If you know me, you know that I'm a busy person.
This past school year alone, I was doing:
3 Part-Time Jobs: Working at my school's campus store, proctoring exams, and working for my aunt doing bookkeeping
Volunteering: I volunteered on-campus working with a professor as an undergraduate research assistant, and even went to Sumter, SC to do a Habitat for Humanity Build
Working on this Blog: This blog is something I'm passionate about and I've started putting more time into it this past year
Somehow I was able to make it out alive, and I wanted to let you all know that it is possible to work while doing full-time studies.
It's not easy at times, but having that extra cash on you and being able to help pay for school is a great feeling. Whether you're working 5 hours or 30 hours a week, it can be difficult to manage it all.
That's why I've decided to give you 6 tips on How To Work While Studying Full Time. It is possible, and I hope you can use these to help you manage your time effectively.
Use a Planner
This one has been an absolute life-saver for me. I currently use 2 different calendars to plan my life out, with one being a wall calendar where I can see 4 months at a time, and the other simply being my iPhone calendar. Both are necessities and help me look at my long-term and short-term plans. I also like to colour code my wall calendar, as it provides me with a great visual on what I need to accomplish and when. See if you can find a job where you get set hours every week so that you can schedule time to study in advance.
If you get to choose your class schedule, and you're not stuck with the school giving you a schedule, then make sure you are scheduling effectively. Remember that you still need time to breathe, relax, and eat, and it's not worth over doing it. Give yourself proper breaks (if you can), and don't let yourself get stressed out. If you're a morning person, schedule your classes and job so that you get it over with in the morning, and vice-versa if you're a night-owl.
Remember the number one reason why you're attending college - to study and get an education. Make sure that you allow yourself time to study for exams, and don't leave your assignments to the last minute. It'll only stress you out even more, especially if you have to work all day and you'll only have a couple hours at night to complete it. I myself am guilty of this, and coming from experience, it's not worth leaving things until the last minute.
Work Where You Can Apply Your Education
If you can, try and find a job where you can put your education to use. If you have a passion for marketing and communications, see if you can find a job where you can do social media marketing for a company. The best feeling is when you're working on something you love and it doesn't even feel like work. This will not only be good experience, but it'll take the stress off of having to work while in school.
Don't Always Be A "Yes Person"
I am 110% guilty of taking on way more things than I can mentally handle. Throughout my years of college though, I've learned how much I can handle before a breakdown occurs. Don't take that extra shift if you truly can't handle it and need to work on an assignment. Sure, the extra cash is nice, and you may be helping out a friend, but remember that it is OK to put yourself and your priorities first.
Sleep Is Not The Enemy
Don't overwork yourself with a job and school without making sure you're getting the proper amount of sleep. I know sometimes it's necessary to stay up late to finish an assignment, but please remember how important sleep is. You'll not only feel refreshed mentally, but you'll also feel better physically - you can accomplish a lot more when you're well rested. If you have a long break between classes and work, let yourself have that power nap you deserve.