Don’t Break The Bank: Free Stuff on Campus!

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

As a college student, budgeting can be hard work. Between tuition, textbooks and the general cost of living, life as a college student is expensive. I am personally always looking for a good deal and when I see something that is free I take advantage of it. Here at Conestoga College there are a ton of little known free services that can be super helpful to students. I thought I would help out your wallets and tell you about just a few of them today!

To begin, Conestoga offers free lockers to students! All you need to do is log onto MyConestoga at the beginning of the semester and you can choose your locker location and number. Even if you don’t use it to store your books it is a great place to put your bulky coat and wet boots in the winter months.

Through both the library and IT Services there are a lot of great tools available to assist you with your learning. Conestoga IT Services offers Microsoft Office for free as long as you are still a Conestoga student. The Conestoga Library offers the LRC which is a great homework tool, along with a free subscription to Lynda.com. This is a great resource with many different tutorials that allow you to further your learning online.

Student Success Services have great tools that can help you in multiple different ways. Academically, they have a tutoring service that provides scheduled group and individual tutoring sessions. They can help you with other things too such as editing your papers, using the proper APA format and helping you improve various learning skills. They also provide wellness support including confidential one-on-one counselling appointments and a medical care clinic that is free for students with valid OHIP or International Health Insurance coverage.

To end off, my favourite free offering at school is the free food! From the Frosh BBQ, to the late night Exam Relief event during study season, or even the Soup and Bannock Lunches held by Aboriginal Services on Wednesdays, there seems to always be something delicious cooking on campus!

These are just a few of the amazing free things Conestoga has to offer and they are always trying to find new ways to help out students with the financial burden of college! If you’re interested in any of these services make sure you go check them out, and maybe they will help you save a couple pennies on campus!

Here are some great links to get you started:

Free Software Downloads: https://www.conestogac.on.ca/current-students/software.jsp

CSI Events Calendar: http://conestogastudents.com/calendar/

Access Academic and Counselling Services: https://studentsuccess.conestogac.on.ca/

Kaylie’s 2nd week & assignments

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Kaylie – 1st Year Design Foundations

Hi everyone, I’ve returned with a stupendous breakdown of my second week, and I hope you’re all ears. This week has really been a mashup of assignments, deadlines, time management, and of course, all of you.

For the most part I’ve adjusted to the fast paced nature in my program, which has left me bustling around completing works, rough drafts, and coordinating with classmates. It’s quite a frenzy, but I must say I really do enjoy the rush. It keeps me on my toes, entertained. I’ve found time to work on drafts at work (when the weather’s not stubborn), and really work these assignments into manageable time slots within my day(s). I’m already extremely proud of my linears (what came after the ever-dreaded thumbnails), and I can see just from the few short lessons from week one I’ve improved both my work ethic, and technique.

I’ve spent a few late nights scrambling to ink some works, so all I can say is bring it on, I’m ready for the all-nighters.

I’d also like to mention that many people are extremely alarmed to see myself (and others) dragging a suitcase around in the halls. There’s simply just too much supplies to carry. Apologies on my awkward entrance, I promise that grace is not a strong suit with bulk. As much as I love bumper cars, I assure you it’s not in my best interest to bump into you all.

I’d also really like to push about the many rooms available to book for work/study periods (a link and photo posted earlier last week) on campus. My friends and I have a great amount of use with the large tables and space for our projects, as I’m sure you all will too!

Again, as quick as this week has gone by, I can’t stress enough how much I’ve learned and experienced in such a short timespan. Even the refreshers are something I find captivating in class! I’ve found quite a few nooks and crannies that I’ll be sure to post about in a future post, as some of these spots may come in handy for you all later.

Thanks again everyone, and again, Kaylie out.

Top 4 College Q&A’s for First Year Students

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Jasmine Marinelli – 2nd Year Bachelor of Public Relations

Your first month of college can definitely be a tricky one. You’re still getting lost, trying to make friends, starting to get stressed, and figuring out how to adjust to this new lifestyle. Trust me, I know it’s hard, and I’ve been down this road before too.

I wanted to ask so many questions during my first month, but was too afraid, and didn’t know who to talk to. Now that I have experienced one year of college, I am able to answer my own questions; some that you might be wondering as well…

  1. Can you have a job during the school year?

Yes. However, it is very important to make sure you are focused, managing your time well, and not starting to get stressed. I definitely think that working more than 20 hours a week is far too much for someone who is a full-time student. I tried to do it, and quickly realized that was not a good decision. If you’re looking to work during the school year I suggest only working a few times a week, 15-20 hours at most. Try and make sure that you do not burn yourself out working too many hours, or too many jobs. Your mental state is very important for success during school.

  1. Are college courses harder than high school courses?

Yes and No. College courses are not necessarily harder, if anything they are easier. They’re more interesting, and are taught by professors that have been in the industry for years. In high school you might have had to take a course that you weren’t interested in, or mandatory courses you thought would not be useful in the future. College is completely different, as you are enrolled in courses that focus on whatever profession you are looking to get into. They will be easier because you know that they’re connected to things you like (i.e. the program you chose).

  1. Are textbooks worth the buy?

Yes. There are many textbooks that I bought for my classes that I have used on a daily basis. Some are expensive, others are inexpensive, but overall, they are worth it. Last year I purchased books that will be useful for some of my classes this year. Professors you have will want you to complete readings from your required textbook, which makes it important for you to have the textbook so you can get full marks. If you are really concerned and want to know if you should purchase textbooks, ask your teacher. Most of my teachers have actually told me whether or not the “required” textbook will be useful for the class. Ask! Ask! Ask!

  1. How can you get involved at school?

There are plenty of ways you can get involved at your school. You can join a club that you are interested in, join a team or committee, and attend events. Many college clubs are looking for new students to add a fresh voice to their group. If you are interested in sports or play one competitively, try out for a sports team or join intramurals. College also offers a variety of different committees you can sign up for that might meet once or twice a month. It’s really important to get involved, and have fun during school.

By: Jasmine Marinelli