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One of the most important concepts to master in college is time management!  No matter if you’re a freshman or senior, you have experienced what it feels like to have responsibility for how you use your time.  Here are a few tips I follow to stay on top of assignments:

1) Prioritize by listing Lists are a college student’s best friend.  Make your list and number items on your list (Example: #1 would be what you need to get done first thing, #5 can wait).  Writing down your to-do list will also let your mind rest easy, so that you don’t have to have your monstrous to-do list hovering above your head all week long.

2) Take small breaks Think cramming in homework for 5 hours straight is the best way to get the job done?  Wrong!  Taking small break every hour will help you from homework burn-out and will let you come back to your homework or studying refreshed.  Still don’t believe in breaks?  Try stretching or grabbing coffee during study sessions.  You’ll be more alert and focused!

3) Get rid of pesky distractions Yes, I’m talking about Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and unfortunately, your cell phone as well.  You will get more done in a short period of time without an army of distractions tempting you!  Turn your phone on do not disturb, log out of social media, and focus!  There’s always another time for social media.

4) Have a meal or snack every 3-4 hours A few brain boosting snack examples include yogurt topped with granola, a banana dipped in peanut butter, or whole wheat crackers with low-fat string cheese.  Going too long without fueling your mind and body can wreak havoc on your study efforts because low-blood sugar can cause a slump in energy.  That being said, the more sugar does not mean more energy!  A modest 100-250 calorie snack with carbs and protein will do.  If it’s meal time, try filling 1/2 your plate with fruit and veggies, 1/4 of your plate with meat or dairy, and another 1/4 with whole grains like whole wheat bread, whole wheat crackers, brown rice, or quinoa.

 

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Abby

Staying Sane

by Abby on February 13, 2015

in Academics,College Life

While in college, it can be exhausting to try to stay on top of school work, exams, jobs, and a social life. Here are a few easy tips and tricks to follow to help you stay on top of it all:

  • Change up your study spot: Try a change of scenery while you study for that difficult exam coming up. Sometimes going to a coffee shop, or even just a different part of the library, can stimulate other areas of your brain and make the studying less boring and keep your mind from wondering.
  • Give yourself an incentive: Set a pre-determined amount of time that you will study for and then reward yourself at the end. This reward could be anything from a piece of chocolate to spending some time with your friends. This way, you will be able to focus on your assignment or studying and also enjoy your social life.
  • Lists: One thing that I use to stay on top of the many things that need to get done each week is a “to-do” list. I try to make a list every week, listing assignments, tests, my work schedule, meetings, and other miscellaneous things. This allows for a physical object to hold and look at, and it can be exciting to cross completed tasks off!
  • Choose your friends wisely: They say you become like the five people you spend the most time with; so choose choose carefully! Be sure you are surrounding yourself with people who encourage your well-being and understand your academic priorities.
  • Know your boundaries: It is important to get involved and join clubs and groups that are of interest to you, but it is also important to take care of your own needs above all else. Make sure you have a good balance of credit hours, work hours and activities, but also be sure you are getting enough rest and keeping your mind healthy. A good leader is one that knows his or her limits. A good thing to remember is: Put your whole heart into a few things instead of putting partial effort into many things.
  • Don’t sweat the small things: Remember that college is a time to have fun and it goes by fast. Keep in mind that in 20 years from now, you may not remember every vocabulary word from your midterm, but you will remember the friends you have and the memories you made.

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Hope everyone so far is having a great week:)

So getting into my hectic adult and student life, it is a challenge but I do believe it is worth the struggle! Monday- Friday my mornings start at 5am. I work full time. Once my shift ends at 3pm I rush home to do a Jillian Michaels’ workout. Depending on if I have class, I either work out for a hour or 30 minutes. After my workou,t I typically go to class or do some much-needed studying.

Once that is complete, I may watch an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as I twist my hair. Whew, talk about a hectic week.

To keep me sane and energize, I make sure to eat breakfast, start my days off positively, whether it be a quick prayer or self motivation. I remind myself that I am doing this to better my life and have a prosperous future. Sometimes my boyfriend, family and friends do not understand, but once I inform them “hey, college is my life,” they tend to loosen up:)

I suggest you do what works for you and what benefits you. Life is too short to put others before self:)

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Dani

Finding Your Balance

by Dani on February 12, 2015

in College Life

College, jobs, family, friends, extra-curricular activities: a lot of college students juggle some or all of these things in their daily lives. The real challenge, however, is finding the right balance with everything and still find time to sleep. After almost three years of college life, I’ve come up with a few tricks of my own. Organizing and keeping to a schedule, setting goals, quality over quantity, “Me” time, copious amounts of coffee, and learning to say “No”.

Being organized and keeping to a schedule is extremely important for my balancing act. Knowing when my classes are, what days and times I work, and when I have free time help keep me on time and on task. This isn’t to say that every minute of my days are scheduled, spontaneity is a good thing, but the bulk of my week days are planned out, mainly for classes and work. I also write everything down in my calendar, this is a definite safe guard against forgetting something for class because I was cramming for a test.

Setting realistic goals is also at the top of my list. My biggest goal is to get through my bachelor’s in two years, then tackle my master’s. But goals can be small too, like finishing a paper early so I can take a day trip somewhere. In that sense I get to check something off my list and get a reward for the hard work. It’s a win, win situation.

Quality over quantity and learning to say “No” have been the two biggest challenges for me to learn so far. Before college, and even at the start of it, I had a very active social life. I would do things and go to events, even if I wasn’t really interested, just be seen or keep from insulting anyone. The fact was, however, that it wasn’t realistic for my schedule and I wasn’t enjoying myself most of the time. With college being my main focus, I had to learn to decide which events I wanted to attend the most, who I wanted to spend my free time with, and politely say no to anything I didn’t want to go to. With the explosion of social media event invites, the trick is deciding which ones are best for you and your free time.

Scheduling in some “Me” time is an underrated event. Everyone, even really extroverted people, should invest in some alone time to de-stress, breathe, and recharge those batteries. It can even be something as simple as your favorite café, a walk in the park, a favorite book, or an afternoon nap.

Last but not least, copious amounts of coffee is the life blood of most college students. I am proud to say that I am an avid coffee addict. I like mine black and preferably strong enough to degrease a jet engine, but however you take it, coffee has helped millions of student survive and balance the rigors of a hectic college schedule. It has kept us awake during the driest history lectures, the most confusing math problems, and those late night paper writing sessions. So caffeinate often and find that balance. Cheers!

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“Naps are always a good thing!”

by EJ 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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The Schedule of a College Student

by Patricia February 10, 2015

I think that I manage my time pretty well. Since I commute and I live 40 minutes away from Fontbonne, I’m unable to work during the school year. I usually get to Fontbonne at 8 a.m. so I can get some homework done before class. Then I usually eat lunch with my friends at 12. […]

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Getting Back into the Routine

by Katie September 17, 2014

Getting back into the groove of things isn’t the simplest of tasks. This week, I really began to feel the impact of this semester flying by! I can gladly assure you that I survived my first few tests and papers, all while managing to be a part of campus life (SAFACS and STARS), and working […]

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There’s Lots of Learning To Do

by Alumni Posts April 30, 2012

You might notice that this text of this blog post is in pink, and of the font “Verdana.” Very observant, you are. I’ve been experimenting with HTML ever since we made a practice web page in my Server Technology class, and I had to go big for my final post of the semester. Anyway, I’ve […]

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