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Keeping a College Journal

Updated on February 7, 2012

Journal Tips

I was recently asked what advice I would give to someone who is just starting college. My answer was: "Keep a journal of your experience in college."

My advice to anyone wanting to keep a journal of their college experience, is to make it one that you know you will enjoy using.

We keep journals for everything, those of us who write that is. I know, I have dozens of them. Some are full and others have only a few entries. I have hardbound, paper journals, altered book journals, electronic journals, photo journals, and I enjoy them all. Some I use frequently and others seem to sit, unused. But I think this journal, the one I am keeping to record my college experience, is one of my favorites. I think it is because it appeals to me.

Choose a journal that appeals to you. Better yet, if you are crafty, make one. I took a blank journal and 'altered' it by pasting colored tissue paper on some pages, stickers and embellishments on others. I painted some pages and made pockets to put things in, I made some pages to look like a grade book to record my grades and some pages I decorated to hold photos. There's plenty of room for recording my thought's and experiences and because I made it, I enjoy using it. The enjoyment I get from it is what draws me back to it almost every day.

Another favorite journal of mine was made from an old book. Do an internet search for 'altered books' or 'altered journals' and you will find a world of information about them. There are plenty of hubs about them too.

Keeping a journal of your college experience is much more than just a diary of your college life, it is an insight into a time filled with change and learning. Any time you open yourself to learning you open yourself to a world of wonderful change and growth. By keeping a journal of your college experience you will be mapping your progress as a student as you prepare to begin your new career. Happy journaling!


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      Teri Helton Ott 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for the comment and the vote up! Sounds like we have something in common, journals needing to be filled! I'm in the process of 'altering' my empties. Soon as I get pictures I'll share the hub about it. Happy journaling!

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Awesome hub, I have so many journals its not even funny. I have one right now that I really like and I'm using more. I have several that are empty simply because I'm trying to force myself to stay chronological, but that may not be the wisest choice! Good stuff, voted up and awesome!