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Make Like a Scale and Balance

27 Sep

College is a learning experience in all aspects of life; academically, economically, socially, and physically. The key to being successful in all aspects is to be your own scale.

Many students still haven’t mastered balancing out every aspect, but I will walk you through the process. A big misconception people have about college is illustrated below…This triangle will be your downfall! Don’t follow it! As a freshman, I decided to choose a social life and sleep, resulting in not-so-good grades. I’m going to be brutally honest with you, college is hard and it only gets harder. However, your approach and time-management skills will be your shield to the slings and arrows college sends your way. 

Here’s what you should do:


The biggest battle in college is managing your time wisely. The average student takes about 5 courses a semester which means exams, quizzes, papers, projects, reports, practicals, presentations… the list is endless. My planner is my best friend – I don’t know where I’d be without it. One thing I’ve found to work for me is writing down major exams and assignments ahead of time with weekly reminders of time left until the big exam. I like my old school paper planner, but if you’re more tech savvy then consider using the calendar and reminders on your phone.


Let’s be honest…#thestruggleisreal. I decided one day that I was going to keep good track of where and how I spend my money and the results were shocking! I’ll use last month as an example; I bought iced coffees from Starbucks about 3 times a week, bought lunch twice a week, bought ice cream from U-Mart twice a week, went out to the movies every two weeks, and ate out at least every weekend. My total expenses for that month were well over $200. That’s not including rent, groceries, gas, and bills. It was quite a reality check. Now I pack lunch everyday, I limit my coffee buying to maybe once per week week, and I’m extra careful about my spending. I’ll ask myself, “Do you really need it?” and half the time I decide I don’t.


Many student get caught up with school and work and forget to make time for fun. In one of my classes, I recently learned that as a human being, we NEED constant interaction. A simple “hello” will do. You might think of it as ridiculous and unimportant, but trust me…it truly makes a difference in your mood and outlook for the day. With that in mind, it’s important to schedule social time with a friend to relieve some stress, catch up, vent, anything really. With a busy schedule, I try to meet with a friend for at least 15 minutes a day and even small meetings like that brighten my day. 


“It’s hard enough to schedule assignments/exams, social hour, and now you’re talking about a workout session?!” If you’re feeling overwhelmed, bear with me! Students tend to have terrible sleeping and eating habits all because of the stressors of college. FYI:

  • Pulling “all-nighters” isn’t cool anymore (if it ever was). You should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep. If you’re not, plan/schedule accordingly so you can.
  • Eating a well-balanced meal is the new norm. Having Panda for breakfast is just wrong. Try eating oatmeal, cereal, fruit parfaits, or bagels for breakfast.
  • Netflix all evening is a thing of the past. Get up from that bed and do a physical activity for at least 30 minutes. Take your dog for a walk, go for a run, do some yoga, go to the gym, or simply do a short workout at home. The goal is to get your blood pumping.

At the end of the day we are all human, we make mistakes. It’s totally acceptable if it takes you a few times to master balancing out everything going on in your life. Just remember to keep all of these tips in mind and try to balance it out as best as you can.

Good luck!


A Promise is a Promise… Pinky Promise.

8 Nov

How to be your best self without losing yourself and all the while keeping your promises…

We all have been there. You open your calendar, planner, phone app and realize, shoot, I don’t even have room to add this new event to my planner. How am I possibly going to make this fit (literally on the page, and in my life)?

As a college student you are faced with making, keeping and remembering plans every day. Investing the time and energy to get yourself organized by using an organizational system is worth the upfront minimal cost and time. Bottom line: Invest now and see benefits later. Here is an outline to help you get organized and keep all of your calendar promises. Keeping a promise is what keeps you connected to your friends, school and family, so be sure you stay on top of it all.

Some people are incredible and can simply remember all their meetings and obligations while others, like myself, need to have it written down somewhere easy to find, and with enough room to add all the things they do.

Step 1: Purchase a schedule, calendar or download an app that will keep you organized!

Staples, the UA Bookstore, Office Depot and practically any other store you think of sells calendars and planners. You can pick one up for minimal cost and it will pay for itself with the time and stress it saves you.

Some apps that are great are:

Trello– Literally this app advertises itself as able to organize anything, and they aren’t joking!

Astrid Task Manager- This app reminds you of all your events and promises and you can customize lists for yourself or others.

Step 2: Fill out the calendar, planner, or app

It is one thing to have the right tools, but you need to use them! Even if you start by just writing only your homework in it. Practice using it and in no time you will be a scheduling pro!

Step 3: Check it!

Whatever you use, check it and check it often! A few times I have gone to bed peacefully, and then, all of a sudden, I wake up at 11:50 pm and remember… I have a quiz and it is due in 9 minutes!! Checking your planner will help you keep on top of all the things going on in your life and you won’t miss any D2L exams or quizzes.

Step 4: Schedule fun things

Okay, so this isn’t really the most important step in the list, but making time to do fun things or for yourself is just as important as the rest of the things you have going on. You can’t be your best self, when you don’t feel like yourself, so remember to take care of yourself.

These steps are easy and will become easier with practice and time. Once you have done this for a couple of weeks you will be known for your timeliness, lack of stress and for always being accountable. What professor doesn’t like that?!