“Organizing is …

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
A. A. Milne

The heat wave of summer is finally upon us.  Those magical few weeks where the air conditioning’s nerve is being tested.  This is the time of year when greatness happens.  Millions of students will be heading back to school.  Some will be heading to college for the very first time.  As a third year, I’ve been through so much and have experienced a lot of what college has to offer.  I still have a long way to go, but I am very confident that I can make it through pharmacy school.  Heck, I”ll be participating in the White Coat Ceremony in a couple of weeks!

There are so many ways to find success at STLCOP, it is almost limitless.  The key is to set a goal and stay organized.  Juggling  organizations, clubs, jobs, friends, family, schoolwork, etc.. is challenging, and if you aren’t organized something will fall through the cracks.  I personally use Outlook because I can keep everything in one central location (and sync to my phone!)

My main goal is to worry about one week at a time.  This doesn’t go to say I don’t occasionally check out the monthly calendar, but a week seems much more manageable and less overwhelming.  This strategy may or may not work for you but find something that does!  Being organized is the number one trick to STLCOP.  I know people who treat their Franklin Covey planners like their own child.  If the interweb isn’t your strongest suit, definitely take advantage of a paper planner.  These work nicely because you can write notes down in the margins about whatever you need to do.  Some people even combine both the online method and the paper method.  If you have any questions about being organized, make sure to stop by the Success Center in the Residence Hall.  The staff there are extremely knowledgeable about how to become and stay organized.  Message me if you have any questions too.

I’m not kidding when I say that, as I’m writing this, I’m jotting things into my outlook calendar.  I know for a FACT that if I don’t write it down it won’t get done.  Multitasking is a skill that everyone should work to develop, but planning on keeping something in the back of your mind will almost always backfire.  Stay organized and make your life SO much easier.  Trust me on this one.

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