Bell Lets Talk

This Wednesday, January 31 is Bell Lets Talk day. Bell Lets Talk is to raise money and awareness for mental health. Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health awareness for every text, call, tweet or photo/video sent out using #BellLetsTalk or the Snapchat/Facebook filter.

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Here at Sheridan, the Sheridan Student Union will be donating 10 cents for every coffee or tea purchased at all campuses. As well as on Thursday, February 1 and Friday, February 2, Sheridan will be celebrating the anniversary of the Friendship Bench on all campuses.

The Friendship Bench is a bright yellow bench brought to Sheridan to remind students to sit, take a breath, and talk to one another.

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The Friendship Bench can be found at the Trafalgar campus in the B-Wing, Davis campus in the student centre and at HMC in room A308.

At Sheridan, if you’re ever struggling or need someone to talk to, come speak with a counselor on campus. Appointments with counselors can be made at the Trafalgar campus in room B104, the Davis campus in room B230, and HMC at the Student Services Centre Welcome Desk.

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First Week of School Check List

Starting your first (or second, or third) semester at Sheridan can be stressful with all the bits and pieces there are to remember. Especially for your first semester at Sheridan. It may seem difficult to ensure you’ve gotten everything you need for the first week of the semester, so I have made a list of the four most important things to remember.

  1. Pick up your onecard!

At Sheridan, your onecard is the key to access many things on campus. Your onecard is the key to unlocking many classrooms on campus, you can load money on your onecard to buy something in the cafeteria or Tim Hortons, as well as it’s your access to the free Sheridan inter-campus shuttle bus! Be sure to upload your photo online at sheridancollege.ca/onecard and once you get an email that your photo has been approved, you can pick up your card on campus.

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  1. Buy your textbooks!

During the first week of classes, many of your instructors will let you know what books (if any) are required for your course. If you take your timetable to the bookstore, the course code on your schedule will direct you in what textbooks you need. As well as the instructor will provide the title of the needed book.

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  1. Pick up your parking pass!

If you plan on driving to Sheridan for your classes, Sheridan provides the option to pay for a parking pass for the semester instead of having to pay for parking everyday! You can read more and purchase your parking pass at epark.sheridancollege.ca

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  1. Get comfortable with the campus!

As Sheridan is a new place, it can be easy to feel confused where everything is. The first week is the perfect time to get familiarized with your new surroundings by finding your classes and other important places on campus such as the cafeteria, the Centre for Student Success and any other spots you feel you may need to know during your time here. You can also download the Sheridan Mobile App that includes a campus map which makes it easy to find specific rooms and services on campus!

HMC Hot Cocoa Event

Your HMC Peer Mentors are in a joyous spirit this holiday season and as a result, we decided to spread some cheer on Wednesday December the 20th by having a Hot Cocoa event for Sheridan students.

With Candy Canes, Marshmallows and Gingerbread cookies, patrons were eager to take part in enjoying the festive treats on display.

Not just your average hot chocolate, your Peer Mentors wanted to go above and beyond in offering nothing but the best for the Sheridan community with a deluxe hot beverage including regular mini marshmallows, snowflake shaped marshmallows, Cherry and Peppermint flavored candy canes as well as cool holiday themed gingerbread cookies.

In little over an hour, the table was wiped cleaned, showing just how good these treats were for those who took part.

On behalf of all your Peer Mentors, thank you for taking part in our event and we would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday break 🙂

See you in 2018!

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

“I promise never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women” – Anonymous

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the deaths of the 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique. These women were killed because of their gender. As a commemoration to the victims, Sheridan held a remembrance ceremony at each campus. As peer mentors, we participated by laying a white rose next to each of the victims’ photos.

We wanted to express the fact that each individual is equal no matter their gender, race, sexual orientation, or cultural background. Violence in any form should not be tolerated in any part of our society. As a member of the Sheridan community, we want to ensure that students feel safe and welcome. Should any student feel that they are experiencing hardship, Sheridan offers numerous support services including counselling services, and external resources such as Good to Talk which is a post-secondary student helpline (1-866-925-5454).

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The Best Study Spots at the Davis Campus… According to your Davis Peer Mentor

With midterm season underway, finding spaces to study on campus can be a bit difficult. Typical places such as the Library and the Learning Commons can get very busy and noisy throughout the day. Here is a list of the best study spots I’ve utilized throughout my time at Sheridan. Whether it’s studying for a couple of hours in between classes or reviewing notes for a big exam, these spots have proven to be the perfect atmosphere for getting work done!

  1. Bruin Coffee House! Some of you may have noticed the lounge next to the Bruin Coffee House. This area consists of tables and sofas; the perfect environment for studying alone or with your friends. Although it can get busy sometimes, the lounge is located behind the Bruin Coffee House so you’re away from the constant flow of people on their way to buy Booster Juice or walking to their next class. Another bonus to studying in this location is its proximity to your next cup of joe!

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  1. The H-Wing! The second and third floors of the H-Wing are great alternatives to studying in the Library. Located next to the washrooms, on both the second and third floors, are a few booths and tables. These areas can attract some foot traffic throughout the day because of its closeness to the washrooms, but they’re still quiet enough for you to get a lot of studying done.

 

  1. The third floor of the library! Some of you may have ventured up to the third floor of the library, the designated “quiet floor”, only to find it is not quiet at all. What you may not know (even I didn’t know about this until very recently), is that there is a specific area on the third floor that is the real quiet zone. Along the sides of the third floor are group study rooms. Beyond those rooms are doors on each side that both lead to a designated silent space with individual study cubicles. Whenever you need a study spot away from the hustle and bustle of the campus, the third floor of the library is the place to go!

 

  1. Study rooms! If you’ve tried the other three options and you just haven’t been able to get as much studying done as you would have liked, you can book a group study room. This option is for groups of two or more persons. Sheridan allows students to book study rooms for a maximum of two hours in one day. There are study rooms available in the J-Wing as well as the A-Wing. You can book a study room online at https://roombooking.sheridancollege.ca.

Now that you know about the best study spots at the Davis Campus, get studying and ace those exams!

3 Pieces of Advice

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Here are three pieces of advice from your peer mentors;

  1. “Start your assignments early, because then you have time to ask necessary questions and make adjustments so that the overall quality of your work is better.” – Katherine, 3rd Year BBA Accounting
  2. “Participate in class discussions. The more you participate the more you will learn. When you are involved in class it also helps you remember the information better.” – Hilary, 3rd Year BBA Marketing Management
  3. “Ask for help. It’s always best to seek assistance early.” – Tre, 2nd Year Accounting

What advice do you have to share with others?

So Many Projects, So Little Time!

Now that week 5 is coming to an end, you are probably realizing how quickly the semester goes by. This is the time in the semester when time management can be critical to success. A few things to do to manage multiple projects and assignments are:

Plan all due date on one big calendar – This way you able to see everything that is due, so you can plan ahead for times when 3 or 4 projects are due at the same time.

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Schedule group meetings – Within the first week of getting a group assignment find out each group members availability and schedule when and where the meetings will be held. For example, if the project is 3 weeks away, the group would plan to meet the next 3 Mondays from 2 to 3 pm. This way it can be entered into everyone’s calendar, and other activities can be planned around it.

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Start early! – It can be tempting to procrastinate starting a project. You look at your calendar and realize the project is still several weeks away and tell yourself you have lots of time to complete it. The problem is as the semester progresses more and more projects pile up. Next thing you realize, you have more to complete than hours in the day.

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