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!

Getting the most out of Reading Week

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Kaylie Kraemer – 1st Year Design Foundations

Honestly this week went by really quickly for me with all the upcoming assignments and deadlines, so I haven’t had much free time… Again, stressful, but I’m really pushing my school work for portfolios. But enough about me, let’s move onto you guys!

Reading week is just around the corner, and I hope you guys are ready for that blissful short getaway from classes. Don’t be fooled by this opportunity though, there is more than enough time to spend on studying and getting ahead, besides voyaging off elsewhere. As much as relaxation is important, here’s a few good tips on spending your reading week:

  1. Take the opportunity to get ahead. Whether its working on assignments, reading, whatever it is, take the time to look into your work. Take breaks from this and relaxing, maybe every other day if need be. Just remember to NOT forget it!
  2. Relax! In my other point I know I stress the purpose of reading week, but also don’t be afraid to relax! I know it sounds contradicting, but this is likely the most free time you’ll have for a while… Use it wisely.
  3. Spend time with friends and family. Again, we just had Thanksgiving, so I’m sure everyone is still all warm and fuzzy from reuniting with family and friends. Overall enjoy this time together, and maybe even work together on assignments and studying if you share the same courses. Group studying is just as important as individual studying, just don’t get distracted.
  4. HAVE FUN!!!

This blog post will be shorter than most as  even now I have limited time, but I wish everyone a fantastic reading week for when it comes, and hope all is going well for everyone! I know I myself am excited for mock portfolios in my course, and will be using my reading week to both relax and work. 

Tis the season… well midterms season that is.

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

Trust me i’m not excited either. Midterms can be very stressful and for some of you this is your first time taking a major college test. Well i’m here today to tell you that midterms will never be a fun experience. This being said, I have been through midterm season quite a few times and have some great ideas and methods you can use to make them go a lot smoother.

My first, and most important tip is to start studying early. This may seem like common sense but time goes by fast and that test date will creep up on you. I usually start gathering my notes together on the Thanksgiving long weekend and come up with a solid plan of how I can allot time to study for all my classes. Studying over a longer period of time will not only help you sleep a bit more during midterms week but will also help you retain the information better.

Next you need to find somewhere you can actually concentrate. My personal favourite spot is the quiet area in the library at Doon campus during the week, and on weekends I take over a study room at the Waterloo campus! Depending on how you like to study, the library has different levels of quiet that are enforced in different areas. These range from group study areas, to dead silence, so you should be able to find a spot that is comfortable.

When studying, remember it is also important to take breaks. This can be anything from walking your dog to making lunch. Just be sure to control your breaks because if you don’t it’s very easy for a 15 min break to turn into a few hours.

Another tip that has always worked for me is to wake up early. My brain is always a lot fresher in the morning and you will feel very successful if you are out there studying before everyone else is even awake. This also gets all your work out of the way early so you have the whole afternoon to yourself!

These are of course just a few tips I have to help you be successful in your midterms this season. Everyone has different ways to study so it is really important to experiment and find what works best for you. If you are really struggling in a class though, remember it is never too late to talk to Student Success and get tutoring help. Additionally, never be afraid to email your teachers questions! They are always more than happy to help!

Good luck and happy studying!

Brooke

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