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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 SLIAC rankings this week. The Griffins take on cross-town rival Webster University on Wednesday at 8 PM! The two teams met earlier in the season as Webster defeated the Griffins in regulation. Both teams are tied for 3rd place in conference so come support the Griffins this Saturday!

This week is about juggling the life of a college student with the other 500 things in my life. Some strategies work for me that won’t work for others, but I think i’m getting along just fine. Every single morning, my alarm sounds at 7:15 AM, except on Fridays when it sounds at 6:45 AM. Whether it’s work study in Fontbonne’s Kinkle Resource Center, morning workouts for basketball, class, or my job at Northwestern Mutual, I am always up with the early birds to get the worm! (some days I feel like i’m up before the worm!) I enjoy having a busy schedule because life is short, why not experience it. However, there are some setbacks to being such a busy student and there are even more setbacks to waking up so early every morning. Here’s how I get through it…

First things first, I always make sure I’m getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to sickness, depressed mood, weak immune systems, lack of focus in classes, and lack of performance in athletics. I’m sure everybody has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and they’re right. Here at Fontbonne, the cafeteria serves a buffet breakfast every morning. Conveniently, the cafeteria is right in the middle of campus! Being so active, I take pride in the food I put into my body because it helps me get through my days. Plus, coffee. I really like coffee… When getting my homework done, I try to remove all distractions both physically and emotionally. Sometimes it’s okay to have a few hours away from Instagram (follow me @evanj_247) or Facebook while doing homework. Once again, I am extremely active. This brings me to my next coping strategy – naps! Taking a nap is always a good thing. If somebody ever says that taking a nap is a bad thing, they are wrong. As human beings, we need sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies feel tired. This is why we crave sleep. I try to take a nap every day because I do not get 8 hours of sleep every night. While I can’t just add up my hours and say, “I slept 8 hours and took a 2 hour nap, therefore I got 10 hours of sleep,” I still need and enjoy the feeling that a nap can give me. Keeping me sane, giving me a break from everything, and helping my body repair — naps are pretty magical.

Lastly, I try to spend as much time as possible doing leisure activities OTHER than working out. Personally, I am 23 years old. I enjoy having a few drinks during the week to relax and step away from the ‘grind’ of being a student-athlete. Between watching Netflix, reading my new favorite book 50 Shades of Grey, and listening to music, I keep myself sane, focused, and alive, ready to take on the next day!

Ev

 

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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 easy. However, most of us are not that up-to-date with technology and have to grasp a concept called “balancing.” Learning to balance all these things comes down to two things: organization and prioritizing.

Organizing is all about what you prefer. I like keeping a planner of everything including assignments, social events, and work. If you have something to do, simply write it down. Think of it as past you helping out future you. Organizing isn’t just writing stuff down, it’s getting stuff done. When you have a deadline, stick to it. Deadlines are there for a reason: to avoid being a crazy college student who needs to cram in a whole unit in one night. Organization can be breaking stuff up or keeping track of things, but either way you are staying sane in college. If you organize well, you will have breathing room.

Priorities are easy to define, but hard to set. Yes, the night out with your girlfriends will help you emotionally but it won’t help with the paper due the next day. You may want to visit home, but you have an obligation. You are in charge of your priorities and keeping them straight. School should be top, but a social life is vital to the college life as well. This is where the balancing act comes in and you become less crazy.

In college, no one is actually sane. That’s the fun part, you don’t have to be. You can be stressed, you can be lazy, and you can be successful being a combination of both. The balancing act can seem hectic at points but will help in the long run. So be insane and go to college, it’s one of the best expereiences you can have.

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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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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 – I think I made a pretty good run at it. So here are my thoughts:
1. If you’re thinking about playing a sport, and you have the chance to do it, do it. Being a collegiate athlete, even at the D-3 level, is an experience I will always treasure.
2. When that sport becomes stressful and unenjoyable and forced…quit. I quit track and cross country after 3 and a half years (plus my years spent on teams in high school and grade school) because I was burnt out. It was the best decision I could have made. It’s important to experience college as just a normal student as well, not just a student-athlete.
3. If you don’t like sports or don’t want to play, that’s fine. But join something. You’ll meet people, and be able to participate in something you’re passionate about…or find something you never even knew you were passionate about. And hey, if they don’t have a club or organization that fits you, create one. I started an Environmental Club here at Fontbonne my freshman year and it’s been one of my proudest achievements ever.
4. Go out and have fun. The college life is a short one, and it’s unlike any other experience you’ll ever have. Live it up.
5. But don’t forget you have classes. And don’t fail them. You can rage 24/7 for about a semester before you’re gonna have to drop out. Pick a major that interests you, not just one you think will get you a well-paying job. I love the idea of being a dietitian someday, and the fact that I enjoy my dietetics classes really makes life better.
6. Stay somewhat organized. Find a method that works for you – I use the little sticky notes app on my Mac to make daily to-do lists for myself and note which assignments are due soon. I also write out all major assignments due in each class for the semester and tape the lists to my wall, so I can cross things out when I turn them in. Maybe that’s a little too intense for you, but you gotta stay track of things somehow or you’re gonna be stressed when you find out you had a paper due in class today.
7. BE KIND. Seriously. I hate to say it, but some people I’ve dealt with in college are just….mean. I’m not claiming to be a saint by any stretch, but it’s never a mistake to show kindness to someone. Everyone is going through life at a different pace, and the best choice you can make is to show love at every opportunity presented to you. You won’t ever regret it.

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Semester Goals

by Deanna 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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Fun day Monday…Right

by Alumni Posts February 6, 2012

Everybody seems to dread Mondays, but I love them. It can be quite crazy in the morning getting everything organized for the week, but once the list is made, I can start working on what I need to do. I can be too organized, if there is such a thing, but if I am not, […]

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