Bus Pass Tips and Tricks

Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

For one of the last times Conestoga College students will once again line up in front of the Service Hubs at the college campuses to get their bus pass. In September a bus pass will be included in tuition, however until then you will still need to purchase your bus pass separate.

I work in the CSI Service Hub at the Doon campus and I fully understand how long and horrible these lines can get. Not only is it stressful for you to wait in line, but me and my fellow staff are also under a lot of pressure to serve you as quick and efficiently as possible. As someone who is going onto her 6th semester of selling bus passes I thought I would pass on some tips and tricks about avoiding the line and making the process smoother for both you and us.

  1. Have a OneCard

This may seem like an obvious tip, but for someone who is new to the College you may not know that your bus pass becomes part of your OneCard.  So, go get that first because we can’t give you a bus pass without it.

  1. Have your proof of enrollment form and payment out and ready

This form can be found in your student portal under the My Courses tab. It doesn’t have to be printed out but having it up and ready on your phone will save everyone time. If everyone’s phone takes 1 minute to load, you can only imagine how much time it will consume when you have to wait for the 200 students in front of you to pull it up as well.  Ensure that this form says Winter 2019 and that it lists you as a full-time student or we cannot get you that bus pass. Additionally, having your payment ready will also save time from having you search through your backpack for your wallet.

  1. Come Early

I CAN NOT stress this enough. Bus pass sales start on December 3, 2018. This means that you can get your bus pass before the semester even starts. The first day of classes is always the busiest. Prepare yourself to wait over an hour if you come on the first week. If you come before the semester even starts, prepare to wait on average less than 20 minutes. If you are not able to come until the first week of class get there early in the day. The service hub opens at 7:30am, and people will start lining up as early as 7am outside the door.

  1. Be polite to your CSI staff

We are well aware of how long you waited in line, but chances are we have been selling bus passes for longer. We work long and busy shifts the first week of the semester. There is no excuse for being rude or yelling at the CSI staff, it doesn’t make us want to help you any faster. Additionally, don’t try to fool us and cut the line. We see you and we will tell you to go to the back. It’s not fair to everyone else.


Working the Open House

Kaylie Kraemer – 1st Year Design Foundations

I hope everyone has had a lovely week. I know for myself I spent Saturday at Conestoga’s Open house as a volunteer for my class (Design Foundations), and I really had a blast! The halls were dotted with blue tee’s on students as support, and it was truly amazing just to see everyone’s efforts put forth to meet everyone. I really enjoyed giving out tours to those interested, and it was really nice to learn the backstories of the people interested in coming here as a Condor. It was also nice to see some familiar faces throughout the day, embellishing the school halls with all your warm smiles! One family popped by with interest for their much younger daughter, perking an interest at numerous options for her down the road. This itself was intriguing for me, and I enjoyed explaining the course and locations for them. To anyone interested in other events at Conestoga upcoming, make sure to check social media pages or pages online to stay in tune.

As for the rest of my week I directed my time towards school work (which is of course is still in progress), finishing the last touches on assignments. With the last few weeks rolling in, I plan to push through the assignments.

Until next time everyone,

How to Stay Fit on Campus

Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Graphic Design

It is important to know what your tuition includes so that you are able to use the resources given to you at their full capacity. One thing that is included in your tuition at Conestoga College, for all full-time students,  is a membership to the Conestoga Recreation Complex.

In 2016 Conestoga completed a $21.6-million-dollar renovation on the Rec Center that includes updated fitness equipment, a triple gymnasium, an indoor track, and more within its 35,000 square feet. It is obviously a great place to work out and it is really convenient for students too since it is right on the Doon campus!

Drop-in fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, and cycling are also available and included in your membership. Anyone of any skill level is welcome to join in on the fun!

If intramural sports are more your style, we have those too! Anyone can join in on sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, cricket and more! If you want to get a little more serious you can also try out for one of Conestoga’s many varsity teams.

Finally, if you are a bit more like me and working out in general just isn’t your strong suit, you can always come in and enjoy the Pita Pit or cheer on your fellow Condors from the bleachers. The next home game is for our women’s volleyball team on November 25th at 2pm against the St. Clair Saints, so feel free to go and show your support!

I know this is a lot of information and with so much to do and see here at the Rec Center it may be a little intimidating, however, if you are interested you can sign up for an orientation session. Conestoga Fitness Orientations are completely free and are a great way to learn more about what our complex has to offer. The are available multiple times a day and run by our Fitness and Health Promotion Students. You can sign up by visiting the Rec Centers website!

It is currently Wellness Week on campus so it’s also important to point out the Wellness Center is also located inside the Rec Center. They offer services such as massage therapy, chiropractor’s, and physiotherapy.

There is so much to offer here at the Rec Center and there no excuse not to stay fit with Conestoga’s easily accessible and up to date equipment and fitness spaces. So, grab your workout gear because it’s time to head to the gym!

Financial Aid Advice

Kaylie Kraemer – 1st Year Design Foundations

Hi everyone, it’s me again!

It’s week 12, hope everyone is holding in there! I know for myself I’ve emphasized how much time is left throughout the courses this term, and of course it’s time to buckle down for the ending of it. It’s getting a teensy bit hectic on my end with coordination and scheduling, but nevertheless I am pursuing towards my end goal of finishing everything to the best of my capability (and of course on time). I’ve had non-stop assignments and Mock portfolios which in themselves are quite intimidating, but I think I did quite well for my first attempt, and that leaves ample room for improvement). But enough about me, onto the important stuff.

I really want to thank the school for its Financial services, I am one of the students that really appreciates the schools support. If any of you were unaware, the school offers Fall and Winter Financial Aid. You can find this information under your Student Portal Financial Aids tab and you can apply for scholarship or bursary financial aid opportunities. I myself applied and received some bursary money for the term, and if you’re on Doon campus you can easily pick up yours via the Welcome Centre (Financial Services office), located by the Registrar’s office. Since the Mail strike you’ll have to pick yours up in person, and that consists of just a little wait time, and a simple procedure. If you haven’t applied or didn’t receive one this term, The Winter 2019 application comes again in December, so no worries! Really take advantage of this opportunity, the application only takes a small amount of time and goes a long way. As for myself I can rest a little easier knowing the school was here to support me, and I can never thank the school enough for that.

As for the rest of the week I’m going to busy myself with more portfolio creations, and prepping for my final interview to help prep me for further courses at Conestoga. I hope everyone has a lovely week and hopes it starts off well!

Until next time everyone.