Thanks for the overwhelming support on my last post! I’m so thrilled to finally have been able to share the amazing news with you guys! The reason it took me so long was that I have been extremely busy since returning home to the U.S.
As I have said before, when I returned to work I was offered a promotion that has turned into a really great work experience. It is challenging yet very rewarding but does take up a lot of my time.
This summer I also took two very time-consuming classes that I am very glad to be done with. Now I am taking five classes this fall and working at the same time. I can’t believe that this is my senior year in college. In just a few short months I will have completed my Bachelor’s degree!
Today I had a meeting with my adviser so I thought that I would stop by and share how my final fall semester is going so far. My current classes are listed below:
• Strategic Business Solutions
• Business Web Architecture
• Legal Environment
• Internet Marketing
• Advertising and Promotion
After this semester I only have four more classes left to take before graduation! College went by way too fast…
For my Internet Marketing class, one of the projects is to build a blog that represents your own personal “brand.” I really didn’t want to start another blog but I had to for this assignment. I am now also blogging at Adventures of Hayley which is my brand new travel blog. I would love it if you could stop by and read, like, comment, or follow it because I have to reach certain milestones for the class. I would also appreciate it if you could take my anonymous survey!
Thanks for reading and for your continued support!
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With the dreaded finals week approaching I decided that I would share with you my tips for managing time wisely. Enjoy!
1. Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. This is one of the hardest things for me to do because I HATE waking up early but sometimes it is necessary. I usually get my best work done late at night but sometimes I just really need to sleep which calls for an early wake up time! Just try to suck it up and get yourself out of bed.
2. Plan out your day the night before. I always look at my planner right before going to bed so I can decide what needs to be done the next day. I like to plan ample time for sleep, relaxing, homework, and family/boyfriend. All of this takes planning, especially because I am also working 30+ hours a week.
3. Schedule time blocks for specific tasks. I like to plan time for each class. For example, Mondays from 11-1 I work on CIS and from 1:30-3 I work on COM. That way I always have time set aside for homework and studying. I add a half an hour break between for eating and playing around on social media.
4. Plan time to eat, sleep, and relax. This goes without saying, don’t stress yourself out. Make sure you have plenty of time set aside to relax!
5. Have a comfy, organized environment. I can’t stand a messy desk because if that’s unorganized I will not be able to focus on anything else. I basically start with a blank table and work from there.
6. Get rid of distractions. Put your phone, iPad, laptop, and whatever else may distract you away and make sure they are on silent until you are done!
7. Use a planner! I cannot stress this enough. Without my planner I would be lost. Get one. Period. (I use the Mead Pretty Please planner!)
I hope these tips help all of you fellow college students! Good luck on your exams! 🙂
As of today, there is only one month left of my fall semester! I am happy that it’s almost over but anxious because that means I am leaving for London soon and I am not ready. I don’t even know what day I am leaving yet…
But I will trek on. This semester has proven to be difficult in more than one way. I have been stretched to my breaking point on more than one occasion but I am happy to say that I’ve made it through them all. I have been constantly stressed and worried about classes, homework, grades, exams, and work. This has been my first semester living off campus and working full time so my work-school-life balance has been way off.
What I have enjoyed this semester:
- I have officially read my whole Web Applications book for my Computer Information Systems class from cover to cover. I’ve never done that before so I am pretty proud of myself!
- My advanced Economics class is online which has allowed me to take all of the exams online. They are only open for an hour but we have three days to complete them which is really nice because I’m really busy.
- I love my job and the people that I have met through it. I’m enjoying being able to work during the week instead of just weekends this year.
- This semester I have been more social than ever before. Like I said in my last post, I have finally found a great group of “college” friends and it is life changing. I finally fit in somewhere and have something to look forward to. It’s a nice change but it makes me sad to leave in a couple of months.
What has been challenging this semester:
- I have two professors who have been absolutely terrible. I have never in my college career felt this disrespected. I’m angry because I paid a lot of money for these classes and one of the professors is a jerk and the other isn’t qualified to teach the course!
- Managing my time has been a challenge because I’m trying to balance so many things and I just don’t have the time to do them all! Sometimes when I look at my planner I just want to cry because I still have so much to do.
- Working so much has really stressed me out. As much as I love my job and want the hours, it’s hard to do everything. I have found myself skipping class to get stuff done because I can’t skip work.
Overall, this semester has been a great one and I am trying to cherish the time I have left in college. It’s a hard time but I know that I will never get these four years back. I love my school and the memories that I have made and am currently making at it!
Thanks for reading!
Well, if you haven’t already figured it out, school is back in session. This means an endless supply of homework, exams, and reading assignments. This semester I am taking 15 credits which equals 5 classes. One of my classes is online and is the first online class that I have taken since high school! Here’s a list of my classes for your enjoyment:
- BCM 3700: Integrated Communication in Businesses
- CIS 2900: Web Applications for Business
- ECON 4000: Managerial Economics (Online)
- FIN 3200: Business Finance
- HIST 3020: World History to 1500
This is also my first semester pursing my BBA instead of my General Business minor. At my University you spend your first two years working on your General Business minor before being accepted into the program for your major. Classes are definitely harder the last four years….yay!
I am also working this semester… a lot. I requested to work 3-4 days between 25-30 hours a week. So far I have been working 4 days at 33-35 hours a week. I’m not complaining because I really need the money for study abroad. So far I have been able to balance work, school, and my social life. My boss is more than willing to scale down my hours if I become stressed.
My goal is to blog at least once a week during the semester. I really want to grow this blog before I leave for London in January. I want to provide information about my journey including what I packed, what research I am doing, the application process, and all of the adventures along the way! I originally created this blog to document my life and I have been slacking a bit. I am going to try to make blogging a priority this year!
Good luck to everyone as they head back to school! Let’s make this a semester to remember!
Thanks for reading!
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