Tips for the Last Week!

It is the final week of school! There are still a few days left until the end of first semester, though. That probably means there are a few assignments and exams still looming. If you are like me, you might feel like you need to be doing 50 things at once right now. To help you get though this final week, and maybe give you some ideas of what to do differently next semester, here are a couple things I’ve been doing to keep it all together (more or less)!

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Schedule: I have a handy little day planner where I write all of my due dates, appointments, and reminders, etc. I like having a physical book to write it all down. It feels so satisfying to cross things off when I finish them! If you don’t have a day planner, I encourage you to invest in one for next semester or figure out your own system! Google calendar works well for a lot of people, or you can make a giant wall calendar, too. I always have this weird fear that I’m forgetting something really important, and my planner really helps clear my head and reduce that anxiety.

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Study with a friend or group: You know the feeling: it has been a long day at school or work and you know you have that assignment due. You know you should probably do it right away, but you start mentally calculating how many hours you can still put it off so you can watch Netflix. Because doing homework is literally the very last thing you want to do. I’ve found that the best way to get out of this rut is to study with other people! You can set a time to meet up with a friend or group and work together. This way, you can be semi-social, but still accomplish stuff. It’s a lot more fun than doing it alone. Plus, it’s a great excuse to go to Starbucks.

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Get ready for next semester: Timetables are out now! If you have any problems or questions regarding courses or times, get those straightened out right away. Visit Student Services in B104 (Trafalgar), A247 (HMC) or B230 (Davis) or the Office of the Registrar for help.

Congratulations on finishing your first semester at Sheridan! I hope you’ve learned a lot and made some great friends over the past few months.

Enjoy your well-deserved break!

Keep Calm and Ace the Exam!

The year 2016 was great for me. I was lucky to be a Peer Mentor to my amazing mentees, I made some amazing friends for life, learnt a lot at school, and had an amazing year altogether.

I am sure everyone must have also had equally amazing experiences, gathered so much knowledge at school, made new friends at Sheridan, maybe missed hanging out with high school friends, and so much more. I hope none of you had to go through sad or depressing times in 2016, but if you did and want to talk to someone about it, make sure to benefit from services at Sheridan.  Check out the Student Services Centre in Room B230 for more information.  We are all here to help you!

Just like everyone else, 2016 taught me some life lessons, such as never to procrastinate, to study hard and to manage my finances cleverly. I am taking all of those lessons learnt into 2017 and also into the years ahead. Hope you will do the same.

I am sure all of you will do an amazing job on your final exams. Make sure to go through booksyour coursework and also make use of the tutoring services in Room J314L. For me, what works best is to take small 10 minute breaks for every 90 minutes of studying. This helps me to focus and to retain the information. Try it, it might benefit you too! If you have any other ideas/ cool tips for how to prepare effectively for exams, make sure to type them in the comments section below!

 

Good luck with your exams!

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Stay safe and have fun!

Need a Study Break? 3 Interesting Things

We’re coasting toward the end of the term. I know: you are probably consuming an unhealthy amount of caffeine and scraping the bottom of the creativity barrel at this point. If you need distract your brain for a while, yet still kind of feel like you are accomplishing something, here are 3 interesting things I’ve discovered this week that might inspire you:

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Maybe procrastination isn’t a bad thing? This article in QUARTZ makes a good argument for putting off that assignment for a while. It might make you more creative in the long run. (Don’t put it off TOO long, though)!

 

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A return to paper products?Why Startups Love Moleskines” is an article in the New Yorker about tangible vs. the intangible and why we still love paper.

 

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A song that reduces anxiety? Listening to this song apparently helps! The article also includes a Spotify playlist of relaxing tunes. If you are stressed right now, this might be for you.

 

Hopefully this provides you with a little inspirational distraction so you can dive back into your work. Remember, the end is in sight! As always, if you have any questions or issues, feel free come to Student Services in B104 (Trafalgar), A247 (HMC) or B230 (Davis). You can also email your peer mentor with questions.

Good luck, everyone!

5 Ways to Get Involved On Campus

 

There are so many benefits to getting involved in campus. You gain experience, you learn how to work on different kinds of teams, and best of all, you get to meet some pretty incredible people – at least in my experience. Getting involved opens so many doors, and opens you to so many connections. It’s always a good idea to show employers who you are outside of the classroom, and how well rounded you really are. So, what are you waiting for?

  1. Join a Sheridan Club or Association

Did you know that each campus at Sheridan hosts several different academic or social clubs? There’s really something for everyone. Many different programs have their own academic clubs/associations such as the Human Resources Student Association, or the Sheridan Engineering Club. As for social clubs, there’s everything from Board Game Club, to… Pizza & Chill. I’m serious. It’s a real club, and I’m going to join. To view all clubs and associations available, please visit: http://www.thessu.ca/discoverclubs/.

