It’s almost time to go back to school! And with going back to school comes a lot of organization.
As much as I love the Internet and the endless possibilities of Google Drive, sometimes you need to organize the not-so-old fashioned way: in a nice tidy binder.
Personally, I love binders and I use them for everything. Fundraising, event planning, recipes, important papers; they can really be used for everything, especially when you need something quickly and clearly.
College is a lot of adjusting, and with adjusting comes stress.
When I get stressed out, I am terrible at finding things, and then when they are “lost” I get even more stressed. Not good.
I want to save you at least a little bit of stress this semester by advising you to make a college binder.
With all your studying and learning the names of new people and how things work, there are just some things you won’t remember. And you shouldn’t have to.
Type these things up in a way you like, print them out, and stick them in a binder in your dorm. When you need to reference them, open it up and read the info. So much easier than trying to find something online when you’re already stressed out.
your medical forms
Everyone needs to fill out certain medical forms in order to attend a college. You hopefully won’t need them, but it won’t hurt to keep them in an easily accessible place in case you do.
Not your home address but your room address within your school. It’ll be super helpful when people want to send you stuff 😉
It’ll likely take you a couple weeks before you fully memorize your schedule. You can of course check it online, but. if you wake up late and can’t remember what building you need to be in, it’ll be much quicker to just flip open your binder and be on your way. Better yet, stick one in each subject’s folder.
your account info
At my school, we have what they call a “B-number” which is your student identification number. This, as well as your school username, email, and hints to these passwords should be in there in case you ever forget.
important phone numbers
This section is especially helpful if you are going to a new area/town for school. Some numbers you might want to include are campus offices, local restaurants and delivery places, etc. The one thing that you should have in your phone is emergency service numbers.
your medical info
If you have a prescription, you’ll likely have to get it refilled during the semester. This and other important health info is good to have when you go to get it filled or need to inform any campus services.
Am I missing anything?
Let me know so I can add it to mine!