Cool Conestoga Alumni

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Brooke – 3rd Year student

I have always been someone who is a goal setter. Someone who has a lot of self-motivation and drive. This being said, I have always found the middle of the semester to be the hardest. You are in the midst of projects and tests. The end is in sight but isn’t quite close enough to get excited yet, and it is very difficult to stay motivated and keep that desire to finish the semester strong.

One thing I always do when I need a boost of motivation is to look at other people’s success stories. I know that if they can do it, I can do it too, and one thing Conestoga does not lack is inspirational success stories!

Someone that I just learned about recently is James Hobson. He is a graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering Program from 2012. James has gone on to showcase his skills on his YouTube channel “The Hacksmith” where he turns Fictional ideas from movies, video games, and more into real working prototypes! He currently has over 5 million subscribers and is an amazing example of how your degree can provide you with a career that you love, even in the most unexpected ways. You can check out his creations here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjgpFI5dU-D1-kh9H1muoxQ

On to another amazing graduate. You’d probably recognize Rachel Schoustsen from The Weather Network! This amazing woman followed her dream after graduating from the Videography program in 2012. Rachel does an amazing job at increasing viewer engagement at the station through her live forecasts and captivating stories. She was actually one of the first video journalists ever hired on The Weather Network and she does a lot of the work herself. In an article on Rachel’s blog, RachelSchoutsen.com, she states that a lot of her knowledge came from Conestoga and, “It can be a very tough job. Setting up your shots, carrying around all the gear, interviewing people with no one to assist with camera work – it is a lot to think about!”. If you want to learn more about Rachel’s career and what she’s doing now you can check out her blog here:

https://rachelschoutsen.com/2017/02/24/10-facts-about-my-career-with-the-weather-network/

Last but not least, this Conestoga graduate is a pretty well-known name around my household. Growing up in a very hockey-centric family I can’t help but mention Mike Farwell who graduated in 1996 from the Broadcasting-Radio and Television Program. Mike has his own show on 570 News, fittingly titled The Mike Farwell Show, and he is also the play-by-play voice for the Kitchener Rangers. In addition to this, he has his own fundraising campaign called “Farwell 4 Hire”, where people around the Waterloo Region hire him for odd jobs and instead of paying him, they make a donation which is in support of cystic fibrosis. On top of his already busy schedule Mike also graciously volunteers his time on Conestoga’s Broadcasting-Radio & Television program Advisory Committee. The Mike Farwell Show airs every Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm on 570 News and you can support his fundraising campaign on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/farwell4hire/

These stories are only touching the surface of the amazing people who graduated from Conestoga College. Whenever you need a burst of motivation, I highly recommend checking out the Alumni page on the Conestoga website and learn about some amazing people in your field of study!

There are only a few weeks left of the semester, only a few more assignments and only a few more tests. You can do it Condors, and I know you all have the ability to become a Conestoga success!

The 3 Things I’ve Learned in 3 Years at Conestoga

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Brooke – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

College in an interesting time in a person’s life. It may be the first time you move away from home, you will be meeting a ton of new people, and you finally get to learn about a chosen subject that you hopefully love.

Everyone grows in different ways and in different stages, but no matter how old you are, college will teach you so many things that go well beyond classroom learning. My first day at Conestoga wasn’t my first time at college, but it was the start of a big change and growth period in my life.

I am now in my 3rd year at Conestoga and only 1 more year away from finishing my degree. As I look back at my time here, I can’t help by notice how my life has changed for the better and some amazing life lessons I have learned here at Conestoga. I thought I would share some of these moments with you today.

  1. It’s important to know who has your back

Within my first month at Conestoga, I met a few amazing people. Over the last few years, I have grown closer to these people than I have ever imagined. They have my back through thick and thin and I could not imagine a better group of friends. Even over these last few months, I have met quite a few unexpected friends and even though I have only known them a few months I know they have my back.

