Welcome to our new series, Meet an Ambassador! We've partnered with students from across the country who are passionate about planning and organization. First up, meet Dannia, a college student in Iowa studying mechanical engineering. Below, Dannia discusses her study tips, self-care tips, and motivation these days.
Location: Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa
Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Non-Academic Interests: Blogging and making YouTube videos to help other students navigate college life and DIY crafts
What's your top study tip?
Try and study outside of your dorm room or living area. You’ll get distracted by your TV or your bed in your house or dorm. Go to the library or local coffee shop and get out of your house and environment to be more engaged with your learning material. My school even has open grass areas where students can go hammocking and get outside.
What advice would you give to yourself before you began college?
The big one that I’ve learned so far is that it’s okay not to know things right away and it’s okay to ask for help. I often feel like I’m bothering other people to have them help me. In college, it’s okay not to know things right away and to ask for advice. No one’s going to view you as stupid, so I would had advised myself to not be ashamed.
What’s your superpower?
I’m a massive organizer – my friends call me the queen of organization. Organizing helps when it comes to not missing deadlines, working multiple jobs, and not being stressed out about it. I would say that I’m really good at time management control.
What gets you up in the morning?
Knowing that I’m studying mechanical engineering and remembering that I’ll be able to make people’s lives better through making things and learning how things are built. After graduation, I can make something that will benefit someone else based on what I’m learning in college. Eventually, I would like to work as the head of product design, contributing to innovations and improvements in cars and machinery, so working towards my goals gets me up as well.
How do you use your planner and what are your best tips for using your planner?
I use multiple planners because it works for me and I find it helpful. I use Class Tracker for daily plans, to schedule work, daily to-do lists, assignments, and to write down deadlines and have that spaced out in the planner under the different chunks that Class Tracker provides. I also highlight things that I complete and add stickers next to things I completed. I also use Google Calendar a lot. My school allows me to download my class schedule into Google calendar, including notifications, directions to campus, meeting days, and clubs. I’m involved in different clubs for engineering, so I like getting reminders on my phone for meetings. I use Google Calendar more for events and things that you have to be there for.
Do you have any self-care tips?
Make sure you can try and get into a comfortable routine and make time for yourself. Plan thirty minutes in your day for something you want to do without distractions. We’re often so busy that you may forget to take care of yourself. I would recommend just putting down everything else and blocking out distractions.
Thank you for participating in Meet an Ambassador, Dannia! You can check out Dannia's blog, College Life Blogging, here. You can also find Dannia on Instagram and YouTube. Lastly, check out Dannia's guest blog post on How to Prepare for the Upcoming School Year.