As per usual, the buzz of everyday activities continue, as do our routines. For myself I find I’ve already gotten back into the feeling of things, and I’m doing what I can to make it all work out. Homework, already on the list of things to finish, and thankfully I’ve already accomplished. Besides that, I’ve found I really enjoy keeping myself busy with daily tasks again at school, as I lost the drive for motivation via the break. It’s really nice to have something to look forward to, and I’ve found my classes really fulfill that urge for me.
I can confidently say that Conestoga has gone beyond my expectations for its staff, and overall courses that it supplies for its students. When I came back from the break I emailed my teachers on concerns with my surgery and mobility, as well as other concerns I had yet to discuss from prior events… And they were there for me. There’s the saying “ Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges,” and you know what? That statement is absolutely correct. Not only have they been there for me, but they’ve given me something to strive for in both my work, and determination. I came into this course hoping to improve my works, my art style, and overall sense of direction. And it’s there. I’m building as a person, just as I hope the rest of you are. Challenging yourselves. I remember a few years back I achieved a black belt in Tae kwon do, and man did that feel good. That dedication to myself is something I’ve always wanted in my career path, and I really can say I’m finding it here.
Welcome back Condors! I hope you all had amazing winter break and the winter semester is officially in full swing! I hope all of you got to enjoy a bit of relaxation and spending time with friends and family. I’m sure, like myself, you are super excited to see what this new semester holds and can not wait to catch up with your fellow classmates and see what amazing things you’ll learn and experience over the next few months!
Whether this is your first or last semester at Conestoga College there is always something new to discover and there are a ton of events going on over the next few weeks that I am sure will grab your interest!
Firstly, if you haven’t yet heard CSI is hosting a Winter Concert on January 24 featuring no other than Brampton’s own Alessia Cara! This is going to be the biggest and best concert yet and it will sell out fast so make sure you get your tickets right away on the CSI app for ONLY $15!
If you are looking to get involved right away, tickets for the Toga Party are still on sale and only $5! Live Music Thursdays also continues weekly in The Venue and be sure to keep your eye out for when the Netflix and Chilli Lunch and Stash Your Cash events happen on your campus!
The start of the semester is also a great time to get involved in clubs! Conestoga has tons of clubs that suit everyone’s interests from the Conestoga Car Club the the Karaoke Club. I’m sure there’s something for you!
You can also keep on track with your new year’s resolutions and check out the Rec Centre! You can join intramurals, a fitness class, or just pick up a healthy lunch at Pita Pit! Remember full-time students get free access to the gym so be sure to take advantage of it!
As you can see there are a ton of activities happening on campus and what better way to start off the new semester that getting involved in everything Conestoga has to offer!
For everyone new for this semester, I’d like to give a warm welcome from my fellow Condors, and hope you all had a lovely break! The break was well deserved for all of you, and I hope you took good measure with it to be prepared for this term.
As for myself this break, I definitely didn’t put enough time forward for my portfolio work, but I can of course make time for it with the months to come. Today’s blog will be more of a catch up on previous blogs, to help others get into the roll of things, and overall just help with any new adjustments.
First off, bus passes. We all know what’s about to come… That’s right, lines. The bus pass line is infamous for how far it stretches across campus, so he’s a little bit of advice for anyone stuck in that line.
Location: NOT IN THE ONE CARD AREA!!! I made a rather elusive mistake and went there first. NO. Save yourself the disappointment, the One Card area focuses primarily on adding funds to your One Card, or receiving it. Look for the Service Hub nearby the CSI office. You’ll find it wedged between wing A and wing B (This is for Doon campus only, the whereabouts on other Conestoga campus I apologize for being unsure of).
