With this semester coming to an end for students and the projects this semester wrapping up, I wanted to take a look back and talk about one of the things that really helped me get through the semester and helped me stay sane. The main thing was time management. I was able to break up my weekly assignments and then budget time for myself. For me, while I while out on the road I would have my entire schedule planned out for the week which can be pretty hectic. It would have been easy to just do all of my work last minute, but when I procrastinate I normally do not get to enjoy my time because in the back of my mind I am still thinking about all of the work I have to do. From my experiences, writing all of my higher priority items at the top of my list and not allowing myself to stray away from my work until it is finished usually helps me get my list through faster. When I can knock items off the list timely, I get to look forward to going to the gym and crushing some weights.
Most of my time management skills go back to when I was an undergrad and had my long list of final projects, along with fraternity and other club functions. Of course. I wanted to go do all of it. but being a full time student and knowing that that was the reason I went to college, it was important for me to learn this skill quickly. If I didn't, I would have not participated in extracurricular activities and there may be an entirely different Johnathan Pham writing this blog post today.
Just like my weekly schedule, I also find it beneficial to plan months ahead when I have the opportunity. By planning a semester ahead of time, I can look forward to the fun stuff coming down the road. Seeing those opportunities on the horizon, I am able to book flights with the best rates and plan a stellar vacation. So if I have one piece of advice for you undergrads, it is to make sure you schedule when possible and don't overload yourselves unless you have the time to commit.
PS - I was able to attend the Beta Xi Chapter chartering yesterday. Congrats to those gentlemen! I am very happy and proud to call you guys Brothers.