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5 College Organization Tips

This article written by Sani at College Focus.

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Being in college is challenging. You have to deal with various stressors, including keeping high marks in your challenging classes, building relationships with professors, forging networks with classmates, balancing a job, saving money, keeping your family happy by maintaining continual communication, etc.

The only way you can manage all of your endeavors, not only in college but also life in general, is if you’re organized. Here are 5 organizational tips to help you while you’re in college (use them!):

Use a Planner

Pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people still aren’t using an organizational device like this one. You can use a hard copy planner or digital, whatever you’re most comfortable with. Sometimes both might be necessary. A calendar that you can visually see on your wall will be a great supplement to the calendar you have online and on your phone. You can use your digital planner easily when needing to modify plans, and put your more “set in stone” plans on your printed calendar.

Determine your Goals

Whether we state it or not, we’re generally always trying to achieve goals. If you’re in college, your end goal is to graduate. To graduate, however, setting more short-term goals is critical to getting to the podium and accepting your degree. Think about short and long term goals and what sorts of things you need to do to cross them off your list.

Manage Your Time Efficiently

How many times have your heard that before? Well, I can almost assure you that you’ll continue to hear it for the rest of your life. This organizational tip goes hand in hand with using a planner. Perhaps you’ll want to use your planner to determine how much time to spend on each one of your daily tasks. Prioritize the tasks and establish how many minutes, hours, days, etc. each will take. Once you have that determined you’ll be able to manage your time in a way that will minimize stress.

Establish Routines

Routines help us get through both menial and challenging tasks. Typically, a lot of what we do seamlessly fall into routines. If not, try to fold them into your daily routine naturally. That’s the only way you’ll efficiently accomplish the tasks on your list, and ultimately meet your short and long-term goals.

Set Time Aside for Yourself

This is easier said than done, especially when you’re almost maxed out on time. When you’re building out your digital calendar, set some time aside for “me” time. This includes going to the gym, walks outside, pampering at a spa, joining an inner league sports team, socializing with friends, etc. Try to really disconnect from anything that is a potential stressor so that you can actually relax and decompress. If you don’t do this, you’ll burn yourself out and nothing will be accomplished efficiently if at all.

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How to make your college visits count

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College visits can serve a number of different purposes. First, they show a school that you care enough to come and take a closer look at their campus. Second, college visits help you decide if it is school that seems like a good fit for you. Finally, visiting a college provides the opportunity to get answers to questions that may not be available on the college website or materials sent from the school.

Some families take college visits in their student's junior year of high school while others may wait until their student is a senior and narrowed down the list. There is no perfect time for a college visit, but it is always a good idea to try and go when a school is in session.

Jake wanted to see some schools in California so his family decided to take a trip. Unfortunately, he did not call ahead so Jake was only able to take self-guided tours and never met anyone from the admission's offices. Pete, on the other hand, made out a list of schools where he wanted to take college visits. He called in advance and made an appointment for an interview, college tour, and information session at each school.

Jake's college visits probably weren't particularly helpful, whereas Pete's made sure his college visits counted.

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How can you make your college visits count?

1. SET UP A SCHEDULE: Call ahead to make sure there are students on the campus and inquire whether they give interviews, college tours, and information sessions. Try to allow an entire morning or afternoon for each visit. An overnight stay is always an extra benefit.

2. PREPARE YOURSELF: Arrive early so you have plenty of time to get to an interview or college tour. Dress neatly but be comfortable. Have some questions you would like to ask about the school. These should be questions that are not answered on their website or in other information you may have received.

3. EXPLORE THE CAMPUS AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITY: Even if your tour does not include some areas that interest you, ask the tour guide if you might have an opportunity to see them. If you are interested in biology, you should visit the science department and see how it is equipped. Check out the nearest town and see if it meets your needs.

4. TAKE NOTES: At the end of your college visits, write down some comments about each school. What did you like and were there things you didn't like? What was your overall impression? Did you like some dorms more than others? Could you see yourself as a student there? While you always think you remember each college visit, it is easy to confuse one school with another once you return home.

5: FOLLOW UP WITH A THANK YOU: Always ask for a business card from any college admissions people you meet. To make college visits count, send a short thank you note once you return home. This should not be an email, but an actual note.

Susie Watts is a private college counselor and educational consultant. She is the founder of College Direction in Denver, Colorado. To receive the free College Direction monthly college planning newsletter, go to www.collegedirection.org. Susie Watts assists with choosing a college, the essay and application process, and provides college planning services for students of all abilities, including learning differences.

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Resources: #3

Websites:

LikeALittle

College Candy

DateMySchool

HerCampus

College Tips Pt. 2: Studying 101 (or How to Pass Classes)

College Tips Part 3- Spirituality and the University

College Times

Blogs:

WhatHappensNow.com Blog

Year One: A College Blog

The Disney College Blog

Facebook:

My College Blogger
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Starting a Blog can Help with College

Blogging can have enormous benefits. Becoming associated with people in various blogging communities can lead to professional networking opportunities, jobs, internships, and a host of learning experiences. Starting a blog about a professional topic that one often encounters in his or her studies is especially beneficial for college students; as it provides a place to hash out thoughts and move forward in the right direction. Here are some specific areas in which blogging might be helpful.

