campus, here: http://bresdev.yourdevsite.ca/life/mental-health/resources/

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BPA 2017/2018 Executive Team

Hey everyone! Here is next year’s BPA exec team:

President: Lina Saadeddin

Vice President: Afnan Almusned

VP Events & Affairs: Vanessa Cunha

VP Psychology Student Representative: Rania Ghazal

VP Communications: Savannah Hayes

VP Finance: Charlotte Wilson

Congratulations to all newly elected Exec members! Elections will be held for remaining positions in the Fall. Positions include: 1st Year Rep, 2nd Year Rep, 3rd Year Rep and 4th Year Rep.


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BPA Spring Elections!

Here are blurbs for candidates running for the BPA Exec team for the 2017/2018 Year!

Charlotte Wilson for VP Finance

Hello Brescia Students! My name is Charlotte Wilson, I am going into my second year of business at Brescia and minoring in Psychology. I was a first year representative on the BPA for the 2016-2017 school year and would love to further my involvement on the BPA as the new VP Finance. I am knowledgeable of the BPA’s current processes and will bring new ideas on how to improve any recurring events from last year. As the BPA’s new VP Finance I will keep detailed and accurate records regarding the BPA’s financial situation and update my fellow BPA executives on a regular basis. I will also maintain regular contact with the BUCSC to ensure that all of this financial information is up to date. Most importantly, I will assist my fellow BPA executives in running exciting events for Brescia’s psychology students.

Afnan Almusned for VP Communications 

My name is Afnan Almusned, and will be going to my third year of psychology in the fall. I held the position of VP External events and affairs for 2016-2017. I really enjoyed being part of the team, and would love to be part of it again. Being involved in the BPA was an extremely rewarding experience; I loved being part of the organizing committee for the annual graduate school talk, as well shine the light. If given the privilege of being reelected I want to help the BPA grow, and be larger than ever. Working with the BPA over the past year has really given me the chance to realize some of the strengths and weaknesses, which would be very important to better the club in the future.  I look forward to playing an active role in the BPA next year and working with my fellow psychology-driven executive team to further improve the BPA and propel it to the top of Brescia’s clubs!

Rania Ghazal for 3rd Year Rep

Hello, my name is Rania Ghazal and I’m currently wrapping up my second year in the honors of psychology program. I would like to run for third-year representative because Brescia has provided me with so much, and there is nothing I would like more than to return the favor. As a woman, having the opportunity to peruse education is a privilege that I am grateful for every single day. I have been handed the opportunity to create something of myself and I do not want to waste it. In my process of becoming the greatest version of myself, I want to influence the other women in this college to the same. If I were to be elected, I would give everything in me to make them feel more comfortable, beautiful, and empowered. I would give everything in me to help them see all the potential they have to become extraordinary. Running for a position in a women’s college in particular means so much to me, I would be honored to represent third year students.

Savannah Hayes for 3rd Year Rep

Hello there! I’m Savannah Hayes, a second-going-into-third year psychology student at Brescia. I would very much like to apply for the available position of third-year representative for my fellow psychology students. During my time at Brescia, I have been on the lookout for a group that I feel confident in wholeheartedly supporting and participating in; I feel like the BPA is the perfect fit for me! Psychology is in my heart and soul and I imagine your executive team agrees! By representing third-year students, I will be inclined to reach out to my peers and become a resource. I’d also love to volunteer my time for the BPA and contribute to promoting, running, and communicating about your events throughout next year. While I’ve been a psychology student attending Brescia, I have always wanted to initiate study groups with my peers. As a representative, I will be better able to facilitate, encourage, and tutor various groups like these for third-year students as well as students earlier on in their exploration of psychology.

