Making the Most of a Snow Day

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Brooke – 3rd Year Student

Welcome to Canada. The winters here are always cold, wet, and snowy. This year is no exception to that rule. Sometimes when there is freezing rain or heavy amounts of snow the college closes to keep all staff and students safe, since the roads can get quite messy, we’ve already seen this a couple times this year. The thing about “snow days” is that you can either choose to hunker down with some cozy blankets or you can choose to be productive. Just because everything is closed doesn’t mean you have to shut down as well. Here are my tips on how you can make the most of your Conestoga College snow day!

  1. Do Homework

This may seem like an obvious option but it is somehow very easy to forget that homework even exists on a snow day. This, however, is a really great time to sit down and get a lot of your projects and studying done. It may also be beneficial to look over anything posted on eConestoga that you were supposed to learn in class. It will help better prepare you for the next week.

  1. Clean and Do Chores

Wow this may also sound super boring but you’re stuck inside the house anyway, why not tidy it up a bit. This will keep you moving around and gives you a chance to do all those little things you’ve been meaning to do these last couple weeks.

  1. Update Your Resume/LinkedIn

When is the last time you updated your resume? Are you looking to potentially get a full-time summer job? Many places are starting to accept summer job applications and this is the perfect opportunity to prepare and maybe even send out some resumes. A great place to find summer jobs for Conestoga students is in MyCareer found in the Student Portal.

As you can see there are a bunch of different things that you can be doing to make your snow day worthwhile! It is totally fine to sleep in a bit, but try to think of a snow day as a bonus day or a catch-up day. It’s time to organize yourself, brew some coffee and get to work!

Why a Conestoga Degree?

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Brooke – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

I wanted to start off by giving a huge CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who has recently received their acceptances for Conestoga College! You are going to have an amazing time here at Conestoga and I can’t wait to see you around the halls!

In relation to that, today I wanted to talk about degree programs at Conestoga College. Degree programs are something people usually associate with universities and not necessarily the college level, so I figured what better time than acceptance season to talk about the benefits a Conestoga degree has to offer!

Conestoga has many different degree programs in many different fields including business, engineering & information technology, health & life sciences, community services, and of course media & design, which includes my program; Bachelor of Design.

These programs are great because they provide many attributes that you can not necessarily get at the university level. All of our programs are very hands-on, and our curriculums are aligned to ensure that your skills will be transferable to the workforce once you graduate.

Small class sizes are great for individual learning since we don’t have large lecture halls. For example, there are just over 20 students in my year of the BDES program which allows us a lot of time for one-on-ones with the teacher to get real feedback and help with our work! It has also allowed me to get to know my classmates really well to not only make great friends but also amazing future business connections!

Many degree programs offer co-op which is worked into the curriculum. This is a great opportunity to get real-world experience. You get to experience the job before you do it, and I even personally know many students who were re-hired by their co-op employer after graduation. I am currently about to enter co-op and Conestoga makes it very easy by helping us beef up our resumes and find jobs!

If you got accepted to a diploma program remember there are many bridging options available to a degree program!

Overall, I am honestly so happy I chose the degree option at Conestoga College and wouldn’t want to get my education anywhere else. I hope you really do look into Conestoga degree programs because they really will give you a one-of-a-kind education!

Welcome to Conestoga

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Kaylie – 1st Year Design Foundations

I’d like to give a big warm welcome to everyone that has recently received their acceptance letters!  I know many people have yet to receive theirs, but no worries, the time will come!

For anyone still unsure if they’ve been accepted or not, make sure to hop on over where your applications/acceptance offers are here. I know for myself I was extremely anxious, and was constantly checking my emails… So if anyone’s in that position right now, been there, done that!

I hope everyone keeps in mind that not all acceptance offers are handed out right away, many of them based on how late applications overall were sent in. If anyone has any questions regarding that, make sure to check the Conestoga admissions page. For myself I applied the very last week available, and here I am today! A proud Condor. 

Some things to keep in mind for the weeks to come would be the following:

  • If you have social media that you actively use for updates, try to find this years Accepted Conestoga page and meet some of your fellow classmates/peers to come. There’s no better way to slide into the school year than to meet those that you’re attending with, even if it’s over text.
  • Take your student number, and information in the emails to come, and set up some of your account information as stated. They may not be available for the time being, but don’t lose the information!!
  • Celebrate! You’ve made it, so why not celebrate?

