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How To Get Organized

The first list in a four-part series by a semi-knowledgeable sophomore about how to get out of that First-Year Fall Funk

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When college hits you, it can hit hard. Between classes, exams, jobs, clubs, and just living a life, it can feel very overwhelming. Sometimes this causes you to hit a First-Year Fall Funk (FYFF) and you feel completely lost. Getting organized is the first step to helping get over your funk. You can’t get started if you don’t know what to do. Here are some tips and tricks on how to get organized.

1. Put Together a Calendar

If you don’t have a calendar/agenda system of some kind, you may consider creating one. Whether that means using an electronic calendar on your phone or computer, buying an agenda, or creating your own with pen and paper, a calendar is a great way to visually see what you have to do. You can color code your assignments by class and put all your club meetings in, too.

2. Make a List

There’s something very satisfying about making a list and crossing off each item as you complete it. When I have work to do, I like making a list of all my upcoming assignments and readings. It helps me prioritize my work and it’s rewarding to have a way to see that I’m getting work done.

3. Make a Schedule

If you have poor time management skills (@myself), you may benefit from making yourself a schedule. For example, I get out of class at 3:55 every day. I tell myself from 4:00-4:30 is nap time, 5:30-6:00 I do history homework, 6:00-7:00 I do readings, and so on and so forth until I’m finished with work or I have meetings or it’s time for bed. Remember to schedule in time for breaks/meals/hanging out with friends/Netflix/exploring! Having time outside of academics for yourself is important as well.

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