“Question mark” Tour: What’s Interesting Around Your Campus? – Hazel McCallion

Located in the center of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion campus is surrounded by many beneficial and interesting locations. Realizing how much Sheridan’s students can take advantage of these areas, we created this blog just for you.

(Notice the little question mark; it’s your peer mentor Karlo Galang)

 

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Square One Shopping Center

Did you know that…?
Square One Shopping Center is the largest shopping mall in Ontario and the third largest in all of Canada! Square One has so many benefits that a student can take advantage of, the food court, post office, office supply stores, clothing shops, fitness center and also a grocery supermarket.

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Living Arts Centre

 Open since 1997, the Living Arts Centre is a great place for students to interact with and enjoy different forms of art. Sheridan College is well-known for its cultural diversity, and so is the Living Arts Centre with dozens of Mississauga arts organizations and community cultural groups!

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YMCA Center

This well-known community center happens to be located within a 5-minute walk from our campus. Full-time students at the Hazel McCallion campus can use their oneCARD to gain free access to many of the center’s services including gym, squash, swimming, yoga and more!

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Celebration Square

Celebration Square is an amazing community area to celebrate life and cultural diversity. There are tons of activities for students to get involved in the community such as movie nights, culture festivals, market places, ribfest, skating and many more!

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Cineplex Cinema

Cineplex offers 50% off movies every Tuesday for everyone!!! School is great to focus on but don’t get too stressed out. Look up some interesting movies and hang out with your friends! Did I tell you that it’s only a 5-minute walk away from the Hazel McCallion campus? 😉

Now that you know what’s interesting around the area, be active and get involve!

Sheridan’s First Non-Digital Game Jam Happens October 2-3!

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The weekend of October 2 & 3 @ Trafalgar in B306, Sheridan is having their first Paper Bag Jam: a digital-free game jam and it’s being run by your very own Game Design Peer Mentor: 3rd year B.A. Game Design student Meagan Byrne! This is the fourth game jam Meagan has coordinated and the third one hosted at Sheridan.

What is a Game Jam? It’ basically an event where participants try to make a game as quickly as possible. And at this one absolutely no video games will be made! Instead, in 24hrs, participants will form teams to make non-digital games using simple materials: paper, pencil, cards, board plus a secret item every team needs to incorporate into their game!

At Paper Bag Jam we want to focus on game design basics so the games you’ll make here are going to be anything that can be played by one or more people and doesn’t require a computer! It could be games of chance or skill, party games or strategy games, storytelling or abstract games. Games played with cards, on a board, or with nothing more than people, a few rules, and imagination!

We’ll begin with an introduction to the Jam and a few short talks about game development. We’ll also play a few ice breaker games to help participants get to know each other. Facilitators will then lead the participants through a team forming session. Usually game jams have a theme but instead of a theme each team at Paper Bag Jam will receive a mystery item in a brown paper bag.

The Jam runs from 7pm Friday, October 2nd to 6pm Saturday, October 3rd in B306 at the Trafalgar campus. So if you’re interested in coming, register at our Eventbrite page! If you have any questions you can contact Meagan at meagan.byrne@sheridancollege.caPaperBagJam_Logo2

Know Your First Year Connections Peer Mentor!

Week 2 of the Know Your First Year Connections Peer Mentor spotlight is here! Today’s post features Meagan Byrne, a first year Peer Mentor from the Trafalgar Campus! She is going to be giving you some insight on her life as a Peer Mentor and what it means to help others!

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  1. What program are you in?

B.A. Game Design.

  1. What is the best part about being a Peer Mentor?

Helping people. It has seriously been the best part of this job. It can be hard going to Post Secondary and I want to help make some student’s lives just a little bit easier.

  1. What is your favourite thing to do?

My Favorite thing to do is to bake something. I don’t get to do it a lot because of how busy I am, but when I do it’s just the best.

  1. Why did you decide to become a Peer Mentor?

I was asked if I would be interested and after hearing what kind of work I would be doing, I decided to apply.

  1. What was your first year like?

Really hard. It wasn’t the hardest experiences I’ve had at school, but I was coming back to school after being out in the workforce for a while and it was a hard transition at first. But I had great teachers, I made a good group of friends and I had a wonderful counselor so by the end of the year everything that seemed so big and difficult at the beginning didn’t seem so bad at the end.

  1. What advice would you give to your first year self?

Chill out. Stressing about stuff you have no control over is not going to get you anywhere…also run (or workout) more. Being in a program that requires you to constantly sit can really wear on you if you’re not combating it with exercise.

Fallin’ into Autumn

That’s right folks, Autumn is HERE. Gone away are the days of swimsuits and sail-boats, and here to stay are pumpkin spice lattes, colourful leaves, and brisk morning walks to school (gotta love those 8 AM classes!).

To commemorate the glorious changing of seasons, here’s a poem to brighten your day.

