The biggest struggle of most incoming freshmen is having a schedule and being able to utilize it correctly. Especially since now there are so many more people to make dates with, more sporting events, and lots of student organizations. Sometimes we forget that we are here to receive an education and instead pay tuition to live on our own and have fun, but that is not the case. First step to managing your time is to have a calendar whether it is an electronic one provided by the school or one you can hang up. Use this to write important dates and assignment and set aside specific times to do work. The second tip is to do all of your work as early as possible. I’m speaking from experience when I say that I have gone an entire day without doing my work, then spending the rest of the day until midnight with friends and had to come back and finish assignments in the early morning, and it’s NOT fun. I also have finished work early and had all the time in the world and that option feels SO much better. The third and final tip is to learn to say no every once in a while. When your friends group text comes in and everyone is ready to go eat and spend the night in a neighboring city it’s really hard to deny the opportunity, but sometimes you have to watch out for yourself. As long as you are organized, hardworking and care about your grades, you shouldn’t have a problem. However, if you follow these steps, you can make your college life much less stressful.