You are in the midst of an exciting moment. You are in college! Congratulations! You have worked hard to get here, and now it is time for the adventure to begin!

Hopefully, you are participating in new student orientation and meeting new friends. Classes have not yet started, so you have a lot of time. What should you be doing with all of this extra time? Get organized!

Get organized! That is the one of the first items that should be on your personal agenda when you arrive to campus. Getting yourself organized is key to your college success.

Being organized will help you in all types of ways. It is a fact that clutter creates stress and chaos. We do not want to start your college career in that state of mind. We want to make sure that you are clear and focused, so that you will be highly productive in your first year of school. Considering all of our big plans for college, we must do all that we can to ensure our success. Being organized will help you in your quest to achieve all of your goals in college.

My advice is that you focus on getting organized as soon as you arrive on campus, so that once classes begin, you can focus on excelling in your school work. Time is of essence. Before you know it, the semester will be well on its way. Use the valuable time that you have now to get organized before classes begin.

There are primarily two spaces that you need to organize: 1) your living space, and 2) your study space. Each are important to your life on campus. Let’s discuss each.

Organize Your Living Space
Whether you live on-campus or off-campus, your living space is important to your productivity. The more organized your living space the better. Having an organized living space will help you to maintain a clear mind, eliminate stress, save time and be more focused. Plus, having an organized living space will help you fall in love with your new home even faster.

Unpack as soon as possible. Put all of your clothes, home supplies and everything else in its designated place. Also take time to decorate. Put your signature on your room with your favorite colors, pictures and decorations. In fact, make your new room your new home!

Organize Your Study Space
You are in college to learn. How will you be able to study effectively if your study space is disorderly? Make sure that all of your desk as well as your school supplies are neatly organized and easily accessible. This will ensure that you are focused and effective when you sit down to study.

In the process of organizing your living and study spaces, identify everything that you need that is missing from your inventory. In fact, make a list. As soon as you can, go and purchase all of these necessities. It is important that you take the time to get these items in advance, so that once school begins, you can focus on excelling in your classes and co-curricular activities instead of running around trying to get everything you need.

Being organized is key to your success in college! Take the time, in fact, make the time to get your living and study spaces in order. In the long run, it will help to make a significant impact on your college success.

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