Strategies & Tips I Use to Manage My Time

Hey friends! It’s Brooke, here. Welcome to the Student Ambassador’s blog. We are in the process of getting some awesome posts together from our experiences… to support YOUR success!

This post is all about strategies and tips I use to manage my time. Everyone gets stressed about school and it doesn’t matter if you’re taking one class, three or –like me– six. We all have lives outside of school, too: family, friends, work, spouses, professional organizations and church, not to mention taking care of you (laundry, showering, exercising, eating, doing dishes, sleeping, and the list can go on). So how do we balance these things? And, how can we do them so that instead of just “passing the class” we actually learn and retain the information to apply it somewhere in the future?

I’ll be honest; I don’t actually know how to do it, yet. Some elements in my life suffer so that other things that are more temporary can be prioritized. I balance six classes, presidency of a student chapter of a professional organization, my role as a student ambassador, tutoring my classmates in software skills, five siblings, three parents and a boyfriend. I tried to have a job for about a week… camel, meet straw…

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So here are some things I have learned along my journey.

  1. SLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEPSLEEP
    I can’t stress this enough! Last year, I was proud of myself when I would stay up all night to get my homework done. This year, I sleep a MINIMUM of five and a MAXIMUM of eight and a half hours every night. I have figured out the effects of staying up all night and it’s not just being tired the next day. When your body doesn’t have time to shut itself down and reboot, it will wear out faster; you won’t live as long! “In the “Whitehall II Study,” British researchers looked at how sleep patterns affected the mortality of more than 10,000 British civil servants over two decades. The results, published in 2007, showed that those who had cut their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night nearly doubled their risk of death from all causes.” (1) Not to mention all of the effects on your memory and appearance. If you follow the rest of these tips, you will have time to sleep. 🙂
  2. Schedule everything.
    I use two planners, my phone and a written one. Everything gets written down (that way my mind has to think about it while writing) and then it goes into my phone calendar so that I know I will get a reminder about it. I also make a sketch on paper to figure out when I am going to do my homework.
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  3. Keep track of how and when you get distracted I have a mini notebook with me at all times. When I am working on assignments, I might spend three hours sitting at my desk but when I record my time focused and my breaks in concentration, I realize that I only actually worked for about half of that time. Write it down and you will see what I’m talking about. Hold yourself accountable for your time.
  1. Print your syllabus.
    There is something about having all of my syllabi posted on my wall, next to my desk, makes things a world easier. I can see what the assigned reading is for the week, which assignments are due soon, how long until the tests, and the teacher’s office hours and location.
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  2. Drink water
    H2O is your brain’s friend! Coffee drinkers like me tend to forget about that delicious stuff that should make up 40-60% of your body. Just because coffee has water in it, doesn’t mean it is water. (I used to try to talk myself into that idea… NO.)
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  3. Schedule a break with someone you like being around
    Whether it is your brother or sister, mum or dad, boyfriend or girlfriend, best friend or your favorite fur person; you need a break, and unless they come to class with you, they probably miss you. I give myself a deadline, a focus and then I reward myself, i.e. 7:30pm –finish web assign for math, dinner and Netflix with Kevin, go to sleep at 10:00pm. Have lunch or dinner with your family or your best friend, but make sure you get all of your work done so you can relax and enjoy your time with them.
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  4. Set due dates for yourself
    I know you’ve heard this before, but if you finish your assignment two days early, you will be GOLDEN. Often, teachers will be willing to give you some notes before the final due date, plus finishing and submitting early will help you avoid last minute, low quality work.
  5. Work both sides of your brain.
    There is a lot of evidence on the way the brain operates for different things on each side. Right is creative and left is logical, so when you have trouble in math, take a few moments and draw a doodle, it doesn’t have to be pretty, just sketch something that you see, or that you’re thinking about, use the other side of your brain and relax the side that is trying to figure out exponential functions. This will help you avoid being stressed out and frustrated.
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  6. Wake up at the same time, all seven days of the week. This one goes hand in hand with number one, but it deserves its own number. If you sleep late on the weekends, it is much harder to get into your routine during the week. This is why the “Monday Blues” are a thing. Also, if you don’t have class until 1pm on Tuesday and Thursday, but Monday, Wednesday and Friday are 8am classes, do not use Tuesday and Thursday to sleep until noon. This makes the other days of the week HURT (shout out to my 8am trig class buddies).
  1. Use your most productive time wisely.
    About two hours after you wake up, you are at your most productive level for the day, for about two hours. I try to time my alarm two hours before my math class, because that is a difficult class for me, plus I don’t drive very far, so I spend about 45 minutes studying in the parking lot before class. This warms up my brain, lets my coffee take effect and puts me in the right mindset for class.

