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I don’t know what you’re doing with your life at this very moment, but I advise you to stop. Stop everything you’re doing and just read this blog post… besides, you must be procrastinating already anyway. We are all busy. According to Google (because Google is always right) the definition of “Busy” is simply “Having a great deal to do.” This is to be occupied, engaged, involved, or employed with different activities. Everyone of us has a great deal of things that we must get done each day, and yes, this includes having a social life, eating meals, and getting some sleep!

This semester is personally my busiest yet out of the 4 semesters I have been here at Fontbonne. I am a second semester sophomore, and I love where I’m at and what I’m doing here. Often enough though I find myself questioning every little thing I do because it can sometimes get overwhelming. This semester I am keeping up with 21 credit hours at 2 different schools: Fontbonne Univ. and St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. I attend both schools because I am double majoring in Deaf Education and Sign Language Interpreting. It’s a lot of classes and homework and tests, but I really do love education and I love to learn; therefore, it isn’t so bad!

Along with academics I am also an intern for The Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities, president of *Griffin Gang, and an executive member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. These groups keeps me occupied with meetings and organizing events for upcoming sporting events, but I really enjoy doing them on campus. This semester I have also picked up a parttime job because I just had too much free time. ;) I work at Behavior Intervention Services. What I do at my job is confidential, but I can say that I absolutely love it and wouldn’t want to be working anywhere else right now. Now, as for my family and friends, I make a lot of time for them because of how important they all are in my life. I see my friends everyday and talk to my family once a week.

I know you are all thinking “How does she manage all that?” or “I have more than that and still don’t have time for everything.” Well, it is all about your priorities in life. Use a calendar. It is one of the best things ever invented and it keeps you organized. I write down everything from school #1, to school #2, to activities, to time for sleeping. You can do this! Write it all down and you will see how much free time you actually have each day. Also, for assignments, tests, and projects – write those down as well! You will always know when you have something coming up and can get it done without waiting the night before.

So what are you waiting for??? Get to organizing your schedule and make your life a little bit easier!

*You can read more about Griffin Gang in my previous blog post. Check it out!

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I am going to do something completely different, I am answering some questions for you all. 

Q: What do you wish you knew before you came to Fontbonne?

A: That it is kind of cliquey with a few groups, but there are people here who make you feel welcomed and a part of the community. A major thing for me is to not stress out over anything — just ask for help.

Q: What info would help incoming students make their most of their time here?

A: Being involved in clubs like Residential Hall Association can help you get to know the people on your floor.

Q: What might students from other schools be surprised to hear about Fontbonne?

A: You won’t get lost in the shuffle among other students, and the teachers really do care about you. They will do everything within their power to help you succeed.

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Katie

Staying Organized

by Katie on October 1, 2014

in College Life

If you’re anything like me, you start the semester with the best of intentions.  You vow to stay perfectly organized and file everything in its appropriate place before you go to sleep at night… and then September rolls around, and you’re back to your unorganized, I’ll-deal-with-it-later habits.

If you know anything about Pinterest, it’s a wonderfully addictive tool that you can use to find lots of fun DIYs for college and for other projects.  It uses boards to organize pins (think: links to website articles or images that that interest you) and lets you go back to those pins at any time via your Pinterest profile.  Just sign up for an account and search different DIYs, or utilize their huge number of Pinterest board categories to search a broad amount of topics.

A big thing on Pinterest is their DIYs on organization.  I searched far and wide on Pinterest’s DIY boards (so you could save your precious study time!) and found the best, most convenient organization-DIYs for college students.  Smartphone apps are another great way to stay organized, so I included one app to very useful links for college students.  I often use my phone’s calendar for study prompts and reminders.  I also use AnyList (one of the apps listed in the 3rd link below) to make To-do lists, grocery lists, and any other important reminders.

Stay organized this semester and enjoy the following links!

 

How to Stay Organized as a Busy College Student

Frugal Friday- Organization DIYs

18 Apps Every Student Should Download Right Now

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Top Lessons I Learned in College (And Not from a Textbook)

1.)  You don’t need to transfer schools or move across the country to somewhere more beautiful or exciting in order to be happy. Happiness is right where you are, and finding it is all a matter of changing your perspective on where you’re at.

2.)  You also don’t need to be perfect to be happy or accepted. Your real friends will love you even if you wear five shirts in the winter, prefer running clothes over “normal people” clothes, go to bed without showering after practice (and show up that way the next morning to practice. Yeah…we do this…), and if you talk to yourself while you do your homework. This is true friendship, kids, and it’s a beautiful thing. So don’t even try making your life perfect all the time—it’s a waste of energy (much like showering can be when you’re really, really sleepy.).

3.)  It’s okay to get a C in a hard class that you worked your butt off in. It’s also okay to get a couple of 40% on tests in really hard classes as well. As my dad likes to point out, even when I do this badly, the sun still shines the next day, and my friends still like me (see above) and the teachers of those classes still offer to write me letters of recommendation for grad school anyway. I would rather get a C and learn the material than get an A by memorizing and regurgitating the information. Whether or not you’re able to apply your knowledge is key!

4.)  While you don’t need to be perfect, don’t totally let yourself go. Take care of yourself…whatever that means to you.

5.)  Go with your gut, even if it means going down a path you’re not sure about. Even if it means changing majors late in the game. Even if it means trying something new. Trust me…you won’t regret it!

6.)  Having alone time is vital, yes, but don’t spend your whole life alone in your room with a book. This blog post is proof that the best lessons we learn aren’t the ones in the massive, overpriced books we rent each semester. And also, who makes memories with their textbooks? When was the last time a calculus book made you laugh so hard you said, “Please stop or I’m going to throw up!”? Make it a point to spend as much time as possible with the people you love.  Again, you won’t regret it (unless one of your friends finally does make you laugh so hard you get sick. Then you might a little.)

7.)  Along the lines of regrets: remember that the things we regret most are the things we don’t do. So if you want something…make it happen!

8.)  And finally: you are so much stronger, bolder, tougher, smarter, capable, and awesome than you think you are. Don’t ever doubt it. And if you find yourself with people who make you doubt it…well…they’re probably not worth it.

In true Carly fashion, I will close this last, final blog with a quote, the same one that’s been posted on my door since I got here in August for arguably the most memorable school year of my life:

“But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

-Jack Kerouac

Thanks for reading.

-Carly

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“Hindsight is Vibrant, Reality: Rarely Lit”

by Alumni Posts February 18, 2014

So maybe you think that since I’m a senior, with almost 4 years of college life behind me, I have it all figured out. Not really. I’m just making it up as I go. But I can offer some advice based on my past experiences, good and bad.  All things considered, looking back now – […]

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