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/

Kaylie’s 2nd week & assignments

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Kaylie – 1st Year Design Foundations

Hi everyone, I’ve returned with a stupendous breakdown of my second week, and I hope you’re all ears. This week has really been a mashup of assignments, deadlines, time management, and of course, all of you.

For the most part I’ve adjusted to the fast paced nature in my program, which has left me bustling around completing works, rough drafts, and coordinating with classmates. It’s quite a frenzy, but I must say I really do enjoy the rush. It keeps me on my toes, entertained. I’ve found time to work on drafts at work (when the weather’s not stubborn), and really work these assignments into manageable time slots within my day(s). I’m already extremely proud of my linears (what came after the ever-dreaded thumbnails), and I can see just from the few short lessons from week one I’ve improved both my work ethic, and technique.

I’ve spent a few late nights scrambling to ink some works, so all I can say is bring it on, I’m ready for the all-nighters.

I’d also like to mention that many people are extremely alarmed to see myself (and others) dragging a suitcase around in the halls. There’s simply just too much supplies to carry. Apologies on my awkward entrance, I promise that grace is not a strong suit with bulk. As much as I love bumper cars, I assure you it’s not in my best interest to bump into you all.

I’d also really like to push about the many rooms available to book for work/study periods (a link and photo posted earlier last week) on campus. My friends and I have a great amount of use with the large tables and space for our projects, as I’m sure you all will too!

Again, as quick as this week has gone by, I can’t stress enough how much I’ve learned and experienced in such a short timespan. Even the refreshers are something I find captivating in class! I’ve found quite a few nooks and crannies that I’ll be sure to post about in a future post, as some of these spots may come in handy for you all later.

Thanks again everyone, and again, Kaylie out.