11 Easy Ways To Organize Your College Life

11 Easy Ways To Organize Your College Life

Real Advice From A Double Major
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Better time management is something that I've figured out during my first three semesters of college. Since they emerged from my real life experiences (and mistakes if we're being honest!) they all have a hearty dose of realism. I hope this tips and hacks will help you live your best college life with minimal panic and all-nighters and maximize those wonderful moments where you feel like a genius and your education is worth the thousands you are paying for it!

1. Productive Procrastination!

If you don't want to write that paper, then do your laundry, that 57 page reading and hit the gym instead. Then when the deadline looms you can focus on the paper.

2. Being a functional human is NOT a waste of time.

Eating a nutritious meal, adequately sleeping, and showering aren't wastes of time.Taking care of yourself makes you healthier, feel more human and hopefully be more productive.

3. Always carry something to do.

Bring that reading to dinner, figure out your thesis statment in the shower, bring your textbook along to that appointment. If you have any random downtime, you can maximize it!

4. Figure out the ideal way to study and DO IT!

Don't waste more time trying to find the absolutely perfect way to study if you have a pretty good way that gets the job done.

5. If you are confused, try to solve the problem.

Sitting around confused is a colossal waste of time. Is there a TA, textbook or professor that can help? Don't be ashamed of not knowing, just get the assistance you need.

6. Turn off your ringers/notifications.

You can live without it for 2 hours. If you have a good reason why you need that electronic ding, try limiting how many times you check it. You probably aren't been the most productive if you check your email every 15 minutes. (Guilty as charged on that one...)

7. Make a to-do list the night before.

Eliminate the potential for procrastinating on making the list in the morning.

8. Break tasks into achievable, manageable assignment on this list, otherwise it's useless.

Don't say "Write my essay", break it down into 15 or 20 steps. Also, ticking off checkboxes will make you feel better.

9. Call it a must-accomplish or conquer list.

It works, trust me.

10. You are your own person.

That's a big part of college. Lots of opportunities concentrated in one place, you just need to manage your time so you can fit what's important to you into your college life.Try planing your whole week out in advance. So if something fun or an important matter surprises you, you already know how to adjust things so you still can accomplish everything.

11. Occasionally, reflect on your schedule/obligations

Is there a way to make it better/more efficient/more enjoyable?

Isn't that the whole reason you want to get organized-so you can actually embrace the wondrous experience called college?

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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