Going To School AND Working Is Not Impossible, Trust Me

Going To School AND Working Is Not Impossible, Trust Me

I'm a full-time student with a part-time job and I'm finally getting the hang of it.

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My entire freshman year my parents emphasized the importance of school and how I didn't need a job because school was the number-one priority.

I went along with it, but after the summer-job-money started slowly disappearing and it was time to ask my parents for money, as if I was in middle school and going to the mall with some friends, I couldn't bring myself to. Yes, they're happy to provide and it's, "my job as your mother," but it still wasn't a good feeling.

Plus, I shop way more than I should.

So, now a sophomore, I was determined to get a job and learn to manage both school and work, while still prioritizing my education.

As predicted, not an easy feat, by far. However, it's very important to understand that you should only get a job somewhere that understands that you're in school and should be flexible with hours. That way, you're able to begin a routine.

Now, my routine may not be what works for you, but it's finally starting to work for me. I have always been the kind of person that liked getting early starts to my day but was never motivated enough to wake up earlier than necessary for class. Now, I work the early morning shift and have to get out of bed and start my day hours before most.

This way, by noon, I have worked a couple of hours and am now sitting in the library catching up on school work until my classes actually begin.

Now, this took me forever to figure out and learn to balance. At first, I was overwhelmed because I was used to doing my homework whenever I wanted to, usually late at night. Now, I force myself to start assignments ahead of time so that I don't stay up so late and can manage to get some sleep. I've even started doing assignments in between classes instead of napping or hanging out. It's different, but not awful.

After all, school is the number one priority.

It does have it's downsides, though. I am not confident in how much of a heavy sleeper I am and have had to sacrifice parties and going out with friends the night before a shift because I want to ensure I make it to said shift. However, by planning ahead or even planning to give myself a break, I can ask ahead for some mornings off and have my needed social time.

So yes, you can have it all — the social life, the study time and the hustle.

It's not for everyone, but for those who feel like they should get a job but are worried they won't be able to handle it, test it. The least you can do is only work specific dates (mornings, weekends, etc.) and make a little bit of cash on the side so you don't have to be completely dependent on summer-job funds or your parents.

I know, becoming an adult is quite disheartening. But think about it, getting your own money and becoming a little more independent will feel really good.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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