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

( 1 ) http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss?page=3

2015-2016 Student Ambassadors

Chad Kibbe

Chad Kibbe

 

 

Hey! My name is Chad Kibbe and I am from a small town called Bunn, North Carolina. I am currently enrolled in the Associate in Arts program. Upon graduation at Wake Tech, I will be transferring to NC State University to pursue a degree in Environmental Technology and Management. Outside of my academic career, I spend a lot of time creating ways to fund my education. Most recently, I traveled to a small fishing village called Egegik, Alaska, where I had the opportunity to create substantial income by working on a commercial salmon fishing boat. Although this was very rewarding work, it has greatly strengthened my desire to earn my degree and strive for academic excellence. My experience at Wake Tech has been phenomenal thus far, and I am excited to see how I will be able to give back to the college this year.

 

 

 

David Kirstein

David Kirstein

 

 

Having grown up in Apex just up the hill from Holly Springs, David is a native North Carolinian. After attending Cardinal Gibbons High School, he moved away to go to school at Campbell University for a year and some change, but eventually decided that a path into the banking industry was not for him. Now he is a Pre-Nursing student here at Wake Tech, and is closing in on admission to the Associate’s Degree of Nursing program. In the long run, David plans to pursue a career as a clinician. Whether that means nurse, nurse practitioner, or doctor, we’ll just have to wait and see. Although David spent much of his childhood learning to play sports while neglecting the arts, David has been honing his musical ability over the past few years. Because of his appearance and demeanor, many people are surprised to learn that David is actually an avid freestyle rap artist. The way he developed this skill was by making CDs of hip-hop instrumentals to play in his car, and then practicing wherever he went. He invites anyone to join him in a rap cipher session when he is off the clock.

 

 

Elise Johnson

Elise Johnson

 

 

 

Bestselling and Nobel prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck once said, “To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy, a whole heart, and a free mind.” Hello, I am Elise Johnson. As a wife, mother of two adult children, lover of learning, and a former veteran homeschool mom, I receive great satisfaction in helping others. This desire has led me to pursue a career as a medical assistant. My ultimate goal is to have it continue to make a difference that I have lived at all. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve at Wake Tech. I am looking forward to not only serving in the way expressed by Pearl S. Buck, but to applying her wisdom to learning with joy, with a whole heart, and with a free mind. I sincerely wish each of you a semester filled with the same and a desire to make a difference in the lives of those around you.

 

 

David Bratton

David Bratton

 

 

 

Hi All! Originally from Chesapeake Bay Virginia, I moved to North Carolina early on in my life and have lived in Apex ever since. Currently I’m enrolled in the transfer program completing my last year here at Wake Tech before going to Appalachian State University to focus primarily on my major. My decided career path is within the field of computer science with a hopeful focus on artificial intelligence as well as a hopeful minor in some form of business psychology. I’m a diligent worker and a strong advocate for earning rather than receiving- it makes for a much more rewarding lifestyle. If I’m not studying at Wake Tech or serving as Student Ambassador somewhere on Main Campus, then you’ll probably find me at the beach, lake, or anywhere where there’s water.

 

 

Cristhian Arredondo

Cristhian Arredondo

 

 

 

 

My name is Cristhian Mena. I’m from Lima, Peru. I’m enrolled in the Architecture program and want to continue to study architecture until I receive my architecture license. I enjoy playing soccer and drawing.

 

 

 

Kaitlyn McCord

Kaitlyn McCord

 

 

 

Hey guys! My names Kaitlyn and I am originally from Naples, Florida. But have lived here since I was 8 years old and consider North Carolina home. I am currently pursuing my AA degree and then hope to move forward and major in studio arts with a minor in entrepreneurship, and then master in architectural design. I want to move on to be an architectural designer who specializes in hospitality so that I could design resorts! My ABSOLUTE favorite thing to do is art and crafts. I love making things and painting!

