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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


I did not even realize that I ended my first year of college with nothing less than a B. This is great. I realize that all my hard work paid off. All the nights that I spent in the dorm studying instead of going out to go party has paid off. Never underestimate yourself and always strive to be better. Staying focused on your grades and not getting distracted can get you a long way. Even though I did have fun every now and then, I was always focused on my school work. It is always good to have a connection with the professors. They are there to teach you and you are there to learn. The greater your relationship is with the professor, the easier and more comfortable it will be for you to ask questions and get more understanding about the school work. I am so proud of myself for passing my first year of college with a BANG!!!! If you put your mind to it you can achieve anything!


Alumni Posts

Music + Me

by Alumni Posts on March 21, 2014

in College Life

What role does music play in my life?

Music answers questions. And the lyrics are more than words; they are emotions, stories.

Want to know the best part?

Everyone has an undeniable love for music.

Music thrives in us.

It’s hard to go a single day without listening music. Not only because it is SO intoxicating, but also because it’s, well, practically EVERYWHERE.

There’s Rap, Christian, Pop, R&B, Folk, Indie, Rock, Metal, Celtic, Opera, Classical, Electronic, Instrumental, Dubstep, Dance, International, Alternative, Alternative Rock, etcetera. The list goes on!

…And (hopefully) everyone can find something they like.

* * *

I could seriously sing and dance to music all the time if I didn’t annoy anyone as a result. Music moves me. I always put myself in the place of the singer and perform the lyrics. Especially in my room where nobody’s watching (Ha ha – we are all guilty of this. The hairbrush shindig too, right?).

Music is so fantastic. I honestly almost can’t even write about my love for music. I have to show it!!

I’m sure you are wondering, Who are your favorite artists and what does your playlist look like, Tara?!

It’s top secret; Shhh! JK.

First and foremost, I use basically the best app EVER to land the internet: Spotify (And their slogan is literally “Music for everyone”).

My favorite band? Muse. Hands down. I swear, nobody loves them more than I do. Just ask my family and friends. (I also love artists such as P!nk, Lady Gaga, Van Halen, Twenty One Pilots, Tove Lo, The Mowgli’s, Hozier, Shiny Toy Guns, Panic! At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy).

Aside from the faves, I’ll get down to the ‘serious stuff’ – music for studying. Now, you all might think this is crazy, but I’m not going to lie. Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” album is STELLAR for studying! I cannot tell you how much more productive I am when I listen to it! There is this really nice stylistic transition from song to song that only Miley could prove herself.

Secondly, I listen to classical music when I am doing coursework because I lose myself in all of the melodies and movements. It keeps you focused! At the same time, it boosts your IQ ;-)

That’s all I’ve got for you, but I hope you have a great rest of your Spring Break & whatnot. Ta ta for now!

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Back to School

by Kristen on January 29, 2014

in Academics,College Life

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 have classes and friends to occupy my time.

I don’t know about you, but the first few weeks of new classes are always weird for me.  It takes a while to get used to new schedules, teachers, and seating positions.  In fact, I frequently forget where I sit in class.  It’s hard to keep things straight when you have the same classroom for multiple classes.  I hope to get used to my new seats soon so I no longer walk into classrooms and blank out!

On a more organized note….

What I really wanted to talk about today is time management skills.  At the beginning of each year, many people look at their lives and try to organize, clean, and refresh.  I would like to share some of my organizational methods with you, in case you’re looking for some pointers.

1.  Don’t over book your schedule:  I am guilty of doing this one often, but it’s something I’m working on.  It is important to have down time in your schedule, for resting, homework, or running errands that pop up during the week.  As students, we endure long days, with classes, sports, jobs, and meetings.  From personal experience, I can say that being Energizer bunnies (they keep on going) all the time is exhausting.  Having a little time to yourself during the week can save you some stress and cranky days.

2.  Write everything down:  I have both a planner and a calendar, and use both regularly to keep track of everything I have to accomplish.  With so many assignment due dates, tests, club meetings, practices, etc. I find it helpful to have a place to look to find what I need to do each day.  It keeps me from feeling overwhelmed and forgetting to do things.  Another way I write tasks down is using to-do lists.  Before I start homework, I always make a list to give me a starting point.  It’s easier for me to know what to work on when I have a concrete list in front of me.

3.  Limit the procrastination:  Everyone puts things off now and then, but waiting until the night before a project is due to begin said project never ends well.  I find it helpful to begin planning for major projects a few weeks in advance, so when I actually start putting it together, I at least have some notes to give me direction.  It’s also helpful to break down a big project into steps to do each week, so I don’t have to finish everything in one sitting (which gets super tedious).

4.  Sleep is your friend:  As college students, we often sacrifice sleep for studying or friends.  However, it is difficult to get through a long day without getting enough sleep on a regular basis.  It’s also harder to concentrate in class without sleep.  And isn’t learning the real reason why we came to college?  While coffee can compensate for a few hours, it’s always best to get the sleep we need.  So make sure you’re getting enough sleep for your body and mind (8 hours is recommended for our age!).

Hopefully these tips can help you get your schedule on track for this semester.  There is a lot coming up to look forward to.  Good luck as you finish out your year!


Studying for Finals

by Alumni Posts December 10, 2013

With finals underway, it is crucial to study hard and finish the last minute assignments before the semester ends.  One of the keys to success when it comes to getting a good grade on a final is studying.  At Fontbonne, there are many places to study.  There is the DSAC café, AMC, library, as well […]

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Simple Tricks of the Testing Trade

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

‘Golly, how the heck do you study for a final enough to feel prepared?!’ Glad you asked. Well, let’s start off by saying procrastination is a baaaad idea. Really. It is. But we’ve all been guilty of it! No worries. Secondly, get your priorities together! Remember how in cartoons, they would show the two sides […]

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Study Time

by Kristen November 25, 2013

As we’re nearing final exams, the pressure to finish projects and start studying begins to increase.  I always begin to see more students hiding out in corners of campus, preparing for tests.  I know finals can be a stressful time, and we don’t always like to think about them this early.  But eventually, we have […]

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

by Alumni Posts November 12, 2013

Hello, hello, hello! I hope all of you are doing well as you fight against catching the flu virus (or if you may have already gotten sick). I’ve been getting a bit busier with the school workload, as I’m sure all of us are! So, where do I do it? I personally like to go […]

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Studying Schmudying

by Alumni Posts October 11, 2012

“How do you study?” I’ve been asked this question a few times over the course of my higher learning journey. The answer is always, “It depends.” On what? you might ask. Well, for me, the way I study depends on the class, my mood and surroundings. The one thing that is constant, however, is my […]

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Happy Studying

by Carlyn October 3, 2012

When I am doing some hard-core studying, there’s always a certain process I go through. First of all, I turn off all distractions. I’m not the type of person that can work with music or TV on.  Because, I can guarantee you, as soon as Justin Bieber comes on, all of my focus is lost. […]

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