Friday Roundup #8

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Dorm Room Ideas: Secrets to Having the Most Stylish Room on Your Floor: If I could re-live my dorm experience, this is the style I’d go for. In a world of Pottery Barn and Lily Pulitzer themed dorm rooms, this is a breath of fresh air.

The Wrong Way (and the Right Way!) to Microwave Leftovers: Mind.blown.

5 Bad Academic Habits You Had Last Year (& How To Ditch Them!): I think we could all learn a thing or two from this post!

Bon Weekend, my friends!

How Much Should I Study?

One of the first things you’ll probably notice in the transition from high school to college is the amount of time your behind will be in a desk in a classroom. Gone are the days of sitting in class 30 to 35 hours a week. For most of you, you’ll find yourself in a classroom probably about 12 to 15 hours a week. So much time! So much freedom! So much naps!

…Or so you might think…

At most institutions, full time status is 12 credits/credit hours/units/semester hours. Most students will take anywhere between 12 and 15 credit hours in a semester, which equates to about four to five classes. Credit hours are a unit of measurement that represents the amount of time you will be in class per week. (This will vary with online or hybrid courses.) For each credit hour you enroll in, generally speaking, you should spend 2-3 hours outside of the classroom working on coursework. You could be reading, taking notes, preparing for an exam, working on a graded assignment, doing practice problems, library research, working on a group project – I’m sure there’s more!

For each credit hour you enroll in, generally speaking, you should spend 2-3 hours outside of the classroom working on coursework.

In practice, you’ll find that some classes may need a little more and others need a little less. This will depend on any prior experience with the subject matter or interest level.

Therefore, if you take 12 credit hours, you should be spending 24-36 hours outside of the classroom on your coursework. Add that to the 12 hours you’re spending IN class and you get 36-48 hours! Just on school! Going to school full-time is equivalent to having a full-time job.

So, as you’re contemplating that part-time job or leadership responsibilities in your extracurriculars, take a few moments to think about how much time you’ll realistically be able to contribute to out-of-class work. Will your new responsibilities take valuable study time away from your school work? Do you have a plan for how to manage your time effectively? Do you have enough time budgeted for rest and self-care?

So what do you think – were you surprised at the amount of time you should be committing to your coursework? Do you spend the recommended amount of time on coursework out of class?

Back-to-School Roundup

I reached out to some bloggers in my network to see if they had any back-to-school advice on time management, study tips or organization. Here’s what they said:

Time Management
Busy Much? Tips for Time Management

Freshman Five: Before Starting the Internship Hunt

Let’s Get Organized With Agendas

Commuter Students
How to Stay Plugged in on Campus as a Commuter Student
26 Tips you Need to make your Commute Awesome

What other topics would you be interested in? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday Term: Semester

Whether I’m interacting with a brand new freshman or a recent transfer into my institution, I’ve found that there can be significant terminology gaps. I mean, what is a credit hour? What’s the difference between applying and registering? What makes up an academic year?

Well I aim to answer those questions and more with my Tuesday Term series. Each week on Tuesdays I’ll have a new term for you that includes an explanation of the term, how it contrasts with another term or the subtle differences between it and another term that sounds similar. For my first Tuesday Term, I’ll start out with an easy one – semester.

Is there a term you’d like defined? Let me know in the comments!

14 Places You Should Find Before School Starts

School is getting ready to start all over the country. I know our campus is starting to come back to life and has started slowly buzzing with activity.  As you’re moving into your dorm and getting to know your roommate and all of the other folks on your hall, make sure you’re getting out and getting acquainted with your campus. Pull out your campus map or pull up your campus virtual map and get cracking on finding these key places: Continue reading

Weekly Roundup #7

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The holidays are just around the corner, so here are some ideas for your small-space dwelling friends or family members. How to Give a Gift to Someone Who Lives In a Small Space.

Choosing a major is one of the hardest decisions of one’s college life. Four Steps to Choosing a Major

An interesting perspective on time management. I don’t always agree with Study Hacks, but often it gives me a good starting place for my own time management issues and gives me new ideas. Study Hacks Blog: “Judge your day on how well you executed your productivity process, not the details of what you actually produced.”

Looking for a wardrobe refresh? J.Crew Factory has some new arrivals that I think you’ll love!  These are my favorites:
Long-sleeve flip-striped tee in heather charcoal
Striped artist tee in dusty pearl
Printed scarf in black blue
Wool dress coat in heather cloud
Long-sleeve tee in bright eggplant
Cashmere cardigan in burgundy


After my economics class ends this week, I’ll have several weeks until the next class starts up. Man, have I learned new lessons in time management! Learning and adjusting to a new time management schema will be something that happens any time you add or remove something that takes time to do. Whether it’s welcoming a new baby or pet into the home, working full time, taking classes, starting a hobby or growing a new relationship, all of these take time. And, not only that, it takes a bit of time to adjust to new set of  responsibilities.

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My Summer Class

I decided to take a course this summer and the one I “chose” is a graduate level managerial economics course. I say “chose” because if I had infinite choices, managerial economics would not be the top one. But, it’s in my degree plan and I’ve just got to push on. I attempted an entry-level course as an undergrad, but it was all just gobbledygook and just awful. This is not a subject area that I enjoy and I’m certainly not good at it.

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