How to Make the Most of Your First Week of College!

The first week of school is coming up soon! Here are a few tips and pieces of advice to help you make the most of your first week on campus:

 

  1. Explore the Campus! Everyone has their favorite spot on campus to hang out before, after, or between classes. Take some time before your classes to find out where your classes are and find your favorite spot (mine is on the 2nd floor of the H-Wing at Davis campus, there are some really great tables there!)

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  1. Talk to people in your classes! You are not the only one who is nervous and anxious about starting classes, chances are there are many other people who feel the same way you do. Take the opportunity during the first few weeks to talk to people in your classes, this can really help when it comes to group assignments or studying for tests later in the year!

 

  1. Pick up your OneCard! This is EXTREMELY important because it identifies you as a Sheridan student, and grants you access to your classrooms, the shuttle bus, and many more amazing FREE resources that you have on campus. It also makes it easier to print on campus!

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  1. Budget your time and plan your semester! When you get your course outlines and you see what assignments will be due throughout the semester, add them to your calendar! Try your best to plan ahead and budget your time appropriately, and DO NOT FORGET to plan time for some self-care, relaxation, or Netflix to unwind.

 

  1. Check out your dining options! All campuses have some amazing food and drink options to help those cravings while studying! Trafalgar has the AMAZING taco in a bag at Union Burrito, and the Marquee has tons of amazing food options. HMC has a Starbucks on campus and a Union Burger right across the street. Davis has the Den, which has awesome western and Indian fusion options, vegetarian options and so much more! Davis also has a Booster Juice (my personal favorite) which has over 30 different flavours of smoothies as well as some fresh juices!

 

  1. Buy your books! You do not want to fall behind on your readings. Buy your books during the first week so you can complete the readings as they are assigned to ensure that you do not fall behind, and so you know what is happening every week in class.
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  1. Explore your surroundings! There are some fun places to explore near each campus – Square One is right beside HMC, Shopper’s World is 5 minutes from Davis, and Trafalgar has some amazing little shops just minutes from campus – including “Style Encore” an adorable second-hand store just across the street! Explore what is around your campus so that you can enjoy some down time when you aren’t studying hard for your exams and working on assignments!

 

  1. Check out the athletics department! Sheridan has a great Athletics department that has intramural, extramural and varsity sport teams! All full-time students have access to their campus gym for FREE (HMC Student have access to the YMCA at 325 Burnhamthorpe). Take advantage of the Athletics department and all it has to offer!

 

  1. Relax, breath, and enjoy your time here! Your time at Sheridan will fly by, take some time to breath and relax throughout the year. And remember free, confidential counselling is available if you ever start to feel overwhelmed. Go to the Centre for Student Success (DAV – B230, HMC – A247, TRAF – B104) to book an appointment.

 

Enjoy your first week and good luck! And remember your First Year Connection Peer Mentor is always available to answer any questions you may have.

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SHERIDAN STUDENT PERKS

Are you looking for anything & everything free? If you are, you’re in the right place. We’re going to go over all your student perks at Sheridan – that’s everything free or discounted.

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Health Centre- the Health Centre at each campus provides a wide range of services including free birth control, walk-ins, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, immunizations etc. Get more information by visiting the Health Centre at your campus.

* https://www.sheridancollege.ca/life-at-sheridan/student-services/health

Tutoring- The Tutoring Centre offers free Computer Programming, Math, Chemistry, English, Accounting, Finance, and Statistics for Sheridan students. Tutoring in other subjects is also available for a minimal cost (10hrs/$40). Explore our tutoring services here.

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Library- The library should be your go-to place for help with doing research and proper citations. If you are unsure how to cite or reference something you MUST SEEK HELP, under no circumstances do you want to breach the Academic Integrity Policy. You can borrow books, board games, video-games and access e-books from the library. They also have additional tutoring help. Check out the Library guide for first year students!

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Counselling-  Counselling services are here to assist you with your social, academic and personal growth. Counselling sessions are free and confidential, so do not hesitate to access counselling services if need be.

Legal Advice- All Sheridan students have access to free legal advice, thanks to the Sheridan Student Union (SSU). If at any time you find yourself in legal troubles, the SSU’s free legal services are available to you.

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First Food Program- the Student Union’s First Food Program is available to all Sheridan students, who might need some extra help with their grocery list. The service can be accessed up to 4 times per semester.

*https://www.thessu.ca/foodfirst

 

Restaurants – If you enjoy eating outside and trying new places, you must visit some of our affiliated restaurants for some sweet deals! Check out this website for a list of restaurants that provide additional discounts to Sheridan students.  Be it Union Burger or Pizza Pizza, we got you covered!

Spa Deals – Next time you need some TLC, check out Touch N’ Glow Spa and get 10%off.

EntertainmentForce Entertainment Canada & Rose Theatre in Brampton, are perfect for a date night or an evening out with friends, the discounts only make it better.

Recreation- For some of you active folks out there, we have Up the Bloc, Sky ZoneWet N’ Wild and 9 Round Boxing. All are perfect to de-stress and have some fun!

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Yoga- Is there a better way to relax and get away from school stress? We think not. Pay less by going to one of the following locations – Square One Moksha Yoga, Hot Power Yoga and  Yoga

Wellness Wednesday- Join in some of our wellness activities – Sheridan has brought free yoga classes to the campus, as well as, Smash Stress and weekly guided meditations. Check the SSU’s website for updated fall timings.