Vanessa Cunha for VP Internal Events 

Hi, my name is Vanessa Cunha and this year I was the second year representative for the Brescia Psychology Association. I have learned many valuable skills from this position however i would like to further them by stepping up the ladder.
I want my communication skills to outshine and truly aid me in the position of VP Internal Events. I have great connections with the affiliates as I have already created an event this year with their executive team and the event was a success. As VP internal events, I would branch out events or ideas to affiliates, students, etc. if they want to join as well as communicate with others and see if the BPA can collaborate.
The Brescia Psychology Association hosts many wonderful events and I want to see more individuals attending these events. As VP internal events it would be my pleasure to branch out to others, work with other communities, and bring individuals together to have not only successful but memorable events.
Lina Saadeddin for President 
My name is Lina Saadeddin, going into my Fourth Year of Honours Specialization in Psychology at Brescia and I would love to be BPA’s president for the year of 2017-2018. Having worked in the BPA in the past year as VP Internal events and being an active member in my first year, I am aware of the laws, in & outs of the club. I am confident that by being president, I can provide events that will involve more psychology students in Brescia, as well as visiting classes to have votes for different events to host and what will interest the Brescia community. As well, collaborating with the psychology associations at Kings, Huron and Western to create a Western-Wide Psychology Gala for the Spring of 2018, where psychology students & other disciplines will be welcome to join and celebrate their accomplishments. I hope I can be trusted with this position to add joy to your student year and create opportunities & memories that will last forever.

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A few blurbs from our BPA execs about #BellLetsTalk Day, and shining the light on mental health:

Ghalia Loutfi

 People often mistake mental illness with weakness and judge people going through tough times. Really, there’s a low at some point in every person’s life, but that doesn’t mean they’re weak. The fact that such psychological problems restrain people from completing day to day tasks is a reason for others to lend a helping hand. So, let’s lend our hands and help those needing a positive push and give them a reason to pull through their days. Let people not be ashamed of their everyday battles, but proud that they are able to survive through it all. Use the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and raise awareness for friends, family, or even strangers that need to be reminded that they are strong and should be proud of every little issue they overcome. Start a conversation with someone on January 25th, 2017 about mental illness and break the stigma that societies have associated with it.

Sabah Hassan

It’s okay to not be okay, mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of! “Your illness does not define you, your strength and courage does”. Lets end this stigma together

Nicole Waisglass

1 in 5 Canadians suffer from mental illness during their lifetime. Bell Let’s Talk is an initiative dedicated to ending the stigma, supporting research, improving access to care, and leading by example. The Brescia Psychology Association does just this with our platform #MentalHealthMonday. Each Monday a story or inspiring photo is posted in order to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental health. This is an important step in moving towards positive change! #BellLetsTalk

Jessie Singer

When one has strong mental health, they are able to live their life to the fullest, and are free of psychological problems holding them back such as anxiety, depression and stress. Having mental health allows you to create good relationships, make positive life choices, lead a physically healthy life and lets you grow to your potential. #BellLetsTalk is an amazing initiative that raises awareness for mental health, so those suffering do not have to feel alone in their battle. By choosing to start the conversation about mental health, I believe one day that the stigma associated with it will be eliminated.

Vanessa Cunha

With mental illness numbers rising every year, it’s important for everyone to become aware of the stigma and issues that arise with it. As Michael Landsberg preaches, having a mental illness does not mean you are a weak person, it solely means you are sick. #BellLetsTalk does a fantastic way of minimizing the stigma surrounding mental health every year. As more and more people become educated on these issues, more and more are coming out saying that they too have been suffering, and the wall of shame for having an illness becomes weaker and will one day crumble where the stigma and issues surrounding mental health are no longer. So on January 25, let’s all talk about the issues that people have been ashamed of and remember that having a mental illness means that you’re “sick not weak” 

Afnan Almusned

Mental illness impacts us in different ways; whether it’s directly or through a loved one. By the time Canadians reach the age of 40, 1 in in 2 will have or have had a mental illness. Most people with mental illness can and do recover, it simply starts by just talking about it. So today, let’s talk about it, you are not alone and you shouldn’t feel alone. Let’s Break the stigma, and end the silence.  #BellLetsTalk

Lina Saadeddin

All of us struggle in silence, maybe some more than others. That doesn’t mean we should be muting the pain for others not to hear, we need to open up so others, too, can open up to try and understand one other’s struggles. #BellLetsTalk makes it possible to make struggles visible, accepted and discussed with open arms and thats how each of us should try to be every day. Reach out to one another and never forget, you are not alone and by speaking up, you are braver than most of us.

