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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!




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.


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!


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 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!




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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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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