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!

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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!

 

Midterm Study Tips

I hope everyone is having a great semester! With midterms just around the corner I wanted to share a few study tips I use, and advice to help you be successful on your exams. The following points should help you prepare for your evaluations as well as help mitigate some stress that we all tend to feel around this busy time of year.

  1. Everyone is different. Remember that study habits are specific to every individual; what works for someone else may not work for you so, it’s important to pay attention to your learning styles and what makes you motivated to study.
  2. Create an exam study schedule. Be sure to set aside enough time to study so that you’re as prepared as possible. Allocating time can be difficult, but focusing on the subjects that are the most challenging for you, and designating more time to those subjects will give you better results.
  3. Start early! There’s absolutely no harm in studying for an exam weeks in advance, in fact your future self will thank you for it.
  4. Don’t forget to take breaks. When creating your exam study schedule, include your break times in there as well. This way you can spend your break time guilt free. We all know how it feels when you know you should be studying, but you just cannot seem to find the motivation. You can avoid this by making it part of your studying program.
  5. Find a good study group. Your retention is dramatically increased when you are able to discuss topics with other people.
  6. Use guided meditation. If your feeling stressed and overwhelmed by looming deadlines and fast approaching exams, take some time to focus on the moment and get your mind off of it for a few brief minutes. This exercise will help bring clarity to your mind so you’re better able to focus on the tasks you need to complete.
  7. Talk to someone. Similar to finding a good study group, talking to others about what you’re learning in class can help reinforce your memory. If you don’t have a study group, find someone who is willing to discuss or at least listen to the topics that are being covered in your classes.

These are just some of the many useful study habits you can use in order to score higher on your evaluations. I would also like to encourage you to work smart by using your deadlines and hectic schedules to your own advantage. Remember that anything worthwhile is going to require hard work so try to let it motivate you rather than discourage you.midterm

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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.

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!