Top 4 College Q&A’s for First Year Students

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Jasmine Marinelli – 2nd Year Bachelor of Public Relations

Your first month of college can definitely be a tricky one. You’re still getting lost, trying to make friends, starting to get stressed, and figuring out how to adjust to this new lifestyle. Trust me, I know it’s hard, and I’ve been down this road before too.

I wanted to ask so many questions during my first month, but was too afraid, and didn’t know who to talk to. Now that I have experienced one year of college, I am able to answer my own questions; some that you might be wondering as well…

  1. Can you have a job during the school year?

Yes. However, it is very important to make sure you are focused, managing your time well, and not starting to get stressed. I definitely think that working more than 20 hours a week is far too much for someone who is a full-time student. I tried to do it, and quickly realized that was not a good decision. If you’re looking to work during the school year I suggest only working a few times a week, 15-20 hours at most. Try and make sure that you do not burn yourself out working too many hours, or too many jobs. Your mental state is very important for success during school.

  1. Are college courses harder than high school courses?

Yes and No. College courses are not necessarily harder, if anything they are easier. They’re more interesting, and are taught by professors that have been in the industry for years. In high school you might have had to take a course that you weren’t interested in, or mandatory courses you thought would not be useful in the future. College is completely different, as you are enrolled in courses that focus on whatever profession you are looking to get into. They will be easier because you know that they’re connected to things you like (i.e. the program you chose).

  1. Are textbooks worth the buy?

Yes. There are many textbooks that I bought for my classes that I have used on a daily basis. Some are expensive, others are inexpensive, but overall, they are worth it. Last year I purchased books that will be useful for some of my classes this year. Professors you have will want you to complete readings from your required textbook, which makes it important for you to have the textbook so you can get full marks. If you are really concerned and want to know if you should purchase textbooks, ask your teacher. Most of my teachers have actually told me whether or not the “required” textbook will be useful for the class. Ask! Ask! Ask!

  1. How can you get involved at school?

There are plenty of ways you can get involved at your school. You can join a club that you are interested in, join a team or committee, and attend events. Many college clubs are looking for new students to add a fresh voice to their group. If you are interested in sports or play one competitively, try out for a sports team or join intramurals. College also offers a variety of different committees you can sign up for that might meet once or twice a month. It’s really important to get involved, and have fun during school.

By: Jasmine Marinelli

The Key to Campus: Your Conestoga ONECard

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

The Conestoga ONECard is your key to the campus. With it you can unlock a sea of services here at the college, and it makes your life here at Conestoga a lot easier!

Not only does having one card make your wallet a lot lighter, it also makes it easier for you to keep organized since you really don’t need anything else on campus.

Right at the start of your day, if you have purchased a bus pass, you can use your ONECard to get on the GRT busses. One cool new feature this year is that your ONECard now has a tap function on these busses so you don’t have to worry about your sticker falling off or fading!

Once you get to the college, you can hit up the gym before class by just tapping your card on the gate! You could also go print off some notes by tapping it on one of the many printers around campus. At the start of the semester your ONECard is automatically loaded with $50 worth of print credits, so print as much as you need.

If you get hungry and decide you want a bite to eat, you can use any Condor Cash that you’ve uploaded to your ONECard to pay for your meal! Condor Cash is great if you want to limit how much you are spending on food because you can control how much money is on the card. Condor Cash can also be used at a variety of places on campus to purchase many different things!

Now it’s time for math class and OH NO! You forgot your calculator! No worries! You can bring your ONECard to the Service Hub and rent one out for a couple hours. Additionally, in class your ONECard is the ticket into your test or exam so make sure you have it with you!

After your school day is done, it’s time to kick back, relax and have some fun! There are some great events on campus that can help you do just that! Event tickets are now purchased on the CSI app and done electronically, however you will need that ONECard as ID when you are entering the event. Be sure to check out the CSI app to see all the special events happening on campus!

This of course is only a sampling of all the things your ONECard can do for you! New services are being added to it all time and I can’t wait to see what they add on next!

Top 5 places to eat at the Kitchener (Doon) Campus (according to Brooke)

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Brooke 3rd Year Bachelor of Design – Conestoga College

Hi everyone! My name is Brooke, I am currently a 3rd year student in the Bachelor of Design program at Conestoga, and I am very excited to be writing my first article as a Social Media Ambassador!

In the past couple years I’ve spent at Conestoga I’ve been to a lot of places on campus and tried a lot of new things. This includes tons of the amazing food options we have here on campus and I thought I would let you guys know about some of the best

1. Pita Pit

Pita Pit has some amazing food and is located on the second floor of the Rec Center. This is a great healthy option for students who are looking for somewhere to eat between classes, and the prices aren’t too crazy either. My personal favourite is the Chicken Cesar. It’s delicious and a perfect alternative to just having a plain old salad. The lines can sometimes get long though so try to go when they open at 10am or later in the day!

2. Condor Cafe

The Condor Cafe is the main cafeteria here on campus, and is often referred to as “The Caf”. This location is full of many different delicious food options that serve not only lunch but breakfast as well! Some of the amazing options included, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Grill & Co., serve yourself Starbucks Coffee, and my personal favourite, the Create Station where you can create your own pasta and stir fry! Pro tip: ask for a mixture of alfredo and marinara sauce, it tastes amaziiinnnngggggg! There is a cafeteria similar to this on every campus so if you’re not at Doon make sure you find your cafeteria and check it out!!

