One month gone already!

Time sure flies by, huh? Again, the first month has gone by in a flash, and here we are starting month two in October. I must say, October is my absolute favourite month, so I can’t complain. October is all about Halloween and Fall, this truly being my favourite season (and holiday) to celebrate. Can you guys feel the chill in the air? These brisk mornings are only going to get colder, so enjoy the colour and sunshine now before it slowly fades away to grey.

Continuing from my last post, I’m finally getting over the cold I’ve had for the last week, and that’s more than enough to please me for the week. Something I’ve learned to appreciate throughout the weeks now to distract myself from being tired (or feeling sick), is running around campus for daily events. I really want to preach for involvement this week, as it’s something crucial in College (or literally anywhere). Last year I spent a year at Uni, and I failed to get engaged on campus. That being something I regretted, I took this role, and am continually trying to push myself outside of my comfort zone daily. It’s little steps that make the big difference, and I’m all for that. This year specifically I’ll be partaking in Inktober (A drawing a day per day Via. October), and that’s a challenge I’m excited for. The account will be @kkinktober, so swing on by to see some spooky doodles.

On a more serious note guys, I really can’t emphasize enough how helpful these events are on campus. Not only are they informing, but there’s so much fun to find just walking by the vendors. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge partaking in these events (not to mention a sweet tooth with the foods), and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. Not only that, but I’ve met a few people at them, and that’s always a plus. With Halloween rounding the corner be sure to check out what events are happening, I can guarantee there’s some surprises still to come.

‘Til next time,

Kaylie

How to have the best reading week

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Jasmine Marinelli – 2nd Year Bachelor of Public Relations

Reading week is a beautiful thing, and guess what? It’s coming up shortly! You will finally have time to relax, and have a break from all of the chaos at school. It is your time to collect yourself, get your life back in order, have fun, and study for your midterms. Usually my reading weeks go a little something like that, and I hope yours will too.

Collect yourself

I like to use my reading week as a time to recoup, and collect myself. Normally right before reading week I am slammed with countless assignments, and things to do. That’s why I like to use this time to organize myself. You can dedicate a day or two right before you go back to school, to add anything to your calendar, and set yourself up for success when you get back. Collecting yourself, and de-stressing will help you focus on what is next to come.

Get your beauty rest

Sleep is so important for your everyday health, so it is very crucial that you get enough. Unfortunately, after reading week is when a majority of students have their midterms. This means they’re more likely to lose sleep due to studying. During my reading week I would sleep until 12pm just because I could, and I would wake up feeling amazing. Reading week is your chance to get as much sleep as you can so that you can prepare yourself for the late nights before your midterms.

Have fun

Let’s be honest, reading week isn’t just used to study and organize yourself. It is also meant to have fun, let loose, and enjoy your time off school. The way you can do this is by planning a day trip with your friends. You could go on a hike, a shopping trip outside of the city, go to an event etc. If that is not your idea of fun, definitely have fun in your own way. Not everything has to be about school all the time, and this week gives you time to have the fun you might not have had during school.

Study for upcoming midterms

Although this isn’t as fun as the other things I have said to do… reading week is technically supposed to be a student success week to help you catch up and prepare for you midterms. That is why I think it is very important to use your time wisely, and use it as an advantage. Studying for your midterms is always a good idea when you have some free time to kill. It will save you from having to study last minute.

A Magical Opportunity

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

Last summer was the best summer of my life. I spent it in Florida working in Walt Disney World, and it was to say the least, magical. I got to watch the fireworks almost every night, meet some amazing friends and literally sprinkle pixie dust around the castle. It was absolutely incredible.

People ask me all the time how I managed to get such a unique summer job, and applications for next summer just dropped today, so I thought I would tell you, as well as give you some tips on applying!

The Disney Cultural Exchange Program is an opportunity for students who are in a college or university program to move down for Florida for 3 months during the summer where they are able to work in a variety of roles in the Theme Parks (princesses unfortunately not included). I personally worked in merchandise where I got the opportunity to work in all 4 theme parks, in over 20 different stores. I have friends that got to work ride attractions, be lifeguards, character attendants and more which is super cool!!

A lot of people ask me why I moved all the way down to Florida just to work retail for a summer and the answer is simple. It’s the guests. There is something about the guests in Walt Disney World that just make your day better. Yes, there are difficult ones too, but the ones that stand out in my memory are the little girls telling me the story of how they just met their favourite princess or watching people smile as I tell them to have a magical day. I even got to see a military homecoming. It was amazing. On top of that you get free admission to the theme parks, discounts on a variety of food and merchandise and the word Disney looks really great on a resume!

Disney also provides you with bus transportation to work and a dorm style apartment where rent comes right out of your weekly paycheck. I lived in a 3 bedroom with 6 girls which was actually way more spacious than it sounds.

