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Finding Balance

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Being a full-time student, working a full-time job, and being married can all sometimes drive me nuts. I love it all, but because I give 100% to whatever I commit myself to, it can get a little overwhelming. My favorite saying is, “So much to do, so little time.” Over the past few years I’ve figured out at least a few things that make my life (and my husband’s life) easier, healthier, and more manageable.

1. Chore Schedule

I used to pick one day and try to get all of the cleaning done, and I only did this once my place looked like a disaster. It would take me all day and I wouldn’t have time for anything else. Instead, I decided to make a daily chore list to do a little a day and never let it get overwhelming. For example, Monday’s list would be to make the bed, clean the sinks, and clean the counter tops. Tuesday’s list would be to make the bed, clean the toilets, do the dishes, etc. Breaking up the chores into little pieces at a time has made life much more manageable!

Weekly Chore Schedule

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2. Use A Planner

For a lot of people, remembering things isn’t an issue. If you’re like me, you pretend it’s not an issue, and then reality sets in when you miss a birthday or a homework assignment. I got myself a tiny planner that fits in my purse, so that I have it 24/7. Every event, grocery item, and homework assignment goes in there so I can keep track of everything in a simple way. It’s all about getting in a routine and checking your planner every night or morning.

Planner Organization

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3. Cook In Bulk

Trying to cook every meal is way too stressful and time consuming. So, Sunday I do laundry and cooking. I cook some chicken, beef, and other meats for the week so that I can put it in different dishes all week. I may have a chicken wrap one day, and then the next day have a chicken caesar salad! This way, I’m eating healthy, but I’m not wasting time everyday cooking!

Cooking In Bulk

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The biggest part of keeping everything balances and staying ahead of schedule is to figuring out what is going to help YOU be organized. For me, it’s these three things that really keep me focused. For you, it may be something different. Whatever it is, when you find what works, you will dominate the semester!

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3 Reasons To Go Greek

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Greek organizations in college campuses across the nation are recruit new members at the beginning of each year. Each one recruits differently either through formal “rush” events or just by getting to know new people and inviting them to hang out at the house. Here are three reasons why you should go Greek:

1. Connections

The more friends you have in college, the better the experience will ultimately be. Your social life is just as important as academics. Having fun and making memories is an important part of college. The connections and bonds you form now will carry over with you after school as well. Joining a Greek organization will expand your network immensely that will come in handy after graduation.

Male College Greek Fraternity Friends

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2. Academics

Having a good balance between being social and homework is key and Greek life is a great way to find that balance. While there may be a lot of fun and games, you are also required to maintain a minimum GPA (usually about a 2.5) and awards are given to those with the highest GPAs. Also many fraternities and sororities have an appointed academics chairman to help you study if you fall behind or direct you to more academic resources.

Greek College Students Doing Homework Together Outside

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3. Resume

If you go in for a job interview and the interviewer was in a Greek organization in college, or in the same one as you, you will have a much better chance at landing that job. This is not just because you both have something in common, but also because each organization has its own values to live by and the employer will know that you have the same work ethic and values.

You can also show a lot of leadership experience if you hold an officer position. Fraternities and sororities have a president, vice president, marketing chair, recruitment chair, financial chair, etc. There are also weekly formal meetings used to plan out activities or discuss possible issues.

College Greek Life Employment Benefit

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Aside from all of the above reasons, just do it for the memories. You will form bonds that can’t be broken and memories that are unforgettable. My fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, helped me figure out what I want to do and how I want to accomplish it. It also helped me mature into a responsible young man with my head on straight. Joining the right Greek organization can make or break your college experience and will give you a perspective and experience unlike any other.

Are you (or have you been) a part of a Greek organization? Which one?

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Strategy for Scheduling

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Now that I’m working 30 hours a week, married, and going to school, I’ve had a lot of trouble keeping up with everything. I’ve let the apartment become a chaotic mess, the laundry pile up, and I haven’t done something for myself in I don’t know how long. Life as a college student can get quite hectic! I’ve been trying to figure out how I can stop this cycle that keeps repeating every week. As much as sometimes schedules don’t work out the way you want them to, structure could be the key to success. In the past few weeks, I have mapped out certain days for me to get things done.

Scheduling Steps

1. Weekly Schedule

I took a huge white erase board and put it in my closet (which I know I’ll look at every day.) I have Monday-Sunday written out with enough space for me to add stuff below the days.

2. Work and Class Hours

After making the basic outline, I fill in my work and class hours for the week. Now I can fill in the other stuff that I need to get done

3. Homework

Then I write in everything I need to get done for school (including every detail, no matter how small). Designating a time for homework will make it easier for me to sit down and actually do it.

4. Chores

When school is on the board, then it’s time to add housework, oil changes, trips to the bank, etc. (All of the stuff you really need to get done and keep forgetting or putting off.)

5. Fun

Finally, after your beautifully structured week is almost complete, add something you can do that is just for yourself. (Massage, nails done, workout, etc.)

College Student Calendar Schedule Organization

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As stated before, this approach isn’t for everyone, but it’s been working for me. With structure, I don’t allow myself to feel overwhelmed by all of the things I need to do, because I know there is a time I can do it! Don’t be discouraged if life gets in the way and throws your schedule off, because it will happen. Just take a deep breath, adjust your schedule, and keep smiling!

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