Welcome back everyone!

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Kaylie – 1st Year Design Foundations

For everyone new for this semester, I’d like to give a warm welcome from my fellow Condors, and hope you all had a lovely break! The break was well deserved for all of you, and I hope you took good measure with it to be prepared for this term.

As for myself this break, I definitely didn’t put enough time forward for my portfolio work, but I can of course make time for it with the months to come. Today’s blog will be more of a catch up on previous blogs, to help others get into the roll of things, and overall just help with any new adjustments.

First off, bus passes. We all know what’s about to come… That’s right, lines. The bus pass line is infamous for how far it stretches across campus, so he’s a little bit of advice for anyone stuck in that line.

  1. 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 (This is for Doon campus only, the whereabouts on other Conestoga campus I apologize for being unsure of).
  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. Let me tell you, that line stretched all the way down A wing. I was a nervous wreck since I had my first and only class of the day at 3pm. Miraculously I managed to get it… But not as many were as lucky. If you’re going to get a bus pass, be prepared to come in early, or slower times. Mornings will be slower if 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!

Next off, I’d like to refresh everyone of the idea of bursaries offered at Conestoga! There’s no harm in free money, so why not take advantage of it for your tuition. Simply head on over to Student Portal on Conestoga’s website, and hit My Award Applications. You’ll be given a simple form to fill out, and a short essay. I filled out the Fall one last term, and it was extremely helpful for the term, so I really want to push for anyone that really needs the extra help, to take it.

I hope everyone has a great first day/day back, and can’t wait to see you all! Cheers!

Bus Pass Tips and Tricks

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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.

 

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