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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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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11 Dorm Essentials You'll Also NEED For Your Apartment Checklist

10. Whiteboard

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The time has come for many college students to make their grand transition to a first apartment/house. However, thanks to a very tight budget, getting all those cool and new Pinterest-worthy decor is probably nearly impossible without breaking the bank. Who has the money for that when college loans are looming over every student's head? Here are 11 things you can totally take with you from your old dorm that will cross out some items on your apartment checklist:

1. Tapestry

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If you had a tapestry anywhere in your dorm, take it with you! Hang it above a bed, couch, or use it as a rug! Cut it up, braid it, Pinterest it, and you're good to go.

2. Broom

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Brooms aren't too expensive but why not save money where you can? Get some cute printed tape at a craft store and wrap it around the handle to make something that makes cleaning a little more fun.

3. Rubbermaid Containers

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What once held school supplies can now hold wrapping paper, extra clothes, cleaning supplies... The options are endless.

4. Wall Art

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If you have some you like, why not continue their legacy in your new space? Keep the color scheme going so you don't have to buy completely new stuff.

5. Shower Curtains

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Your shower is bound to be bigger than the one you had in your dorm (thank God). To make your new bathroom look a little fancier, get a second shower curtain of the same pattern and have them open in the middle.

6. Shelves

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Instead of using these for printers, books, etc, you can now put them up in your closet or bathroom and use them for shoes, towels, or whatever else.

7. Plants/Succulents

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Instead of getting rid of them, keep your green thumb, get some new pots, and use them as coffee table/end table decor! Not only are they cute, but bring in a little color and overall make things a little brighter.

8. Books and Bookends

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If you can't return or sell some of your old school books, consider keeping them and putting them in a bookshelf. They will make it look fuller, not to mention make you look more cultured. Then, keep your eyes peeled for some adorable bookends - cultured AND cute.

9. School Spirit Shirts

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If you never plan on wearing your college spirit shirts ever again but DON'T want to get rid of them (sentimental value - I get it), send them into Project Repat that turns them into a quilt. Now you'll have something to remember your old college days without them taking up a ton of space with clutter.

10. Whiteboard

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Don't ditch your whiteboard just yet! Instead of deadlines and assignments, use it to write down a shopping list, important phone numbers, or a new and inspiring quote every week.

11. Command Hooks

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The sacred item that every college student NEEDS to have. There are awesome ways to reuse your command hooks: holding keys, dishtowels, jewelry, and so much more! You can even paint them to make them pop.

As you can see, there are so many amazing ways to transform your college dorm essentials into adorable must-haves that will transfer over to your next big move. Consider your apartment checklist completed!

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