Organizing For College Success
At the beginning of a new semester, you may see students walking and visiting with old friends, calm and innocently thinking about how they are going to tackle their classes. Don’t get me wrong, we all have the ability to pull through with all A’s, but you will most likely hit some bumps in the road.
Do you remember how you felt the first Friday of the semester? My first week back left my head spinning. Going through my backpack, I found papers shoved inside it and spiral notebooks already filling up with notes.
Then I took a few deep breaths and remembered that if I just got organized, I could get a handle on my new class schedule.
I consider myself an organized person (and my friends see me this way, too). For example, I can’t have a messy backpack because it just drives me insane. How could anyone be calm when papers are crumbled up and thrown into a bag? I know that I would not be OK with that.
My expectations are always to start off smooth and be ahead of the game. I have learned, on more than one occasion, it can be difficult to do this. Assignments and due dates begin to pile up and you think your head will explode. But you can void the stress and the disorganized blues.
Here are my organization tips and tricks for being successful throughout your semesters:
Use a Planner
First and foremost, get a planner. My planner has completely saved my life. I love having a calendar on my phone but I am someone who likes to write things down. If I don’t write things down, I am more likely to forget. Making myself physically write down important appointments or dates gives me the opportunity to go back and look at what I wrote down.
A trick I suggest for every college student is to take advantage of those syllabuses from your classes and sit down with your planner to mark down all important dates. For the last couple of semesters, my professors have provided a week-by-week schedule. I cannot express how happy that makes me. Going through and writing down what is due and what is going on each particular day means you won’t show up to class and are surprised by a quiz. You will already know because it is in your planner.
To go a step further, invest in different colored pens. Write out different class assignments in different colors. For English write in green, for math write in blue and so on. Having a little diversity is fun! It doesn’t always have to be plain and simple.
Invest in School Supplies
Now that my planner is all organized, what should I do with my syllabuses and other papers that I will collect throughout the semester? If you thought I was going to throw them away, think again. I absolutely love buying school supplies. (I hope I am not the only person that loves this.) There is something about buying folders, spirals and mechanical pencils that just makes me happy. So go out and get some supplies that will get you through the semester. I label my folders according to class name and then I will use them for the remainder of the semester.
Tidy Your Living Space
Becoming completely organized is a tiring job so, of course, when I get home, the last thing I want to do is organize my apartment and bedroom. Yet, we have stumbled upon another organization tip.
Organization is not just related to school. It may also apply to home life. If your dorm room or other spaces you reside in are messy, chances are you are going to get disorganized. Working and relaxing in a tidy space helps me focus and take a step away from what is going on. If you are surrounded by clutter, it is going to become a distraction. It can take patience to get it all done but if you take a few minutes to clean your room everyday, then you won’t have to worry about doing it later.
Take Care of Yourself
All of these tips and tricks can help to make you an organization pro. One last tip is to take care of yourself. Organization should help diminish stress and nerves. Don’t overwork yourself.
Staying organized requires some work, but I believe that everyone can do it! I will continue to carry a planner around with me and constantly write little notes down. It is what helps me, and I hope that it can help you, too.