Author: Alexandra Deleaver | MU Senior; IT specializing in Networking and Cybersecurity, minor in Business Administration Preparing for a new semester is somewhat of a fresh start for me. I make sure that I am organized and know what to expect for the upcoming semester. After having registered for classes, I make sure that I, Read More
Author: Sara Jimenez Cruz | MU Junior; Political Science No amount of advice; whether from friends, siblings, or professors, can ever perfectly prepare you for the transition from high school to college. During the last few years of high school, many of us have heard that a college is a place where the demand, Read More
Author: Dr. Michelle Steiner, Assistant Vice President for Student Success I recently watched a Ted Talk called “How to gain control of your free time”, probably because I was trying to gain control of my time in general. I find myself spinning, sometimes, as I think of all the things I have to do and, Read More
Goals are an important part of success. They help direct our attention and actions to what we want to accomplish. They’re motivators rooted in dreams and plans. Goals help focus our minds, teach us to manage our time and prioritize. As college students balancing all of your responsibilities and other outside factors can make, Read More
A lot has changed in the last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As schools and colleges transitioned to online learning at a rapid pace, virtual etiquette has become more important to understand and practice. It’s important to recognize that a virtual class or meeting is still a class or meeting. So you, Read More
Preparing for a new semester is somewhat of a fresh start for me. I make sure that I am organized and know what to expect for the
upcoming semester. After having registered for classes, I make sure that I have the schedule printed out like a little table so that I can have it on my phone and in my notebooks, planners, and binders for all of my classes. I found that having dedicated notebooks and binders for each of my classes is helpful because I can then have everything for each class in one place. Recently, I started buying a planner for each academic year so that everything I need to do is written down in one place. I like the planners that have weekly and monthly in them because I can then write the big important events on the monthly pages and I can write my homework/assignments on the weekly pages.
For anyone starting their first year in college, I would suggest focusing on time management and organization to get yourself into a good routine for the rest of your time in college. The three biggest pieces of advice that I would give to anyone in college would be the following:
A day or two before classes, I always make sure that I know where my classrooms are and what the room set up so that I am not wandering around on the first day. I do this to help calm my nerves and to help myself prepare for the first couple of days. I have also found it helpful to print out the syllabus and read through it so that I know what to expect during class.