Getting to college can seem like a monumental feat; with the application process, the decision making process, the packing, and the moving in. Once you’ve set up your dorm and classes start it’s all smooth sailing from there on in, right?
Well, maybe not.
All throughout high school you had other people keeping you on track for things like getting to class on time, getting you assignments handed on, and making sure you ate well. Once you are in college all of these responsibilities fall on your shoulders.
If you keep a bullet journal (read about what that is and why I use one here, and feel free to click the tab at the top of the page to read more posts regarding bullet journaling), there are some steps you can take to keep yourself organized.
First, you can copy your schedule into your bullet journal. Let’s face it, when you’re trying to figure out where your next class is and you’ve lost the paper copy and you can’t connect to the wi-fi, it will be a life-saver.
In my current bullet journal, I have a schedule of all the remaining classes I have until I graduate. Because I am an online student, I listed the course number, the name, and the dates the classes are being held from. I also made a note if it was required for my major, one of my minors, or an elective. If I were creating a layout of a traditional college schedule, I would list the name of the course, the professor, and what days and times it was held on.
Next, you can organize your course work. There are two ways I would go about this. Because I only take two classes at a time, I use a calendar to plan out the work I am going to do for each class. I alternate classes during the week, and I try to keep Sunday free for relaxing (try being the operative word in that sentence). If I use a different color pen for each class, and when when an assignment is complete I check it off in black. I were in a traditional college setting, I might use the calendar method to plan out when my assignments for each class were due. This would allow me to figure out what I was going to do for school work when I did my daily planning.
Finally, at the start of each college year, I like to set some goals for myself. While there are both school and personal goals on this page, they all tie into what I want out of the next ten months. Juggling school, work, and a marriage/family is a lot of work and very stressful. I want to make sure that I’m creating a balance in my life that manages all of that.
If I were setting goals for a traditional college environment I would make sure that “meet new people” and “join a club” and other socialization items were part of my goals. College is more than just showing up to class and getting good grades.
These are only a few examples of how you can stay organized in a bullet journal while you are in college. A quick search of Pinterest gives a ton more great ideas to get your year started out on the right track. So take a deep breath, get yourself organized, and have a successful year.
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