3. Tim Hortons

I could not make this list without including the Canadian classic. Obviously, Tim’s has your coffee but the food they sell there is also delicious. I love the Turkey Bacon Club, and if you are on a budget remember bagels are around $2 and will fill you up without breaking the bank. But, if you are going to Tim’s, remember to check the Conestoga Tim’s Cam to check how long the line is. You can also conveniently mobile order so it’s ready when you get there!

4. CozE Corner

CozE Corner is the second major cafeteria on campus and is often referred to as “the other caf” or “the Subway one” because not only does it have a Subway but it also has a Pizza Pizza. This cafeteria is smaller but the food options are amazing. The pizza is always hot and the subs are always fresh. The also sell pizza in the Condor Cafe but I prefer to get it here because it’s right out of the oven. Subway is also another great option if you are looking to stay healthy!

5. The Venue

The Venue is a newer location on campus and is our full service restaurant! The first year I was a student here this was actually another cafeteria, however last year it officially transitioned into a restaurant and bar. The food here is amazing and they just rolled out a bunch of new menu items that I can’t wait to try! The prices are always super affordable, and they even have live bands come in and play on Thursdays! This is a great place to hang out with friends whether you want to grab a meal or just sit down for a bit and get a drink.

These are just a few of the great food options we have here at the Doon campus, but they’re some of my favourites. I hope next time you forget your lunch or want to try something new you go and check them out!

Kaylie’s 1st Day at College – Getting a Bus Pass

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Kaylie – 1st Year Design Fundamentals

Hey everyone!

If you haven’t seen my first video posted earlier this week, I’d love to take a moment to introduce myself and shed off a bit of my first intake of my first day at Conestoga College.

My name is Kaylie, and I’ll be attending Conestoga as a first year for Design Foundations. Some fun facts about me are that I’m actually an identical twin, and I have a Black belt in Taekwondo! I absolutely adore activities like anime, gaming, drawing and cooking. I spent most of my summer working and watching youtubers, so I’m in dire need of socializing! I can be pretty obnoxious a lot of the time, so feel free to say Hi to me in the hallways if you see me and ask questions — I’m here to learn too, this is an experience for all of us. I graduated from high school with an Arts and Tech major, and I regret not keeping any of my works for portfolio references. This however brings me to the reason I find myself at Conestoga– Design Foundations is a one year program that gives me the ability to build a portfolio, and strengthen my skills as an artist. Previously I took a year at Wilfrid Laurier University studying Honors Arts Sociology, but alas my passion weared thin. I really admire the idea of connection and human behaviour, and that’s something I strive to put forth in my art and writing for the years to come.

Speaking of connection– I can’t thank you all enough for making my first day so memorable. I myself arrived at Conestoga rather early today so I could attain my bus pass, and I’d like to give some advice to anyone that hasn’t received theirs yet.

  1. Bus Pass Location: NOT IN THE ONE CARD AREA!!! I made a rather elusive mistake and went there first. NO. Save yourself the disappointment, the One Card area focuses primarily on adding funds to your One Card, or receiving it. Look for the Service Hub nearby the CSI office. You’ll find it wedged between wing A and wing B.
  2. Give yourself time: The first week of school is going to be pretty hectic for everyone, so keep in mind you not only have to make time for yourself, but keep in mind they’ll be others doing the same. I came into Conestoga around 1pm, and I was met with a 2-3 hour wait time. I was a nervous wreck since I had my first and only class of the day at 3pm. Miraculously I managed to get it… If you’re going to get a bus pass, be prepared to come in early. Mornings will be slower as most people have classes, so if you have evening classes, come in early before classes. Take advantage of your free time in the morning. If you have morning classes, don’t wait until 12-4pm after class to get the pass, most people are very much awake and active then, and you’ll be sure to have a wait time.
  3. Come prepared: Be prepared to show your Verification of Enrollment (VOE) and your One Card. You must have your One Card, as your One Card receives a sticker to show the recognition. I overheard many students bringing their schedules as verification, but what you really need is your VOE, which you can find online on your Student Portal > My Courses > View Enrollment Form. Be prepared to show it via online (phone) or a paper copy. After verifying you have your One Card and VOE you’ll be sent left or right depending on payment method. The process after that is both simple and quick.
  4. Be respectful: Please refrain from taunting or butting other students waiting patiently in line. As lame as it may seem, it takes a lot of energy to stand and be patient. A Lot of students like myself can get anxiety from this, and it really is only fair to wait your turn. Many students took the time to stop and make conversation with their friends or introduce themselves to new people, and that’s great. I was really amazed at how welcoming some of the students were, and I myself beamed a bit when I could direct and help a few others. There’s nothing better than helping other people, so for everyone’s sake, let’s all try to!

I truly do hope this information is helpful, although I can’t guarantee the process will be any quicker. Nevertheless, enjoy yourselves! Try to make the most of it and do what I did- I got to know the people around me, and it surely does pass the time.

As for the rest of my day I spent the majority of it in class doing some icebreaker activities, and learning about my new classmates and upcoming assignments. Like any new student, I took the time to mentally prepare myself for the upcoming projects, and I hope to post some of the progress as I develop sketches and ideas for it! I’m extremely excited to develop my art skills further, and I hope you’re all just as excited to develop or experience anything new in your programs.

Here’s to the first day of classes, and many more to come,

Kaylie Kraemer