Fallin’ into Autumn 

Fall, fall is here to stay

Summer, Summer is gone away

As the Tim Horton’s line starts to grow

To my first class of the day, I must go

Feet crunching on fallen leaves

Everything bagel, with extra cream cheese

I see my friends as I walk through the hall

We’re all excited that now, it is Fall

I make it to my class, a few minutes to spare

Professor and peers, they’re all there

I sit and wonder what I will learn today

But all that matters

is that Fall is here to stay.

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College Expectation vs College Reality

 d2Expectation: You’re free to do whatever you want, whenever you want and however you want. There is no time constraint; you’ll have more free time than ever!  

Reality: -You have more responsibility than you’ve ever had before. Assignments, projects, extra-curricular activities, nobody’s holding your hand and spoon feeding you anymore. 2014-03-24-pakorn-thumb Expectation: You’re an adult now; you’ve got life figured out.

Reality: -You’re just as lost as ever and still trying to figure things out. Maybe you’re not in the right program; maybe it’s not your major; maybe a diploma isn’t what you need. You’re expected to spend more time than ever thinking about your future. Life gets more complicated.

bigstock-time-in-business-45300061Expectation: Party all the time! #TURNUP

Reality: You can’t party all the time without sacrificing grades or sacrificing money! Be careful with balancing your personal life and college life. Look out for our Time Management workshops! 8193348_orig Expectation: -You’re going to be alone and have no friends because they all went to different schools. You’re going to miss your friends so much.

Reality: The truth is you are going to miss your old friends. But we are here for you! Your peer mentor is your new friend. Also, you are going to make tons of new connections with your classmates!

Experience-defintion-About-Us1 Expectation: -An opportunity to figure yourself out and become the person you want to be.

Reality:-College is definitely going to be the place where you can experience new things, become a better person and figure everything out. Don’t worry if you feel lost because we’ve all been there.

Share your thoughts with us about how your reality has met your expectations in the comment section!

Know Your First Year Connections Peer Mentor!

Week 1 of the Know Your First Year Connections Peer spotlight is here! Today’s post features Genevieve (a.k.a Gigi), a first year Peer Mentor from the Davis Campus! She is going to be giving you her perspective on working as a Peer Mentor, studying at Sheridan and life outside of school!

  1. What program are you in?

I’m in my third semester of the Paralegal Program.

  1. What is the best part about being a Peer Mentor?

The best part about being a Peer Mentor is making connections with first year students and seeing the progress that they  make as a result of our guidance.

  1. Give us a fun fact about yourself.

I don’t know about a fun fact, but a weird fact about me is that I really enjoy listening to music, reading a book and watching TV all at the same time. I like being able to challenge my mind to focus on one thing at a time.

  1. Why did you decide to become a Peer Mentor?

I decided to become a Peer Mentor because I woke up one day and realized that I was going into my final year at Sheridan and I didn’t have much to show for it. I wanted to be able to have fun and create memories and connections. That’s exactly what I’m doing and I couldn’t be happier.

  1. What was your first year like?

My first year at Sheridan was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. I liked the idea of being able to be my own person, but it also terrified me that no one knew who I was. Eventually, I came to the realization that if you put in positive energy, that’s exactly what you’ll get in return.

  1. What advice would you give to your first year self?

Don’t worry so much. You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Sheridan has resources that are available to help you get through anything in your life whether it’s personal or academically related. Work hard and don’t ever be afraid to reap the rewards of your hard work and success.

 

SECOND WEEK OF SCHOOL!!

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Second week of school…

Second week of school.

Don’t look like a fool on your second week of school!

Don’t wanna look like a fool during your second week of school? Then follow these easy steps!

1. ONECARD!! 

If you have not gotten your oneCARD yet by the second week of school, get on that!! Your oneCARD is your student identification card that along with identifying you as a cur-CN1ePWoWsAA3ZqJ (1)rent Sheridan student, also does many other things including: giving you access to your classrooms and labs, allowing you use of the Sheridan Shuttle Bus, printing on campus, and so on!

To find out more about uploading a photo for your oneCARD go to this website: https://it.sheridancollege.ca/support/onecard/onecardupload.html

And for more general information, follow this link: https://it.sheridancollege.ca/support/onecard/

2. FEES!!

Ah, fees. It may hurt to pay them, but it has to be done. If you are a non-OSAP student, your Fall 2015 fees were due on August 19th. If you are an OSAP student, don’t sweat it, your fees are not due until October 20th! Some OSAP funding has been released at this point, so double check your bank account and Sheridan account summaries to see if your money has been deposited! (Yay, money!) If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the Financial Aid Office or Office of the Registrar for your campus.

3. SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES!!!

The good stuff. Free money. Need help paying those fees we mentioned earlier? New this year Sheridan has implemented a general online scholarship and bursary application through your Access Sheridan account. There, you can check up on and apply for scholarships, bursaries, and awards that you qualify for, all in one place. To access this application follow these steps:

  1. Log onto Access Sheridan
  2. Click on “Mystudent Centre”
  3. Look under “Financial”
  4. Click on the “Other Financial” drop-down menu and choose “Online Award Application”

And there you are! Just fill out the general a10155559_10152137654527621_5358390379652774676_npplication questions and then apply away!

and NOW you know how to not be a fool on your second week of school 🙂

Good luck!