Charlotte Wilson

It is important to shine the light on mental health because some people may not be aware of the severity of their mental health issues. A large step in becoming mentally healthy is understanding what good mental health is. The Canadian Mental Health Association defines good mental health as having a healthy self esteem, being able to deal with your emotions and learning to manage stress effectively. The goal of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative and Mental Health Mondays is to raise awareness about current mental health issues while offering support for those who are trying to improve their mental health.


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BPA Fall Election Blurbs:

Charlotte Wilson:

My name is Charlotte, I am a BMOS student interested in being a 2nd year representative for the BPA.  I am not a psychology student; however, I have taken many psychology courses which has made me interested in the BPA. I believe psychology is important to understand when working in business and I believe the BPA would offer me a chance to better understand the psychology I have learned.

Sarah Major:

Hello, My name is Sarah Major and I am in my second year of study here at Brescia. After taking Psychology 1000 last year, I fell in love with Psychology and all it has to offer. As a result, I decided to continue on in the Honours Specialization in Psychology program. I am extremely excited to see what this year has to offer as 4.5 out of my 5 courses are Psychology courses. I am a social individual who enjoys making connections and getting to know others. I am also highly organized and enjoy planning events. For example, last year I took a Dimensions of Leadership class that provided me with the opportunity to create a fundraiser with a few peers. By applying our skills, we were able to successfully collect donations for one of the Women’s Shelters here in London. By working at Scotiabank, I have learned how to problem solve and communicate effectively. I have worked with a wide range of individuals, from seniors to teenagers, and I have learned how to change my communication style in order to meet their needs. It would be an absolute pleasure to be given the opportunity to work with the BPA and its executive team. I look forward to getting to know each of you, sharing and applying my knowledge as well as learning from the BPA.Unfortunately, I have a class conflict this week (Human Sexuality 4:30 – 7:30) and cannot make it to the BPA’s first meeting. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and I hope I am able to do so soon. Please let me know what I missed this week!

Vanessa Cunha:

My name is Vanessa Cunha and I am a second year psychology student at Brescia. I heard about the BPA last year when i was switching into the psychology program from foods and nutrition. I was very excited this year to finally be apart of it, and I am both interested and excited to run for second year representative because I would love to become more immersed in psychology outside of class. I had a rough time figuring out what I really wanted to study, until I became exposed to the psychology program by my peers. I believe that I have found a passion to learn about psychology, and I want to share my experiences as the second year representative. I want to be a person that all second year and even first year students can go to for guidance to help them on their journey while I construct my own path as well. Thank you for the opportunity.

Iuliia Kositcina

I am interested in 2nd and 3rd year representative positions. I am a second year psychology student at Brescia who is very passionate about this field!


Victoria Bieg

I am greatly interested in being your Second Year Representative for the Brescia Psychology Association. I am a second year student at Brescia who is currently perusing a BA in psychology. It was not my initial plan but after taking the Intro to Psychology class, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in psychology. I am very interested in the human mind and the behaviour of humans. Currently my two favourite classes are Human Sexuality 2075 and Drugs and Behaviour 2020. A few of my qualities are that I am enthusiastic, a good listener, I am very approachable as well as a good communicator. I have organized and run many charity and athletic events/fundraisers. I am a HOBY alumni, which is a youth leadership group as well as I have participated in various leadership classes that have helped me to develop the skills to organize and run events. If I am voted to be your second year rep I promise that your opinions, ideas and concerns can be voiced efficiently through me.

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