How to Survive an Early Morning Class

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

The first thing you have to realize about college is your school schedule could be something you love, or something you don’t love, at all. There could be a mixture of late classes, early classes or free days! And who doesn’t like free days?

Unfortunately, you can be stuck with a bunch of early classes that clash with your sleep schedule. Believe me, I know… I have two classes this semester that run from 8am until 11am.

At first it was really hard for me to get used to waking up at 6am, preparing myself for the day, and driving to school when it is still dark out. I often forgot something at home because my alarm didn’t go off and I was late, or I wasn’t able to drink my morning coffee and was grumpy. These are all things I felt a month into first semester when I had my early Monday class. I got the hang of waking up and learning how to survive them by doing various things…

You can’t wake up early on your own, especially if you’re not used to it. Make sure you set an alarm almost two hours before your class. The reason I say two hours is because it gives you time to prepare yourself mentally, and physically for class. If you take a bit longer to get ready or if you need time to drive there, it is crucial you are up early. If you start to realize you’re a heavy sleeper and end up sleeping through your alarm. Why not add another one? Ten minutes after your first. For example, what I normally do is add five different alarm times. One at 5:45, one at 6:00, and then the rest in between 6:00 and 6:30. I have never slept through another alarm again.

Fully wake yourself up. I know getting out of your warm, soft, comfy bed is hard in the morning. Particularly, around this season because everything around you feel’s so cold. The best thing to do is get out of bed and quickly run to the shower. A nice hot shower will immediately wake you up. If that is something that doesn’t wake you up then try music. Have your stereo on in your room, and listen to some upbeat pop, or hip hop to help get your day started. Lastly, if you’re a coffee person like I am, and absolutely need it to help you feel alive and awake. Make yourself a coffee, and if you woke up and have some time to spare… take a trip to Conestoga’s on-site Tim Hortons! There’s nothing a good coffee can’t fix.

Lastly, prepare yourself. This is applied to many different, situations because preparing yourself benefits you in many different ways. Make sure you pack your bag the night before, print off any papers that are needed the night before and finish up any last minute homework. You don’t want to feel rushed in the morning especially that early. So, preparing yourself the night before will help alleviate any feeling of being rushed. Partially because you know that you completed everything you needed to the night before.  Feeling rushed can lead to all sorts of things… the most common thing is forgetting something important. Now that is something you don’t want to do, because then it adds stress and unnecessary actions can take place after (driving all the way home to get that one thing you forgot, showing up to class without it, being late, stress).

I can proudly say that I’m able to survive a morning class, without stress and being tired. If you follow these steps and create a routine for yourself you will be able to as well. Good Luck!

By: Jasmine Marinelli

 

 

 

Getting Ready for the Workforce

CSI Shirt PhotoTo get prepared for the workforce there are a couple of different strategies to use. These strategies are beneficial to enhancing skills, introducing new connections and enhancing confidence.

LinkedIn – This website is great for showing potential employers what you have to offer. I recommend everyone create one. Remember, it needs to be professional. Ensure your profile picture is not a selfie. Connect with everyone! Although you may have not met people in “real life”, if they are related to the field you are interested in, there is no harm in sending an invitation to connect.

Job Boards – Some boards that I check on a daily basis are MyCareer (Located in your MyConestoga tabs) and Indeed. These boards are full of job postings and offer new ones every single day. When it comes to potential employers, Indeed has an area where employees can review and leave helpful information about the company or organization. I highly recommend reading these!

Job Preparation – Conestoga offers so many different events and programs to prepare students for the workforce. Job searches, career fairs and career fair preps, the leadership conference, connect workshops, employment advising, drop-in sessions, resume essentials, fake interviews, recruiting sessions and so many more. Be on the lookout for these events on MyCareer’s calendar and Conestoga Student Inc.’s calendar. These events and programs are so great for developing skills and preparing students for the workforce.

Those are some of my tips, let me know if you have any other strategies to becoming prepared for the workforce!

-Chrissy

5 Pieces of Advice for New Students at Conestoga

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

Congratulations! Welcome to Conestoga College! You must be really excited… I know I was when I started in September ’17.

I know exactly how it feels stepping into your class for the first time, sitting beside someone you don’t know, preparing yourself for class to start. Don’t fret, Conestoga is the school for you; why else did you choose it?

Let me tell you, it’s okay to be nervous your first day. I learned that it’s every new student’s first day, so you’re never alone. It’s intimidating having a bunch of upper year student’s roaming around the halls, talking to their friends, and looking like they know exactly what they’re doing

The first piece of advice I’m going to give you is breathe. Take a few deep breaths and just relax. Like I said you’re in the same boat as everyone else, you are not alone. Regardless how long your class is you’ll start to warm up to it and things will feel more comfortable. Once you tackle your first classes your second classes will be much easier.

The second piece of advice I will give you is to: ask lots of questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Especially when it comes to navigating around the college. If you don’t know where your class is use the upper year students as an advantage. They most likely will be able to guide you in the right direction. There are also many open services around campus that can also help you out with whatever you need.

The third piece of advice I’m going to give you is: pay attention. Any of your professors for your first classes will give you an introduction to the course, and introduce themselves during that period. You will be given your instructional plan, specific and important due dates so you have to make sure you record them in an agenda, on your phone, or whatever works best for you to remember. Paying attention is key because you wouldn’t want to come unprepared for your next class.

The fourth piece of advice I’m going to give you is: talk to fellow classmates. It’s always nice to get to know the other people in your classes. Exchange numbers or social media handles so you can get in touch with them outside of just school. Talking to people is the first step to making friends. Friends make college even more fun especially if they are in some of your classes. It’s never a bad thing to make conversation with others.

