Student Experience Blog

The Almighty Planner

Campus Greek life is in full swing—the three national sororities are having formal recruitment this week, and two of the three fraternities are having their rush. For the sororities, formal recruitment spells out evenings spent hosting events to become better acquainted with girls interested in joining, and intended to let those interested girls find their best fit. 

It’s an exciting time because you’re meeting lots of new people who could potentially play a large part in an organization that you’ve made a lifelong commitment to. But it also takes a lot of time—and prime study time at that.  And believe me, the world does not stop turning for formal recruitment; there are still physics labs to study for, French homework to finish, meetings and classes to attend, reading assignments to get through, blogs to write… It’s times like these that my daily planner, which is broken into 15-minute increments, earns its keep.

Here’s a breakdown of my Tuesday during formal recruitment:

8 a.m. – Wake up, get ready

9 a.m.—Review notes on reading before class

9:30-11:30 a.m.—Go to POE 263, Introduction to Political Economy

11:31 a.m.—Speedwalk short distance to Caf.

11:35 a.m.-12:45—Get food, settle in for first Judicial Board training session

12:45-1:30p—Physics homework

1:30—Meet with KKG Leadership Consultant to discuss what I’m currently doing as the Education Chairman and Registrar

2:00—Go over to-do list, prioritize as follows:

  1. Physics Weekly Problems
  2. Physics Reading Questions
  3. Email KKG Alumnae
  4. Physics Lab Summary
  5. POE Reading, Ch 7
  6. POE Reading Ch 2
  7. Fill out event form to secure reservation for KKG Founders Day on Nov. 14
  8. Read pages 1-102 of Bleak House for London class
  9. Read pages 1-17 of “Bad Trouble in the Big West” for London classs
  10. Sketch for class for London class
  11. Blog

2:05-4—Do more Physics

4:00—Pack bag, head to class

4:10—Field frantic call from fellow KKG. Explain why I’m not at set-up for our first recruitment event

4:20-5:50—Attend class on Art, History, and Literature of London

5:50-6:15—Buy juice and croissant while en route for first recruitment event

6:20-9:30—Formal Recruitment Event

9:45—Settle into dorm room, look at to-do list again, eat apple

9:46—Decide I can’t handle more physics for today, start POE reading instead

10:00—Try and fail to help neighbor with Physics homework, return to POE reading

10:50—Finish POE reading, take break, visit friend

11:10—Start reading “Bad Trouble in the Big West”

Midnight—Want to go to bed, don’t

12:15—Finish reading, reevaluate to-do list as follows:

  1. Physics Weekly Problems--DONE
  2. Physics Reading Questions--DONE
  3. Email KKG Alumnae
  4. Physics Lab Summary
  5. POE Reading, Ch 7--DONE
  6. POE Reading Ch 2--DONE
  7. Fill out event form to secure reservation for KKG Founders Day on Nov. 14
  8. Read pages 1-102 of Bleak House for London class
  9. Read pages 1-17 of “Bad Trouble in the Big West” for London class--DONE
  10. Sketch for class for London class
  11. Blog

12:20—Go to bed

It’s Wednesday now and I’m sitting in the Visitor Center for my student ambassador office hours, and I’ve crossed off a few more things, and can now take “Blog” off of the to-do list too.

-Megan Mizuta

Megan is a sophomore international political economy major from Boise, Idaho.