This year is my junior year of college. I've learned many things throughout my college years. I went from a freshman not knowing anything to a junior still yearning for more. I definitely wouldn't have gotten through any of my days without my biggest help which is my mom. That being said, here are a few tips and tricks that I did and wish I knew my freshman year to now.
As some of you may or may not know, I go to an art school in California. My major is dance. These tips & trips may or may not advise to you, if so, great, if not, maybe one or two things might.
Being organized really helped me every year. Knowing when papers and homework were do, when tests and quizzes were (the syllabus is a huge help too in case teachers forget to mention important details). I always had my planner with me and I would usually (key word usually) do the homework the day I got it rather than putting it off to come back to it later. Also there was a specific folder for each subject also. To go the extra mile, I had a reminder on my phone. Yes, I'm that analytical. Moving on the next analytical thing I do.
2. Plan downtime
Twice a week I plan downtime. Downtime could mean anything. Sunday's, Wednesday's & Saturday's were my downtime days last year. Sunday's I went grocery shopping, finished up anything I didn't finish before & meal prepped. Wednesdays after my 10am class I cleaned up my apartment and laundry and Saturday's I woke up an hour later than usual, ordered take out if I felt like it and watched movies for the rest of the day.
3. Take notes
If your school is anything like mine. Most teachers email you the notes for the class, but I always found it helpful if I took notes as well and draw out the diagrams. For me, I find it better to write thing rather than to type things on my laptop.
4. Dress for Success
If you're anything like me, the way you dress impacts your mood for the day. Even if I am having an off day and don't feel like dressing up, I always find a way to make my leggings or sweat pants look cute. Putting that small effort in your outfit to me, makes a huge difference.
5. Make friends
That's one of my biggest regrets. I had friends in the beginning, without making things too personal lets just say dancers get very competitive....the rest i'll leave up to your imagination. After that I sorta shut myself off from the "dancers" at my school and I didn't really have time to adventure to the rest of my school. This year, my goal is to make friends.
Choose morning classes rather than evening classes. It makes things a lot easier throughout the year and it makes your schedule more flexible.
7. What comes to mind write it down
Trust me, you already have a million things on your mind. Write it down before you forget.
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