Choosing the Right College: How Will You Stay Organized in College?

staying organized in school

Staying organized goes beyond picking up your laundry and putting those dirty dishes in the dishwasher. As someone considering where to go to college and what degree program to pursue, you’ll need a system in place to ensure you don’t fall behind.

Technology makes it easier for you to access your classes and lessons, but if you’re the type who ignores emails and forgets to write things down, then you’re going to have some real trouble succeeding in school.


Clean Off Your Desk

Once you’ve decided where you’ll be doing the majority of your studying, clear the clutter. Even if you’re the type of person who relies solely on email and electronic communication, it would be wise to at least keep a pen and notepad in your study area. You never know when you’ll need them.

You can also clean off your “virtual” desk by clearing out old emails and anything else that will rid your computer of clutter and free up space. With the rise of online universities, you’ll need to keep your technology up to date and running smoothly.

Keep Important Items Handy

Do you know which folders will hold your most important documents and passwords? You can save yourself a lot of time by making this a priority before you begin school. That way you won’t waste time sifting through your Gmail account looking for the email titled “Don’t lose these passwords.”

Meet Your New Best Friend

A calendar, whether virtual or physical, could become your new best friend once you enter school. Everyone has a different method when it comes to saving information, but it never fails to just dump everything into a calendar, even if it’s something you don’t think is particularly important. That might change when the date eventually comes around.

When it comes to choosing the right college for you, trying to figure out how you’ll stay organized in college is just one component in the greater picture. To see some of the other questions you’ll want to answer, consult Ashford University’s “How to Choose the Right College For You” guide.


Written by Jason R. Latham, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education.



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