1. Organize Yourself
Post secondary education is very different than high school. The workload is heavier and the pace is much quicker. It is extremely important to remember to stay organized. Have your books, notebooks, pencils, and pens ready! There is no worse feeling than feeling as though you’re falling behind and don’t know how to catch back up.
Similar to staying organized; prioritize your tasks. You will have assignments and exams due on the exact same day in more than one class, and this can be stressful. It is important to be able to prioritize your responsibilities and work on them in order of importance and due date.
3. Study first, Party later
It’s easy to get caught up in the social life university has to offer. It might be hard to turn down a party, but don’t worry, you won’t regret not going. There will be plenty more just like it. Study hard, and it will pay off— you may even be throwing those parties one day.
4. Take Good Notes; Pay Attention
You will come across many different professors, and many different teaching styles that are new to you. Find a note taking system that works best for you in all circumstances. Do not rely on your teachers’ PowerPoint presentation, or the notes they post online. Some don’t post power points in lectures, and others don’t post any online—others don’t post any at all. Pay attention and find your most comfortable and beneficial note taking style.
5. Keep Calm and Carry On
Don’t stress. This is not the end of the world. You might not get an A on that essay that you totally thought you deserved. You might sleep in too late and miss an 8 A.M. class. You might miss a Starbucks date with your friends. It’s really okay. It will pass. Life goes on. Do not stress. Stress will only cause headaches, anxiety, anger, and pimples. Nobody has time for any of that. Thousands of people are in the same position as you and feeling the same pressures – relax and enjoy.
6. Self Storage Units
There are plenty of young students that are completely content and comfortable living at home and attending a local University or College in their city! However, there are also those that are more adventurous (or maybe their school is just far) that wish to move quite a distance to experience a foreign city and atmosphere. For these students—moving back and forth between semesters may become a hassle. Storage units help make this easier, as you won’t have to move things back home and then back out again in the new school year. Cheap storage rental is available if you find the right company. After all, no one wants to have to move a mattress tried to the top of their minivan too often!
7. Take Advantage of Resources
Many students miss out on the great resources available through their schools. Universities and Colleges help with all kinds of problems, or connect you with people who can help. Take advantage of these resources. Be sure to check your school’s website and student center to see what they have to offer.
8. Get Involved
There is no better way to meet new people and get to know your school than getting involved! Your school will have plenty of teams, plenty of clubs, and plenty of get together events; go to them! Maybe you’ll want to join student council, try out for the track team, join the latin students association, the Pokemon club, or maybe the chess club—why not! What do you have to lose?
9. Make Friends
These years are probably where you will meet your longest and best of friends. Universities and Colleges are a great place to find others with similar interests as you – even obscure ones. Interactions and the social life available at these schools really bolster the learning experience. Take a look through your school’s clubs, organizations and groups to get a sense of the types of people you can meet.
10. Get Prepared for the First Day
The first day is the most overwhelming, but you can get through it. Attending orientation week helps a lot. Print out your class schedule and look for your classrooms before-hand (lots of universities are mapped out like mazes). Read your class syllabus and keep a copy. These are essential, easy actions a student can take to make their first day a lot easier and less overwhelming. Your school will likely have preparation and “first day” resources on their webpages, so be sure to check them out. Here’s some preparation advice from Toronto’s Ryerson University.
1. Make a List
Making lists and checking things off is a proven method of staying on track and de-stressing. Making a list can help to de-clutter your mind—and your space! To read more on the health benefits of making lists, check out this article.
2. Get Rid of the Junk
Throw out the things you don’t need! We all have a few trinkets lying around the house that are just there to take up space, but we have a difficult time parting with them. It’s time to let go—get rid of the things you no longer need!
There are many local charities and organizations that accept all kinds of donations—clothes, household items, old books, old electronics, etc. If you’re not ready to throw something out and feel it still has life left, donating may be the better option. Some local options could be Value Village and the Salvation Army.
4. Make Some Money!
If you feel as though your trinkets and old valuables are worth much more than a free donation, there are stores that will gladly (if they like them!) take your items in exchange for cash.
For items that you do not have much use for all year around, but find they are taking up too much space, putting them into storage is a great option. There are several Hamilton storage unit rental companies that offer these types of services for all kinds of items—cars, tables, boxes, chairs, CDs, anything! Some local companies include U-Haul and of course, Econo Storage & Rental!
Organization is an excellent, if not the best way to stay on track and get things done properly and efficiently. Organization is also the most beneficial way of de-cluttering your junk around the house in the smartest way! Be sure to organize and separate your de-cluttering items in a system you’ll be able to navigate quickly and easily. Try something like the Four-Box Method!
7. Hidden Storage
Maximizing your space can often be a great way to organize and hide your junk! Maybe a bed frame with drawers built in for some blankets or bedroom items. Or maybe, a cheaper option that doesn’t involve having to go buy a new bed frame; purchasing large, low-height storage boxes (sold at Wal-Mart) that could nicely fit tucked under a bed. Modern furniture has also created coffee tables, small benches, and end tables with storage space built right in. These are a great way to de-clutter, stay organized, and still look chique!