Getting the most out of Reading Week

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Kaylie Kraemer – 1st Year Design Foundations

Honestly this week went by really quickly for me with all the upcoming assignments and deadlines, so I haven’t had much free time… Again, stressful, but I’m really pushing my school work for portfolios. But enough about me, let’s move onto you guys!

Reading week is just around the corner, and I hope you guys are ready for that blissful short getaway from classes. Don’t be fooled by this opportunity though, there is more than enough time to spend on studying and getting ahead, besides voyaging off elsewhere. As much as relaxation is important, here’s a few good tips on spending your reading week:

  1. Take the opportunity to get ahead. Whether its working on assignments, reading, whatever it is, take the time to look into your work. Take breaks from this and relaxing, maybe every other day if need be. Just remember to NOT forget it!
  2. Relax! In my other point I know I stress the purpose of reading week, but also don’t be afraid to relax! I know it sounds contradicting, but this is likely the most free time you’ll have for a while… Use it wisely.
  3. Spend time with friends and family. Again, we just had Thanksgiving, so I’m sure everyone is still all warm and fuzzy from reuniting with family and friends. Overall enjoy this time together, and maybe even work together on assignments and studying if you share the same courses. Group studying is just as important as individual studying, just don’t get distracted.
  4. HAVE FUN!!!

This blog post will be shorter than most as  even now I have limited time, but I wish everyone a fantastic reading week for when it comes, and hope all is going well for everyone! I know I myself am excited for mock portfolios in my course, and will be using my reading week to both relax and work. 

Student Discounts

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

I’m not going to lie, one of my favourite things about college is the student discounts. I have been able to save so much money just by showing off my ONECard it is CRAZY! So I thought I would share some of my favourite discounts with you today.

Technology:

Amazon: Get 50% off Amazon Prime

Adobe: Save over 60% off Creative Cloud

Henry’s: Save 15% off certain filters, tripods, bags, lighting equipment, and more

Rogers/Telus/Bell: Save every month on special student plans

Transportation:

Air Canada: Get a prepaid package of 4 or 6 one-way flights starting at $134

GO Transit: Save at least 17% when setting your PRESTO card up for Student Fares

Via Rail: Get an unlimited student semester pass starting at just $499

Food:

Bulk Barn: Students get 10% off on Wednesdays

Dairy Queen: Students get 10% off their purchase

Zehrs: Students get 10% off every Wednesday so plan your shopping accordingly because this will save you a ton!

Random:

Apple Music/Spotify: Get a special half price rate of $4.99 per month, and if you sign up right now with Spotify you get the first 3 months for only 99 cents!

Art Gallery of Ontario: Students can get unlimited admission for $45, one time admission for $11 and from 6-9pm on Wednesdays it is 100% free if you show a valid student card.

Ripley’s Aquarium: Student pricing is only $24.20 and this is a great place to go during reading week!

SPC Card: Purchase an SPC card and get unlimited savings from various retailers all year long. I have one of these and it pays for itself.

These of course are only a small sampling of discounts that are available to you, and they don’t end here. Even after you graduate Conestoga you have the opportunity to receive discounts on attractions, hotels, insurance and more through Conestoga Alumni Services!

Credit Transfer

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, with some heartfelt family time, friends, and of course the food. I remember last year it was difficult for me to make time for family and schoolwork, so don’t make the same mistake as me.

For this week’s blog I’m going to focus on credit transferring at Conestoga, as I currently just received the approval of mine. First off,  a credit transfer is literally just the ability to transfer a credit from a course that’s equivalent to one you’re currently taking. For example with myself, I took an English course prior to Conestoga last year at Laurier. Because I’m required to take an English course in my Design Foundations program, I can simply apply online and fill in a credit transfer form. From there I fill in simple information about my prior course and the one I wish to transfer from, attach a syllabus from the other course, and the schools transcript. The wait time of a credit transfer varies, but is generally a quick procedure.

As I said in my vlog, I’m rather disappointed on leaving the course now that the first month is over and I had placed so much commitment, but otherwise I enjoy the extra free time that I have to sleep in or complete assignments. Again, I realize that this vlog is rather useless to everyone currently enrolled, but for those enrolling for winter programs or next year, I do hope that this information is at the very least helpful I remember scrambling online to find this information last minute since I applied to Conestoga during the last week of applications being due, so trust me, I’ve been there.

Overall this week for me has been pretty easy going in comparison to last week’s stress load, so I’m enjoying the relief for that (for now). I’ve learned and tested a few new medias in my course, and I’m excited to put them to use for future projects.

‘Til next time everyone,

Kaylie

Tis the season… well midterms season that is.

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

Trust me i’m not excited either. Midterms can be very stressful and for some of you this is your first time taking a major college test. Well i’m here today to tell you that midterms will never be a fun experience. This being said, I have been through midterm season quite a few times and have some great ideas and methods you can use to make them go a lot smoother.

My first, and most important tip is to start studying early. This may seem like common sense but time goes by fast and that test date will creep up on you. I usually start gathering my notes together on the Thanksgiving long weekend and come up with a solid plan of how I can allot time to study for all my classes. Studying over a longer period of time will not only help you sleep a bit more during midterms week but will also help you retain the information better.

Next you need to find somewhere you can actually concentrate. My personal favourite spot is the quiet area in the library at Doon campus during the week, and on weekends I take over a study room at the Waterloo campus! Depending on how you like to study, the library has different levels of quiet that are enforced in different areas. These range from group study areas, to dead silence, so you should be able to find a spot that is comfortable.

When studying, remember it is also important to take breaks. This can be anything from walking your dog to making lunch. Just be sure to control your breaks because if you don’t it’s very easy for a 15 min break to turn into a few hours.

Another tip that has always worked for me is to wake up early. My brain is always a lot fresher in the morning and you will feel very successful if you are out there studying before everyone else is even awake. This also gets all your work out of the way early so you have the whole afternoon to yourself!

These are of course just a few tips I have to help you be successful in your midterms this season. Everyone has different ways to study so it is really important to experiment and find what works best for you. If you are really struggling in a class though, remember it is never too late to talk to Student Success and get tutoring help. Additionally, never be afraid to email your teachers questions! They are always more than happy to help!

Good luck and happy studying!

Brooke

Oktoberfest Has Arrived!!

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Brooke Rogers –  3rd Year Bachelor of Design

If you aren’t from the Kitchener-Waterloo area then you may no know that Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most exciting times of the year! With a huge German community, the KW region is very well known for holding the biggest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany itself. There are a lot of amazing things happening at school as well as in the community that can help make your Thanksgiving weekend one to remember!

To start off, all this week CSI is hosting a Farmers Market on various days across most campuses! This is a great way to get some fresh foods that would make a delicious meal. I went last year and all the veggies I got were so tasty!

On top of that, the event that I am probably the most excited for is the Oktoberfest Family Breakfast! The Conestoga College Culinary Arts students will be helping to prepare a FREE breakfast for the community! Between 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on October 6th at the Bingemans Conference Center, come enjoy a breakfast full of pancakes, sausage and more!

Bingemans is also host to many Oktoberfest parties! These are all of the 19+ variety but I have seen promoters around campus with some cool discounts and free swag so make sure you check it out!

Other than that there’s the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday morning, Rogers Hometown Hockey and dozens of more awesome events happening this weekend so if you’re in town make sure to check them out!