College is different for every person, even if they are in the same field. The #ASKTFUI series follows our officers who are in college, have recently graduated, or are in graduate school answer some questions regarding organization.
Name: Jess Myers
Education: Marine science (undergraduate)
How do you start your day?
On days where I don't have an 8 am class I will wake up and do some yoga to start my day. I'll grab my back pack that I packed the night before and I'll head to the dining hall to grab an omelette. On days where I do have an 8 am. I make sure I have something to eat with me already (a breakfast bar or protein shake) and I take it to go.
What is the best way to stay organized on a tight schedule?
I keep a planner and make to-do lists for every little thing. I make sure to keep them out so that I always see what I have to do (this is where the planner can fail, because it can be tucked away - out of sight, out of mind!) Packing my back pack the night before seems so elementary, but when your schedule changes every other day, it's nice. I know my morning self can't always handle grabbing the correct binder. Also... I cannot emphasize this enough: check your email all of the time. In between classes.
What is one organizational item can you not live without?
What do you do to stay focused on your work (i.e. what distractions do you get rid of)?
Netflix is a blessing and a curse, more so a curse, because you can get sucked into this endless stream of shows. I try to limit my watching to the weekends. This helps me focus.
What apps or programs do you use to stay on task?
My school uses Moodle which compiles all of your classes and homework. The professors can post on there.
What is your advice to someone still in high school?
Start making a habit of checking your email. Learn how to be concise and polite when writing them. Procrastinating does happen, but I recommend prioritizing assignments by their due dates.
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