5 Time Management Tips for College Students

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Everyone always tells you to manage your time wisely, but do you ever really listen? Most of us would rather spend our time with friends than doing homework. If you’re a student, however, somewhere in the back of your mind you must know how important your studies are too. The reality is that you can — and need! — to do both. Making time for school, work, internships, extracurricular activities, and a social life all at the same time can be hectic and at times may seem impossible, but, believe me, it can be done. I am living, still breathing, proof. Based on my personal experience, I’ve put together some tips that I hope will help you.

dorm-room-organization-calendar-idea1. Use a calendar.

You can always use an old school paper calendar, the planner your college gives you at orientation, or make your own. You can also use your phone! Check out the cool free calendar app Cal. If you’d rather keep your information on your computer, check out Windows Sticky Notes, Google calendar, or iCloudDon’t want to spend all of your time on your phone or computer? Use good ol’ sticky notes! (I love these fun Days of The Week Sticky Notes.) Any of these options can help keep your important dates organized and easily accessible.

2. Sleep sometimes!

Some might say that being a “real” college student requires constant all-nighters, but without sleep you will be a walking zombie and are sure to forget something. You will need way too much coffee and energy drinks, and while they may “give you wings,” believe me, they won’t give you brains. And who has enough money in college to buy a bunch of energy drinks and coffee anyway? Sometimes you will have to stay up late writing papers or studying for big exams, but try to get at least four to six hours of sleep each night so you are refreshed the next day and your head is clear enough to take that exam or concentrate during class.

3. Leave open spaces in your calendar.

No matter what your schedule entails, be sure to fit in time to relax and to hang out with friends. This down time will also allow you to recuperate and relieve stress. Always, I repeat, always expect the unexpected. Make sure to also leave open space in your schedule for those unexpected things, such as a last-minute trip home or a project that takes longer than expected. Take things as they come, but leaving open spaces in your calendar or planner will make these curve balls a little easier to cope with.

865104134. Exercise and eat right.

If you exercise, you’ll release endorphins and feel better about yourself. If you feel better, you’ll have more energy to keep up with your hectic schedule. Exercising also helps clear your head, which allows you to concentrate for longer stretches of time and tackle all those things on your to-do list. Eating right will also help your body and mind feel better, but if you want to splurge, do so only once in a while. Plan a weekly pizza or hot wing night with friends and make that your “cheat” day. Feeling sluggish won’t help you get things done any faster. It’s not about being perfect, it’s just about making sure your body is properly nourished so your mind can flourish

5. Always look ahead!

Once you’re done with your homework for the current week, look ahead to see what is due next week and get a head start on it. Check out your class syllabus to see what’s coming up and work ahead when possible. If you utilize this resource, it may become your best friend. Also, this tip will allow you to plan for fun getaways. If you know what’s due and what your schedule will be for the entire month, you can plan trips or other activities in advance based on your availability. Looking ahead can do nothing but good for you and your sanity as a college student.

Share your time management tips the comments below!

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Original Post Date: July 22nd, 2014

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14 Scholarships with August Deadlines

We here at Cappex sure hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! We also wanted to remind you that, because you may have a bit more free time than usual, it’s a great time to apply for scholarships. So we’ve put together for you this great list of scholarships that expire in August. Good luck!

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1. Domo Scholarship for Business Management

Deadline: August 1 Award: $2,500
Must be studying business management and demonstrate an interest in analytics

2. ALBA George Watt Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: August 1 Award: $250
Must submit an essay or thesis chapter about a given historical topics

3. Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Education Support Awards

Deadline: August 1 Award: $3,000
Must be a low-income parent of at least one minor child

4. ARTBA’s Student Transportation Video Contest

Deadline: August 1 Award: $500
Must create an original video examining any aspect of transportation in the United States

5. Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award

Deadline: August 1 Award: $5,000 – $10,000
Must be majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life science field

6. DoSomething.org’s The Hunt

Deadline: August 4 Award: $10,000
Must discover and complete seven different challenges to make an impact in your community.

7. Official Penny Arcade Scholarship

Deadline: August 15 Award: $10,000
Must intend to enter the game industry in some capacity.

8. Milbank Diversity Scholars Program

Deadline: August 15 Award: $25,000
Must be enrolled in law school

9. American Indian Services Scholarship

Deadline: August 15 Award: varies
Must be Native American and affiliated with a Native American tribe

10. Atlanta Dental Spa Scholarship

Deadline: August 18 Award: $1,000
Must be a registered student

11. Women in Public Finance Scholarship

Deadline: August 25 Award: $3,000
Must be a woman interested in a career related to public finance

12. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest

Deadline: August 27 Award: $1,000
Must take a ten-question, multiple-choice, open-book test on an essay about automatic fire sprinklers

13. Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women

Deadline: August 29 Award: $1,000
Must be a woman 25 years of age or older

14. Luis E. Torres Scholarship Award

Deadline: August 31 Award: $500 – $1,000
Must have overcome a medical hardship in pursuit of higher education

Find these and thousands more scholarships on Cappex!

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Original Post Date: July 16th, 2014

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What is the Peace Corps and should you apply?

peacecorps_logo-ogPeople often ask, “What is the Peace Corps?” President John F. Kennedy created this governmental agency in 1961 to promote peace and encourage friendship in developing countries. The organization offers a great opportunity to respond to President Kennedy’s inspirational challenge to “ask what you can do for your country.” Volunteers can use their talents to improve the living conditions in the areas where they serve. Since its formation, approximately 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers have served in almost 140 countries. They have helped local populations with agriculture, education, healthcare, and business development projects.

While the Peace Corps limits enrollment in order to recruit the best possible candidates, there are approximately 8,000 people training or on assignments around the world at any given time. The application process can take as long as 12 months. Peace Corps workers are a diverse group from all over the country. Most are young, educated, and single. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. The average age of workers is 25, and approximately 95 percent have at least an undergraduate degree. More than half are women, and nearly 17 percent are ethnic minorities.

10-028 Peace CorpsThe Peace Corps has opportunities in all fields of study. Volunteers are placed into policy areas that match their skills and interests before being sent to their final destination. They can work on conservation efforts and educate farmers on land management projects, such as how to increase crop production, which reduces the need for pesticides. Individuals can work on healthcare and medical assistance projects that include HIV/AIDS education and awareness. Volunteers with technical experience can help with IT infrastructure projects while other individuals can oversee projects that dig wells and plan irrigation and water purification systems. Business majors can train entrepreneurs, develop marketing strategies, and assist local community development initiatives.

There are a number of benefits associated with volunteering for the Peace Corps. One is the possibility of receiving graduate-level credit through Masters International. In addition to a small stipend and medical benefits, volunteers may be entitled to a deferment on their student loan payments for the duration of their assignment. Not only do volunteers gain valuable work and technical knowledge, they also achieve a better understanding of different cultures and language skills that are invaluable in today’s global economic and cultural environment. When their service is over, volunteers receive financial assistance to aid the transition to a life outside of the Peace Corps.

Click here to learn more about the Peace Corps.

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Original Post Date: July 10th, 2014

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