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How can I use my time in college more efficiently?

I do not want to waste time participating in activities and classes that do not progress myself in life. How can I choose what to take part in, so that my time is not wasted? Thank you.

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Sally’s Answer

One of the exciting things that the US Higher Education system offers is a diverse and incredible variety of courses for undergraduates.  While some of these courses may seem irrelevant to your passion, they may in fact make you better in your chosen field because they allow you to see things from a different perspective than you normally would.  I encourage you to try some of those classes that are in a different sphere so that you broaden your outlook on topics as well as humanity.  You may be surprised to find a new passion!  There is no wasted time if you learn something new. 


The other advice I would give is to treat college as a full time job.  Plan on "working" (either attending class, studying or researching) for at least 40 hours per week. This still allows for recreation time which is much needed to keep your mind fresh for the tasks needed to be a good student.  Remember that part of the college experience is designed to allow you to connect with your peers and find outside interests.  These are life skills which are also needed after you graduate.  So, while they could be perceived as "Wasting Time", they do have an inherent value to develop other skills and increase your understanding of those around you.

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Roohi’s Answer

Dear Beni,

You can manage your time effectively by just planning it before the time
ensure that you schedule your tasks and deadlines, start your tasks early , prioritize your tasks and use technology to help keep you accountable.
Having a plan for your time , recognize your distractions and plan to minimize them.
If you maintain a work-study-life balance, schedule wisely your work and study , prioritize your tasks, socialize and have fun along the way.
College life you can have more fun along with having work. Ensure that you get to class on time, make a proper study schedule , take advantage of extracurricular Lectures and Seminars and take care of your mental and physical health.
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Emily’s Answer

I think something that could be remembered is that no time is ever wasted!
Even if it doesn't look like it could further you in life "on paper" it can always better you in a different way!

I recommend exploring other perspectives in viewing your time, maybe the ultimate frisbee club won't help you in your career path to be a psychologist, but you could meet your very best friends there. You never know what can come out of it. I would recommend making sure that you do join clubs and take classes that interest you. But try not to feel like you don't want to "waste your time" instead think of the opportunities this can bring!
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Nicholas’s Answer

Hey Beni,

Figuring out how to use your time wisely in college is definitely an important thing, whether its getting school work done or improving your life currently and for the future. The first step is that you should look what you want to do when you get out of college, and look into what is required for that. Aside from that I would recommend getting active in college. While some activities may seem like they won't benefit you when you leave, the networking that you do in those activities can give you connections that can really help you in the future.
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Zachariah’s Answer

Using your time effectively is a pretty important skill to learn. I would say that trying new things is not something to shy away from in fear of wasting time. Building upon past experience and challenging yourself may seem like a waste of time, but you never know what you might enjoy. Creating a solid foundation with people you trust is something that everyone should have. Trying new things is definitely a great way to meet strong and supportive individuals that you may have not encountered. Everything has value, but somethings are definitely more worth while, but it is important to try to take lessons away from everything you do.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. This is question more on time management.
Before taking on time management, I believe you can benefit from the classes and activities, it is really subject to whether you have interest on it or not. In fact, the college would allow your to change the classes in the first couple of weeks. You can take the classes first whether you have interest on it before finalizing your decision. The same for the extra curriculum activities.
Below is my suggestion on your time management :
1. Choose a time management tool, e.g. Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, Calendar on your phone, etc.
2. Put in your class first time
3. Assign some time for your revision and assignment/projects
4. You can then allocate the time for your extra curriculum activities
5. Reserve some time for taking rest, meeting with friends, family gathering, exercise, etc.
You don't need to fill up your schedule completely. Keep some time to relax and have some 'me' time.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Paul’s Answer

If you already know your career aspirations I think it would be a great idea to visit the career services department and/or speak to one of the professors in your chosen major. These individuals can give you the best advice to help you make the right choices.  

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Andre’s Answer

A lot of this depends on what career you are looking to explore. If you know the plan for the rest of your work career already, then you are one of the lucky few! I thought ever since I was a little kid that I wanted to be a computer engineer. I took advanced math and science classes in high school, went to a top engineering school and got a degree in Computer Engineering, then started on my master's degree in Computer Engineering ... then ... I realized I didn't want to be a computer engineer. Hmmm. So I went into sales and marketing and ended up running marketing and product strategy for a healthcare technology. Ultimately got my MBA. So basically everything I learned in undergraduate college I never use. But I love learning it all!

All of this to say, enjoy the experience of learning. Also, take time to enjoy the social experiences that college will provide to you as well. Before you know it, you'll be looking back and missing the freedom you had as a college student, while you spend all your time working, worrying about bills, family, etc.
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