How To: Get Ready For The School Year

My summer is quickly coming to an end with only a few weeks left before I have to begin prepping myself for another demanding year at UC Davis! Here are some of my tips for how to mentally get ready for the new school year!

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If your class information is already available and you know for sure that you are taking the class, I recommend shopping around for your textbook! Now is a perfect time to compare prices with online marketplaces and your campus bookstore to find the best deal. I already know that Organic Chemistry will be a huge challenge this quarter, so I decided to order my copy early from Amazon so I could have a chance to read up on the first few chapters before classes begin!

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Another tip is to begin goal planning. Goal Planning is essential for staying on track and focused throughout the year. I like to sit down before school starts and plan out my long term goals (my life and career aims) as well as my short term goals. I see short term goals as pathways to my long term goals, so when I make these lists I like to make very realistic plans for the school year like joining a specific club or looking into a new program. I really recommend trying out goal planning, it helps make your goals seem more real since you can finally see it on paper!

Hope these help! Stay tuned for more back to school themed posts in the coming weeks šŸ™‚

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

Organization Diaries Part 2: Keeping a Planner

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I started keeping a planner back in elementary school, and since then it has stuck with me as a way to stay organized on both the busiest and the slowest days. I attribute much of my success to my planners, which have allowed me to stay on top of events, tests, meetings, and the endless flow of homework assignments.

Since I am starting college this school year, I decided to fish around the internet and look for something that I could personalize and make my own. I hit gold when I foundĀ http://www.mochithings.com, a website filled with all the planners and stationary you could ever want. After browsing through the Schedulers tab, I finally settled on ordering theĀ Orange Seize the Day Daily PlannerĀ since it allowed me to keep both a monthly view and a daily view so that I could easily keep track of both long and short term activities.

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I have transformed the opening page into a colorful dashboard to display my class schedule, as well as a really pretty monogram I made. With a mini envelope and some wash tape I made a small pocket that is placed over the original clear plastic pocket, which will be great for small papers when I finally start school!

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The monthly pages are basically gridded blank calendars that you fill in with the all the dates and months. This is a little tedious to fill in, but I have found it to be pretty theraputic and it also allows you to start and restart planning without stress over wasting months, etc.

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Having the liberty to decorate each page has been a really fun experience so far as I have started to love washi tape and sort of have a collection now…woops! Since I have yet to start school, I have not yet used the daily pages, but as soon as I have I will be sure to update you guys and maybe either do a few decorating tutorials or review the planner as whole!

Do you use a planner?