Hello to all! I hope everyone had an exciting and spooky Halloween weekend despite Friday’s strangely cold and snowy weather. I found myself and 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park for their annual Halloween party. It was a packed house with a lot of great entertainment, an experience I won’t soon forget!
The devil, little red riding hood and a vampire casually hanging out at Bourbon Street
The past few weeks have been rather busy for me. I’ve been traveling back and forth between my home at Saint Xavier and my actual home in the south suburbs to celebrate various occasions and spend time with family and friends.
Amid all of this chaos, I’ve found that my school work has fallen by the wayside. It’s not so much that I don’t have time to do it, its more that once I have a spare minute or two, I find that laying in my bed and resting usually wins out.
As I mentioned in my first blog, I am currently a Junior majoring in communications. This means a few things. First, it means that I am well into the heart of my major courses right now. Gone are the days of taking general education courses. This also means that I am in a very project-heavy major. As communications majors, we rarely take exams and tests. Rather, we are expected for write, discuss, film, record and collaborate for our grades. Because of the nature of my major, my assignments tend to be long-term, meaning it is up to the student to work on their own time to complete projects. There’s generally only one deadline, the due date of the project or assignment. For that reason, procrastinating seems to happen more naturally.
I’ve fallen into the mindset of “If it’s not due tomorrow, I probably won’t do it today”. Unfortunately, that mindset has gotten me into several stressful situations this semester. I’ve also found that because my professors do not generally keep track of their students progress (i.e. sending reminders, breaking up assignments into smaller portions) I’m having a difficult time keeping track of what I have to do and when I have to have it completed.
Because of this, I’ve spent some time this weekend getting organized and here are some of things I’ve done to sift through the clutter and get back on track.
-Use my planner – Every Saint Xavier student is able to get a free planner. If you do not have one yet, stop by the Student Affairs office and get one. I have been using it to plan out my days and write down my assignments. I’ve divided up my work load by giving myself small tasks to complete each day and writing those tasks down in my planner so I do not forget or fall behind.
-Use my phone – As a college student, I also work and have various meetings to attend throughout the week. So, if I have a special event or meeting scheduled, I make a reminder in my phone and set an alarm to go off half an hour before the event. That way, I know I won’t miss any appointments.
-Buy a calendar – Before I moved into school, I bought myself a dry erase calendar and I have made good use of it over the past few weeks. I make sure to write all events, meetings, appointments and due dates on the calendar and update it daily if necessary. I also hung the calendar right by my bed so it is the first thing I see in the morning. That way, I am reminded of the days activities and I can dress and plan accordingly in the morning.
Overall, I found that the key is making a plan for yourself and sticking to it. Think critically about what you have to do and when you have time to do it. Also, write things down in more than one place. Like I’ve said, I use my planner, my phone and my calendar so I can be more confident that things won’t slip through my fingers.
I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their weekend and takes a few minutes to get organized!