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5 Time Management Tips for College Students

Categories: College Life

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.

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Changing your Major is A+ Okay

Categories: College Life

So you graduated high school. Check. You are accepted into college. Check. For now, it’s summer, so you want to enjoy it. Check. At summer’s end you’ll either stay at home or move far away for college. Check. At this point it will be time to start school and pursue a major. And check, you think you’ve found the perfect major for you.

changing-college-majorChange, change, change. With all of these changes coming at you from every direction, it may seem overwhelming. The great thing about picking a major from the start is that you’ll quickly find out whether you love it or hate it. Now hate may seem like a strong word, but once you take a few courses, it’s likely you will know whether you like the major or not. If you love it, stick with it and enjoy every minute of it. If you’re unhappy with your coursework, whether it’s just boring, too hard, or just not for you, don’t stay in that major just because you think you have to or because you’re afraid of not finishing school in that magical number of four years. Changing your major is A+ okay. Many researchers agree that highly satisfied students are more likely to remain in and successfully graduate from college. It is the school’s job to create a good curriculum, but it’s your job to figure out which major you enjoy the most.

Remember, this major is preparing you for your career in that field. If you are unhappy studying it in college, you will likely be unhappy doing it as a job. The point is to make yourself happy and take pride in your schooling, work, and life. College is where you find yourself. You discover your talents and interests, and you hone your talents by utilizing those interests that you will rely on all of your life. At the end of the day, what is an extra semester of coursework compared to a lifetime of being an unhappy camper?

Speaking of camping, remember to have fun. Studies are important, but a social life is important too. You need people to share in your happiness and your pain. Your peers are there for support. Every other freshman on campus is likely going through exactly what you are. Every day their mind probably races back and forth with thoughts like, “Do I really enjoy this major?” “Will I get a good job with this major?” “Could I see myself working in this field of study after I graduate?” If you have asked yourself any of these questions, you are completely normal, and it is likely that every other student, especially freshmen and sophomores, are thinking the same thing. So, make friends with them and rely on them to listen when you need to blow off steam. Plan weekend trips, go camping, go to a concert, or go to a sporting event. There has to be a balance between work and play to stay sane. Finally, on the work side, it will all be a little easier if you truly enjoy what you are studying.

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#CongratsGrads: Dedicated to Graduating High School Seniors

You did it! The countdown to the end of the school year is finally approaching the number “zero” (for some of you, it’s already there!). It’s bittersweet, but you can now reminisce and be proud of everything you’ve accomplished. As you transition to incoming college freshman status, now is the time to start preparing  for college life and anticipate all of the discoveries, opportunities, and experiences that the next four years will bring. Via Facebook and Twitter last week, we posed two big questions: What are you going to miss the most about high school? What are you looking forward to the most about college? Check out what several students had to share below:

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I’m going to miss my easy-going classes and most of my classmates! I’m looking forward to the dinner hall, meeting new people, and exploring a whole new state while I move off to college! In other ways it’s pretty much an adventure! – Cindy O.

I’m going to miss my friends who have become like family to me, but as their doors close, I hope to expand my family in college while never forgetting the ones that got away. – Quiah V.

I’m going to miss the high school atmosphere being with my friends. But I think mostly the teachers because they support you so much and want you to succeed – they want to help you grow and push you to go to college. What I’m looking forward to about college is being away from home and meeting new people, because college is all about having new experiences and by throwing myself into a new place with all new people, I have a chance to grow, be myself, make new friends, and have new experiences. – Adrian H.

Surround yourself with people that share similar interests. Be in control of yourself, because in college it’s all about you! There will be guidance, but you will have to go on your own. They will help prepare you for everything! Have essays to write? There are computer labs, peer mentors, student advisors, etc. Trust me, the universities have every resource you need, so do not be afraid to ask! Feeling stressed? Re-evaluate your goals and mission, because that will remind you why you are there and why you want to make a change in your life. Don’t let one wrong turn bring you down! We are humans, we all make mistakes – just stand up proud and wave your hands up in the air like you just don’t care. Oh and college professors will be direct with you! Remember you’re an adult now, so they will treat you like an adult. Have fun :) – Dalia G.

At Cappex, your college decision headquarters, we understand the questions, excitement, and apprehension you might have about the years ahead, because each of us has been through the experience. After looking back on our college years, a few Cappexians have bestowed the following words of wisdom:

“Make sure to take advantage of your school’s cultural activities. If you have a slow evening, don’t watch TV. Instead, go to a lecture or free concert, there’s one almost every night.” — Mike F.

“You’re going to change your major ten times. That’s okay.” — Elijah C.

“Be responsible with finances. Don’t take out a credit card.” — Ben A.

“It’s okay to be undecided to figure out what you want to study later. Take classes that interest you. If you find a class that you love, you may want to stick with it.”  -Marissa G.

From all of us here at Cappex, Congrats #Classof2014!

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