I absolutely cannot live without having spare time. As a commuter, it is very important for me to manage my time wisely. Since I’m at Fontbonne 8 hours a day , it is a good idea for me to get my homework done when I am not in class so that when I get home I have lots of free time. At home I started watching Scream Queens and I’m really excited for American Horror Story to start next week! That’s the other thing — every student should find a TV show that they really like to watch in their spare time. I don’t live in a dorm because everything that I could not live without is at home!
I think my biggest challenge in college is really my time management of how I can balance my study, work, and my leisure time nicely. Having an opportunity to study abroad, I always feel that I have to study very hard in order to best utilize my time studying in the United States. Thus, I often give myself so much pressure on studying. Sometimes, I felt so overwhelmed that I couldn’t handle my stress and felt suffocated. One of the best ways for me to relieve my stress is chatting with my friends since I can distract a bit from my heavy workload and just being express my emotion helps me a lot (refresh my mind). Also, now I find a good idea to just go run at forest park to relieve my stress.
I know studying is sometimes very boring and stressful, but I always keep reminding myself that after getting through this time, I will have a better future and pursue the dream job that I like. That’s my Motivation to Move On!!!!Cheers to you all!!!!
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.
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.
What do you wish you knew before you came to Fontbonne?
Would you like the honest truth? – I wish I knew how difficult finding a parking spot can be depending on what day of the week as well as the time of day. It is really truly hard to believe how Fontbonne is primarily made up of commuter students until you really have a “commuter student” moment, such as having to circle around the parking lot trying to find a spot. Another moment would be that you are running late and need to find a spot so you call a friend to go and look for a spot ahead of you and try to flag down that spot before someone else does. Another moment would be to try and get to school so much earlier compared to the time that your classes start, just so that you have a secure spot for when your class does actually start. I realize I can sound as if I am being over-dramatic about parking at Fontbonne, because there really are days that are not that bad when it comes to parking but then days that are kind of not the best. It all depends on how you plan out your time to find a parking spot but also opportunities on where to park. We do have a commuter lot that is next to one of Washington University’s buildings where a shuttle will pick you up and drop you off right in front of the main building on campus, which is really helpful.
What information would help incoming students make most of their time here?
Time Management! What else could be more valuable for students who are coming in from high school to the new college setting. I know time management was talked about a lot in my high school days, though it was really difficult to understand unless I was really really busy. In college you really do have much more time to yourself to spend compared to when you are in practically the same building for more than 7 hours switching classes on the same area of land. In college, you have many more commitments to give your time to, such as a part-time job, family, friends, academics, studying, tutoring, sleeping, eating, relaxing, club organizations, office hours if you are a club officer, and much more. At times it feels like you cannot do anything because there are not enough hours in the day, but the more you plan out your priorities as well as your own personal commitments and what is best for you as an individual, the easier things can go through each day— because you planned your time.
What might students from other schools be surprised to hear about Fontbonne?
When you hear that you know just about everyone on campus, it seriously is true. There are days where I may see a friend of mine at least 4 times and each time was not planned out. It is crazy though also awesome at the same time. Having a smaller student body, it feels as if everything and everyone is more close-knit and like a family, which I think is true. Unlike those large universities where it may feel like you are just a number in the system and your teachers do not know your name, it is not like that at Fontonne. Here, teachers really take time to invest in their students each and every day, and take time to learn your name. It is so great to have the opportunity to know that if something tragic were to come up at the last minute and I would not be able to finish a particular assignment for a class, I would be able to go and talk to my professor for help to complete the assignment or have more time to complete it without getting a lower grade. Here at Fontbonne University, relationships exist between student and teacher — relationships of understanding and personal development for the betterment of the student.
Oh my goodness, what else can be said for the final weeks of school?! Well for starters, all I know is that I have less than 5 days left in each of my classes, actually much less than that overall. Once Thanksgiving Break comes and goes, everything literally is a blur for academics to be honest.
By that time, at least for myself, more than half of my final assignments are completed, and all teachers can talk about is final exams. On the other hand, all students talk about is the fact that they have so much still left to accomplish, whether they have large research papers, English papers, projects, last minute tests, etc. College life cannot be handled when time management does not exist. That’s the truth — sure, it may seem that everything wants to occur all at once, as well as just fall through the cracks at once, but the more you have a handle on how to deal with things, the less chaotic it seems. Just a few weeks ago, I visited the Director of our Kinkel Center in the Library, Dr. Pousson, to talk about how to plan out my larger assignments into smaller assignments that are easier to manage – which in the end, helped so much. In addition to having an easier time approaching my assignments, I was able to turn in those final papers well ahead of time without pulling an all-nighter.
I will admit, there are times when college comes across as so much easier or better than high school, but there are also times when I almost wish I could go back to high school. Though luckily I have more moments of college being better than high school. In college, you have much more freedom to make use or not make use of your time and talents. You can join several clubs that are more appealing to your interests or create a group that has not yet appealed to your interests. With clubs then there is having a social life that really you are the one who is in charge of it along with academic life. Though when it comes to classes, you are in class much less compared to high school, and that is where the self-discipline comes into play much more and the willingness to spend more personal time on academics compared to forced time like in high school. The choice is up to the student.
