June 2009

Time Management Tips

If you’re like most people of the west, it seems like there are simply not enough hours in the day to take care of everything you need to do—let alone yourself. Between classes, studying and homework, most of us also have jobs, children, or other responsibilities. Add in some volunteering, errands, and cleaning up the place when it starts to look crusty, and suddenly there’s no time for friends, for hobbies, for you at all.

But with a little strategizing on your part, most college students can get the job done. Working two jobs, volunteering, and getting pregnant all by the time I was a junior, I know how important time management can be. Here are a few things that worked for me.

College in the 21st Century

You've got your admission confirmation in hand and you're looking forward to freshman orientation. Let me warn you right now that you're going to get a lot of well-meant but inane advice about college life, and coping with college. The fact is, you're going to college in the 21st century and not the 20th, and a lot has changed. Many of the people offering you well-intentioned advice are not aware of just how much the digital revolution has changed campus life just in the last five years.

Pre-College Checklist

So you’ve got the college picked, the funds in place (at least for first semester), your schedule, your advisor, your roommate. You know what to pack and what not to, where you’ll be living, what you’ll be driving (if anything) and exactly what to do.

Well, you probably don’t, if this is your first year. But don’t sweat it; all of it will come easily enough.