Now or Never

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

Today I wanted to talk to you about something that has been on my mind a lot recently; and that is goal setting. This may seem like somewhat of an odd time to talk about this. It’s the middle of the semester in November. It’s a little soon to make New Year’s resolutions and at this point making goals about grades and school work may seem a bit frivolous, but the truth is tomorrow never comes. There is no wrong time to start thinking about goals and trying to achieve them.

When most people think of goals they think of long term accomplishments but these accomplishments would never come to be if we did not also set short term goals. Maybe long term you want to graduate? Well then short term consider passing a class? or even finishing that assignment that is due next week? A short term goal may even be something as simple as doing the dishes or getting an oil change on your car.

I like to always start my goal setting with a brainstorm. What are things I have on my current to-do list? Where do I want to be next month at this time? 6 months from now? A year? 10 years? These are all important questions, and you don’t need an answer to all of them, but it is important to think of not only obligations but also things that excite you about the future.

From this brainstorm list I then write all my goals on sticky notes and organize them in my bullet journal based on categories that seem to stand out, in this case mine were, academic, financial, career, and personal.

Something that I really struggled with while doing this is figuring out what my goals were versus what is expected of me and what other people are pressuring me to do. In the end it is vital to remember that this is your life to live. Long term happiness in your life holds the utmost importance. Be true to yourself because in the end you are the person that will need to live with your life choices.

Once you have this brainstorm down, take a moment with each goal and focus on a realistic time frame or when the due date is, and write the actual steps to accomplishing it. Make them small steps. Big things look a lot less daunting when you break them up into smaller pieces. Think about the goals in order of importance and from here you can plan your month and upcoming week based on baby steps to accomplishing those goals.

With your weekly or daily list it is important not to overload yourself. Try to plan no more than 3 major tasks every day. This way your to-do list won’t look daunting and you actually have a really good chance at accomplishing everything on it.

After time it is also important to reflect on your goals. Did you achieve them? Have they changed? Life happens and as things in your life change, your goals are bound to as well.

I highly encourage you to take sometimes out of your day and follow these steps and plan some goals. Find something to inspire you, to drive you, to motivate you. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. So get out there and start planning!

A Reflection on the Semester So Far.

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Brooke Rogers 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

It is hard to believe it is already Student Success Week. October is almost over and it is halfway through the semester. Time flies, and so much can happen in what seems like so little time. I thought I would take a bit of time today and reflect on the things I’ve accomplished over the first half of the semester.

I came into this year not really knowing what to expect. My program was transitioning to be more business than arts centered and I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. Turns out I love it, and I’m really happy in the direction my studies are heading. Courses like Marketing are things I didn’t think I would really take much of an interest in, but I actually find them really intriguing.

Since the beginning of the semester I have accomplished a ton of things. Most noticeably I’ve completed my portfolio, resume, and cover letter to a point where I’m ready to start sending it to co-op employers which is CRAZY! I’ve also written countless assignments, case studies, done a few tests, and even have started to gain knowledge in computer coding. I would have considered all of this impossible at the beginning of the semester but here I am.

Personally, I’ve started a new workout routine that’s actually sticking and I’ve started some new healthy eating habits. I’ve attended a couple of Conestoga events and made a few friends that I didn’t have at the beginning of the year. I even have plans to join a club which is currently in the works of being approved. I have never really been into extracurriculars so I am pretty excited!

It’s amazing how much can really happen in only half a semester. Looking back on the stress and late nights i’ve had, the amazing things that I have accomplished have made it all worth it. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester has in store!

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!