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To Do: Get Organized

Sunday, January 27, 2013


With all of the things there are to do within the first few weeks of school, it is easy to let things slip between the cracks. I had so much to do the first few days of class that I already forgot about two assignments! Thankfully, my professors were very understanding. Even though this is my last semester, I still don’t seem to have this organization thing down. So, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my organization tips to make the beginning of the semester as stress free as possible!

1.       Pre-order your books. This is an awesome service the book store offers. All you have to do is send them your list of books and they will pull them, package them and have them waiting for you just in time for class. The best part? You can avoid the lines and craziness of everyone searching for their books.

2.       Know your classes. I know. This is a no brainer, but this semester I had no idea exactly what/where my classes were and I was planning on looking it up on the first day….and of course myCUinfo was down. Even though the registrar emails your schedule, it is always important to print out copies!

3.       Meet your professors. This was especially important for me this semester since my class schedule is beyond crazy. It was a load off my shoulders to be able to sit down with my professors and discuss the semester. Meeting your professors within the first few weeks of class sets up the framework for a relationship throughout the term.

4.       Write down everything. A lot of times during the first few days of classes, professors have you sign up for presentations or discussion leader spots. It can be hard to choose a date if you don’t know exactly what is going on in your semester yet. This is why I find it helpful to write down any test dates/ paper deadlines  right when I get the syllabuses just so I can make sure I wont have a crazy week where EVERYTHING is due.

5.       Relax. Enjoy the first few weeks before the real craziness sets in-- quizzes, midterms... etc. Go out to dinner with your friends, see a movie during the week. Enjoy the down time!

6.       Make an appointment to see your advisor. After the craziness of the first few weeks dies down, you might want to meet with your advisor to just check in and make sure you are on the right track.

I hope this advice helps incoming and current college students! I wish I could have taken the time to follow my own tips. 

Have a great week!

International Affairs | Political Science • Colorado Springs, Colorado

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