Besides at least $100 for textbooks, is a planner.
Before coming to college, I was pretty set on my ways of being “organized”. I would write down what class I had homework for on my hand, and when I got home I would probably remember what exactly it was that I needed to do. If I didn’t, then one of my friends would be kind enough to remind me what the assignment was.
But in college, just writing down the class you have homework for in your hand is definitely not a good way to keep track of your homework. Because most classes don’t meet every day, not all your homework is due the day after it’s assigned like it was in high school. Not to mention you will often have assignments that aren’t due for a good month or so after they are assigned. You’re going to want to get a head start on those the day you know what to do…usually there’s a reason why they’re given a month in advance. There is nothing worse than it being 1AM and realizing that the paper worth 40% of your grade is due at 8:00 AM. Trust me, I know from experience.
To stay organized, I started using a planner and by the end of the school year, I had my own type of
system down. I sometimes even used the sticky notes app on my Mac and real sticky notes to leave myself reminders everywhere.
The nice thing about having a planner is that you can use it however little or however much you want, and you can get one that works specifically for you. You can usually find some really cheap ones at Wal-Mart, but if you wanted one tailored to Concordia the Cobber Bookstore has one available with all the important dates you need to know on campus. I use mine all the time, and I consider it to be my anchor to everything I do. Because I am pretty busy, it’s hard for me to remember things without writing them down. I’ve already started my planner for this
upcoming school year with my work schedules, important dates pertaining to Residence Life or Homecoming, and other important things I need to remember.