The last thirteen years you more than likely have gone to school from eight to three Monday through Friday. Going to college is a little different. You can go to class Monday through Friday, Tuesday and Thursday, Monday Wednesday Friday, the weekend, or online. You can take all eight ams, all night classes, early afternoon classes, late afternoon classes, or spread them out all day long. Regardless of how you schedule your classes, you aren't in class thirty five hours a week like you were in high school. If you are like me, you like your life to work off a schedule. Even as a schedule orientated person, it was difficult for me to go from not having a lot of time to be responsible for to having a whole lot of time I was responsible for filling. It is tempting at first because you look at your class schedule and you realize you are out of class more than you are in class. Sleeping, eating, hanging out, napping, going to the pool, going to the beach, going to the flea market, watching T.V. crafting, spending hours at church and the BCM, social media, going home and talking on the phone are just a few of the things that I wanted to fill all of my free time. Reality hits real quick once you do this for a week or two. Even though you are not in class you should study two hours for every hour of class, and that does not include homework. Being apart of clubs and organizations that will help you in your career path, volunteering, shadowing, sleeping and eating also feel in that time you aren't in class. As you add all this up all the stuff I wanted to take up my free time decreased greatly on my list of priorities. Don't get me wrong, there is still time to have fun and do things you enjoy but there are some days that is feels like there are not enough hours in a week. My advise is to make a list of priorities ( if class isn't at the top then you might want to reevaluate your values because that is why you are here) and make a list of your class schedule. Start filling in your "free spaces" with your priorities starting at the top and when you run out of free time then you have to knock off some of the ones lower on the list. It is definitely okay to change priorities from week to week so you can squeeze everything in. Just don't get so excited about all your "free time" that you forget about what is important. You can also make your schedule flexible. Sometimes you realize work needs to come before clubs and sometimes you notice you need to take off work to attend these clubs so you will see there will be a lot of compromise between your priorities. Again, if you are like me if you allow too much flexibility to your schedule you will notice your priorities getting out of line. It is all about having a healthy balance.
Here is a small example of what my week might look like( this is a rough example I through together really quickly)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
My name is Ellisa Long. Its pronounced like Melissa... but without the 'm'. I know it's spelled weird but my dad's name is Ellis so they added an 'a' to then end and 'tada' there's my name. So anyways... I am a sophomore at the University of South Alabama and I also work as a Jag Guide on campus. My job is to basically get future students up to date with information pertaining to the University, answer any questions they may have, and let them know what they need to do in order to become a Jag! I am from Huntsville Alabama which is about a six hour drive from Mobile. It's quite a stretch, but it is totally worth it! I graduated from Grissom High School in 2013 and plan to graduate from South in 2017! I am majoring Professional Health Sciences while on the Pre Occupational Therapy track as well! I hope to get in to Occupational Therapy School here at South after I graduate! Other than being a full time student and Jag Guide I am really involved with the Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) and I am on their leadership team. I am also Vice President for the Pre Occupational Therapy Club and I am really involved with Moffet Road Baptist Church which is a local church here in Mobile. As you can see I stay pretty busy. If you guys ever need anything or have any questions please feel free to look me up on Facebook (Ellisa JagGuide) and ask away!