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Managing Time as a BIMS Major

Priya BandyI’m almost half way done with my first semester of my sophomore year as a biomedical science major. Looking back to the start of the fall semester, I anticipated a lot of exciting things when the semester began: another Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football season, taking courses more geared toward my major, the sophomore wildcat (a way for students to show class pride), earlier registration for classes, and not wandering around campus looking completely lost. However, after a week in, I realized I had a lot to balance, as well: a job, demanding classes, honor societies, organizations, officer positions for honor societies and organizations, volunteering, shadowing, and training to become a certified first responder.

In high school, I was extremely involved, took advanced placement classes, and also worked, and I still had time to sleep and actively maintain a social life. In college, I’m still extremely involved, taking hard classes, and working, but I barely have time to sleep and actively maintain a social life. The reason I haven’t completely shut down is because of my time management skills. Time management is necessary, especially in college. Even though I’m always shuffling myself from one part of campus to the other, I still make time to study for classes and squeeze in a couple hours of sleep and playtime with my two dogs.

The one piece of advice I always give to any incoming freshman is to learn how to manage your time efficiently and early. I didn’t learn how to manage my time until the end of the second semester of my freshman year. During my first semester in college, I always procrastinated, not really studying for my exams as much as I should have; at that point in my college career, my classes weren’t as hard, I wasn't as involved, and I didn’t even have a job. I just simply didn’t know how to utilize my time to the best of my ability. Therefore, a drop in my grades wasn't a surprise, but it was a huge wake up call for me. I realized I needed to change the way I was doing life. I stopped procrastinating, started getting ahead in my classes, and spent less of my time going out or watching Netflix and more of my time in the library or volunteering at the hospital.

In short, I began making the most out of the hours of my day and encourage everyone who may be struggling to work toward actively managing your time; it really is the best way to make college less stressful.