March 29, 2023


Christmas is only a few weeks away. At Conestoga College, students were asked whether they believed they would be on Santa’s naughty or nice list.

“I’d like to think I’m on the nice list,” said Andrew Dron, a second-year recreation and leisure studies student. “I always put others before myself and I try to help out anyone in any way I can.”

The common response among students was that they try each day to be a good person and help those in need, which puts them on the nice list.

“I would say I’m on the nice list,” said Melissa Koster, a second-year community justice and services student. “I’m always thinking about others and helping out as much as I can.”

Hunter Neamtu, a second-year electrical technician student, was uncertain which list he would be on.

“If smoking puts me on the naughty list, then I’m definitely naughty in Santa’s eyes,” he said. “In terms of being a 20-year-old, I think I’m on the nice list for my everyday actions and general attitude.”

However, one student believed that he might be on Santa’s naughty list, because he does not give back.

“It’s selfish to ask for something and not give something back during the holiday season,” said Bryan Flannery, a second-year radio broadcast student. “I actually don’t like (Christmas), everyone got better gifts than me … The Christmas spirit and cheer I like. Just like anything, the buildup is the real fun.”

If students could ask Santa for one wish, the most popular response was money or for him to pay off their bills and credit cards. However, Dron said his wish would be for others who are less fortunate to enjoy their Christmas.

“Honestly, just having my family around – that’s the best gift of all,” he said. “To me, Christmas is about family and giving back. For a few years, my family and I have helped out with Christmas hampers so people who don’t have a lot of money can have a nice Christmas too.”

Family and giving were the most common answers amongst the students as to what the joyous season means to them.

“It means time with family and giving,” said Koster. “And being able to see the smiles on everyone’s faces when they open their gifts.”

Christmas jingles have been playing on the radio, which means that the hooves of reindeer will soon be trotting on the roofs.

“I hope everyone has an amazing, safe and warm Christmas with their loved ones,” said Dron.


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