Balance as a First Year Student

Mat Brown is a 2nd year Nursing major from Charleston, ME. He is a Trailblazer in the Community Guide, member of the Men's Golf Team and a Resident Advisor in Frederick Hall.

Being a first year student, last year,  I can tell you that your life is going to change and not just because of living in the residence halls, but everything else that you’ll encounter. There are so many things that go on during every hour of the day; so many events that you and your new friends will want to attend.  If you think that, there is time during the day to see all of the things that are going on, you are WRONG! Yes, there are many new things to do but most importantly there’s your school work. Remember, school is important so just don’t put it on the back burner.  You have to balance your time. Being an athlete, a class officer, an Orientation Leader, a Resident Advisor, and a social butterfly I have had to learn to manage my time.

Remembering back, during orientation sessions the Orientation Leaders put on skits displaying what events and situations that could be encountered. The first skit was about time management, they demonstrated using Google calendar and other applications to help manage time. I strongly suggest you have something to keep track of everything because there will be some days and maybe weeks that will be hectic. MID-TERMS and FINALS!!!

For the athletes out there, use your study hall. It may be the quietest place ever known to civilization and maybe a bit boring but it’s a great way to get away from everything and get your work done.

Basically what I am trying to say is:

A)    Spend your time wisely and learn how to manage what time you have

B)   School(work) comes before play

C)   There are many opportunities for you on campus

D)   Have fun and enjoy!!!

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