Taking the opportunity to advance my education in high school was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Throughout the past two years I have learned so much about myself and where I want to see myself in the future. Now that I have decided to continue my education out of Alaska, I really want to zone in on the things that have made me successful in the past.

Although my parents would disagree, I think my time management skills have improved immensely over the past two years all thanks to my planner! At one point, I was working three jobs, taking sixteen credits, and trying to maintain my relationships. There are only 24 hours in a day and while I love to sleep, I can’t waste my day away in bed when there are things to do. Sunday I read over my schedule for the next week and fill in the blank areas with things that I need to get done. I schedule homework time, gym time, date night, and even time to organize my room. I think getting into this habit is probably my most helpful trait moving into this next chapter. I have never been one to be really dependent on my parents, but this helps me make sure I don’t need to be. I got this!

I tend to advertise myself as a pretty organized person, but if I’m being honest, organization is one thing I have to force myself to do. I can’t focus in an unorganized or messy place so I try to keep my space cleaned up so I can relax when I’m there. Especially with how busy I keep myself, I have learned the importance of having everything in it’s place so I can find it when I need it. Plus, I just feel so much better when my closet is color-coordinated and there is a fresh candle burning!

Okay this is super important: DON’T UNDERESTIMATE OFFICE HOURS OR THE TUTORING CENTER! Seriously I slacked off with asking for help in my easy classes, but if I would have spent a little more time with the professors, I might have had a little bit better in those classes. Honestly, it sounds dreadful, but professors post office hours for a reason and please do not be a fool like I was and ignore that time! It is super beneficial and you won’t regret it.

I know so many people who have made life long friendships from college and that is something that I could not be more excited for! I haven’t had roommates yet so I am excited for that, but something I learned early in college classes is to talk to people in your classes, form study groups, and don’t be too good to ask for help. There will be times that you missed something during the lecture or your classmates missed something and you will be each others saving grace!

The last big lesson I learned that I think is going to help me is something that I continually struggle with. I am continually learning to be present. A lot of the time, I tend to think about the future more than I think about what is right in front of me. In church a few months ago, my pastor talked about giving what is in front of you 100% of your focus and energy so when you move to the next thing, you can be proud of the work you did. My brain is kinda all over the place so I really have to think about where my mind is going and refocus myself onto what I am doing in that moment.  I hope everyone going to school for the first time or headed back to school has a fantastic semester!! Good luck!

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