The first lesson I learned in college was time management. Let me say that again, TIME MANAGEMENT! I recently spoke to high school seniors and they were shocked to learn that college students have the power to choose everything – classes, extracurricular activities, and friends. College students have more time on their hands, plus the gift and sometimes curse of flexibility. I asked Brooke Wegner, our work-study student who is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, about how she manages her busy schedule.

Q: What does a typical Monday look like for you?

A: I usually wake up at 7:50 AM asking myself why I need to get out of bed, but then I remember that I work from 8:30-12:00 PM so I rush to get ready and head to work. After work, I go to my dorm and change out of my work clothes and get ready for school. I go to class from 1:30-2:45 PM, then enjoy the best time of the day – I nap for the next few hours!

Q: What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?

A: I am involved in a sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, which I am the Vice President. I am also involved in Love Your Melon, intramurals, UNO Secret Acts of Kindness, and I am the President of the FLS Service Immersion Project.

Q: What influenced your decision to join the Greek life?

A: Going into college I really never thought about joining Greek life. The summer before I went to college, I signed up for recruitment, but soon tried to back out of it. When I called CPC recruitment, they told me to go through it with an open mind knowing I didn’t have to come back. I went through it and I loved it. My last night was between Chi Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha. I picked the best sorority for me and became a Zeta. I absolutely love being in a sorority because I can donate my time to making the community better, support a philanthropy that I love and hold dear to my heart, and best of all I met my closest friends in Zeta.

Q: What aspects of college, for example, your courses, time management, campus life, etc. do you feel took the most adjusting to?

A: Going from high school to college, it was hard to get used to the shuttle schedule and the classes. You don’t have a set eight-hour day which means you need to know when the shuttles are coming around, what time all of your classes are, and where they are located on campus.

Q: What lesson have you learned thus far as a college student?

A: Stay away from putting things off! It is a terrible habit to get into. Make sure you do the homework that you are assigned as soon as you can to get it out of the way to work on other things.

Q: What do you like to do on the weekend?

A: Most of my weekends are packed with events from going home, school events, to Zeta events. I am always busy and I feel like I never have a break, but when I have some time to myself on the weekends I really enjoy just taking a nap and lying in bed catching up on Netflix and TV shows.

Q: Last question, how do you manage to juggle your busy schedule?

A: I just make sure that I have everything written in my planner and I have enough time to transition from event to event. I am a very organized person which also helps.

In college, there is a good amount of responsibility and time management that is required, but with planning (and coffee) you can become very successful. Surviving college takes hard work! However, at the end of your journey, you will earn your degree, and there is no one who can take that away.