Give yourself time: The first week of school is going to be pretty hectic for everyone, so keep in mind you not only have to make time for yourself, but keep in mind they’ll be others doing the same. I came into Conestoga around 1pm, and I was met with a 2-3 hour wait time. Let me tell you, that line stretched all the way down A wing. I was a nervous wreck since I had my first and only class of the day at 3pm. Miraculously I managed to get it… But not as many were as lucky. If you’re going to get a bus pass, be prepared to come in early, or slower times. Mornings will be slower if most people have classes, so if you have evening classes, come in early before classes. Take advantage of your free time in the morning. If you have morning classes, don’t wait until 12-4pm after class to get the pass, most people are very much awake and active then, and you’ll be sure to have a wait time.
Come prepared: Be prepared to show your Verification of Enrollment (VOE) and your One Card. You must have your One Card, as your One Card receives a sticker to show the recognition. I overheard many students bringing their schedules as verification, but what you really need is your VOE, which you can find online on your Student Portal > My Courses > View Enrollment Form. Be prepared to show it via online (phone) or a paper copy. After verifying you have your One Card and VOE you’ll be sent left or right depending on payment method. The process after that is both simple and quick.
Be respectful: Please refrain from taunting or butting other students waiting patiently in line. As lame as it may seem, it takes a lot of energy to stand and be patient. A Lot of students like myself can get anxiety from this, and it really is only fair to wait your turn. Many students took the time to stop and make conversation with their friends or introduce themselves to new people, and that’s great. I was really amazed at how welcoming some of the students were, and I myself beamed a bit when I could direct and help a few others. There’s nothing better than helping other people, so for everyone’s sake, let’s all try to!
Next off, I’d like to refresh everyone of the idea of bursaries offered at Conestoga! There’s no harm in free money, so why not take advantage of it for your tuition. Simply head on over to Student Portal on Conestoga’s website, and hit My Award Applications. You’ll be given a simple form to fill out, and a short essay. I filled out the Fall one last term, and it was extremely helpful for the term, so I really want to push for anyone that really needs the extra help, to take it.
I hope everyone has a great first day/day back, and can’t wait to see you all! Cheers!
The end of the semester is once again upon us. Whether you are just finishing up your first semester of college or if this is your last, you should be extremely proud of yourself and all that you have done.
I think it is so important to reflect on a semester after it finishes. Looking at how far you have come and the knowledge you have gained is such an amazing thing. You can finally see how the struggle of the last few months has truly been worth it. Look at how much has changed in your life, how many friends you have made and how much you’ve grown as a person in such a short yet significant time period. I really do encourage you to sit down and think about it because it is a huge motivator for the next semester, and really shows that you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to.
Speaking of next semester, if you did happen to fail a course this semester remember to ask your teacher immediately if you are able to take a supplemental, or contact your program coordinator to see how you can make up those credits. Additionally, if you are looking for a credit transfer, PLAR or have any issues with tuition fees or schedules, start looking into those processes now because it will save you a lot of time and stress in January.
Overall though, remember to take a break over these next three weeks. It is important to breath and have some time for yourself. Now is your opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, go out with friends or just lock yourself in a room for days and binge Grey’s Anatomy. Enjoy this time of year, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other winter holidays remember to spend as much time as possible with your family and stay safe. I hope you all have a magical holiday season and a happy new year!
Ahhh, the endless pursuit of assignments in classes are coming to an end! As the term nears its ending, so will the stress. For anyone struggling to study their hearts out for the last week to come, hang in there, it’s almost over. I’d honestly love to tell you all to give yourselves a big pat on the back, after all, you’ve made it this far! I know for myself I’m packing up those final assignments and really pulling it together to finish off well. All the criteria I’ve learned over the semester is being fleshed out, and will overall summarize what I’ve come to learn. As much of what I learned was a refresher, I truly did appreciate taking the time to go back and refine my works, and I’ve grown as both a person and an artist while doing so. Take the time to admit you need improvement is half the battle, and I’d like to think at this point, I’ve won it. Not only have my works never looked so constructed through completion, but I can also see the effort that I placed into it really shine. Those endless nights of tirelessly redoing, redrafting really did help, no doubt about it. For this, I can not only thank Conestoga, but my teachers that helped me pursue my inspiration, and overall accomplishments.