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.


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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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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