The Top 6 Things I wish I knew about Conestoga College before I started

CSI Shirt PhotoThere are a few things I wish I knew before starting at Conestoga College that would have made me feel a little bit more prepared. Here is my list for you to read so that you hopefully have more knowledge than the average College go-er!

  1. How many Work Study positions there are – There are so many job positions across Conestoga College that I did not realize in my first year. Conestoga Students Inc., is a very popular one for students wanting to get extra money throughout the year that I definitely recommend.
  2. MyCareer – Speaking of jobs, I wish I knew about MyCareer before starting Conestoga College. If you do not know, MyCareer is Conestoga’s career portal. They post a ton of job postings and career related events on the student tool. I believe Alumni’s can use it as well! I have found some of my jobs through MyCareer and I did not even realize it existed till my second year! Definitely stay updated on MyCareer.
  3. Recreation Centre Programs – When I first started Conestoga College, I though intramurals were the only options regarding fitness, but the Recreation Centre actually offers a lot more than just that. They have fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, cycle and more and fitness related events such as Hoops for Halloween, fitness challenges and Yoga on the Lawn.
  4. Location, location, location – I really wish that I had visited Conestoga more than once before I had to start full time studies. My very first day I made it to class with one minute to spare because I was so lost. I highly encourage practicing finding your parking location or bus routes before the first day. Also, go into the college before the first day and find all of your classes. This will help you tremendously, trust me.
  5. How much is included in the CSI Health Plan – During my first two years, I decided to opt out of the CSI Health Plan because I thought I was covered under my parent’s coverage. Turns out, I was not covered and needed the CSI Health Plan, but once you opt out, you cannot opt back in until you start a new program. (At least, that is what I was told, it might have changed, but I am not a 100% sure. If you have any questions about the health plan, definitely ask the incredible team at CSI). I also did not even realize that travel insurance is included in the health plan! This is incredibly useful if you are planning a study week trip!
  6. Food Options – While you are practicing the bus routes and finding your classes, check out the different food options that Conestoga offers. I always would try to bring a lunch as much as possible to try to save money, but Conestoga has a lot of delicious options and can actually end up saving you money with your One Card.

My First Week at Conestoga

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

Hey guys If you’re reading this my name is Jasmine, and I’m currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Public Relations degree program at Conestoga. I started at Conestoga in the beginning of September and boy was it ever one of the scariest things I’ve ever had to do. Just like leaving a team to join another or switching jobs it’s hard to transition into something new in your life. I’ve been to Conestoga multiple times for open houses, orientation, soccer practices and games but not until now have I actually step foot in it as a student. High school and college are completely different and that’s what I’m slowly starting to figure out now.

My first day of college was definitely scary. Prior to my first day I briefly checked out where my parking lot was, however on my first day all of that knowledge was lost. I found myself looking through all the parking lots trying to find where the blue lot is. And let me tell you, driving in Conestoga’s parking lots are tricky, there are so many people walking, traffic lines and absolutely no spots relatively close to where your classes are – unless you get lucky. It took me approximately 20 minutes to find my classroom and then I quickly realized that I was in the wrong class when I wasn’t on the attendance list. This was pretty embarrassing but a great learning lesson to always double check where and when your classes are haha. Other than that, I had an amazing day and I met a lot of great people as well as I got to know my teachers, courses and the school a bit better.

Athletics have been a passion of mine ever since I was a little girl.  They de-stress me and keep me slightly sane, which I figured I’d need in my life throughout college. I really thought it was necessary to get involved in the school as best as I could. Which led me to decide to attend a couple of soccer tryouts throughout the first week for the varsity team. Fortunately, I made the team and that’s when my official college experience had begun. Soccer is a huge commitment just as much as schoolwork and time management is something that I’m going to have to work on in order to be able to effectively prioritize.

I’m proud to say that I’m starting off my public relations future on the right note. Making videos of my first week, experiences I have had in the college and the life of being a soccer player has increased my knowledge of what it is like to be a vlogger. Being a social media ambassador has me always watching out for the next new trends around campus and what interesting booths and activities are going on. I’m very excited to continue this opportunity and couldn’t be happier with the way my first few weeks of school have gone.

Some tips for future students are:

  1. If you are lazy like me make sure you come to school 20-30 minutes before your first class so you can actually find a parking spot close to your class.
  2. Find your classrooms prior to your actual class so you’re not late or sitting in the wrong class for part of your day.
  3. Join anything and everything – as long as you can successfully prioritize properly and keep on track with school… college is fun!!!!
  4. Make friends and get to know the people in your classes as well as the teachers, networking is great and can be something you rely on in the future.