Hey again Class of 2020! In this post I wanted to stress the importance of time management. I know we all hear this a lot, how time management is so important. However, we don’t understand how seriously it can affect us until the end of first semester when we first shed eyes on our report cards and wonder what we could have done better. Here’s what you can do to make sure you’re on the money with your classes:
1. Prioritize your learning above all things.
The whole purpose of going to college is furthering your education. However, some of us loses that memo somewhere along the lines of club activities, partying, sports events, concerts etc.. It’s liberating finally being an adult, finally being able to do what you want to do. The feeling is so new that we don’t know what to do about it and in the end we take advantage of it way too much. Remember, managing what we want to do and what we have to do is all a part of the journey of adulthood. Therefore, you must put what’s more significant to the aiding of your future before anything else. Learn now before it’s too late and you find out in the end you just don’t have enough credits to graduate.
2. Handle a minimum of three extracurricular activities (all depends on the kind of person you are).
During NSO my Orientation Leader once told my group that during his freshmen year at Rutgers he joined a lot of clubs. He was so excited by the variety of clubs and organizations the school had to offer and took more than he could handle. Near the end of his freshman year he had cut the number of activities he joined to 3 and that suited his schedule very well. Now I doubt anyone could be in 30 whole groups and still be able to concentrate on their studies, but if you believe you can manage more than three, then do it. What works for others won’t necessarily work for you, but 3 is a start.
3. Have a visual.
Always have a visual of how your schedule will pan out to be. Whether each week or each month, you have got to be one step ahead of any vicissitudes. Plus, it’s hard to make a mistake when everything you have planned it for yourself is written down (preferably on a large calendar or small planner). If you’d like to go digital because it works for you then I encourage you to do so, but don’t knock out writing. The other two options well and truly keeps your brain working and on point.
4. Make sure to fit in help whenever you can.
Cramming is the worst, especially an hour before the big test. So to avoid failing the semester or the year you better knock out all those inconsequential plans and fit studying in your plans. Study in your dorm, go to the library, go to the learning center, receive help from a tutor. Just do whatever you can to fit in help substantially way before the big day is here. There are a lot of places you can receive help to conquer the class your struggling in. Remember, you can’t experience all those fun events/ activities later on if you don’t go here….
And that is all I can give you for now. Hope you take heed of my advice and that my tips will somehow guide you through your freshmen year.