A Full Time Student With A Full Time Job

A Full Time Student With A Full Time Job

And All The Struggles It Entails
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Some people say college is hard. They aren't lying. But how many people have told you college is hard because they also work a full time job? All throughout my college career, I have worked and maintained a full time job. Yes, it has pushed me back a little trying to schedule classes around work, life happens and I've had to withdraw or stay out a semester. I've changed my major multiple times because either I decide I don't want to do that for the rest of my life, or I won't be able to finish before I run out of financial aid money. What I'm saying is, you CAN do it. Yes it is stressful. But when your only option to make it through life is working full time while going to college to live a better future later, its worth it. Some people say "well why don't you just cut your hours back at work?" Its not that easy when you have bills to pay. Many students have had the privilege of just going to school and not having to work, could go to any college they want because they don't have to worry about working, or losing their job and just find a part time job on campus where they are going to school.

My Experience

Like i said above, my entire college career I have had to work a full time job while attending college. Whether I was part time working full time hours that are flexible around school, working full time with set hours around school. It's tough to schedule work and school around each other and still make time to study. I myself have had a difficult time with it. Living on my own since i was 18, not having parents around, (I have family just not my parents) working full time to pay my own bills such as rent, phone and power, etc. Trying to keep up with work, doctor appointments, classes, homework and exams can be stressful. But in the end when you finally graduate and get that degree, it'll all be worth it.

Your Health is More Important

No matter how much stress you're under, your health comes first. Most employers and professors will understand. You have to take care of yourself in order to succeed. College student are under so much stress during their time at school. It's honestly a little ridiculous how much stress people ages 18-25 go through while taking classes.

Know your priorities

Priorities are different for a lot of people. Depending on their situation it could be backwards from yours. My priorities are:

-School

-Health- I work in a hospital

-Work

-Family

-Avon

-Free time

You Will Have to Make Sacrifices

You may begin to feel like you have no social life. You may begin to feel like you don't have time for anything except school and work. But the truth is you do. Take a break and plan a walk in the park or lunch with a friend after working on homework or studying for a test for hours. If your having to work full time while in school you may have to give up your weekends to work, which is a sacrifice you will have to make if you want to graduate.

Just Think!?

Its only for a semester. If you have to work every weekend, give up something you love to pass the semester, it will be OK. It's only for a semester. A semester is exactly 4 months then you have what ever summer term you may take. You can do it for 4 months.

Pursuing your dreams is living a few years of your life that most people won't, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't.

"I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”
— Thomas Edison,
Inventor and Scientist


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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

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Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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Why Writing Is Still Important

I don't need to create a New York Times Bestseller.
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I came to college as an English major. I did a really bad job of exploring colleges, and I really tried to avoid the topics at all costs. I didn’t want to think about leaving high school and all the people I had grown up with. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, so I picked something I liked and was good at: English.

Little to my knowledge, my College Composition I class was taught by a Writing Arts grad student. On the first day of class, we went through the usual icebreakers, and it wasn’t until he told us about himself that I realized Writing Arts was a thing. I didn’t even know Rowan offered it.

He told us that he was working on a novel, and he taught this class as part of the program. I don’t know, I could have those details wrong. After he mentioned writing a novel, my world sort of stopped. I never considered being a writer until that point.

I talked to advisors, and within two days, I was a Writing Arts major. But I know that it’s a major that produces funny looks because college is about getting educated and a degree so that you can get a stable job as an adult.

Life as a writer is never guaranteed. I’ll never have a stable job or income, but I’m okay with that.

I don’t care if I never have a New York Times Bestseller. I don’t want to be a writer to make a shitload of money. I want to be a writer to inspire readers. The greatest thing an author, of any kind, can do is elicit emotion in readers.

I want to make readers hate characters and fall in love with others. I want readers to make up their own stories based on my characters because they can’t help but imagine them in a hundred different situations.

I have a bookshelf that is filled edge to edge of stories that have made me cry, cheer, and throw a book across the room. I’ve had to take a break from reading just to digest the story. I’ve stayed up in the middle of the night because it’s only 50 pages until the ending.

The emotion I feel from reading is enough to motivate me to create something just as special. If I never get published? Fine. That doesn’t mean I can’t share these stories. If I pull just one person into the world of these fictitious characters, that’s enough for me.

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