A how to on “not being stressed during College exams”

stress1Exam time is stressful, especially for first year students like me. You have an idea of how it will go, because you’ve done it once before. However, it’s still nerve-racking and feels like it’s constantly consuming your thoughts.

You not only have to worry about studying for exams, you also have to worry about last-minute assignments or summatives. As well juggling work and social commitments on top of that. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with what you have to do, so much so you don’t even get started.

The end of the semester comes quickly and it’s important to stay positive and stay healthy. Focus on yourself just as much as you’d focus on studying. Having support alongside you helps a lot especially when you are going through this by yourself.

Conestoga College does an amazing job supporting you through this time. For example, our CSI (Conestoga Students INC) has been hosting exam relief day’s in the Venue.

They have been held at 8:00pm throughout our study/exam week. On certain nights you get to watch the Blue Jays game and enjoy FREE pizza, Pita Pit, McDonalds’s, snacks and drinks with fellow Condors. On one of the nights you even get to have breakfast for dinner! How cool is that?

Activities are also included, which makes it even more fun. You can go to this event after a long day in the library. That is exactly what I did, it was a good way for me to de-stress. I had fun with a bunch of my peers, and it helped me escape the stressful thoughts I was having.

Conestoga counselling also provides support during exam time. It is a great resource that you can use throughout the whole entire school year too. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone if you are feeling stressed. Counselling will help a lot. It’s free and conveniently located at Doon Campus in the lower atrium.

Conestoga provides immense support, and I am taking full advantage of it. You should definitely do the same if you find yourself overwhelmed. I am grateful for the way that Conestoga takes care of us students. It is truly an amazing school.

Everyone remember and remind yourself that you will get through it … there is only a couple more weeks until summer and you’ll be stress-free in no time. Good luck!

By: Jasmine Marinelli

3 steps to help polish your resumé

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Jasmine – 1st year Public Relations student at Conestoga College

Your resumé is what defines you to an employer. The way you look on paper is something that college students, and high school students, should really pay attention to. Especially if they’re looking to start a new job. Most of you probably have a resumé already, as well as a job. However, it is coming close to summer and you might be looking for a new job, meaning you’ll have to pull out that resumé again. This article includes 3 steps that will help you launch a better resumé, if you’re looking to polish yours up.

Step #1: Customize your resumé to make it relevant to the job you’re applying for.

I remember in high school when I made my first resumé in career class. I didn’t want to change it, and just applied to as many jobs as I could with the same resumé. Now, as I start looking for internships and full-time jobs I can’t really do that anymore. Instead of it taking three minutes to apply, it takes me almost an hour. Why? Because I customize my resumé.

Customizing your resumé gives you a better shot at getting an interview. That is why you should alter your resumé to fit the criteria of the job. Try highlighting your experience and volunteer work that might be relevant to the job. As well, base your resumé on what the job specifically calls for. You can always add to your resumé, but try to make sure it is not too long. I’ve learned in college, and throughout high-school that a good resumé should be one page. Meaning, if you have to cut some unnecessary things out… do it.

Step #2: Research the company.

Recently I have been applying for a lot of jobs. However, some of the ones I have been really interested in I knew nothing about. What I did was look up the company on google. I looked at their goals, opportunities, background information and if they were in the news recently. These factors determined whether or not my resumé needed to be altered a little.

You’ll come across a lot of situations like this when you’re looking for a new job. The best thing to do is conduct a solid research on the company. You can find a lot of things out about their industry that can help you easily apply and become a better candidate for the specified position. During your research you may find values, goals, their mission statement and information on their company. As you look into the most useful and needed skills that are in the job description, you can use your research to highlight the ones you have on your resumé that are similar.

Step #3: Include as much volunteer work, projects and experience as you can.

This is crucial when applying for a job. Employers like to see that a candidate has a lot of experience, and it can often set the bar high if you have not only experience but volunteer work and projects as well. At the bottom of my resumé I state my references, that are available upon request as well as sample projects are available upon request. Just to state I have sample blogs, tweets and social media posts that employers might be intrigued about.

It is always good to have too much, rather than too little. Providing any information about large projects, you have done at your previous jobs, during school or even on your own will give you more to speak about during your interview. Same goes for volunteer work. It shows that you are highly qualified for the job, and already have previous experience. Make sure to focus on the specifics, and what you have accomplished for more impact.

By: Jasmine Marinelli

Library Hacks at Conestoga College

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Jasmine – 1st year Public Relations student at Conestoga College

Need a quiet place to study? Or somewhere to work on a group project? If you haven’t already, visit the library. The library is an amazing place to finish up work.

The first few months of college I don’t think I stepped into the library once. I assumed it would be books, and tables… nothing different from high-school. But, boy was I wrong. College involves a lot of assignments, group projects and reading. Which require resources that might not necessarily be at your house. And the day I visited the library, was the day I realized that.

