Gaming and places to destress

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Kaylie – 1st Year Design Foundations

Hi again everyone, welcome back!

I honestly can’t say enough how thrilled I am to almost have the first month over! All I can say is, what a rush. A big pat on the back for everyone that’s made it so far, here’s to you (I’d make a grandiose glass-clinking gesture, but overall, cheers!).  For myself the last week has been very, very stressful, and I’ve been struggling to keep up with the daily tasks in my courses. Design Foundations has a very heavy course load and as tiring as it is to consistently be sketching, drafting, and inking up late, I really appreciate it. Nothing motivates me more than a challenge, so adapting is a specialty I’m willing to learn and hopefully master this year.

As ironic as this might sound, I can’t stress enough how important it is to destress yourself time from time again. Again, this week has taken quite a bit from me with all the late night sketches, and I’ve gotten to the point of getting rundown and sick. This is however, a result on my poor choice of planning with time management, as I’m trying to balance work, sleep, and school coherently. Not so easy! My course however does have its perks with the large gaps every few days between classes. These time gaps are essential to me for catch-ups with homework, lunch, and I’ll say it again, destressing. As ridiculous as this may sound, I literally can’t get enough of my destressing time on campus, and I’ve already found a few little key places that help me relax. As promised, I said I’d fill you guys in on my favourite places on campus. They just so happen to also be the least stressful ones (for me)!

    1. The Den. Again, not sure where the whereabouts would be located on campuses besides Doon, but this little hideaway is a blessing in disguise. You can find this sweet relief of a hideout in A wing, floor 3. The Den is located just above The Venue (more on that later), and is easily accessible with the elevators. I truly do enjoy coming here with my squad of classmates and friends, it’s really helped build some bonds with them and take the stress off our shoulders. The Den offers a wide variety of game consoles such as Xbox360, Wii, WiiU, PS4 etc. and can easily be rented out with the use of your Onecard and signing a consent form. I highly suggest this place if your idea of relaxation is distracting yourself.
  • The Venue. Aha, I’m sure you guys have seen my frequent little blurbs and posts of this place, and all for good reason! The food here is fantastic, and the atmosphere is very aesthetic. I generally come here during my longer gaps between classes and enjoy the space to work on my assignments while waiting for my meal. The place also offers occasional live music from students on campus, and I had the pleasure of watching one earlier this week. If you don’t mind the busy blurb of people chattering in the background, this is a place for you.
  1. The Rec Centre. Maybe not your stereotypical place for relaxation, but hey, everyone has their ideal of taking the stress away. I really like coming here to burn off any frustrations, it really allows my mind to wander and drift off with the help of music and the hum of the Rec machines. I can’t really do my homework or assignments here, but I can certainly push out the thought of them momentarily. Plus the perk of an active lifestyle!
  2. Outside of E wing (floor 1). I don’t know if you guys have walked out of E wing towards the Rec centre, but man, walking out of there is something else. To the left of you when exiting I find myself blissfully staring at a chain link wall, devoured by ivy. I find it absolutely beautiful, and commonly sit behind the ramp drawing/sketching there with the breeze softly swaying all the leaves. I find it very soothing and inspiring for my work, and actually had quite a few photos taken there. If you like an open, airy area with an abundant supply of sunshine (or y’know, whatever weather is offered in more unfortunate situations), I would suggest this place for you.
  3. The Pond (outside of caf). Ha, I’m sure the most common area most people would ideally go to are places like the Learning commons, or work rooms (which in no way are bad areas to calm down, but not my cup of tea). I personally enjoy open areas so I don’t feel boxed in, and this lovely asset to Conestoga is quite magical. My favourite time to be here is early morning (around 9-10am if you have early classes), where it’s still a bit chilly but warm enough with the sun just risen. I often sit out here during 10-15 minute breaks with my classmates, and it’s such a reliever to have such an open area to simply sit back and admire. I personally hope to get a lot of outdoor inspiration here on later dates before Winter breaks through, so fingers crossed that’s still a possibility.

So that’s it guys, these are my favourite places to destress, and I hope that in any way they may be useful for you all too. Again, best wishes to everyone with the first month almost completed, keep pushing!

‘Til next time,

Kaylie

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