Eye Opening Discussions.

Humans are sometimes rigid when it comes to thinking; tending to see things in a limited perspective. This is great if one is writing a paper about his or her thoughts, but when it comes to learning many perspectives are key to seeing the big picture. Beginning a blog that follows along with one’s educational major can assist him or her in seeking help in understanding troubling topics, and can open one’s eyes to the different ways in which others see the same issue. My College Blogger can be a great place to begin.

Practice Makes Perfect.

College curriculum requires a lot of writing, and good writing skills take much practice. In college, students write papers for only one audience; the teacher. Composing an effective written piece requires taking into account the audience that will be reading it. Unlike writing for a single audience, such as a college professor, writing for internet publication provides for a very diverse audience. Learning how to write for such a group can help to hone skills of adaptation.

In blogging, one not only writes for the audience, but he or she gets to interact with them as well. It is this interaction that gives readers a chance to express how they feel about the information; ultimately providing one with a way to gauge how adequate he or she is at presenting personal interpretations to others. This opportunity can provide the perfect atmosphere to learn how to effectively communicate with people from all sorts of backgrounds, and age groups. Communication skills are some of the most important assets in life, and blogging can not only help to build those skills, but can give one an opportunity to see how the real world reacts to his or her thoughts.

Increases Openness.

Many people are insecure about expressing opinions because of fears regarding what others will think. However, because a blog can be created anonymously, the readers have no physical person to associate with their thoughts. Any negative judgements one’s readers may have about what he or she has written, is much less powerful in effecting the writer personally, when he or she has anonymity.

The deeper focus of college studies often causes one to further develop his or her belief systems, which creates new found opinions. Blogging can provide a medium for which to express those opinions, and helps the shy or hesitant overcome the fears of doing so. Writing down one’s thoughts for others to read, and receiving good responses from the audience (which is more likely than negative responses); boosts confidence, and assertiveness. So, in addition to writing practice, and experiencing others perspectives, blogging can contribute to improvements that positively affect one’s personality.

Improving One’s Professional Reputation.

Starting a blog focusing on areas of professional studies, that expresses well thought-out opinions and ideals concerning the subject, can help to present one’s academic abilities. The readers, whether they are professors, friends, family, or potential employers, are able to get a better picture of who he or she is academically. Impressing the audience with valid questions, and well researched information regarding the topic of study, leaves others seeing him or her in a new light; essentially boosting one’s professional reputation.

Adds an Element of Fun to One’s Studies.

Blogging, even about serous topics, can be fun. One can not crack jokes or make humorous comparisons in the academic papers he or she writes in class. However, blogging gives one the ability to incorporate humor if he or she so chooses. This freedom of expression can lighten the mood, which often makes learning more enjoyable. Starting a blog using My College Blogger can give one an opportunity to tell the world what he or she thinks of it.

Promoting Policy

It's simple to follow, please read this before asking to promote communities, websites, etc...

1. It has to be college related. There will be exceptions to the rule.

2. Make two weeks active even if you are the only member posting especially on the day you ask to promote the community, website, etc...

3. Blogs are also included.

4. For blogs outside the LiveJournal, it has to have a lot activity or some activity depending on when it created.

5. Don't understand why your request is turn down? Than please contact the mod to understand why you are turned down.

7. And you must be a member of this community.

Lastly if I like whatever you maybe promoting, this community may affiliate with yours and I may ask to your affiliate.


That's it.

Have any questions? Please a comment, and I try my best to answer ASAP!
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I wish I had read this before college ←

Dear Class of 2011,

As you begin your college experience, I thought I’d leave you with the things that, in retrospect, I think are important as you navigate the next four years. I hope that some of them are helpful.

Here goes…

1. Your friends will change a lot over the next four years. Let them.

2. Call someone you love back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes.

3. In college more than ever before, songs will attach themselves to memories. Every month or two, make a mix cd, mp3 folder, whatever - just make sure you keep copies of these songs. Ten years out, they’ll be as effective as a journal in taking you back to your favorite moments.

4. Take naps in the middle of the afternoon with reckless abandon.

5. Adjust your schedule around when you are most productive and creative. If you’re nocturnal and do your best work late at night, embrace that. It may be the only time in your life when you can.

6. If you write your best papers the night before they are due, don’t let people tell you that you “should be more organized” or that you “should plan better.” Different things work for different people. Personally, I worked best under pressure - so I always procrastinated… and always kicked ass (which annoyed my friends to no end). ;-) Use the freedom that comes with not having grades first semester to experiment and see what works best for you.

7. At least a few times in your college career, do something fun and irresponsible when you should be studying. The night before my freshman year psych final, my roommate somehow scored front row seats to the Indigo Girls at a venue 2 hours away. I didn’t do so well on the final, but I haven’t thought about psych since 1993. I’ve thought about the experience of going to that show (with the guy who is now my son’s godfather) at least once a month ever since.

