How to Stay Fit on Campus

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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!

Credit Transfer

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, with some heartfelt family time, friends, and of course the food. I remember last year it was difficult for me to make time for family and schoolwork, so don’t make the same mistake as me.

For this week’s blog I’m going to focus on credit transferring at Conestoga, as I currently just received the approval of mine. First off,  a credit transfer is literally just the ability to transfer a credit from a course that’s equivalent to one you’re currently taking. For example with myself, I took an English course prior to Conestoga last year at Laurier. Because I’m required to take an English course in my Design Foundations program, I can simply apply online and fill in a credit transfer form. From there I fill in simple information about my prior course and the one I wish to transfer from, attach a syllabus from the other course, and the schools transcript. The wait time of a credit transfer varies, but is generally a quick procedure.

As I said in my vlog, I’m rather disappointed on leaving the course now that the first month is over and I had placed so much commitment, but otherwise I enjoy the extra free time that I have to sleep in or complete assignments. Again, I realize that this vlog is rather useless to everyone currently enrolled, but for those enrolling for winter programs or next year, I do hope that this information is at the very least helpful I remember scrambling online to find this information last minute since I applied to Conestoga during the last week of applications being due, so trust me, I’ve been there.

Overall this week for me has been pretty easy going in comparison to last week’s stress load, so I’m enjoying the relief for that (for now). I’ve learned and tested a few new medias in my course, and I’m excited to put them to use for future projects.

‘Til next time everyone,

Kaylie

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

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/