Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Study like an Online College Student

October 15th, 2015

Copy of 3 Step Method to Planning andReady to take your studying to the next level? 

Coming up on fall break, I am almost surprised that 8 weeks of college have flown by! And if there is one thing I’ve noticed about being in college — the work load is more and my time seems to have diminished.

Now how does that work? 

Here are some keys that have helped me take better control of making sure that I save enough time to do well in my classes.

Key #1: Budget Your Time — I found that I enjoy using Microsoft Outlook 365 and also an app called “Power Planner.” Both tools allow me to color code my different classes and activities so I can see how much time I’m spending and what’s “leftover.” The power planner app is especially nice because you can “check off” your assignment when you are done.

Key #2: Know Your Prime Time — You always do your best work at a certain time, so make sure you know when that time is. For me, I find that I work best in the evenings or in the day when I have something later. This helps me stay motivated to get my schoolwork done on time. Fiddle around with it. Try studying at different times of the day to see what works best for you.

Key #3: Allow Yourself Free-time — School can bog you down. Add work on top of that and you’re positively going crazy! But it’s important to take time to rejuvenate yourself. Spend time with your family, meet a friend for ice cream, or do another favorite activity. Even it’s only for 30 min, it can put your current situation in a whole new light and make you more motivated then ever!


Do you have any keys you want to share? Leave a comment! 


How Sweet The Sound

October 8th, 2015

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found was blind but now I see.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.

John Newton

20151003_214322This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go to NYC Broadway to see the musical, Amazing Grace. A little backstory — my choir and I had the privilege of singing some of the songs with Josh Young two years ago before the show made it to Broadway. To see it there now, is so amazing!

Amazing Grace the musical is the true story of John Newton. This musical is about John, a “willful and musically talented” slave trader; Mary, his childhood sweetheart who never gives up on him; and the slaves with whom John and Mary come in contact with.

Amazing Grace will have you laughing, crying, screaming, and singing. 

Of course John and Mary’s romance was sweet, especially since Mary waited for 20151003_134923John as he turned his life around. The redemptive work that God did on John’s life is incredible to see.

The horror of watching what slaves had to endure will grip your heart.

But what I loved was seeing Mary display courage for standing up for what she believed to be right. Oh Mary was afraid. She was afraid of being caught and thrown into prison. She was standing against something her dearest friend stood for. But the slaves’ stories wounded her more and so she stood up for what she knew to be right.

Are we willing to take that stand for freedom despite the risks?



Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old