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Emily, junior, here to answer questions from prospective UA students and share advice from current students. This is an utterly unofficial blog and is not recognized, endorsed, or sponsored by the University of Alabama. Personal blog: intothequantumfoam
Do you have any tips for staying organized and on top of assignments? I'm so nervous I'm going to forget something in the midst of all of this work. O_O
I know that feel, Anon. Here are some of the ways I stay organized; my followers should feel free to share their own methods too!
Have a place for everything, and keep it there. This doesn’t have to be super attractive or neat, but have some kind of system. I keep all the textbooks and notebooks I’m not currently using in a pile by my door, and all my pens/pencils go in a mug on my desk.
Be prepared. Each evening, think about what classes you have the next day and put everything you’ll need for them in your backpack. That way you won’t be scrambling in the morning - you can just pick up your bag and go!
Write everything down, preferably multiple places. I carry a little notebook where I write down any homework assignments (generally before I leave class but that can sometimes be hard). I also have a whiteboard where I write to-do lists and daily agendas. The more places you write it down, the less likely you are to forget it.
(On this topic: in previous years I have used a weekly agenda sheet that I taped to my door. I wrote down anything that wasn’t a class - meetings, interviews, etc. - plus any tests or major assignments that were due. I would be happy to make this template available to y’all as a PDF if you want.)
It’s scary to think you might forget something, but try not to let that anxiety overtake you. Keeping organized is a great way to feel more at peace with your life in general. Good luck!
Secret Places on Campus, Part 3: The basement of Graves Hall has a secret tunnel that leads to the Education Library - this library also has a great collection of children's books! The Rodgers science library is usually only used by STEM majors but it is the quietest place on campus if you need a good place to study (yes, even better than the 'silent' floors of Gorgas).
Secret Places Part 5 - The Places NOT to go: Don't go to Old Bryce. It's dangerous (the whole place is falling apart) and you're illegally trespassing. Don't go in the ~secret tunnels~ because they are really dangerous and NOT meant to be traversed by people. Don't go cliff diving at Lake Nichol unless you want a broken neck. And I recommend not going to the basement of Woods Hall just because it's got a dirt floor and is crawling with creepy bugs.
Secret Places on Campus, Part 4: Best Bathrooms. The basement of the Ferg across from book buyback. The women's bathroom on the main floor of the Honors college - not only does it have a lounge, but a secret stock of 'female supplies' under the sink if you're ever desperate. 1st floor of Lloyd behind the lecture hall.
Secret Places on Campus, Part 2: Marrs Creek. Start at the corner of Marrs Spring Road and Campus Drive closest to the power station. Follow the grassy path towards Jack Warner. This path runs along the road behind Ridgecrest South. Once you reach the part of the path closest to the intersection, there will be a break in the woods with a concrete wall on the side of the creek. This is the easiest entrance to climb down. It is completely beautiful down there, and all totally public property.
Secret Places on Campus, Part 1: The roof of Lloyd hall can sometimes be accessed if you go up the stairs from the 3rd floor (depends on if the door is locked). The roof of Carmichael hall has been rumored to be open. The 2nd floor of the Natural History museum (Smith Hall, free to students) is a nice quiet spot that few people go to. The bottom floor of the Biology building is cool to explore - lots of cool specimens in jars just hanging around unguarded.
What are some cool/secret/obscure places on campus? I've looked at the r/capstone post, but it's two years old.
I’ve read that post too, but beyond that I wouldn’t really know. Not much of an explorer, me. But most of those suggestions should still be valid, so why not check some of them out?
Followers? Any tips?
Where are the best places to rest or sleep while waiting between classes?
This thread on UA’s subreddit has some good suggestions :)
So I was on campus today, and I got lost. But everyone I encountered today was super nice! Teachers and older students alike helped me get where i was going! So when you say don't be afraid to ask for help, seriously. don't be. everyone is so nice. everyone has been there so you are never alone! Good luck from a fellow freshman!
Aw, I’m so glad you had a positive experience! Roll tide to that!
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