A Full Time Student With A Full Time Job

A Full Time Student With A Full Time Job

And All The Struggles It Entails

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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Dear Me, As Spring Semester Starts

Here's to making this semester the best one yet.

Dear Me,

Another semester come and gone. Christmas and New Year's are over already, and it's time to go back to school with another semester on the horizon.

It's time to reconnect with college friends that you haven't gotten to see in a month, move back into your dorm room, see your roommate again, go to all new classes with some new professors, wear that cute new sweater you got for Christmas and kiss the luxury of a home-cooked meal goodbye.

A new semester brings something amazing: a clean slate. Get what you got last semester for grades out of your head. Your professors don't know what kind of student you are unless you had them for a class before, so take initiative and show them that you care. It's a great time to become a better student; the student you want to be.

Get to class on time, take great notes, participate, ask questions, actually do the readings for class and don't just take it as a "no homework" night, complete all assignments on time, go to office hours and study hard for exams. These are all things that students say they will do each time a semester starts, but it slips away within the first week of being back. Now is the semester to actually do them and become that student you have always wanted to be.

Your professors are there to help you, so go to office hours if you don't understand something, want to review for a quiz or test, or just go to say hello. Email is also a wonderful, easy tool that you can utilize to ask questions or just check to make sure that you're on the right track. It's easier than face-to-face, one-on-one confrontation in office hours.

Fall semester is in the past, so focus entirely on making your spring semester the best one yet. If you truly try to make the semester the best, then everything will fall into place and you will be so satisfied and proud of yourself come May.

Focus on making yourself the best you that you can be this semester. Branch out, try something new, join a club on campus that you never thought you would join, make new friends, find some study buddies in class, and most importantly, stay true to yourself. Also, try to find some time to spend caring for yourself, such as taking a nap or just relaxing and maybe watching an episode or two of a TV series or just spending time on your phone.

It may help to relieve stress and get focused on the things that need to get done in the long-run.

Remember that there are so many people that are there for you. Your friends are all going through the same "college thing" like you, so don't be afraid to talk about it with them and work through it together because college is truly tough for everyone.

Your parents and friends back home are only a call away if you need to talk to someone other than your college pals, and love you endlessly and are always there for you.

Remember to pray and talk to God, too. He is someone who will always listen and knows what you want to say before you say it. He knows you inside and out, and talking to God is something that can be therapeutic and stress-relieving.

It can be done in a form of meditation and reflection, which can help you relax and focus on what is really important in your life at the moment and what you need to do to feel your best.

Here's to making this semester the best one yet.

All my love,

Me

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13 Unrealistic New Semester Goals That May Be More Like Pipe Dreams

It's probably not going to happen, let's be real.

Each semester, I try to do better than the last. Before each new start though, I usually make a list of some unrealistic goals that will probably not come true. At least I accept that I am lying to myself.

1. Study harder

This semester the goal is to schedule in studying time every week. You can’t succeed in life without working hard, so I better be on the top of my game when it comes to not cramming the night before an exam.

2. Maybe go on a run once in a while.

Maybe. I’m not making any promises, but a run around town once in a while probably wouldn’t kill me.

3. Try yoga... again.

I mean, I did buy a yoga mat last semester that I used once. It seems like a peaceful activity, especially if you actually knew what you were doing.

4. Limit spending.

If anything, I’ve been busy studying money-saving videos. Hopefully, the hours I’ve spent watching won’t be wasted, like all the money I’ve spent in the past month.

5. Spend more time with friends.

I don’t want to say no to plans anymore. If my friends want to go out to dinner or to the movies, I plan on going with them, so I will not regret missing out later. Too bad doing so will contradict the limiting spending goal.

6. Try to remember the names of my classmates.

I can go a whole month without remembering the name of the student sitting next to me in my class, even if I talk to them every class period. College students are slammed with so many names during syllabus week, and then it is just awkward to ask after talking to them for a few classes. I am sorry to everyone next to me who expects me to know their names. I truly am trying my best.

7. Never show up just one minute before class.

Maybe two minutes before, but one minute is pushing it just a little bit. I need to seem as if I have my life together somewhat at least.

8. Put my health first.

If I feel ill, I need to take the time to make the doctor’s appointment. Other tasks can wait because whatever it is won’t matter if I’m dying.

9. Find more little things that make me happy.

Maybe I should just take up knitting or something, that sounds enjoyable, I think. I need to take more breaks from my hectic schedule and just do something peaceful. I will accept any recommendations for fun little activities that may turn into hobbies, so I can sound more exciting when introducing myself during icebreakers.

10. Read more novels.

I plan on maybe reading one book a week that isn’t just for a class. That might be very unrealistic, but I can dream at least.

11. Clean more often.

As someone who now lives in an apartment, I have begun to understand that cleaning is highly important with so many different rooms. I don’t know where all of this hair could have possibly come from, it’s just my three long-haired, female roommates and I here.

12. Spend less time on social media.

I need to concentrate more on the world around me. It’s not the best idea to walk around campus looking like a zombie as I stare at my phone.

13. Enjoy being a college student.

I need to enjoy being a college student. It’s not all exams and homework, even though it may seem like it. College is important for creating new relationships and memories. I have to enjoy it while I still have the chance.

A girl can dream, right?

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