Time management queen

Suad Mohamed, In-Depth Editor

Junior Cynthia Nguyen is a busy student. Along with being an IB Diploma candidate, she is also a year-round athlete, running for the school’s cross country, winter, and spring track teams.
Even will all of these extra-curricular activities, Nguyen is also a member of Social Studies Honor Society.
Even though her days are packed with a million deadlines, Nguyen has always been able to successfully manage her time and avoid procrastination.
“In the past years, I struggled a little with finding time to do things,” Nguyen said. “But this year, I have learned how to prioritize and get things done in a timely fashion.”
Nguyen does her homework as soon as she gets home, and prioritizes her tasks in order to ensure that the important things get done.
“I’ll put more focus and time on studying on a test, rather than putting all that effort into a simple worksheet for homework,” Nguyen said.
Below is the schedule of a typical day in the life of Nguyen:

Nguyen wakes up at 6:30 a.m. in order to prepare for her day. She gets ready and eats breakfast. She then walks to school.

For R1, Nguyen has IB Spanish I. For W2, Nguyen has IB Physics I.
“Some days, I get a lot of homework in Spanish, other days I have none,” Nguyen said. “For Physics, I don’t get homework often.”
For R3, Nguyen has a free period.
“During both of these periods, I try to finish up all the homework that I get in R3 and W4. I try to not talk to my friends too much,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen has IB History of Americas for R5, and IB Social Anthropology for W6.
“I get very long packets for HOA, and projects in IB Anthropology,” Nguyen said.

IB Math HL I takes up Nguyen’s R7, while IB Literature I takes up her W8.
“I get a lot of math homework, but minimal homework for English,” Nguyen said.
2:55 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
During this time period, Nguyen tends to have practice for sports.
“Practices don’t run too long, compared to other sports,” Nguyen said.
Nguyen focuses solely on preparing for meets and races during practice.
“I do not think about my homework during this time.”

4:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Nguyen uses this time period to complete her homework for all her classes.
“I try to do my homework the day that I get it,” Nguyen said. “This is to ensure that I have the maximum amount of time possible.”
Nguyen does simple tasks first, then completes larger assignments.
“I do simple worksheets, then I work on studying for tests and doing big projects, like,” Nguyen said.

9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
During this hour, Nguyen prepares for bed. She sets out her backpack and outfit for the next day.
Nguyen’s daily routine is very well managed and she gets the perfect amount of sleep for any teenager.
With this routine, Nguyen never has to stress about staying up after midnight working on school assignments.
“Getting in bed at 10 is a must-have in my daily routine,” Nguyen said. “It helps me maintain the energy needed to succeed in all of my classes.”