How is your 2013 summer?
During this summer, I have classes plus volunteering at a hospital. Actually, this is my first time to take summer classes. Before taking summer classes, I had heard about summer classes were easier than regular classes. Unfortunately, it is not true, at least for my graduate level classes. Although all my graduate classes are challenging, summer classes are harder to undertake, since we have so many research papers and projects that need to be finished in 8 weeks instead of 16 weeks; therefore it’s more condensed. Actually, my classmate just figured out that our due dates are nearly every day. If you miss one day, you will lose points. Therefore, I set up daily reminders and alarms to help me submit my assignments on time.
Although this summer is very hard and hot for me, I believe it’s worthy to sacrifice my sleep time to make my 2013 summer more meaningful by working and studying hard for my graduate program. Here are some quotes I want to encourage my classmates and other students who work hard for summer classes.
“There is always a reward in all hard-work and sacrifices, so you must be patient and stay strong in all circumstances” (Nishan Panwar).
“Your hard work might not pay off today or tomorrow, but it will eventually pay off” (Sonya Parker).
By the way, some classmates just asked me about my strategies for time management. The most useful strategy I found is writing down all the due dates on my calendar, and to start working on them as early as I could, so I have time to think, write, and revise it again and again. I’ve always worked very hard to try my best to prevent being a last minute person. I found out “the harder I worked, the luckier I got” (Alan Bond). Hoping this strategy also helps my blogger readers.
I am mentally stuck between my own personal goals and my family’s goals. To be more specific, I meant I don’t know how to solve my problem between going to school and planning to become an art teacher or taking over my mom’s nail salon.
For the past five years, I’ve been helping my mom at the nail salon. I’m usually there on weekends, then I work almost the whole summer everyday. No, I don’t get paid because the money goes towards our bills and such. And mom pays for everything for me, so I’m not complaining. I do save a little bit from tips (during the good season). However, I am complaining about how much I have to work and not being able to put time into school. It’s not that bad, but when I need the weekends to do homework, I’m stuck at work. Sure, I do bring homework to the place but when it’s busy, I can’t get to it. Then I get too tired to do it when I get home. I guess I need to work on organizing my schedule to fit both work and homework time. Also, with my commitments to my student organizations, I usually don’t get to attend or help out because of work or something. I know my family is my obligation/priority. I want to do so much during college because I want to become a great and successful leader. At least in some aspects. I really want to study abroad one day. Money is the other issue, though. It’s so cruel! Just another complaint.
It’s just so hard right now. I’m also wondering how long should I continue to work at the salon? Will it be steady for the next five years? I’ve told myself that I will continue helping her for as long as needed. I just feel like I’m slowly being forced into something bigger that I don’t want to do. *SIGH*
Hope everyone’s doing well! Have a great weekend.
This semester has been a bit of an adjustment for me. For the first time in my four semesters here at Fontbonne, I do not have classes all five days of the week! I managed to get my schedule so that I only had classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I like it a lot so far! It makes managing my time a lot easier. The only downside is I have my first real online class, and getting used to that has been a struggle. Because I do not actually go to a class, I tend to procrastinate on the assignments more than I should. It’s not a good habit, but I have gotten better at not procrastinating! If only I could figure out time management for this one class!
I’ve really enjoyed the first few weeks of this semester, it is less stressful (that could be because it is the first time ever that I do not have a math class…strange feeling for me!) and I really enjoy my classes. It is always a good idea to make the best out of your classes. My first class is an education class I absolutely love! The teacher is great, everyone is full of discussion, and it is a good way to start the day. My second is a literature class, and not one I enjoy, but I am lucky enough to have my best friend in the class so that makes it much better! Thirdly, is a computer class with my former adviser who is really funny, time goes by fairly quickly in class and I’ve already learned some pretty neat tricks on the computer. And on Monday nights I have an honors class about Masculinity. It is really interesting to see how society has changed the definition of masculinity through the years!
So, basically what this blog post is about: Time Management, Making the best out of the schedule you’re given, and enjoy your semesters in college
In high school, I didn’t really need to have good time management because I didn’t have a lot to worry about. I could have time for clubs, sports, classes, friends, have time to go to Friday night football games, and still get good grades in all my classes. Coming into college, I never realized how much of a difference it was going to be. Being involved with clubs, sports, classes, friends, and having time to go to activities around campus almost feels impossible. Since my freshman year here at Fontbonne, I have realized a lot about myself. I realized that I need better time management. You can still have fun in college, but you have to make sure you plan your schedule so you won’t feel so stressed. My best friend has become the Griffin Scratch, which is the planner given to us at the beginning of the year. I write down every little detail of each day that I might just need to remember. Having better time management this year is going to help me a lot, and I am so glad I have finally realized that it is an important aspect of being a college student.