8. Become friends with your favorite professors. Recognize that they can learn from you too - in fact, that’s part of the reason they chose to be professors.

9. Carve out an hour every single day to be alone. (Sleeping doesn’t count.)

10. Go on dates. Don’t feel like every date has to turn into a relationship.

11. Don’t date someone your roommate has been in a relationship with.

12. When your friends’ parents visit, include them. You’ll get free food, etc., and you’ll help them to feel like they’re cool, hangin’ with the hip college kids.

13. In the first month of college, send a hand-written letter to someone who made college possible for you and describe your adventures thus far. It will mean a lot to him/her now, and it will mean a lot to you in ten years when he/she shows it to you.

14. Embrace the differences between you and your classmates. Always be asking yourself, “what can I learn from this person?” More of your education will come from this than from any classroom.

15. All-nighters are entirely overrated.

16. For those of you who have come to college in a long-distance relationship with someone from high school: despite what many will tell you, it can work. The key is to not let your relationship interfere with your college experience. If you don’t want to date anyone else, that’s totally fine! What’s not fine, however, is missing out on a lot of defining experiences because you’re on the phone with your boyfriend/girlfriend for three hours every day.

17. Working things out between friends is best done in person, not over email. (IM does not count as “in person.”) Often someone’s facial expressions will tell you more than his/her words.

18. Take risks.

19. Don’t be afraid of (or excited by) the co-ed bathrooms. The thrill is over in about 2 seconds.

20. Wednesday is the middle of the week; therefore on wednesday night the week is more than half over. You should celebrate accordingly. (It makes thursday and friday a lot more fun.)

21. Welcome failure into your lives. It’s how we grow. What matters is not that you failed, but that you recovered.

22. Take some classes that have nothing to do with your major(s), purely for the fun of it.

23. It’s important to think about the future, but it’s more important to be present in the now. You won’t get the most out of college if you think of it as a stepping stone.

24. When you’re living on a college campus with 400 things going on every second of every day, watching TV is pretty much a waste of your time and a waste of your parents’ money. If you’re going to watch, watch with friends so at least you can call it a “valuable social experience.”

25. Don’t be afraid to fall in love. When it happens, don’t take it for granted. Celebrate it, but don’t let it define your college experience.

26. Much of the time you once had for pleasure reading is going to disappear. Keep a list of the books you would have read had you had the time, so that you can start reading them when you graduate.

27. Things that seem like the end of the world really do become funny with a little time and distance. Knowing this, forget the embarrassment and skip to the good part.

28. Every once in awhile, there will come an especially powerful moment when you can actually feel that an experience has changed who you are. Embrace these, even if they are painful.

29. No matter what your political or religious beliefs, be open-minded. You’re going to be challenged over the next four years in ways you can’t imagine, across all fronts. You can’t learn if you’re closed off.

30. If you need to get a job, find something that you actually enjoy. Just because it’s work doesn’t mean it has to suck.

31. Don’t always lead. It’s good to follow sometimes.

32. Take a lot of pictures. One of my major regrets in life is that I didn’t take more pictures in college. My excuse was the cost of film and processing. Digital cameras are cheap and you have plenty of hard drive space, so you have no excuse.

33. Your health and safety are more important than anything.

34. Ask for help. Often.

35. Half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at any given moment. Way more than half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at some point in the next four years. Get used to it.

36. In ten years very few of you will look as good as you do right now, so secretly revel in how hot you are before it’s too late.

37. In the long run, where you go to college doesn’t matter as much as what you do with the opportunities you’re given there. The MIT name on your resume won’t mean much if that’s the only thing on your resume. As a student here, you will have access to a variety of unique opportunities that no one else will ever have - don’t waste them.

38. On the flip side, don’t try to do everything. Balance = well-being.

39. Make perspective a priority. If you’re too close to something to have good perspective, rely on your friends to help you.

40. Eat badly sometimes. It’s the last time in your life when you can do this without feeling guilty about it.

41. Make a complete ass of yourself at least once, preferably more. It builds character.

42. Wash your sheets more than once a year. Trust me on this one.

43. If you are in a relationship and none of your friends want to hang out with you and your significant other, pay attention. They usually know better than you do.

44. Don’t be afraid of the weird pizza topping combinations that your new friend from across the country loves. Some of the truly awful ones actually taste pretty good. Expand your horizons.

45. Explore the campus thoroughly. Don’t get caught.

46. Life is too short to stick with a course of study that you’re no longer excited about. Switch, even if it complicates things.

47. Tattoos are permanent. Be very certain.

48. Don’t make fun of prefrosh. That was you like 2 hours ago.

49. Enjoy every second of the next four years. It is impossible to describe how quickly they pass.

This is the only time in your lives when your only real responsibility is to learn. Try to remember how lucky you are every day.

Be yourself. Create. Inspire, and be inspired. Grow. Laugh. Learn. Love.
Welcome to some of the best years of your lives.

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