Saturday, 18 October 2014

Surviving College: #TimeBomb

So the mummy (myself) has just arisen from her tomb (studying). But I am back now for like what will probably seem like a New York minute otherwise known as study break!!

My mind has been all over the place, but time has been my greatest enemy it seems. Now that you know where I am at and also from the title of this post you can probably guess my rant and rave this time is about, Time. One minute it's there all contact and right there, then BOOM!just like that, before your very eyes its gone.

So heads up, I am no pro in giving anyone advice but I am not disorganized to the point of dysfunctionality  so I guess I am doing something right. But honey I need a map in my life, some go to tips when I veer off in the wrong direction.

Of course I did not come up with this list all on my own, I had some much needed inspiration from one Miss Shirley B. Eniang here whom I absolutely adore but my mild obsession with her is a blog post for another day and from this particular article on who is one of my coolest friends, keeping it real since high school.

Here goes:

1. Accept there is no time. The sooner you do, you can show the big bad wolf (time) whose boss. Put on your war paint and try doing everything an hour or two earlier. Wake up earlier for one, yes your blankets have accepted you as one of their own but those books are not going to read themselves.

2.Compromise. No, I don't mean one hour of books and like a 23-hour break, but something like two hours full out books of course with mini 5 minute breaks in between spent watching a short YouTube video rather than a whole playlist.

3. Lists. I used to be totally against these for the pure reason that you can't stick to a list. But wait until assignments are coming at you left, right and and lists basically BFFs. They'll soon be on your phone (reminder, alarms), sticky notes, handy notebooks, notice boards in your room so long as you are in constant visual or audio contact with the list, you're good.

4. Reduce distractions. Ask yourself do you really need to reply to that juicy text? Watch a marathon of your favorite series? Or do either while you study? If you answered no to all of these questions you are well on your way to easy, breezy assignments (you thought I was going to say easy breezy Cover Girl, right?)

5. Be prepared. Scout's motto. Preparation is key, you never know what may be hurled at you next, group work, individual assignment, course readings, pop quiz, club meetings, looking like you knew all about it simply won't cut it. Studying ahead is always a life saver.

6. Immediate effect. You know that assignment you were given weeks ago? The one you probably haven't started on, the one which will probably be a disappointment, grade-wise because you robbed yourself of sufficient time to do it? Well, you probably wouldn't be contemplating an excuse right now to your professor right now if you started on it...wait for it...immediately.

7. Be in the know. Constantly update your email or whatever other forum that may be used to pass on school information or any other information at least every few hours or so. The last thing you need is hearing that there was a late night assignment posted and due for submission at an even weirder hour when you were snug as a bug in a rug in bed.

8. Breathe. Turn up. Okay of course my idea of a turn up is a good book, hot chocolate and pajamas all day but hey we are all different. Turn up in the most sane way possible because stopping to take a deep breathe makes all the difference.

Do you have anything else to recommend? I would be more than happy to hear from you,

I know leave you with the wisest thing I heard yesterday from my classmate who has significantly risen on my cool chart.

Me; Why do you smile so much?
Guy: Because I believe right now I have everything I need to be happy.
Me: Are we in the same class?

I need his optimism, even a fraction of it.


  1. girlfriend you are on your way to a first class at this rate! !

    meet me at the top (coz erm..I'm clearing first and erm..just because! )


  2. Yah see I didn't forget about you. The top better make room for us +TheReel Rhee