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Gym MembershipsSheridan Student Unions have access to discounted gym memberships at the UFC Gym and Fuzion Fitness

Career Centre Trying to find a job to support you while you’re in school? Well, we’ve all been there. Whether you’re looking for part time or full time positions, the career center is here to help you find work and get hired! Take advantage of their services and informational events that run throughout the year. Find more information here.

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Hi There First Years!

All peer mentors are currently working very hard to reach out to all of you and ensure that you’re prepared for your first day of classes, on September 4th. They should be back soon with the inside scoop on Sheridan Life, do stay tuned.

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We’re all very excited to meet you on your orientation day or if we don’t get the opportunity to, we are hoping to at least be able to meet you on your first week of classes! If you find yourself circling the same floor looking for your class or need any assistance, come find us at the Centre for Student Success.

We can’t wait to meet you! 

 

Good-bye!

As the last week of the semester slowly comes to an end, I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all the best! Some of you may be done your first year (a big congratulations to you all!), while others are continuing on into the Spring/Summer semester. For those of you who are off for the summer, I hope you all enjoy your well-deserved break. For everyone continuing throughout the summer, I wish you all the best for the Spring semester.

The FYC Peer Mentor 2017-2018 program is coming to an end. Moving forward, your FYC Peers will no longer be available. As such, I wanted to leave you all with some resources to help you navigate the Spring/Summer 2018 semester.

  • The Student Services Centre/ Centre for Student Success will be open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm throughout the summer. The Student Services Centre is located in room B230 (Davis Campus). The Centre for Student Success is located in room B104 at the Trafalgar Campus and room A207 at the Hazel McCallion Campus. The Student Services Centre/ Centre for Student Success houses many of the student services, some of which include: Student Advisement, Counselling, and the Career Centre.
  • For a list of available Food Services on campus from May 7th, 2018 onward, please visit the following website- http://insider.sheridancollege.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/chartwell_summer-2018-hours.pdf.
  • The Athletics and Recreation facilities will be open this summer Monday-Friday from 9:00am-10:00pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 9:00am-9:00pm (May 1st-August 31st).

As always, if you need help with anything, you can email askanadvisor@sheridancollege.ca.

Good-bye and good luck on all your future endeavours!

Just Checking In…

With the winter semester slowly winding down, I hope you all are making the most of these last few weeks! As final exams approach, make sure you are all taking some time out of your day to take care of yourselves. As someone who has gone through numerous exam seasons, I know just how stressful the end of the semester can be. Here are some tips I use to reduce the stress during exam season.

First, plan your day. Making a study schedule helps you keep on top of everything you have to do. It will also help relieve some of your stress by staying organized and structuring your day. Secondly, take little breaks when you are studying. Schedule these breaks into your plan for the day. Go for a walk, make a snack, do something that will take your mind off of school for a while. Lastly, stay hydrated! If you’re anything like me, you may tend to overdo it on the coffee during exam season. I found that replacing coffee with water, or even your favourite tea, helps reduce your stress and anxiety.

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Hopefully these tips will help you get through the next few weeks. Good luck on all of your exams and final assignments!

Reminder – Important Dates Coming Up

Welcome to Week 8! It’s hard to believe that there are only 5 more weeks left in the semester. I hope you all had a restful Reading Week and are acing those midterms! This is just a friendly reminder of some of the important dates coming up.

  • Statutory Holiday- Good Friday–> March 30, 2018 (College Closed)
  • Last Day to Drop a Class Without Academic Penalty for classes that end in April–> April 9, 2018
  • Spring Term 2018 Fee Payment due (Domestic Returning Students)–> April 11, 2018
  • End of Winter Term–> April 27, 2018

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Keep checking your Sheridan emails for an invite to your Davis FYC Peer Mentors’ last event of the year!

A Day in the Life of Your Davis FYC Peer Mentor

So, you’ve received quite a few emails from us since starting here at Sheridan College, but some of you may be wondering “what exactly does a First Year Connections Peer Mentor do?” Wonder no more! I’m here to give you an insight as to what your Davis Peer Mentor gets up to in a day.

Rise and Shine its Breakfast Time! I try to start off each day with breakfast and about 12 cups of coffee. (Just kidding about the coffee!)  Once I’ve had my breakfast and I’m ready to tackle the day, I head off to campus.

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My school day begins with a shift at work in the Student Services Centre. For those of you who don’t know, the Student Services Centre is located in room B230 and houses many of the Student Services including Student Advisement, Career Services and Counselling. A typical shift at work includes checking my work emails, trying to brainstorm ideas for our next FYC event and coming up with interesting blog topics to write about. As an FYC peer mentor, one of my main roles is to stay connected with you all throughout your first year at Sheridan and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

After my shift at work, I head to my first class of the day. During class, I try to stay focused on the lectures. So unfortunately, if any of you try to reach me during a lecture, I’ll be too busy learning about the Criminal Code!

After class, I usually head to the library to eat my lunch in peace (just kidding, you all probably know how loud the library is!). During my breaks, I like to check my emails just in case I missed anything important from you all during class. My days are typically pretty busy, so I try to get as much work done in between classes. If I’m not at the library during my breaks, you can definitely find me in the Den chowing down on some poutine!

Finally, feeling happy and fed, I head off to my last class of the day. I learn a lot of things, take a lot of notes, but mostly count down the minutes until I can go home.

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Although my days are jam-packed with assignments and work, I enjoy being able to connect with you all and trying to come up with ways to better your experience here at Sheridan. Now that you’ve glimpsed into the life of your Davis Peer Mentor, I hope you all have more of an understanding of what exactly an FYC Peer Mentor does!