College 101: Staying Organized

In college, it’ll make or break you. Your ability to stay organized as a student could be the difference from an A- to an A, or maybe even a B+ to an A in a class. And because of that reason (grades), and many others, it is really important to live an organized life.

So what does it mean to be organized? Well, I think organization varies from person to person. Some of us need life to be structured and scheduled (me), while others can get away with a more laid back lifestyle. But, everyone, and I repeat everyone, should keep a planner.

Now that you know you should keep a planner, you might be asking “but what do I put in my planner?” Well, I am so glad you asked.

So here’s the deal, in high school, you might have had to balance school, sports, youth group, and a job. Sounds like a lot, right? In college, that’s nothing. Here’s a list of just some of the things you might be involved with at one time:

  1. Classes – homework, group projects, quizzes, papers, tests, field trips, and lab
  2. Campus Ministries – Chapel services, The Gathering, Bible studies
  3. Work
  4. Working out
  5. IM sports
  6. On campus clubs – Running Club, Tennis Club, Sailing Club
  7. Nykerk
  8. Pull
  9. Sporting events – hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball
  10. Meeting people – Residential Life activities, Greek Life, or coffee dates
  11. Dance Marathon
  12. Relay for Life

Did you read all of those? And those are just some of the things you could be involved with!! So, how do you prioritize activities and manage your time? By keeping a planner.

One of the best tips I have for you on staying organized is after your first class, sitting down, reading through your syllabus, and writing every test/project/paper down in your planner. Next, I would write down all of the activities you have an interest in being involved in. Look at what time those groups meet and see what your schedule permits. As a freshman in college, it is better to undercommit, and excel in what you do than overcommit and struggle to do your absolute best.

Published by Chelsea Barfield

Hello! My name is Chelsea Barfield and I am from Dallas, Texas. I am a fifth year senior at Hope studying Accounting, Management, and Leadership. While at Hope, I have been involved in several different activities and groups including: Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, Student Orientation, Business Club, Student Consulting, Hope College Admissions, and Campus Ministries. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, reading, coffee dates, spending time with friends, and playing tennis. I look forward to sharing my Hope College experience with you! Go Hope!

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