Six good things that happened in 2017

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2017 is over and, with all the negativity in the world, it’s important that we remember the good things that happened this year, of which there’s plenty. Reading about them is one thing, but you can help make more good things happen, too, with the knowledge and skills Centennial College can give you. Here are just a few of the year’s highlights, and how we can help you keep these achievements going.

1. It’s been proven that pets make you well

According to Time magazine, scientists are discovering real proof that animals help your mental health and wellbeing, as a source of social support. Some of the studies involved animals ranging from dogs, rabbits, Guinea pigs and fish, to even crickets.

Likewise, Centennial has Paws 4 Stress every year on campus, where you can get up close and personal with therapy dogs for some time, so it’s nice to know there’s real science behind it.

2. Canada protects its airline passengers

Remember last year, when that man was forcibly removed from an American flight simply because they were overbooked? Well, that can’t happen in Canada, because, as the CBC reports, we passed a “passenger bill of rights” that prevents airlines from removing passengers from overbooking flights.

They can offer you compensation, but unless you agree, you’re staying on that plane. If you want to help with the support and creation of laws like this, our Law Clerk and Court Support Services programs can make you a part of the lawmaking process.

3. The Ice Bucket challenge has led to a possible cure for ALS

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Last year, I wrote about how it had actually succeeded, and all the money it had raised for research into ALS had led to the discovery of the gene responsible for it. Well, this year, according to Insider, it went one step further, and Israeli scientists have found a way to stop the spread of the cells that cause it, restoring the nervous system’s defences.

This breakthrough treatment could also be used to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, too. You can help create the next big cure breakthrough by getting into medical technological science with our Biomedical Engineering Technology, Biotechnology and Health Informatics Technology programs.

4. Someone got free chicken nuggets for a year

Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Insider also talks about 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson, who asked Wendy’s restaurants if they’d give him free chicken nuggets over Twitter, and it became the most retweeted Tweet ever. So, he earned a year’s free supply from the restaurant. Of course, they also donated $100,000 to charity, and Wilkerson asked others to do the same on Twitter.

But you can learn how to make your own nuggets with our Culinary Arts programs, instead.

5. An outer-space world record was set by a woman

Astronaut Peggy Whitson is already a trailblazer. She was the first woman to command the International Space Station, and previously held the world record for the most extra-vehicular spacewalk time. She broke another record this year, the Toronto Star reports, becoming the astronaut with the most cumulative days spent in orbit. To learn how to put people like her into orbit, you can join our well-regarded Aviation Technician programs.

6. An independent musician won a Grammy

Chance the Rapper is proof you can make it happen for yourself, outside of the system, as the Vulture reports. He isn’t signed to any record label and released his albums online only. Not only does he have a huge following, but he managed to win three Grammies: Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance. Learn how to turn your musical talents into a career with our Music Industry Arts and Performance program.

By Anthony Geremia