 

 

 

Tihami Khan

Tihami Khan

 

 

 

 

My name is Tihami Ahmed Khan. I was born in Hawkinsville, Georgia. I was raised up in both the cities of Raleigh and Cary. I am currently enrolled in the Associate of Arts program. I plan on transferring to NCSU for a bachelor’s in Business Administration. I want to get a job being a manager of a corporation. I enjoy playing basketball and football.

 

 

Antanisha Mackey

Antanisha Mackey

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Antanisha Mackey and I am from the beautiful islands of the Bahamas. I am currently enrolled in Nursing and my goals in the near future is to pursue both my Bachelors and Masters degrees at UNC or NCCU after I have completed my Associates in Nursing at WTCC. After I have accomplished this goal, I would like to open up the first hospice care organization in The Bahamas. I see Nursing as not only a career but also an avenue to use my skills to help people.

 

 

Brittany McGhee

Brittany McGhee

 

 

 

 

I’m originally from Columbus, OH, and I moved to Rolesville, NC after my freshman year of high school. I am in the Networking Technologies program at Wake Tech, and hope to work for Cisco after completing my degree. I work part-time as a swim coach and lesson instructor at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Center. In my free time, I like to spend time outdoors (camping, hiking, etc.) and stay involved on campus with extracurriculars (e.g. Phi Theta Kappa). I’m very excited to be a student ambassador, and am looking forward to a great school year!

 

 

Jessica Handy

Jessica Handy

 

 

 

 

Hello! My name is Jessica Handy, I am currently in the Associate of Science program here at Wake Tech, and I hope to transfer to ECU to study nursing. I would love to travel the world and explore other cultures; after I obtain my Bachelor’s degree, I would like to find an organization that will allow me to volunteer overseas and put my newly acquired nursing skills to use.

 

 

 

Brooke Grayson

Brooke Grayson

Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez

 

 

 

My name is Jessica Hernandez and I got to grow up in the “best place to live,” Raleigh, North Carolina. I graduated from Sanderson High School in 2014. Go Spartans!! I am currently getting my Associate of Arts Degree at Wake Tech and I plan on transferring to North Carolina State University. There, I want to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in General Psychology and attend graduate school. I would like to have a degree in Psychology to become a guidance counselor at the elementary level. I have worked with kids as an after school teacher and summer camp counselor for four years. In the summer of 2014, I was also able to travel to Ireland, Wales, London, and Paris. One day, I would like to see Venice and I have always had dreams of teaching English in a South American country. I am so happy Wake Tech has put me on a path towards achieving my dreams.

 

 

Daneel Nichol

Daneel Nichol

 

 

 

 

Hi ! My name is Daneel Nichol, and I am18 years old and I moved here 1 year ago from Jamaica. I’m currently pursuing an Associate in Science at Wake Tech’s North Campus. I would like to transfer to either UNC to do a double major in Spanish and Mathematical Decision Sciences or UNC Charlotte to major in Actuarial Science. After that I would like to take the required tests to have a career as an Actuary. In my spare time I like to binge watch Netflix and reality shows and reading.

 

 

Riley Carr

Riley Carr

 

 

 

My hometown is Cary, North Carolina. I’m currently undecided in my major, but I am headed towards an associate of arts degree. Still unsure because I don’t know what I want to major in, but I am taking an Introduction to Simulation and Game Development class that is quite interesting. So I might end up enrolling in the SGD program if I like the class I have well enough by the end of this semester. I greatly enjoy reading, especially fantasy and sci-fi fiction. I also enjoy reading manga and watching anime. I haven’t been to Japan yet, but I really want to go. I also want to travel around the world to places like Egypt, Greece, and Rome. I have a cat named Jasper, and a beagle named Milo. I love animals! My favorite animal is the Tiger ( because they’re awesome!). I love playing video games; Pokemon being my all-time favorite.

