Welcome Back Condors!

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

Welcome back Condors! I hope you all had amazing winter break and the winter semester is officially in full swing! I hope all of you got to enjoy a bit of relaxation and spending time with friends and family. I’m sure, like myself, you are super excited to see what this new semester holds and can not wait to catch up with your fellow classmates and see what amazing things you’ll learn and experience over the next few months!

Whether this is your first or last semester at Conestoga College there is always something new to discover and there are a ton of events going on over the next few weeks that I am sure will grab your interest!

Firstly, if you haven’t yet heard CSI is hosting a Winter Concert on January 24 featuring no other than Brampton’s own Alessia Cara! This is going to be the biggest and best concert yet and it will sell out fast so make sure you get your tickets right away on the CSI app for ONLY $15!

If you are looking to get involved right away, tickets for the Toga Party are still on sale and only $5! Live Music Thursdays also continues weekly in The Venue and be sure to keep your eye out for when the Netflix and Chilli Lunch and Stash Your Cash events happen on your campus!

The start of the semester is also a great time to get involved in clubs! Conestoga has tons of clubs that suit everyone’s interests from the Conestoga Car Club the the Karaoke Club. I’m sure there’s something for you!

You can also keep on track with your new year’s resolutions and check out the Rec Centre! You can join intramurals, a fitness class, or just pick up a healthy lunch at Pita Pit! Remember full-time students get free access to the gym so be sure to take advantage of it!

As you can see there are a ton of activities happening on campus and what better way to start off the new semester that getting involved in everything Conestoga has to offer!

Links:

List of clubs: http://conestogastudents.com/category/2018-2019-csi-clubs/

Rec Center Schedule: https://reccentre.conestogac.on.ca/Program/GetProducts?classification=855adc33-03f7-4f4f-9dc2-67c05e423a1

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.