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  1. Participate in Academic Activities

There are many different academic activities available depending on your program, and faculty; for example, Pilon School of Business students have the opportunity to participate in case competitions as they become available. To find out what’s available for your program, please speak with your professors, and/or program coordinator.

  1. Volunteer

What’s a better addition to your resume than volunteer experience? Nothing. Many employers when choosing between two resumes, will choose the one with volunteer experience. It always helps to show who you are outside of the classroom. The Sheridan Student Union posts opportunities as they become available, and there’s everything from note taking, to helping with events. To see what’s currently available, please visit: http://www.discovercommunity.ca/opportunities-home.

  1. Get an On-Campus Job

Do you know where to go on-campus if you’re looking to land an on-campus job? If you said the career centre, you’re absolutely correct. The career centre can help you to polish your resume, and they also hold mock interviews to get you ready for the real thing. To view on-campus opportunities, please visit: https://jobs.sheridancollege.ca/, and/or http://www.thessu.ca/jobs/.

  1. Participate in Campus Wide Events

Maybe you already have a lot on your plate, and can’t squeeze in another club’s weekly meetings. Totally understandable – but why not attend an event? Us at FYC hold a couple of events every semester at each campus. Some examples of events include Snacks and Ladders (games!), and a Harry Potter event where we make crafts, get sorted into our Hogwarts house, and of course, watch the movie. Keep an eye on your Sheridan email to find information about our upcoming events!

 

 

 

How’s Your Motivation Doing?

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Hey friends!

We’re hitting the mid-point of this semester. I know: the beginning seems so long ago, but the end is still out of reach.

If you are like me right now, you have a lot to do. That can be overwhelming. Sometimes when there is way too much to do, your motivation starts to suffer. How unhelpful, right?

These are a couple of things that I’ve been doing to make it through this middle space:

  • Remember to have fun. Make this a priority, even if you have to schedule it! Take some time out of your day to do something you really enjoy. For me, that’s hanging out with friends, reading, indulging in a little Netflix marathon, etc. Whatever floats your boat.
  • Take care of yourself! Stay healthy. I’m talking the basics, here. Drink water. Eat good food at normal times (so, for example, if you’re eating pizza at midnight four times a week might that might not be helping you). Try to sleep as much as you can at night. Exercise when possible. Just be kind to yourself and be as healthy as you can be.
  • Clean space=clean mind. So this is something cool that I’ve been realizing lately: when my space is a mess, I subconsciously feel more stressed. When I start feeling overwhelmed, one of the first things I’ve been doing lately is making sure that my space is cleaned up. It actually helps a lot.
  • Do what you can with the time you have. When I’m stressed, sometimes I take a real good look at what I’ve been procrastinating on. Sometimes it feels like you have a million things to do, but, really, just answering that email or finishing that paper or edit will relieve most of the stress. If I just focus on completing whatever that one big stress is, it often makes everything else seem more manageable. And, if you’re a perfectionist like I am, just do the best you can with the time you have.

 

I hope these tips are helpful to you! Power through these next few weeks. You’ve got this.

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER IS HERE!

Hope everyone had a real good reading week. I certainly had an amazing week. I did some winter shopping and sightseeing around Toronto with friends. I also managed to complete some assignments 🙂 It was great!

Classes have resumed and you must have started to get your mid-term grades back. Hopefully all of you did great! If otherwise, make sure to talk to your instructors and get feedback on where you could improve. Also utilize the tutoring services to the fullest.

November is going to be a busy month for many with bigger and more complex assignments- projects being assigned as well as preparing for final exams. Make sure you don’t procrastinate. To stay on top of things, use applications like Google Calendar or get a Student Planner from Sheridan’s Student Union (SSU) if you want to do it old school.

Winter 2017 semester fees: deadline
If you are not an OSAP student, your fee payment is due by November 16, 2016.
For OSAP students, your fee payment is due by February 15, 2017.

It’s Midterm Time!

Hi, everyone! Do you know what time it is? It’s midterm time! I did my best to make that sound exciting, but hey, I’m only human. On the bright side, the beginning of midterms means that we’re already halfway through the semester. Isn’t that crazy? What do you mean that we’ve been here for 7 weeks? I just got here!

Midterms can be stressful, but it really just depends on how you approach it. Do you have a game plan? My game plan includes an extremely full Google Calendar (but I love it, because I can see exactly what I need to do this week, and when – to the hour!), lots of to-do lists, and maybe more coffee than I should be allowed. 😜

It’s easy for all of these things to get lost somewhere in the midterm tornado. Do you know what time your test is at? Do you know when you’re planning to study? What on earth is the definition for that, again? What’s 2+2? I threw in an easy one to get you started on the right track. 😉  To make things easier, I’ve compiled a little midterm checklist. Please feel free to create your own, and check things off as you go. It’s so gratifying!

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Good luck on midterms everyone. You’ve got this!