10 Reasons Why I Worked Full Time And Went To School
Politics and Activism

10 Reasons Why I Worked Full Time And Went To School

Sometimes I remember why I balance it all.

10 Reasons Why I Worked Full Time And Went To School
MPI Ottawa Conventus

There are two types of people, one that wants the complete college experience, and another who wants to go to college simply for a degree. Growing up I always thought that, yes, I want to live in the dorms and join clubs and go to sporting events and take classes that I would get all A's in. It didn't occur to me until my freshman year of college that maybe I didn't like the whole "college life" cliché.

I decided that the dorms were only for sleeping at night, not socializing. Sporting events? Still have not made it to an event up to my junior year. Clubs? Not really my thing. Getting A's? That drove me to get a job alongside working hard in my classes.

1. Work gave me an extra purpose that placed new goals in my life. I was not just going to school and to obtain good grades, I was also contributing to society by working.

2. My schedule was so tightly packed that I had to learn how to manage my time wisely. I learned the importance of deadlines and how to meet them quickly, yet efficiently.

3. I had extra spending money that I could use towards things I wanted. There was no awkward feeling in asking my parents for money all the time.

4. Being financially stable, whether or not that means paying half your bills or all of them, is a great feeling. I knew that if I worked hard and put my mind to it, I could provide for myself consistently.

5. It seems prestigious to go to school and juggle work. Future employers see from my resumé that when I was attending college classes, I also had job commitments. By keeping good grades and regular work, I can be seen as a hard and diligent worker.

6. Variety. If you choose to work during college, you get to apply for a range of start-up jobs that may be entirely different from your actual degree. I tried out retail, way different than nursing, but it gave me the knowledge of another profession.

7. Experience is another benefit of a job(s) while still in school. Each of my jobs: dance teacher, salesperson, front desk person, intern, etc. all taught me skills that shaped me as a person. I was forced to learn skills on the job and apply them.

8. Work also served as a distraction for me. When life was tough or I needed to take my eyes off a situation, I found I was able to direct my energy into the task at hand instead of worrying or stressing about a particular situation.

9. Deep down, I also needed to prove myself. I don't just mean prove myself to other people, but prove to myself that I could balance my education and work.

10. In the end, I kept up the two commitments because I was proud of myself. There is a huge sense of accomplishment when you know you have figured out how to make both priorities work for you.

I am a huge advocate for starting with a job young and as scary as it may seem now to take on a commitment that large, it will shape you as a person in ways that I guarantee you will be thankful for down the road.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Caribbean is a place where people go for vacation, but if you set out from a cruise ship you miss out on all the beautiful culture. Their exotic beaches are nothing without their zinging food and hospitality. Locals in the Caribbean are warmhearted with a zest to live life to the fullest.

This is exactly where most of their words and phrases come from, having a good time. I definitely enjoyed myself living in the Caribbean, but it's not always about lounging. They get work done too and I've learned proper phrases for accomplishments.

Keep Reading... Show less

According to Urban Dictionary, a "simp" is defined as "a man that puts himself in a subservient/submissive position under women in the hopes of winning them over, without the female bringing anything to the table." There are many other definitions for a "simp," but basically it's shaming men who are kind to women without getting anything in return.

Let's just stop attacking nice men. Work out your own issues, don't project your shortcomings onto another man. What happened to the brotherhood? Y'all can lie for each other, but can't raise each other up? You guys can encourage murder, gang rape, and violence against women — or at least stay silent about it — but can't let your brother know it ain't cool when they bring you down for being nice to women with no expectation?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Self-Love Is The Best Love, That's Just How It Is

Do you ever feel like you can't please everyone? Self-love will do the trick.

I've been feeling a little down lately, with the understanding that friends don't last forever and that I can't always please my parents. Life has been rough for everyone lately and it's not easy to stay happy and optimistic during these times. But I promise you, you are on this earth for a reason. You are here because God formed you, to love, and to be loved.

When things are tough, realize that you have yourself always. No one can take that away from you. You will always be you. No matter who you are, what you believe, or where you've been in life, at the end of the day, you are you. You can love you, therefore giving you one reason to stay here on this Earth.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Nobody Wants To Grieve, But That's The Price We Pay For Love

Grief never comes when you think it should. It comes when a certain song comes on or the sun shines through the window just right.

Death always seems to come when life is good and everything starts to be going alright. And then out of nowhere, you're reminded of how cruel life can be. The stages of grief don't always go in order, they come in waves or all at once. Grief never comes when you think it should. It comes when a certain song comes on or the sun shines through the window just right. I take comfort in the fact that everyone experiences grief, even when you feel all alone knowing that everyone goes through a process that helps a little bit.

Keep Reading... Show less

What's Coming To And Leaving Netflix In August For Your Summer Viewing Pleasure

Just in time for another your end of summer binge-watch list.

Flower Films, Warner Bros, New Line Cinema

August is here, which means we will be losing some of our Netflix favorites but gaining some new ones. Here is a list of TV shows and movies we will be losing and gaining on Netflix during August.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Living With Bipolar Disorder Is An Everyday Battle, But I'm Fighting It

I went from depression, to anxiety, to bipolar disorder.

I've thought about how to write this since my diagnosis. I've thought about what kind of feelings it might bring up from my mom, former friends, and even myself. I've rewritten it a thousand times in my head, but never could quite get the words onto my notepad, but tonight I'm going to sit down and write it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

There's No Reason To Delay The 2020 Election Because Mail-In Votes Count Just The Same

Plus, Trump can't actually the delay the election even if he tried.

Donald Trump started Thursday out in a fury, taking to Twitter to suggest the 2020 election be delayed.

Keep Reading... Show less

I'm A Black, Gay Fashion Lover Who Grew Up In The South, And I Want To Be A Beacon For The Future

Giving your life story is never easy, but it can be, if you want to make a difference.

Jacorey Moon

Growing up in Georgia was not always the accepting place we know it to be today thanks to Atlanta. Let me preface this by saying, I had a pretty good life growing up. I was raised by a single mother who sacrificed so that I could live the life that I lived. I was spoiled rotten. One way that my mother spoiled me was through clothing.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 10 Black Women Were Our 2000s Fashion Icons — We're Still Replicating Their Looks Now

We recollect on some of the Black stars who served as fashion icons during the 2000s.

When we talk about the 2000s, it's always filled with nostalgia. For most of us, we grew up during that era with the razr flip phones or sidekicks, and decade staple designers like Juicy Couture, Von Dutch, and Ed Hardy. It was time of daring fashion choices and red carpets that we now look back on and say, "what were they wearing?"

A sector of people that exemplifies the fashion icons who ruled the 2000s, were Black women. So, I feel as though it's my duty to shine light on these fashion icons. Here they are:

Keep Reading... Show less

As a college student (really as a broke person with no cable,) Netflix is my go-to for solitude- style entertainment. My favorite types of shows to watch on Netflix by far, are dating shows.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments