You’re a college student.
Chances are, you’re balancing school assignments, student organizations and a part-time or full-time job, and on top of all that, you’re trying to maintain your social life and spend time with family.
We’re exhausted just thinking about it.
The good news? Most employers see your ability to work while studying as a sign of responsibility and good time management skills — as long as you manage to keep your grades up, of course.
Today, we’re sharing 6 secrets to balance your life (and keep your sanity intact).
Plan for Success.
One of your best allies when trying to juggle a hectic schedule? Your planner, of course. Writing down every class assignment, exam and group project will help you visualize which weeks will be the most demanding throughout the semester. And adding in your work hours each week will help you plan other events around your work schedule. For more #plannertips, check out our previous list of 5 Ways to Have the Best Planner Ever.
Schedule Study Breaks.
One of the first things you should do when you get your syllabi on the first week of classes is request time off from your job to avoid scheduling conflicts later on. Don’t just request days off for classes and exams, though. Make sure to also ask for a few extra days on the weeks when your most important exams and assignments will take place. This will give you some extra breathing room to prepare, and keep you from having to cram during your lunch breaks!
Communication is Key.
Don’t pretend that you can do it all. Let your manager know what your schedule and commitments look like ahead of time. This will help you maintain clear communication and avoid misunderstandings down the road. Inform your manager(s) of how many hours you’re taking, the distance between school and your job, and other issues that might come up later on early in the semester.
It might be tempting to skip some sleep on the weeks when your work schedule and college assignments start getting hectic, but that’s actually one of the worst things you can do if you want to keep up with your responsibilities. Getting enough rest is essential to make sure you stay on top of your game in every area. So go ahead and take that emergency all-nighter if you really need to, but try not to repeat it more than once!
Location, Location, Location
If you haven’t found employment yet, try looking for a job as close to campus as possible to minimize the amount of time you’ll spend commuting back and forth between school and classes (because we all know how long that can take in Houston traffic). To avoid driving at all, consider getting a job on campus instead, which will also keep you in close access to professors, classmates and study resources.
Take Advantage of the Digital Revolution.
While not every class is offered as an online or hybrid course, there are several that you can take right from home (or anywhere else you can get a Wi-Fi connection). Consider taking a few of these classes throughout the year to add a little flexibility to your schedule. Only do this if you’re sure you can handle the time management though, since online classes require a lot of personal accountability.
By Priscilla Aceves