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Dear Frosh: I wish I wrote in a day planner

Jenna Johnson

Today's advice for college freshmen is from Hannah Nyren, a senior at Emerson College and student blogger for Skipping Breakfast.

I wish I had learned how to use a day planner in high school.

hannah_Nyren2-150x150.jpgIf I forgot something, I could easily call one of my friends for the rundown on what I missed in class. And lucky me, I had organized friends. Or maybe the one thing I planned well was having organized friends. Either way, my entire homework system relied upon the patience and competence of my 20 best buds.

While my human calendar kinda, sorta, almost worked for me in high school, in college it just wouldn't fly. While I spent more time with my friends than ever (roommates!), I didn't have classes with any of them. The people in my classes were practical strangers, with whom I debated the existential philosophies of dead poets twice a week. Not exactly people I'd call to chat with on a regular basis.

So after a series of embarrassing snafus my freshman year, I decided to adapt my system to college life. Upon request, my lovely roommate gave me an adorable pink-striped day planner for Christmas, leaving me cute notes and updates such as "Amy's birthday!" or "Valentine's Day - booo!"

The combination of cute and fun worked: for the first time I wrote down all my assignments in a planner and checked them off the list. I even color-coded them with the scented highlighters my mom had sent me.

My advice? Get a planner. Make it fun. Get organized. And keep yourself from bugging that kid from Sociology who happens to live next door.

This column originally appeared on Skipping Breakfast, a blog dedicated to prepping students for college. The blog has a bunch of other tips for new college students that you can read here.

What do you wish you had known as a freshman? E-mail me your short essay (less than 300 words) and it might be featured on the blog. Read previous essays here.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  September 13, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  College 101  | Tags: Dear Frosh, Emerson  
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