Managing your Schedule

Here are some recommendations from rising sophomore, Emilee Graham, about managing schedules.

Hey freshman class of 2017,

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you, because I know you’re going to be just as excited, nervous, and happy to be here as my freshman class was. At orientation, I know you’re going to hear from the Dean how “this is an exciting time in your lives,” and your parents may reminisce on their college days and tell you how it was the best four years of their lives: they were independent, and studying what they wanted to study. And that’s all true; it’s been one of the most amazing times of my life.

But, I’m not going to look back and tell you how to do everything, because I’m still only a freshman writing to you right now. I could act like I know everything now that I’ve been through my first semester, but I don’t. And, every one found their way a little differently. But what I can tell you is that my first semester was one of the most stressful and rewarding times in my life. We’re thrown into a situation where we’re suddenly independent, for good and bad, we’re in a thriving city, and we’re studying what we want, with people who are just as excited and nervous as we are.

Have faith that everyone is in the same boat as you are when you get here. No one, well mostly, will come to BU just owning the place, and if he does, maybe that’s not the best way to learn.

For example, I’ve learned that I want to be healthy, happy, an artist, and a scholar. Therefore, I schedule time to sleep, eat, go to the gym, BE SOCIAL and still go to all my classes, practice, write my essays, and do homework. Trust me, it’s possible. “Well duh,” you say, “just look at my freshman schedule. There’s a ton of free time compared to high school!”

Yeah, there is. And that freedom is a great thing. But, I want to show you just how quickly my time fills up when I have a lot that I want to do. Here’s my freshman schedule as it appears on the Student Link:

Emilee's schedule


I have ear training in yellow, music theory in olive green, Alexander Technique in lilac, group piano in bright green, English in royal purple, orchestra in pink, and my Double Bass Technique class in leaf green. However, I haven’t scheduled in time for practice, extra rehearsals, homework, eating, going to the gym, taking a nap, or having fun.

And here, my friends, is my schedule after I’ve blocked off time for what I’d like to get done:

Emilee's schedule 2

Not every week is the same, and I’m human, so the weeks I forget to plan ahead make me appreciate the weeks I do. Although I said earlier I’m not going to tell you what to do or how to be, I have learned that scheduling makes my life a whole lot easier. And mostly,

Welcome to BU!!!