Welcome to “Some DAM good Advice,” the Farmington Flyer’s anonymous advice column! Every issue we will be answering questions submitted by you—the students of UMF. No topic is off limits and submissions are greatly appreciated. If you want to submit a question, you can access the online form from the Farmington Flyer Facebook page, or visit www.somedamgoodadvice.weebly.com and click under the “about” section.

Q: I’ve been feeling stressed due to poor time management skills. Any tips on how I can manage my time better? I’m going bonkers! Signed, Super Stressed

A: Time management is one of those things that can be really hard to master. As people who have struggled with time management, we have found that keeping some sort of planner or daily calendar is a great way to help visualize the commitments that you have. By writing things down, you can keep track of your assignments and meetings and you get the added bonus of crossing things off and seeing a completed task list is a very rewarding experience. We know that as a college student it can be tough to juggle classes, homework, clubs, work, meetings, and time for yourself, but it is important to remember that you are a person first and it is okay to take a step back and enjoy a moment of relaxation. If planners or calendars aren’t really your thing, we recommend having a sheet of paper, or even sticky notes on your laptop, just to jot things down as they come up throughout the day.

Q: It’s my first year here at UMF and I really love it here, but I’m having a hard time stepping out of my shell and getting involved. What should I do? Signed, Antisocial Beaver
A: Well, Antisocial Beaver, one of greatest things that you can do to step out of your shell is to attend the programs that are put on in your residence hall. These programs tend to be smaller and they are a great way to meet new people. Everything is easier when you are in a group, so after meeting some people, going to bigger events in The Landing or joining a club won’t seem so scary. This may seem a little silly, but simply leaving your door open when you are in your room is a great way to begin socializing with the people on your floor; it’s a way to show people that you are open to conversation and up for making new friends. Say goodbye to Antisocial Beaver and hello to Social Butterfly!