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The smell of freshly cut grass and the sight of newly bloomed tulips is not the only thing people are ready for in spring.  But also spring cleaning!  College students can take advantage of spring cleaning by just doing these 3 tips and will make the last part of the semester easier!

  1. Rearrange your dorm room, bedroom, or apartment! Getting rid of unnecessary clutter and just changing a couple pieces of furniture around can really change the atmosphere and make the room look cleaner.
  2. Look through old notes/papers.  It is always a good idea to keep notes and assignments from past classes.  However, they can become a big, messy pile in the bottom of your closet.  Instead, organize or get rid of the papers you don’t need then, store the rest in a file cabinet or plastic bin.
  3. Go through your clothes.  It is time to bring out the summer clothes and start putting away the heavy coats.  With that being said, this is a great time to look through your clothes and get rid of items you do not wear anymore and donate them!

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This is a subjective list of what I think is important or even essential to college life.  You may have some different thoughts, and that’s okay!  Maybe you’ll find one or two items from this list that you hadn’t thought of before.  Just remember, everyone is different and what works for one person may not for another — that’s okay!  A common theme for all college students, though, should be organization.  I know there are various methods for achieving this, but here’s what works for me.

  • Binder & Color-Coded Dividers:  This is so important for keeping all your important papers (and trust me, you’ll get plenty) organized and easy to find!  I like a binder with a clear sleeve on the front so I can put my schedule in it for quick reference, a campus map, and anything else I might need to have ease of access to.  Inside the binder, I have tabbed dividers in five distinct colors for each class — all of my psychology-related work is in the red tab, my history documents are in the blue tab, etc.  This way, I never have an issue finding information when I need to, and it’s really helpful when I’m studying for a quiz or test to have everything in the same place.  Saving time is valuable for a college student!
  •   Folder for Homework:  While my binder is great, I reserve it for the syllabuses, notes, in-class activities and discussions, and any hand-outs or readings.  All of my homework, from essays to math problems, goes in a separate folder reserved only for it.  Then when my professor asks for the work due, it’s readily accessible and there’s no chance of me accidentally giving the wrong paper.
  • Laptop:  If you take notes on a laptop, you obviously have one!  I prefer to take handwritten notes because it helps me engage and think more critically, but I still use my laptop plenty.  Many instructors have information or homework only available on Blackboard, and it’s a lot easier to read an article or take a quiz on a laptop than a small phone screen.  You’ll also want a laptop for writing papers, and Fontbonne offers Microsoft Office for free to all of its students.  Can you do all of this in the computer lab in the library?  Of course!  But there’s going to be times where you’ll want to be in a cozier setting, like your dorm room or bedroom, and then that laptop will come in handy.  Go ahead and spend a little more money on a good one if you can; it will pay off.
  • Highlighters/Pens/Pencils:  Yeah, it’s probably pretty obvious…but it’s worth reminding!  Always have at least two pens, two pencils, an eraser, and a highlighter with you.  You’ll have your bases covered for note-taking and emphasizing important ideas.  There’ll be no chance of panic setting in when you’re taking a test and your pencil runs out.  Also, even if you take notes on your computer, you’ll eventually need to write something down in class.  Be prepared!
  • Snacks & Water:  You have plenty of options for purchasing food on campus, I’m not denying that.  But if you’re ever in a rush to get to your next class and you don’t have time to grab lunch, you’ll probably be hungry before class ends!  Find something with nutritional value, like a Macrobar (my favorite), that fits in your backpack and can be eaten quickly.  And always have a bottle of water with you to drink in and between classes.  Staying hydrated and fueled will keep your energy up so you can pay attention in class!

Blessings,

~Anna

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One thing that I would advise students to have is a planner. It is vital to keep track of classes, assignment submission  and testing dates. You can also keep important phone numbers and family occasions. A planner will help keep you organized with all important information in one place. I would also suggest that student have faith in their abilities and be determined to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

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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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“Naps are always a good thing!”

by Alumni Posts February 10, 2015

Hello, everybody — Fontbonne Lacrosse kicked off their season over the weekend with a big game against Rockhurst. They took a loss but they showed signs of a promising season behind Freshman goalie Seth Yance! In other news, the men’s basketball team extended their winning streak to 5 games and secured the 4 spot in […]

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Staying sane in the insanity of college.

by Fontbonne University February 10, 2015

College is a world where you are capable of writing a paper in one night because you were up all night studying the night before. In this world of insanity, it is important to be able to balance everything. This includes school, activities, and maybe even work. If you have a clone, you have it […]

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Staying Organized

by Alumni Posts October 1, 2014

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 […]

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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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Semester Goals

by Alumni Posts January 31, 2014

This is a very hectic semester for me! I have to observe for a total of 80 hours in middle schools this semester, 30 for one class and 50 for another. I am also taking two online classes, which I am not the biggest fan of online classes, but I couldn’t avoid them! I have […]

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Back to School

by Alumni Posts January 29, 2014

Hello again!  It’s been a long break from blogging for me.  Of course, winter break was long in general.  I think I could’ve gone crazy from staying inside so much, with all the snow and cold weather we had at the beginning of the month.  So it’s nice to be back at school where I […]

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