Applications for this amazing summer opportunity will be open now through October so make sure you get your cover letter and resume ready! It is a highly competitive program so be sure to focus on relevant work experience in your application and talk about the amazing opportunity that a cultural exchange program brings, not just your love for Disney!

This program truly is a unique, and amazing, once in a lifetime experience. If you want to find more information check out the Disney International Programs website, and if you get accepted be sure to say hi to Mickey for me!

By: Brooke Rogers

Gaming and places to destress

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Kaylie – 1st Year Design Foundations

Hi again everyone, welcome back!

I honestly can’t say enough how thrilled I am to almost have the first month over! All I can say is, what a rush. A big pat on the back for everyone that’s made it so far, here’s to you (I’d make a grandiose glass-clinking gesture, but overall, cheers!).  For myself the last week has been very, very stressful, and I’ve been struggling to keep up with the daily tasks in my courses. Design Foundations has a very heavy course load and as tiring as it is to consistently be sketching, drafting, and inking up late, I really appreciate it. Nothing motivates me more than a challenge, so adapting is a specialty I’m willing to learn and hopefully master this year.

As ironic as this might sound, I can’t stress enough how important it is to destress yourself time from time again. Again, this week has taken quite a bit from me with all the late night sketches, and I’ve gotten to the point of getting rundown and sick. This is however, a result on my poor choice of planning with time management, as I’m trying to balance work, sleep, and school coherently. Not so easy! My course however does have its perks with the large gaps every few days between classes. These time gaps are essential to me for catch-ups with homework, lunch, and I’ll say it again, destressing. As ridiculous as this may sound, I literally can’t get enough of my destressing time on campus, and I’ve already found a few little key places that help me relax. As promised, I said I’d fill you guys in on my favourite places on campus. They just so happen to also be the least stressful ones (for me)!

    1. The Den. Again, not sure where the whereabouts would be located on campuses besides Doon, but this little hideaway is a blessing in disguise. You can find this sweet relief of a hideout in A wing, floor 3. The Den is located just above The Venue (more on that later), and is easily accessible with the elevators. I truly do enjoy coming here with my squad of classmates and friends, it’s really helped build some bonds with them and take the stress off our shoulders. The Den offers a wide variety of game consoles such as Xbox360, Wii, WiiU, PS4 etc. and can easily be rented out with the use of your Onecard and signing a consent form. I highly suggest this place if your idea of relaxation is distracting yourself.
  • The Venue. Aha, I’m sure you guys have seen my frequent little blurbs and posts of this place, and all for good reason! The food here is fantastic, and the atmosphere is very aesthetic. I generally come here during my longer gaps between classes and enjoy the space to work on my assignments while waiting for my meal. The place also offers occasional live music from students on campus, and I had the pleasure of watching one earlier this week. If you don’t mind the busy blurb of people chattering in the background, this is a place for you.
  1. The Rec Centre. Maybe not your stereotypical place for relaxation, but hey, everyone has their ideal of taking the stress away. I really like coming here to burn off any frustrations, it really allows my mind to wander and drift off with the help of music and the hum of the Rec machines. I can’t really do my homework or assignments here, but I can certainly push out the thought of them momentarily. Plus the perk of an active lifestyle!
  2. Outside of E wing (floor 1). I don’t know if you guys have walked out of E wing towards the Rec centre, but man, walking out of there is something else. To the left of you when exiting I find myself blissfully staring at a chain link wall, devoured by ivy. I find it absolutely beautiful, and commonly sit behind the ramp drawing/sketching there with the breeze softly swaying all the leaves. I find it very soothing and inspiring for my work, and actually had quite a few photos taken there. If you like an open, airy area with an abundant supply of sunshine (or y’know, whatever weather is offered in more unfortunate situations), I would suggest this place for you.
  3. The Pond (outside of caf). Ha, I’m sure the most common area most people would ideally go to are places like the Learning commons, or work rooms (which in no way are bad areas to calm down, but not my cup of tea). I personally enjoy open areas so I don’t feel boxed in, and this lovely asset to Conestoga is quite magical. My favourite time to be here is early morning (around 9-10am if you have early classes), where it’s still a bit chilly but warm enough with the sun just risen. I often sit out here during 10-15 minute breaks with my classmates, and it’s such a reliever to have such an open area to simply sit back and admire. I personally hope to get a lot of outdoor inspiration here on later dates before Winter breaks through, so fingers crossed that’s still a possibility.

So that’s it guys, these are my favourite places to destress, and I hope that in any way they may be useful for you all too. Again, best wishes to everyone with the first month almost completed, keep pushing!

‘Til next time,

Kaylie

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/