PLANNERS

Planners are for squares.

But, not really.

4 organizations, 4 classes, 1 research assistantship, 3 tests, 2 papers, 1 job, and 6 obligatory social hangouts later and you’re left with a crazy schedule to juggle constantly. Oh wait, I already forgot to include homework in that crazy list of things to accomplish in a mere 5 days. I guess we have to throw in eating lunch because we need to survive the next few days, too. I guess I didn’t plan out my time well, eh?

Hypothetically speaking, that’s an extreme example of a student’s semester long commitments. Except, here’s the catch- some of you WILL be that extreme example. If you’re not, no need to worry. You can still be a part of 1 organization and make great strides, but that’s not the reason I’m writing this.

In college, or high school, one of the keys to success is planning and prioritizing time. After a long, tiring day, we sometimes forget that we have homework due at 11:59 p.m. that night, or we may even forget to eat. Forget any one of those two things and you may be hanging on to a thread later on in the semester. This is why it’s so important to plan out your days ahead of time. By keeping a checklist or a calendar, managing and distributing time becomes much easier. Now, you can go to that Drake concert you thought you didn’t have time for!

Here are a few popular outlets: Google Calendar, your computer’s calendar, cellphone calendar, OR a planner from yours truly, Georgia Tech.

It’s important to plan out almost every day. In fact, it’s important to plan out every hour so you’re not spending 4 hours of your time on Facebook, and later realizing you have to stay up late to finish homework (or miss a deadline). 

Don’t be afraid to join organizations because you “don’t have the time.” Joining organizations is one reason that people have planners, and you’ll be surprised at how great you get at managing time once you’re juggling so many responsibilities at once.

T-Night is when new students learn the traditions of Georgia Tech and get to enjoy beautiful fireworks at Bobby Dodd afterwards. 

Tips on how to get involved on campus

This semester, I’m a TL for Dr. Barke’s GT1000 seminar class. Today, we’ll be discussing “organizations 101”, or how to get involved on campus. As a freshman (or even a senior), college may seem stressful at times. One of the best ways to get away from a hectic academic life is to join organizations around campus. Not only do you make great connections, but you’ll meet new people who have new ideas. They may inspire you or be a great friend to you (especially when it’s 3:00 a.m. and you’re still studying in the CULC). 

Organizations are also a great catch on resumes, which all of you will need soon. Say bye-bye to your high school resume and clubs. It’s time to start over. Do it better the second time round’. What do you say? 

Tips: 

  • Breath

  • Here is an entire list of organizations at Tech: http://jacketpages.gatech.edu/organization

  • Ask yourself: What am I interested in?

  • Don’t join organizations just because your friends do. You’ll be miserable if it’s something you don’t love.

  • Ask yourself: How much time do I have daily?

  • Get a planner and get your life together. Organize your schedule. Do not join too many organizations at once because time commitments are like playing Monopoly- being rich is wonderful until you go bankrupt. 

  • Join a fun organization, a service organization, and a network organization. (Example: FAB, For the Kids, SAA)

  • If you miss the deadline, try emailing the organization’s director. The worse they can say is NO.

  • If you have any questions about an organization, email the director or sponsor and they’ll email you back 98% of the time.

  • Don’t overwhelm yourself first semester. Many organizations accept new members in the Spring, too.

  • Be committed to the organizations you join. DO NOT BE FLAKEY.

  • Drop an organization if you aren’t passionate about it. Commitment is hard, but forcing yourself to do something you aren’t passionate about is worse.

  • Go out on a limb- do something new and exciting (and get out of your dorm). 

  • Interact with the people in your organization. They don’t bite (most of the time), I promise.

Hope your semester is off to a great start, Jackets!