It is so important to know that it is not the amount of time you know someone that makes them a good friend but rather how they treat you. Trust your gut instinct about people and know who you can really count on when you need them. Some of the most wonderful people come from the most unexpected places.

  1. Be open to new experiences

I know you have probably heard it time and time again but I cannot stress the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone. Whether you fly or fall you will know you tried your hardest and that’s what counts.

Being open to new experiences can get you so far and give you some of the most memorable fun experiences and stories of your life. Whether this is joining a club, going on a trip, or going above and beyond on a project. Being open to new experiences and stepping out of your comfort zone will open you up to a world of amazing opportunities.

  1. Nothing is perfect

I used to be, and still partially am, the biggest perfectionist. I know a lot of people struggle with this and it is a hard habit to break but it is so important to realize that not everything can be perfect. I am by no way saying don’t try your hardest, because please do, but it is also so important to know when to let something go.

Between working, school, homework, and trying to have a social life there is a lot to balance and not enough hours in a day. It is important not to put to much pressure on yourself for these things and not to stress about doing everything perfectly because the reality is that we are human, you just can’t, and it is not worth the stress.

Find your priorities and focus on them. Balance in life is hard, and I am still trying to figure it out myself, but it is so important not to beat yourself down over the little things. Just breath and I promise you will be ok.

Life can be hard and intimidating but it is also those challenging experiences that help shape us and help us move forward. College has helped prepare me for so many curveballs over these last few years. I can’t wait to see how much I continue to grow as a person while I finish the last year and a half of my degree!

How to Have a Successful Student Success Week

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Brooke – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

Student Success Week is finally here, and I don’t know about you, but for me, this semester has just flown by so far. I know many of you have just finished mid-terms, or you are like me and have a lot of studying to do this upcoming week. It is important to remember to take time, relax, and recover because there are a few more difficult weeks ahead.

I believe I have talked a bit about this last semester, but I am someone who likes to make lists and be organized. One thing I always do during my Student Success Week is to organize myself and prepare for the rest of the year. Today I wanted to get into a little more detail as to how I do that, as well as how you can make your Student Success Week, a real success.

  1. Look at The Rest of The Semester

You want to begin by identifying what you need for the rest of the semester so that you do not forget anything. This can be any projects, chapters you need to read, or tests. I find my planner comes in real handy for doing this. If you don’t have a planner, I recommend going to the CSI main office and getting one for free!

Once you have your planner gather some colourful pens and get started by going through all your course outlines and instructional plans, and writing down everything that is going to be due in the next few weeks. I only ever do this half a semester at a time because stuff always changes. After this, you want to add in any personal obligations, such as events or appointments.

  1. What Needs to be Done This Week

Now that you know what needs to be done overall, you can identify what needs to be done this week to help prepare you. I personally like to write one big long list with EVERYTHING on it. I don’t just mean school work either. My list has everything from studying for my midterms to cleaning my bedroom, to how many times I’d like to hit the gym!

After you have your long list you can separate it out into what days everything needs to be done. It is important not to put too much strain on yourself for this. You should be planning no more than 3 major things for you to do every day so that it stays achievable.

  1. Do it and Stick to it

This is possibly the most important step. You need to do what you say you are going to do. Yes, it can be tough not to hit the “next episode” button, but this is where self-motivation comes into play. Look at things one day at a time and putting a little checkmark over a task when it is done can be very satisfying.

When the week is over you will have done so much and be well ahead of the game walking into the rest of the semester!

Though not everyone enjoys planning like I do, I cannot stress the importance of it enough. For me doing these steps is really beneficial because it helps me break things down and not forget things either. It is really important to break down the semester and week and look at it in chunks. It makes everything feel more achievable and less overwhelming.

Additionally, if you give yourself a small list of things to do each day, there is an end point.  You will still have time to relax at the end of the day, without feeling any guilt. You are also way more likely to be self-motivated to do the things you need to do if you can already see the end.

I hope this post has helped motivate you to organize yourself and I hope you have an amazing and productive Student Success Week!