The last and final fifth piece of advice I’m going to give you is: make a good first impression. This is an important piece of advice. If it’s your first time attending a class that means there are a set of first impressions you have to make. How you can make a good first impression is, arriving to class 5-10 minutes early, put your phone away, mentally and physically prepare yourself, be awake and alert, and make sure you have all the tools needed for your first class.

It’s scary stepping into a new school. It’s like a whole new world for you and believe me, I’ve been there, done that and survived it all. I have faith that you can do. You’re a condor now, set goals and explore new opportunities. You got this.

Welcome Condor!

By: Jasmine Marinelli

 

Looking Back at 2017: My First Semester at Conestoga College

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

It’s sad having to say goodbye to 2017, but exciting to start a new one. Saying goodbye to all of the memories is hard, whether they were good or bad, will be hard. But I can finally say, that I have survived my very first semester of college. No, it wasn’t the easiest, but it was a great experience.

In September I was scared to be honest, excited but scared. It was like I was at the top in grade 12 at my school, familiar with everything, in my prime and then I had to start all over again. I felt like I was the new kid in school, the niner, starting from the beginning. Not knowing where my classes were, being late because I was lost, parking in the furthest parking lot that wasn’t even my assigned parking lot… nevertheless September was a stepping stone for where I am now.

Now, I can proudly say that the blue parking lot is my designated one. I’m always five minutes early to my classes, and I don’t have to read off my schedule to find them. Yay for not being a college dummy anymore! I made lots of friends in my program throughout September, some that will be staying with me for the next four years of my life… and counting.

I joined the school’s soccer team and made even more friends. Being involved in an extra-curricular activity was one of the reasons why I enjoyed my first semester so much. Without being on the team I wouldn’t have met so many new people that play a huge role in my life now. Playing soccer helped me learn how to balance my time efficiently, and juggle all of the new things that have starting to begin in my life. Our 2017 Conestoga women’s soccer team won five games in our season, which hasn’t happened in twelve years. Now that is something I am very proud to be apart of.

At the beginning of the semester I was not accustomed to the heavy workload that was being thrown at me. Especially the difference of high school marking and college marking. I started off receiving marks in the low seventies – which is not something I was used to. But as I started to get familiar with my courses, my marks started to improve and I started to feel more motivated to get better grades. There were countless all-nighters, cramming assignments in, and lots of stress but I can still say it was a great year for academics; and I am finishing off the year with an eighty average – which was my goal.

My schedule from first semester is probably the best schedule I have had for school. Partially because I had Friday’s off. It was nice being able to have an extra day to add to my work schedule. However, I used Friday mornings to my advantage and was able to get a lot of my assignments handed in early, and my homework finished all in one day. I finally learned how to stop procrastinating and get my work done in 2017. It may not be a huge accomplishment to you guys reading but boy was that something I have never been good at.

First semester was a wild ride. It was filled with many ups and downs, memorable experiences and many opportunities to better myself in 2018. My progression from September to now is very visible. I am not the same unexperienced college girl I was in September… I am now a semi-experienced college girl who is ready to tackle on my second semester of college.

I’m truly excited to see what 2018 has in store for me, and I’m going to make sure it is my best year yet.

By: Jasmine Marinelli

Why You Should Go to Conestoga College’s Open House…

Dear future students,

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

Last year I was sitting in the same position as you. I wasn’t sure which schools to apply for, what programs would best fit me, and what type of requirements I would need for the programs.

It’s all coming very fast and you may feel overwhelmed, I know I did last year at this time. You’re thinking, I have to choose what I have to do for the rest of my life… right? And that is very scary. But listen, you have plenty of opportunities to figure out what programs you want to apply for, and which schools offer those programs.

If you are interested in Conestoga, or just browsing around still not sure what you’re even interested in, the Open House would be a great start.

One of the main reasons why I chose Conestoga was because of that Open House. I spoke to a variety of recruiters, spoke to teachers that were in the field I was interested in (Public Relations) and got a feel of what the program would be like. There is nothing better than stepping into a room full of people, that are in the same boat as you.

At the open house I was given more of an in-depth explanation of what the program ‘Bachelor of Public Relations’ would be like. The best part was that I got to speak to present teachers, third year students and alumni’s. I asked all of the questions I needed, and got all of them answered. I was given examples of co-op placements, future job positions, and what my salary may be starting as. It was everything I expected and more.

Coming out of the open house, I realized that I wasn’t lost anymore. I knew what I wanted to do and was set on applying for the program… along with a few others at Conestoga.

Conestoga’s Open House is great for anyone and everyone who is looking at starting a post-secondary education. It’s not just a recruitment, it’s an experience to get to know more about the programs you are interested in.  There is no such thing as too much information, especially when it comes to YOUR FUTURE.

There are a variety of things other than just the programs and course requirements that you learn when attending the Open House. I learned that we actually had a residence on campus… which I didn’t know until then. I also learned about the athletic programs, the services Conestoga has to offer their students. As well as the bookstore, Conestoga SWAG, and the rec centre. I found out the great deals you can get with the ONE Card, and the amazing food stops you can visit in the cafeteria.

It was described to be a much more advanced high-school, with a slight bit of changes. This got me excited for what the future holds, and what amazing opportunities you can have at Conestoga. After the open house I couldn’t wait to finish off high-school, graduate and start a new beginning at Conestoga College.

As a future student, anywhere, I encourage you to attend the Conestoga College Open House  on Saturday, January 20th. This open house helped me choose and narrow down my options for post-secondary, leading me to decide that Conestoga College is the college for me. Take this opportunity to learn how to make your future a great one.

See you there! 😊