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By Kabelo Makotoko
Some ways that I have learned to become better at time management include making a plan and sticking to it, keeping a planner and making daily to do lists. Everyday I would tell myself that I have to complete every item on my to do list and on days that I was not able to complete all my tasks, I would wake up an hour early the next day and complete them before I created a new list.
Another strategy that I used to manage my time in college and become more productive
was to keep track of my screen time and the amount of time I spent on social media. I had one of my friends, Anne hold me accountable by making sure that my daily average screen time goes down everyday and I found that to be very helpful.
By Sarah Tebesigwa
Last year's spring semester I struggled and I did not read/study much for my classes. But this semester I made plans for all the classes I was taking.
Each class had 3 hours a week and also waking up at 7 AM in the morning every Saturday for the whole semester studying for 7 hours. This plan brought a huge difference in my studying style and success. I think of continuing this plan also in the next semester or also maybe improve on it a little.
Due to this plan, I was able to participate most of the classes where one of my professors gave me a gift for being the best participant and challenging student to him which made the class interesting for everyone.
By Graster Simalumba
There are couple of things I have planned for this semester that is to meet with my academic advisor and get set on which courses to take as am planning to work on eradicating early marriages and building a community school in my village. Secondly, I plan to get involved on campus activities, get to know the education system for Colorado State University- Pueblo. Lastly but not the least make new friends.
By Aminatu Abdulai
Many students in my school do not even know that extracurricular activities exist because in a community college students go to class and after that work or home. They have no time for extra activities. At the beginning of this semester, I made myself a promise to get involve with many clubs at school. I joined my school peer educators, and now I am a certified peer educator nation wide community college.
As a peer educator, I organized presentations to educate my peers on sensitive topics that are rarely discuss in our society. One of these topics I spoke about was human trafficking. Based on students feedback, they learned a lot from that presentations and I was happy I impacted some knowledge to my peers by just participating in extracurricular activities. Not only that, I joined my school Phi Thita Kappa (PTK) honors society, I also joined my school renaissance scholars society, which opened an opportunity for me to get a grant for some part of my next semester's tuition. I am a member of Manna Food. In this club we pack food for homeless children, which make me feel better because helping others is my passion. These are just few of the many extracurricular activities that I partook in this semester. And I have no regret about taking part in any of them. I actually established some networking connections through this activities.
To sum up, I was awarded 600 dollars at the end of the semester by my school for been the most influential peer educator. I did all this activities including having 5 science courses and 20 hours of work per week. If I could find time to do this, any students can participate in extracurricular activities. After all life is not only based on GPA.
By Anne Otieno Achieng
College is about learning and creating experiences and long lasting relationships. During my fall semester or any other semesters, I have been involved in extracurricular activities while maintaining my academic standing. I attended to major conferences this semester. I was awarded the revered Grace Hopper Women in Computing Scholarship. The Conference brought about 25,000 women in computing in Orlando, Florida from all over the world. I met students who flew from Kenya and Uganda to attend the conference. Through this conference I was able to connect with women within the technology field and learn more about the challenges they face in the technology industry.
I have an interest in entrepreneurship and I was fortunate to attend Lean Start Up conference in San Francisco through Berea College’s career development grant. Attending this conference gave me the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.
I am also the secretary for African Student Association. I help keep the organization notes and help in task management for different events. I was happy with the events we had this semester because it brought African Students together. We held discussions on current events such as the Xenophobia that was on going in South Africa. We also meet and cook African dishes which gives me an opportunity to feel at home.
Engaging in extracurricular activities requires a lot of time but I believe it essential it gives you a peace of mind away from books.