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How “to-do” lists can change your life

Everyone needs a planner in their life. Even if they aren’t the busiest person, a planner can do no harm. However, if you are a busy person and can’t seem to keep your appointments, due dates, and social events straight and in order, even with a planner, then maybe it is time to be introduced to a to-do list.

To-do lists are the highlight of my days. I actually look forward to writing down my goals and crossing them off when I accomplish them.

Everyday I write down what I need to do for that day. When I have done a task, I simply cross it off of my list. It really motivates me to get certain things done throughout my day because I badly want to cross it off of my list. It makes me feel accomplished, productive, and proud of myself.

However, to-do lists can be somewhat tricky when first being introduced to. At first, I would list over ten things to do each day. At the end of my day, if I hadn’t crossed off everything from the list, I felt disappointed and frustrated. Even though I had gotten a good amount of work or tasks done for that day I didn’t like having certain things not crossed off the list.

There’s a limit to how much you can do in one day. Instead of writing down every little task you can imagine you need done, you need to be realistic. Setting realistic goals each day can help you to achieve these goals, and all of them, not just some. Be realistic, be motivated, and be ready to tackle the day and whatever challenges it and it’s to-do list bring your way.

You’re in charge!

There’s something in the back of your mind: “Wouldn’t it be nice if RU had a club like that?” You know, you don’t have to keep daydreaming about your ultimate club. You can make one at RU as long as you have a vision, but how can you make that happen? All you have to do is walk into the S.O.A.R. office to get started. When you ask how to start a club, they’ll give you a packet that includes all of the instructions you’ll need.

The first thing it’ll tell you to do is to meet with the Assistant Director for Student Involvement to file your application. The application is relatively short and only asks for your organizations name and description, along with a little bit of your own contact information to supply.

Shortly after that, you’re going to need to strategize and come up with an interest meeting to recruit new club members. Along with those key things, the directions go on to explain how to conduct the first meetings and when the best times for them are. For instance, there should be more than one interest meeting and they should be at various times.

After that, you need an advisor for the organization. This doesn’t mean that the advisor for your group will have authority over it though. It’s more to keep RU informed about your club. The advisor is meant to be your support system and ally. They can even help you come up with your organization’s constitution.

Your organization’s constitution is somewhat a club syllabus. It informs members what your purpose is in writing. It also includes some technical things to make what you’re running is legitimate. This document needs to be reviewed by a committee for approval to make sure that you plan on abiding by RU’s rules within your organization.

After that is approved, you will be asked to make a presentation for the COCO (Committee on Clubs and Organizations). There you will have to be very thorough and give details about all the activities and the nature of your club. The packet also gives you the checklist the COCO will be using to determine whether your club should precede in the application process.

Once the COCO recognizes you, you’re required to create a page on RUInvolved. That way you can communicate with members and show what your club is doing with its events, whether that’s with a bulletin or with pictures. This should be well thought out, since it’s basically your organization’s website and will have to provide quick things about it so that people can learn what it’s about. After all that, you’re finally done and your club can be introduced to the RU campus with the club fair!




How about we focus

Hitting the snooze button over six times each morning is probably not a good sign. For many students, this has already become routine. However much it hurts to admit it, though, this needs to stop. There are still quite a few weeks before the end of the semester. The only way to get through it is to get motivated.

Stop hitting the snooze button and get motivated! Graphic by Grace Higginbotham

A positive attitude can go a long way in doing your studies. Telling oneself, “I can do this,” really helps. Repeat it like a mantra and it’ll help you succeed. Make sure that you budget your time too. Creating a calendar and mapping out your assignments will help you get a head start on projects and studying. You don’t want to be the one in your class that gets a nasty “surprise” paper to write. This can create chaos and should be avoided.

This may seem extremely difficult, but once you have a career goal, go out and find someone who is already doing it. Learn how this person was able to get where they are. Don’t forget to check your progress in your classes as well. When checking grades, you’re informed of what needs to be done and what’s expected of you. Also, remember that being a student is a job in itself and to move up, attendance is key. Falling behind is easy when there’s no one to force you to go to class besides you.

To further treat school as a profession, pretend each professor is your boss. Don’t be disrespectful, no matter how boring the lecture is. Keep your phone out of your hands. Don’t text or scroll on Tumblr. Also, get to know your teachers better and engage in a conversation with them. This can further your understanding of the material. It’s also good to feel like you know where your professor stands.

Working hard and fixing your mistakes can not only improve your grade, but excel your assignment to the next level. Besides, creating something to be proud of really boosts self-esteem! Also, don’t forget to ask questions in class as soon as you can if something is unclear. Some professors can be difficult to reach due to scheduling. If possible, try and participate in meetings with other students that are a positive influence and help you focus on getting your work done. A good working environment is priceless.