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Staying on Track: The Importance of Time Management and Organization

When I started college, 8 years had passed since I was in high school. It was obvious to me that I needed to get back into the swing of things, and as quickly as I possibly could. My first few semesters were absolute chaos and I cried a lot. I mean, ugly crying. I felt so unorganized and out of place. I wondered if I really belonged in a University. I was typing all of my notes down on my laptop. I had all the information verbatim in my computer. How could I not be doing well? I couldn't figure it out. I felt helpless.

But I wasn't going to give up. After my spring semester in 2013, it was incredibly obvious I needed to do something different than surviving on coffee and very little sleep. While this is the normal state for most college students, I was determined to prove it doesn’t have to be that way. I decided to start eating better over that summer, I started keeping a routine. I woke up at the same time, exercised, ate three meals a day and slept 8 hours a night. After doing this all summer, the new semester came. The week before school started, I went to buy my books. After I had gathered all the important stuff, I noticed a shelf by the checkout stand that had planners on it.