Katherine is an 18 year-old from Tabor City, NC. She loves reading and writing and her favorite subject is Communications because she wants to work in the Journalism field.
If there is anything that I wish I had known before coming to college, it’s probably that I should learn how to organize my life a little more beforehand. I’m the type of person that refuses to clean my room because, despite the horrible mess, I know exactly where all of my belongings are. The scattered mess of clothes and books is actually the only way I know where everything is in my room! However, once I entered college I no longer had a room to myself. Instead of telling my roomie to deal with my messy side of the room, I decided to turn over a new leaf. I can’t tell you how great it is to have a clean, organized room to do homework in, have friends over, and even be able to sleep in a bed that isn’t covered in clothes all of the time. I know I’m not the only one like this out there, so here’s a few tips on how to make your first semester at college a lot more organized!
- Buy Storage. The most storage you are probably going to get in your dorm room is a closet; and you may even have to share that with your roommate. My advice is to go to your nearest Wal-Mart and buy some storage boxes! This way, you can keep all of your belongings neat and organized. I purchased plastic drawers for my food and toiletries; they are easy to get to but not out in the open for the world to see!
- Loft your bed! Some people don’t like to do this, but lofting your bed will give you the most space possible on your side of the room. This means more room for storage space, and you will feel more organized if you have a larger space to move around in.
- Get a planner. The best thing I did my first semester of college was purchase a planner. You will quickly realize that your college professors are nothing like high school teachers; they don’t care for your excuses explaining why you didn’t do your homework. Getting a planner allows you to write your assignments down as they are given, making it almost impossible for you to forget to do your homework! It also allows you to plan out when you need to have things done, or when you can have free time for fun activities!
- Use your syllabus. Most teachers will give you a syllabus full of assignments and test dates when you first enter their classes. Some students just throw these away thinking that the teacher will remind them of tests beforehand. Once again, this is not high school anymore! You are growing up and it’s time to take responsibility. I take my syllabi for each class and tape it to the wall right behind my computer, and I highlight each important date. Like the planner, it will help you to remember each assignment and test.
- Don’t get behind. You may think that because your class is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday that you have plenty of time to get your work done. I mean, you have all day Tuesday to do work that’s due on Wednesday, and the whole weekend to do work for Monday! Don’t forget that you have other classes too. Putting off schoolwork is the worst thing you can do and will put you far behind (and you might even fail the class). Teachers don’t usually cut you a break in college so don’t put off any homework! Getting your work done the day it’s assigned allows you more free time to figure out what else you have to get done.
These are just a few organizational tips, but like I said, I wish I had been told these things before my first semester away. They are a sure way to help you stay more organized and on top of your game. Don’t think that college is all work and no play, but make sure to keep your priorities straight!
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