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Time Management 101

The biggest adjustment from high school to college has to be time management. In high school, you’re in school for eight hours a day, participating in extracurricular activities, and you still have to eat and do homework. You barely have time to think on this busy schedule, and everything has a set time for when it gets done. When you get into college, you suddenly have more free time than you know what to do with. This may seem like a good thing, but free time is actually a double-edged sword. You start getting lazy and putting things off because you have time to do it later. Trust me when I say you need to have good time management skills if you want to succeed in school and not burn yourself out.

Time management wasn’t such a big deal for me in my undergraduate years. It was a big workload, but nothing that I couldn’t handle. Field hockey also helped with my time management because it forced me to make time to study. Having a lot on my plate helped me to organize my life and prioritize my classes. Once I got into graduate school, my world flipped upside down. For the first week, I just felt like I was lost. I didn’t have field hockey to help keep me organized anymore but I had a bigger workload than before. I have had to actually write down what I am doing at every hour of my day. It may seem tedious and over the top, but it has actually helped me tremendously. I don’t get side tracked anymore and I know when all of my assignments are due and when I have time to work on them.

Finding a schedule that works for you is important. Keep in mind that you may not be able to have the same schedule as your friends. What works for them may not work for you, and that’s okay. Everyone is different. Misericordia’s Student Success Center offers workshops on time management if you really need help organizing your time. You may even have to evolve as the years go on. What worked for me freshman year does not work for me now.

Don’t forget to make time for yourself. If all you make time for is schoolwork and studying, you’ll burn yourself out before the semester ends. Make sure you are making yourself a priority. Nothing is worse than getting sick in the middle of the semester and trying to power through it. As long as you stay on top of things, school will be smooth sailing.

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You’ll hear it a million times, but time management honestly is the key to success. Not only does good time management skills allow you to get your work done in a timely manner, but it also gives you time to actually look at the material. If you have any questions, you’ll be able to go to office hours and ask them instead of powering through it because your paper is due at midnight and it’s 10:30. Don’t get caught doing work last minute and making easily avoidable mistakes. Your grades and stress levels will thank you later.

About the Author

Rachel Miroslaw


Rachel Miroslaw, Class of 2021, is a Speech-Language Pathology major at Misericordia University and played field hockey for the Cougars. Rachel is from Tunkhannock and enjoys reading and writing.


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Posted by Dave Pasquini in Skills for Success on Friday September, 27, 2019 at 01:25PM


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