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: Jessica Wingar
Education: Marine science
How do you start your day?
I always start my day by eating a good breakfast and coffee. If I’m running late then it was always Starbucks between classes. I also always catch up on emails and any other projects/homework that I need to finish.
What is the best way to stay organized on a tight schedule?
I have a planner that I write everything down in including things like who I need to get in contact with that day and homework and studying that needs to get done. I still have one now and it helps me organize when I’m going to work and even down to what classes are going on at the gym that day. I also make a lot of lists. The lined post-its are amazing and I have them on the walls of my room reminding me of things I need to accomplish.
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)?
I put my phone on the other side of the room when there is a lot of work I need to get done and put it on do not disturb. I also sometimes turn off the internet on my computer if I’m working on something that doesn’t require me to use the internet, so I can’t go on social media sites.
What apps or programs do you use to stay on task?
I find a great playlist can make studying a lot better. I know when I was taking organic chemistry I always had happy music playing because it was one of my worst subjects.
What is your advice to someone still in high school?
To someone still in high school I would say follow your passion and the right university for you doesn’t have to be the highest ranked. The right university has to be the place where you could see yourself growing and accomplishing your goals. I know when I was applying some people put emphasis on you have to go to the highest rank school you can get into, but that’s just not the case. Also, if you don’t know what you want to major in, don’t rush into a major. Take classes in all the things that interest you and then pick your major.
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