The Hardest Part Of Time Management

The Hardest Part Of Time Management

"Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else."
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Ah, time management. The single most difficult aspect for college students to master in order to be successful. How we manage our time is a huge adjustment from high school, as our days then were practically planned for us (to some extent). Now, in college, the responsibility lies all on us. Time management in and of itself is not an easy thing to do; but what is it about time management that is so difficult? In my opinion, the difficulty of time management is summed up in a single word: prioritizing.

Personally, I always considered myself as someone who managed my time wisely. However, prioritizing is an aspect of time management that I never truly experienced to the extent that I do as a college student. Exams, papers, homework, and other assignments all overlap in the course of the week, and their due dates lie eerily close to one another. Often, when assignments are given, I try to stay on top of them all at once. This seems feasible, until suddenly your head spins with the amount of work that lies ahead of you.

This is why prioritizing is essential. You cannot possibly accomplish everything all at once to the best of your abilities. If there are two exams within a few days of each other, for example, it is unwise to study both at the same time and cram the same amount of material from both subjects. Instead, prioritize the material - focus on the content for the closest exam first, and once that exam passes, all your attention can be turned to the next subject. Trust yourself and your abilities, and try not to be stressed out - it will only make things worse!

Prioritizing doesn't only come into play with studying for exams - it's an important aspect of time management throughout our day-to-day activities as well. Between classes, clubs, sports, and other hobbies and activities, it can be difficult to balance everything. It's obviously essential to focus on your academic success - however, in devoting all of our time to studying, we forget the importance of our other interests, and we begin to wear out. It's just as important to prioritize our interests as well as our academics.

In prioritizing, what really is sought is a balance of everything we need to accomplish and everything we like to do. For me, this means to not only focus on my academic success, of course, however also to once again make my other passions a part of my priorities. I need to remind myself that it’s okay to take the time to do what I love - such as playing guitar and piano. I prioritize music, which in turn does not hurt my academics or other areas of my life because it is more of a benefit; it helps me to de-stress and enjoy myself, which in turn should make workload more manageable and elevate my personal well being.

In all honestly, I'm obviously no expert - I'm still perfecting my time management skills every day. What I really find most important about the act of prioritizing, is its ability to make life easier. Knowing where your priorities lie is not only important in academics, or in scheduling clubs; it's essential in being able to make the decisions that will make you the most happy. It's not easy - nothing in college (or in life) is - but in practicing it you will hopefully find that things can become easier and therefore make you happier. It's all a part of the experience in college, and I hope it can help you in some way and in some aspect of your college life, as I hope it can in my own.

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50 One Liners Drunk Girls Say

It happens to the best of us.
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We all know it when we see it; drunk girls are always easy to spot and will say or scream at least two of following things below on a night out after a few (too many) drinks.

1. I'm not even drunk

2.Do you want to get food?

3. Is he cute?

4. What should I get to drink?

5. Should I text him?

6. I'm literally fine.

7. I'm going to cry.

8. I'm leaving right now.

9. This is my favorite song.

10. Will you dance with me?

11. I haven't even had that much to drink.

12. I hate him.

13. Why won't he text me back?

14. I can't believe this.

15. Do you want a shot?

16. Ppppllleeeeaasssee.

17. Who was that?

18. Let's go to a different bar.

19. I'm never drinking again

20. How did I get this drunk?

21. Let's stop at Five Guys.

22. I'm calling an Uber.

23. Why do I still like him?

24. I'm calling him.

25. Will you help button my body suit?

26. Will you take our picture?

27. Why is Uber surging already?

28. Let's late night.

29. I'm just really upset.

30. Do you want a drink?

31. What should I make my Instagram caption?

32. Do I look fat?

33. Get in this picture.

34. OMG, *insert crush* is at *insert bar*, let's go!

35. He texted me.

36. I just found my husband.

37. Look at him, omg.
38. Wait, is that __ from biology?

39. I am so hungry.

40. He asked me to come over.

41. Where are you going?

42. I am not going over to his house.

43. I am going home.

44. I'm exhausted.

45. I'm going to throw up.

46. Do you have a hair tie?

47. I'm bored.

48. I think I'm dying.

49. Will you call me in the morning?

50. I'm going to sleep so good tonight.

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Opinions on Breastfeeding in Public

What do you think of a woman breastfeeding her baby in public? I asked on Twitter and Instagram
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Picture this, you’re strolling through the mall and to your left you see a woman sat on a bench cradling her baby...except the baby is feeding on the mother’s breast. How do you feel about that?

This past week, in my reporting class, I was asked to go create a vox pop (basically comments from the public) about their opinions on women breastfeeding in public, because where I am studying, Salford, England, has a charity called B.O.O.B.S that supports women to be comfortable breastfeeding, even in public settings. As I suspected, the people I talked to all said that it doesn’t bother them at all, but I did receive one response that surprised me. The way in which one woman answered me was (and I’m paraphrasing here) ‘No it doesn’t bother me. I don’t see it as a current problem, and don’t think has been for a while.’ I interpreted this as her having a sort of condescending tone in her voice, as if she was really thinking ‘Why are you asking people about this? Everyone accepts it, who cares?’, but this struck my curiosity, is it really comfortable for everyone? So I tested my theory through Instagram and Twitter polls.

The results of the polls clearly show that women breastfeeding in public is widely accepted, but there still are people that don’t necessarily approve of it or feel like it depends on the situation. So, I asked people that took part in the polls why they answered the way that they did.

Makes them uncomfortable: “It makes me feel uncomfortable because I do not want to see another woman’s boob. I am the first one to say, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all, but I don’t think it is always appropriate to just whip out your boob. Women can always pump too. If a woman is covered up, then I am totally cool with it. It is a very important bonding experience for both mother and baby, and I just feel that it is more of an intimate thing that should be done in privacy. I do not have kids yet, but I do not think I would be comfortable breastfeeding in public. Maybe if I had one of those scarves or blankets, I would feel more comfortable.” -Female, 21

It depends on the situation: “I'm totally good with the idea of women should be allowed to breastfeed in public, it's natural and they're just feeding their kid. However in certain settings like say, a restaurant, where food and drinks are being served, doing that flat out at the table makes me uncomfortable because food handling and food service have health codes and to me, that just makes me uncomfortable. But a woman should have every right to feed their child with a bottle as they do with their boob, I just get weird in restaurants.” -Female, 21

Totally comfortable: "I do not mind breastfeeding at all in public because I think there is an international stigma about it which needs to be gotten over. It is one of the most natural things a woman can do and the benefits to the child are vast, which is another reason I am all for it. I think mothers should breastfeed their children if possible and the declining or low rates of breastfeeding may be due in part to this stigma." -Male, 21

My opinion you ask? Generally, I am completely comfortable with it. If a woman is lucky enough to be able to breastfeed her baby (not every woman actually can), she should be able to do so wherever/whenever she and the baby please to. It’s completely natural, and NEWS FLASH that’s actually why women have breasts. But, if it does make you uncomfortable, I can understand that too, because in reality it still is a form of public nudity (except it has a crucial purpose). Either way, a baby needs to be fed when it’s hungry and if that means it’s while they’re out it public, so be it, if it bothers you then just look away.

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