 

 

Joselyn Ramirez-Mendoza

Joselyn Ramirez-Mendoza

Meet the 2014-2015 Student Ambassadors

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Hello! My name is Brittany Savage, I am a sophomore and a transfer student at Wake Tech. I plan on earning my Bachelor’s Degree in middle school education and becoming an overseas missionary. love getting to meet new people and helping them in any way I can.I strive to be an encourage to every person I meet.

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Hello, My name is Kristina Porras, Currently, I am a sophomore at Wake Tech. I hope to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill to complete my undergrad, and eventually attend UNC’s medical school. In my free time, I enjoy hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and spending time with family and friends.

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Hello! My name is Rachel Coghlan

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Hello! My name is Alexandra Shrader

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Greetings! My name is Olivia Knox, I’m currently enrolled in my second year in the Associate in Science program at Wake Tech. I’m going to transfer to NC State in the Fall of 2015 to major in Biology and minor in Toxicology. My dream is to pursue medical school to become a dermatologist.

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Hello! My name is Haley Byers, I am 19 and moved here from Charleston, SC one year ago. I moved here for school and am planning on pursing a PhD in Genetics and working in a women’s hospital so I can have the privilege of working with pregnant women and babies!

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Hello! My name is Shefali Bhalla, I’m a stay at home mom of 3 kids ages 14, 9, and 5. I am originally from India, and moved to USA about 7 years ago. Before moving here I was working as a freelance business writer for an international magazine. Being out of school for over 17 years, Wake Tech gave me the opportunity to go back as a non-traditional student to further my professional career goals.

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Greetings! My name is Korey Butler, I’m in the second year of the Associate of Arts program offered at Wake Tech. I intend to transfer to UNC to pursue a degree in Public Relations and eventually obtain a dual Masters/J.D. degree in Communications Law. In my free time I love spending time with my two children, husband, and volunteering!

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Hello! My name is Ricardo Rojas, I was born in Venezuela where I lived 17 years of my life. A big part of my life since the early age of 5 was dedicated to the practice of karate, which I still practice to this date. I studied my junior and senior year in Sanderson High School where I graduated in 2013. At Wake Tech I’m completing a pre-engineering program, so then I can transfer to NC State as a mechanical engineer.

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Hello! my name is Chad Kibbe, I am an Associate of Arts student at North Campus and will be transferring to East Carolina University to major in Industrial Engineering Technology. At Wake Tech, I’m involved in Phi Theta Kappa, The Office of Volunteerism and Leadership and The National Society of Leadership and Success. I also play two musical instruments, the piano and the drums.

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Hello! My name is Ryan Garrigues

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Hello! My name is Jakub Cunat, and I am originally from the Czech Republic. This is my third semester at Wake Tech and I am looking to hopefully transfer to NCSU, with majoring in Business Administration. My ultimate dream in the future is to become a professional pilot. I love aviation, sports, cooking and traveling.

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Hello! My name is Linval McFarlane, I”m a native of Jamaica. I’m going to Wake Tech’s North Campus and is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree. His positive work attitude, resilience and focus enables him to excel in his academic pursuits. He embodies the warmth and flair of the Caribbean while serving as a Student Ambassador at the Main Campus.

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Hello! My name is Cecil Wilson, I’m enrolled in the AS program and intends on transferring to NCSU to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. I’m a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma alpha Pi and serves the Wake Tech Engineering club as the secretary and committee member.

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Hey there friends! My name is Megan Elizabeth Pendell and I am proud to say that I am a WTCC Student Ambassador! The primary reason I aspired this role is to give back to my school. Wake Tech has done so much for me so far! But I’ll be honest…I haven’t always wanted to attend Wake Tech. Before I knew much about it, I assumed community college was not for me. Despite my unwillingness, I began taking classes here. To continue to the climax of my tale, by the beginning of my first semester I started to LOVE Wake Tech! I’m now on my third and final year and expect to graduate this spring with an Associate in Science Transfer degree. Besides learning and serving my community, I love to go adventuring, dance freely, drive with the windows down, hang with my friends and family, and travel. So as you can infer, my favorite activity would be an adventurous road trip with my loved ones in a convertible while dancing wildly to my favorite playlist. Oh, and of course we would be on our way to the zoo and a roller coaster park. Anyway, here at Wake Tech I feel free to be myself and feel capable of achieving anything I can dream of! Thank you for taking an interest in me.

 

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