#ConestogaLetsTalk

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Brooke – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Bell held their 9th annual #BellLetsTalk Day as I am sure many of you are aware. If you are not, every year Bell hosts a Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign, where for every tweet, post, and snapchat tagged #BellLetsTalk Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives! This is a great event for a great cause and this year the hashtag had 1,013,915,257 interactions to make it the biggest Bell Let’s Talk event ever!

This event, however, is not just about raising money, but also starting those tough conversations about mental health issues and trying to erase the stigma associated with them.

Here at Conestoga we also got in with the action and I saw many different events and mini-campaigns around the school. By the end of the day, the walls were lined top to bottom with messages of hope and encouragement from the Conestoga community! This was super inspirational to see and I honestly can’t wait to see how this campaign continues to grow in years to come.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues it is important to seek help. Conestoga realizes the stress school can cause, whether it be anxiety, financial stress, or whatever you may be struggling with, and there are so many resources here at college that are available to you confidentially and at no extra cost.

Counselling Services:

Counselling services are free of charge and 100% confidential service at Conestoga College. If you are struggling it can be very helpful to have someone to talk to. Counselors can help you cope with your stress and can even provide you with community resources to help you further.  You can walk-in if it is urgent or you can book an appointment here.

https://studentsuccess.conestogac.on.ca/myWellness/Contact#counselling

Medical Care Clinic:

The Medical Care Clinic at Conestoga can do more than just help you with the common cold. Available to all students the clinic offers a wide variety of services that do include mental health care. Just do not forget to bring your student card and your provincial health card or proof of OHIP coverage to your appointment. You can book an appointment here.

https://studentsuccess.conestogac.on.ca/myWellness/Contact

The Food Bank:

The Food Bank is an emergency service at Conestoga College to assist students who are going through difficult financial situations and cannot afford to purchase their own food. The Food Bank can provide students in emergencies with approximately a 3-day supply of food once a month. When you arrive ensure that you have your OneCard and be prepared to answer questions about your income and expenses. Don’t worry though all this information is 100% confidential! The Food Bank is open 9am-4pm on weekdays with no appointment needed.

Community Resources:

Additionally, to Conestoga College, there are also many community resources available. The Region of Waterloo website can link you to many of these resources and phone support hotlines.

https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/mental-wellness.aspx

There is an endless number of resources available to you here at Conestoga College and throughout the community. Please know that it is never too late and you even though it can be difficult you should never be ashamed or scared to ask for help. It is time to get rid of mental health stigmas and start the conversation.

Kaylie’s daily routine

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Kaylie – 1st Year Design Foundations

This week I’m going to talk a little more about my daily cycle before/after/during school, and really overall what I go through day to day.

Mornings! I myself am your typical I-hate-Mondays type of girl, and the same goes for those excruciating mornings getting up day to day. Typically I find myself dragging myself out of bed (if it isn’t someone else doing it for me). My week is split into 2 days evening classes, 3 days 8am classes. The back to back 8am classes are brutal, and often the days I find myself staying up later to finish homework. A typical 8am day I would find myself getting up at 5:30am, showering, then hustling to catch a 6:30 bus. The bus I take is the second bus of the day, so I typically find myself fighting to get a place on it, and I’m sure a lot of you have been there too. The bus ride is typically a 30-40 min ride, and I normally find myself arriving around 7:20. If I’m not in the timmies early morning, you’ll likely find me sketching near my class to wake myself up, which is really what wakes me up for the day.

Next, we have my time at school, which often takes up most of my day if I’m not working or doing homework. My time spent at school is typically on the second floor C wing (Doon). About 90% of my classes are held in one specific room, so I generally keep close to home there in between my classes, or have lunch in the Venue. During any 2 hour gaps between my classes its Venue time! I enjoy taking out my sketchbook and working on class thumbnails in there, as most of the campus space is typically bustled with people.

Evenings! Are typically filled with the brisk cold air that winter promises. As the days are currently shorter, walking home is veryyy dark. When I’ve reached home I almost always head to homework, or some me time. If it’s me time, I’m normally on discord with friends, playing games, watching shows, or of course drawing. If it isn’t that, it’s homework! Homework for me is typically me just binging on assignments, which I typically do in one go. I’ve found I generally work best putting all my effort into a project without taking breaks between days, so these evenings can be pretty stressful, but overall productive. If I manage to have my work done or get ahead, I typically go out with friends for the evening, and enjoy the night!

For the most part, my life may come off as very bland, but I find myself always looking for something to do to stay busy (otherwise I’ll get bored). So here’s to the next few weeks, working my butt off!