By Zo Zetner

STEINER—Are you wondering how to start this semester strong? The B&S talked to Sara Spokes, the spokesperson for the Academic Advising office, to get some advice.

Smart time management is of the utmost importance to doing well in college and Ms. Spokes informed us that “most students right now have the next 2 years of their lives planned down to the minute and they don’t realize that in doing so, they are inadvertently wasting time. I mean, 1 second here, 3 seconds there, it really adds up.” Academic Advising recommends students stop by the office, located in Steiner Hall, to pick up one of their spring 2022 planers. The new planners have time slots down to the second so that no time is wasted.

As for how to fill up your planner? Academic Advising recommends spending only 28,844 seconds on homework and another 32,643 seconds studying. You should also spend 13,129 seconds in class or at work. “Once you schedule the important things, you have 14,438 seconds of the day left for whatever you want, like waiting in line for food or sleeping,” Spokes said “It’s really a great system.”

Once you schedule the important things, you have 14,438 seconds of the day left for whatever you want, like waiting in line for food or sleeping.

Academic Advising recommends taking micro-naps instead of sleeping every night. The new sleep pattern calls for a 30 second nap every 14 hours. This allows students to have more time to study.

Spokes gave additional advice about maintaining friendships “If you have friends, now is the time to cut them off, just ghost them for the semester and talk to them over the summer. Actually, this summer you should probably get an internship or a job.”

Ms. Spokes finished by reminding us that our mental health should come first, “Mental health is really important, and you need to put aside time to take care of yourself. I would recommend putting aside at least 7 seconds a day to focus on it.” If you feel stressed, you can stop by the office for a free stress ball, though Spokes recommends this only as a last resort: “If you have both hands free in class, you can take twice as many notes.”