My First Week at Conestoga

Conestoga College - Jasmine Marinelli
Jasmine – 1st year Public Relations student at Conestoga College

Hey guys If you’re reading this my name is Jasmine, and I’m currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Public Relations degree program at Conestoga. I started at Conestoga in the beginning of September and boy was it ever one of the scariest things I’ve ever had to do. Just like leaving a team to join another or switching jobs it’s hard to transition into something new in your life. I’ve been to Conestoga multiple times for open houses, orientation, soccer practices and games but not until now have I actually step foot in it as a student. High school and college are completely different and that’s what I’m slowly starting to figure out now.

My first day of college was definitely scary. Prior to my first day I briefly checked out where my parking lot was, however on my first day all of that knowledge was lost. I found myself looking through all the parking lots trying to find where the blue lot is. And let me tell you, driving in Conestoga’s parking lots are tricky, there are so many people walking, traffic lines and absolutely no spots relatively close to where your classes are – unless you get lucky. It took me approximately 20 minutes to find my classroom and then I quickly realized that I was in the wrong class when I wasn’t on the attendance list. This was pretty embarrassing but a great learning lesson to always double check where and when your classes are haha. Other than that, I had an amazing day and I met a lot of great people as well as I got to know my teachers, courses and the school a bit better.

Athletics have been a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl.  They de-stress me and keep me slightly sane, which I figured I’d need in my life throughout college. I really thought it was necessary to get involved in the school as best as I could. Which led me to decide to attend a couple of soccer tryouts throughout the first week for the varsity team. Fortunately, I made the team and that’s when my official college experience had begun. Soccer is a huge commitment just as much as schoolwork and time management is something that I’m going to have to work on in order to be able to effectively prioritize.

I’m proud to say that I’m starting off my public relations future on the right note. Making videos of my first week, experiences I have had in the college and the life of being a soccer player has increased my knowledge of what it is like to be a vlogger. Being a social media ambassador has me always watching out for the next new trends around campus and what interesting booths and activities are going on. I’m very excited to continue this opportunity and couldn’t be happier with the way my first few weeks of school have gone.

Some tips for future students are:

  1. If you are lazy like me make sure you come to school 20-30 minutes before your first class so you can actually find a parking spot close to your class.
  2. Find your classrooms prior to your actual class so you’re not late or sitting in the wrong class for part of your day.
  3. Join anything and everything – as long as you can successfully prioritize properly and keep on track with school… college is fun!!!!
  4. Make friends and get to know the people in your classes as well as the teachers, networking is great and can be something you rely on in the future.

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