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Time Management

By Beverly Asante, Peer Advisor

As you all know it is extremely difficult being a full-time student and tackling other obligations. For some of you these obligations might be going to work, taking care of your family, or even attending weekly meetings for student organizations. These obligations begin to add up and before you know it, you will be stressed and overwhelmed because it feels as if you are doing a million things at once. We have all been there. If you have struggle with time management, I strongly urge you to continue reading. Listed below are a few tips on how you can increase your time management skills.

Have a Planner

Time management is about controlling the amount of time you spend on activities. What better way to do that then to use a planner. They are a great way for you to keep track of your daily activities. Most planners have a daily or weekly overview that allow for you to pencil in all your upcoming events and schedules. You can even organize your schedule by the hour. Planners give you a physical record of your schedule and the times you are available to ensure that none of your daily tasks conflict with each other. As busy college students, with a million and one things on our plate, using a planner is essential for making sure our time is used efficiently.


To-Do list


The biggest reason as to why I would recommend a to-do list is for organization. Again, for most of us, school is not our only obligation. Often times we have an idea of what we have to do, but actually writing things down allows for us to organize our tasks and prioritize our responsibilities. Also, keeping everything in our head gives us room to forget things. Nobody is capable of remembering everything they have to do, all of the time. I know I can’t. That is why I recommend keeping a to-do list; it ensures that we focus all our attention on our most important tasks.

Start Early


Starting early is very important. Most times, the reason why we have so much to do is because we wait till the last minute to do everything. I’ve done it, we’ve all done it, but it is probably one of the most inefficient ways to work. For example, professors give us our syllabi during our first day of school. Meaning, we have weeks in advance to prepare and organize ourselves. Please do not wait till the day before your exams to start studying. Study a week or two in advance and get ahead. Doing things early will allow for you to be calm, more creative and clearheaded, thus enabling you to work at your maximum capacity.

Welcome to the U

By Beverly Asante, Toppel Peer Advisor

The transition from high school to college is a big step. For some of you, this might be the first time you are away from your friends and family. This may be the last time that you see your classmates from high school. This may even be the last time someone scolds you for not doing your laundry. Why you may ask?  You’re a college student!  Congratulations baby canes, you’ve made it! Here are a few tips on how you can make your transition from high school to college that much smoother.

Be Yourself

 Oscar Wilde once said “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”   This may sound really cliché, but it’s true. I was extremely worried when I first started my college career. I didn’t have any friends.  I literally was eating alone in the cafeteria with no one to talk to for about a month. It happens, you might not have friends the first couple of weeks, but you will eventually make some. The only way you can survive in college or anywhere else for that matter is by being yourself. People will gravitate towards you more easily once they can relate to you, the real you.  So put your best foot forward and don’t forget to always be U.

Get Involved

I previously wrote a blog post about getting involved, the link for that will be listed below. However, I cannot stress the importance of it. Employers want to know that you are not a robot, studying all day in the library and that you are a well-rounded person.  You should be actively participating in clubs and organizations that resonate with who you are and your values. Getting involved shows employers that you have a balance and that you can be a leader both inside and outside of the classroom. Not to mention, you can meet some of your lifelong friends and advocates through clubs and organizations. Speaking from my own experience, joining organizations such as the debate team and the Hammond Butler Inspirational Concert Choir helped me so much. Till this very day, I hold friendships and bonds with people that constantly motivate me to be a better person.  

Go to Class

Last, but not least do not forget to go to your classes. I understand our parents are no longer here to tell us what to do and we are definitely all adults here, but going to class is very important. You can miss out on very important material if you do not attend class on a regular basis. I definitely recommend going to class and developing a relationship with your professors. Don’t ever forget that it is the little things that matter such as going to class, getting there on time, participating, and treating both your classmates and professors with respect. Professors actually pay attention to those little details and that might actually work in your favor when final grades come around.

Here is the link to all my previous blog posts including the one about getting involved,

 Thank you for reading, and don’t forget, it’s great to be a Miami HurriCane!


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