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7 Organization Tips for College Students

7 Organization Tips for College Students - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comIt’s back-to-school season and I want to help all of our college-aged readers get organized this semester. Yes, I graduated from undergrad five years ago and graduate school almost four years ago. So there’s reason to argue that I don’t have any relevant advice to give. However, organization is my thing.

7 Organization Tips For College Students

Keep a planner or use some sort of calendar system. Surprise, surprise. I’m recommending a planner. Before I knew who Erin Condren was or discovered her planners, I used a regular old Staples planner to keep track of all my classes, assignments, social plans, Alpha Phi Omega events and work schedule. Figure out what works best for you to keep track of all your classes and events in one central location. Color coding is an effective way to do so so you can track one particular topic at a glace. For example, if all of your journalism class assignments and dates are green and your sorority recruitment events are magenta, they’ll be easy to distinguish.

Save all your syllabi. This is your road map to your semester. Keep a digital copy and print one out and leave it in the front of your binder. If due dates or assignments change, make note of it right away. Transfer all relevant dates into your planner or calendar so that you can see how assignments overlap in your other courses.  I remember one time I didn’t notice that the Thursday location of my Tuesday- Thursday class was different.  Also be sure to highlight the professor’s and TA’s office hours.

Make an assignment list. When I was taking six classes, keeping an assignment list kept me sane. Gather your syllabi together and make one long sheet of every day that an assignment is due. Because I love a printable, I’ve created a free assignment tracker for you all. Excel is your friend and you can make a customized tracker that also fits your needs.

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Figure out your most productive time. Figure out what time of the day you are the most productive and schedule your work around that time. If you’re an early riser- arrange your schedule to get most of your work done then.

Organization tools

Set time goal. Back in my University 101 class freshman year, we learned about the Pomodoro Technique, a  productivity method from the 1980s. In this technique you:

  1. Decide what your task is (e.g. write English essay, proof history paper, etc.)
  2. Set the Pomodoro or timer to 25 minutes
  3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
  4. Take a short break anywhere between 3-5 minutes
  5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break of 15 – 30 minutes

  Use tomato-timer.com or your phone to try the technique.

Limit time spent on websites to procrastine.  SelfControl  or Stay Focused are tools that keep you from accessing websites like Facebook,Twitter, or Buzzfeed when you should be working on that paper that’s due. These are both free and you can customize them to block yourself from whatever website you may want to browse in an effort to procrastinate.

Most importantly…

Don’t forget self-care. SLEEP. Take time out for a yoga or a dance class. Join the Quidditch team or any other intramural sport that might give you a little reprieve. College can be hard, so don’t forget to take time to take care of  yourself.

Do you have any tips to share with college students? Leave them in the comments below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Dorm Room Essentials

If you’re coming with a U-Haul you have too much stuff!!

In the coming weeks, approximately 1.6 million first-year students will head off to four-year colleges and universities. While there are plenty of campuses with apartment style dorms and spacious living quarters for students, it’s likely that as a freshman you’ll be stuck in some of the smaller dorm rooms.

Around the nation, students entering their freshman year have an average 228 square feet of living space to share with a roommate. FYI, the average studio apartment is 300-450 square feet. As much as I crossed my fingers that my dorm room was going to mirror The Best Years, I, alas, was confined to a small outdated dorm room with hall bathrooms.

Before my freshman year, I grabbed one of those checklists from Bed Bath and Beyond and racked up on items. A great deal of them were returned after lugging them up nine floors (the elevators were broken for a few hours during move-in). Dorm room fail. I lofted my bed the first semester and eventually got tired of not being able to fall into bed for a nap between classes. Dorm room fail. My Dad came up before second semester started and dismantled my loft bed and set it up on risers. Dorm room success.  In the hopes that I can help others consolidate those bags/boxes on move-in day and avoid a few dorm room fails, I’ve created this Dorm Room Essentials checklist. Pin it. Share it with your friends or the college student in your life. Click the image for a printable version. 

Dorm Room Essentials - The Palmetto Peaches

 

Don’t forget to:

  • Meet the Roomie: Once you’ve gotten your roommate assignment reach out and say hi! You can also search your Class of 2019 Facebook group for their name. Together you’ll need to figure out the items you’ll share (mini fridge, microwave, TV, curtains, etc.) and who will buy what.
  • Also, for those of you flying in,  most schools will let you mail items during move-in. So purchase big items beforehand and have them shipped to campus. Or you could wait until you get into town and find your nearest Walmart, Target, and/or Bed Bath & Beyond. Don’t forget to use those 20% off single item coupons at BB&B. Hand one to Dad, Mom, little sister, big brother and purchase your items individually.
  • Send your friends letters. Yes, adding paper, envelopes, and stamps to your don’t forget list will put a smile on the faces of your friends at other universities and back at home. Who doesn’t love a little snail mail.
  • While not specific to dorm room essentials, I would caution you to stay away from the bookstore when renting or purchasing books. Check Chegg, Half.com, and Amazon.com for more reasonably priced books.

Good luck Class of 2019! And to my college grads leave a comment below or tweet me what college essentials you would suggest for first-year students.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Raise a Glass For the College Grads

 

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Four years ago today, on a 75° (yup, we looked it up) day in Columbia, SC your Palmetto Peaches became alumnae of the University of South Carolina. It was a crazy week of celebrations with friends and family after an amazing and memorable journey, complete with highs and lows to get us each to that point. With the upcoming commencements, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite memories from our graduation weekend, discuss post-grad life and impart some words of advice for upcoming seniors and the class of 2015.

Learn our favorite graduation memory, how we would describe college in five words and how post-grad life has been in Part 1!

Listen to our advice for the class of 2015 and what we wish we would’ve known during our senior year in Part 2!

 

 What was your most memorable moment from your graduation? How’s post-grad life treating you? Tweet us at @PalmsInATL or leave a comment below!

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