If you need to work on an assignment alone, and don’t feel like driving all the way home to finish it, the library has just the place for you. The ‘silent study section’. I use the silent study work area all of the time. It’s clearly super quiet and is meant for people who are trying to get a lot of work done. I really like it because there are plugs at each end of the work space, so I often charge my laptop while working. Sometimes it can get pretty busy during the day, particularly around 10am-1pm. That’s why I normally go after my later classes and stay there until 6pm.

In my program we have a lot of group projects, and you might too. Sometimes my group members and I can’t get together and practice our presentation. The library is a great place to get together with your group and work on a presentation. I use the workrooms or the collaboration rooms to do this. These rooms are all around the library, and you can use them hourly. The way you do this is by searching on Google ‘Conestoga workrooms’, you’ll be sent to a link that shows you the slot times each workroom is open, as well as the description on each room.

Normally I use a collaboration room when I’m working on a presentation because you’re able to use the cables to hook your laptop up to an LCD monitor, which is really cool. There are six chairs in each collaboration room which is also nice because you have a lot of space to work. The workroom includes four chairs and a whiteboard, so you can sketch out ideas. It’s really cool that Conestoga has these rooms, and they’re super beneficial when you do need to be in a group setting.

The library doesn’t just have small tables, they have huge tables that can sit up to eight people as well. So, if you don’t need a fancy collaboration room you can always work on those tables. There are individual seats across each wall of the library, and comfortable chairs. The library has computer stations, along with printers and a photocopier. If you don’t want to print off your stuff via the school printer, you can do it right from your laptop.

The library is a really great place to go and has so many resources that I haven’t mentioned yet. I probably use the library about 4 times a week, and the workrooms once or twice every two weeks. So, if you haven’t checked it out yet… you really should do so!

 

By: Jasmine Marinelli

How to Prevent Gaining the “Freshman 15”

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Jasmine – 1st year Public Relations student at Conestoga College, documenting her 1st year at college

Before we begin, I just wanted to tell you that, a little bit of weight gain is not bad. People consider the Freshman 15 to be a turning point. Just a little bit of stress eating, and having too much fun might cause some weight gain. However, there are many other reasons you could start gaining weight in college. But, we are going to be talking about how to prevent it.

College is really stressful, especially your first year since everything is fairly new. However, your first year is a lot of fun… especially when there are dorm parties on the weekend, and if you’re of age there are bars to go to. It’s really easy to get off track and start ignoring your health. However, there are so many ways to prevent you from gaining the weight.

I am a victim of the Freshman 15, so my advice would be good to listen to haha.

Drink Water. Water is great for you, there is really nothing better. Water boosts your metabolism and cleanses your body of waste. Water is not only good for helping to lose weight, it is also good for many other things, such as: improving skin complexion, reducing acne, preventing cramps, boosting your immune system and relieving fatigue.

The average person should consume at least 8 glasses per day. So, bring a water bottle to school, there are many water stations around the college so you can fill up there. You can actually can get a water bottle at the dollar store that is big enough to contain 8 cups. Water will definitely help prevent weight increase, especially if you drink enough of it every day.

Eat Healthy. This is one of the most important things to do, and will do wonders for reducing the risk of the Freshman 15. Don’t get me wrong a Big Mac is a wonderful dinner, chips and ice cream taste delicious with a 2,000 word essay. But, they are obviously not good for your body. If you make poor eating choices, your body will start to suffer. Stress eating is one of the main weight gain. If eating helps you stop stressing then try changing what you eat into something healthier.

There are lots of great choices in our café, but some might not be the healthiest (Smokes Poutinerie, Pizza Pizza), if you’re looking for something healthy try Subway, or the stir fry station. Unhealthy food tastes good, if it didn’t no one would eat it. But unhealthy food is not good for you, so if you’re worried about the Freshman 15, don’t eat unhealthy.

Leave Some Room for Exercising. Another basic prevention of gaining weight is exercising. There are many ways to exercise and Conestoga gives you lots of options to help do so. The Rec Centre is a great place to exercise. There is a gym upstairs, as well as a track. You can also go to Zumba and fitness classes to help you exercise. If the gym isn’t your thing then go for a walk or a jog outside, maybe even once a day. This will help burn a few calories and help you lose weight. If you start to plan your walks/runs and make it into a routine you will become healthier, and your body will definitely be happy.

The Freshman 15 is not something everyone has to worry about nor is it a bad thing, like I stated. But your health is something that should be monitored. Being healthy is great, and feeling good about yourself is great as well. You don’t need to necessarily take my advice but the Freshman 15 is out there, so let’s prevent him from making you his next target.

By: Jasmine Marinelli