2nd day of IAC Associate Dean Dr. John Tone’s ever popular “Introduction to the History of Disease and Medicine.”

thecomputingartist:

World Cup Fever in Barcelona! ♡

One of the best experiences I had in Barcelona was watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Being the slight football (soccer) fan I was, I was already excited for the arrival of the Cup, but being the crazed football fanatics the people of Barcelona are, I am now and forever football crazed! Watching the Cup with actual born and raised Argentineans, Brazilians, Germans, and Italians opened my eyes to the passion of each country, their cultures and their unifying love for the sport. Something I also share whenever my country, Jamaica, plays. And it was an experience I would never take back for the world. I fell in love with their passion, their undying love and their excitement for the sport. I fell in love with Barcelona. ♡

P.S. I am now, always and forever a FC Barcelona fan. Who can’t wait for La Liga in 3 days?? Me! #viscaBarça!!! #força! ♡ 

Pictured above: The screening of the World Cup finals match of Argentina vs. Germany, at Dixie in Barcelona, Spain. 

Check out this World Cup experience one of our Computational Media students, Chelsi Cocking, had while she was on study abroad in Barcelona Spain! Georgia Tech #BarcelonaStudyAbroadProgram.

Georgia Tech To Do List

There are so many things to do while at Georgia Tech. Here’s a list to help you get started!

Visit a food truck for lunch (Buzzcards are accepted!)

Join a hip-hop dance class at the CRC

Run the Pi Mile

Have a picnic in the Engineering Quad

Grab a bite to eat with your friends in Technology Square

Tailgate before a football game

Ride a roller coaster on Georgia Tech Night at Six Flag

Take a picture with the one and only Buzz

First Week Shenanigans, Georgia Tech Edition

  • Mess up the writing on your RAT cap
  • Obsessively eat at North Ave because who doesn’t love unlimited, unhealthy food?
  • Realize that you need to go to the CRC because you can’t walk up freshman hill without your legs aching.
  • Say hi to one of the many construction workers.
  • Get on the Green Route, because why not?
  • Have lunch out of a vending machine because you can’t walk back up freshman hill that quickly to get back for your next class.
  • Wear jeans only to realize you’re the most overdressed up person on campus.
  • Eat a Brittan Burrito, bro.
  • Get lost and realize you can’t read campus maps because it doesn’t talk like your cellphone navigation system. 
  • Spend all your money on Starbucks.

Chile: iacchilenismos:

Spent my Saturday checking out the Museo al Cielo Libre. It’s a street where the buildings are covered in some incredible murals done by the world’s most prominent street artists.

Chile: iacchilenismos:

I’ve now been in Chile for a little over a month and the following lists my main findings thus far:

  1. Chile is both old and new. Santiago is as modern as any city in the US but the mullet is very much still a popular hairstyle.
  2. Chilean empanadas are delicious but don’t quite compare to their…

The Silver Skillet

I’m a huge fan of Food Network. The late night study sessions always tune into Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. Never did I think though, that I’d accidentally end up at a restaurant that was featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. The Silver Skillet, known for it’s scrumptious, homey southern food was the site of Michelle’s breakfast the day after the GOP runoff. And as for the interns, well we were the backdrop for Michelle’s press interview.

As the press badgered Michelle to say her thoughts on David Perdue’s victory, Michelle kept her calm and went inside to greet her supporters. On the other hand, all of the interns were trying to literally trying to stop smiling from the press backdrop (we were told to smile, and only smile). On the plus side, all of us were featured on the local news channels, so I guess you could say we’re sort of famous now. 

A good resource

annaindc:

I attended this meeting with Ambassador Bildt for my internship. The Ambassador iterated and clarified the European position on the Ukraine Crisis.

I highly recommend keeping this site bookmarked and checking it every now and again. It hosts some great guests and posts some great research papers. 

Check it out:

Atlantic Council

thecomputingartist:

Check out this awesome video made by a few of my fellow Computational Media/Computer Science students from the Barcelona 2014 Study Abroad Program! :) I couldn’t help smiling from ear to ear when watching it. It was gorgeous. Barcelona 2014 was one of the greatest experiences of my life! 

Video Cred.: Jackie Zhu 

My internship with the DoD for the Office of the Secretary of Defense-Policy, International Security Affairs-Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia office has been beyond anything I could have dreamed of. I can only hope to return.

annaindc:

Everyone at the DoD loves learning. Everyone at the DoD is already stellarly brilliant, but to keep the staff current on new ideas and policy research, members of the DoD constantly attend different meetings or invite guest speakers to talk to a group about specific issues.

On Friday, two of my…

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