The Importance Of Being A Full-Time Student While Also Working

The Importance Of Being A Full-Time Student While Also Working

Going to school and working are important to learn how to manage your time.

I find it important to be going to school and working at the same time.

I think it teaches any student how to budget money and time efficiently since we'll be doing it the rest our lives. My favorite time during the school year to work is during the Fall semester because there is so much more you want to buy yourself during the fall and winter time.

You also have to think about getting presents for people, and how are you supposed to do that without having a job or money to begin with?

Something that school has always tried to teach us is to manage your time for a stress-free day. Well if you go to school full time, let's say 5 days a week in the morning/afternoon time period, that gives you the night to work and you can still do homework before or after work.

Or maybe even work the weekends only (a lot of seasonal jobs will have you work the weekend normally since that is the busiest time of the week). Most places that do seasonal jobs are retail, which going to school at the College of Charleston, it puts you in the prime location of SO MANY retail stores. If you don't mind driving there is also the Tanger Outlets, Northwoods Mall, Citadel Mall, and many more populated retail areas.

One great thing about working retail during a seasonal time is you make more than the year-round employees and you make commission off of sales. Most places go off whichever is higher for that day, so the more sales, the higher commission you have, and the more money you're making,

The most effective way I have found to go to school and work is to during the week, don't work 2 days (those will be when you do homework, or if you're like me you have night class and you go to tutoring for a class), then you work the other 3 days of the week and the weekend. That way you're still making enough money to support yourself and maybe spoil yourself as well, but you also aren't having to work a full-time job either.

During the holiday season, I tend to take a portion of my check to put into my checking account, usually about 20% and the rest into my savings. That way your savings is slowly growing but at the same time you have a little bit of spending money in your pocket.

You also learn how to budget that little bit of money between your paychecks so you aren't blowing it all at once; sadly I've done that a few times, but I don't anymore because I have learned. Another option if you aren't sure about how much you normally spend during that time period, take the 20% and exchange it for cash. Then you have a visual amount of money that helps you rationalize a little better because you're actually seeing where your money is going.

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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

Will she be your BFF?

Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.

4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.

7. Megan

Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.

8. Erica

Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.

9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.

12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.

14. Heather

Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.

15. Grace

You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.

16. Emma

Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.

17. Caitlyn

Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.

18. Sam

Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.

19. Alex

Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.

20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.

22. Jesse

Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.

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To The High School Class Of 2018, Brace Yourself For Some Cliché Advice

Every graduate will hear these sayings at least once, or a million, times.

Class of 2018:

It is here. You are leaving high school, and you’re never ever looking back, right? Well, you have to make it through graduation first.

A year ago, I was right where you are now — not-so-patiently waiting for the “big day” of grabbing my diploma and my independence. Along the way, I encountered countless people who wanted to give me advice. You will too. As people constantly pour congratulations over your head like a big jug of Gatorade after the Super Bowl, you’ll hear a few cliché phrases over and over (and over and over and over).

Everyone will tell you, “These are not the best days of your life.” Now, this is true — you will make new memories and have those “best days of your life” that adults always tell you about. But it’s ok to be sad. I worried that missing some parts of high school was unhealthy. News flash: It’s not. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. High school is all you have known to this point and these are your only (therefore, your best) memories.

“Live it up,” they say. “You’ll never get these moments back.” True. However, some people hate high school and sprint out the door the minute they grab that diploma. If this is you, you’ll find your place somewhere else. Thank goodness for the incredibly absurd clubs in college — join the Quidditch team, the hammocking club or the esports clan.

“Keep in touch!” As hard as you may try, it is impossible to keep in touch with everyone from high school. There will be friends that you speak to every day, but there will be many, many more that you no longer talk to at all. So when the girl that sat next to you in chemistry tells you she will call, don’t take it personally when you hear nothing out of her until your distant high school reunion.

“Go forth and make your mark on the world,” says every graduation speaker. Ever. This one is so overused that I just cannot express my confusion over why people still say it. Side note: If you are speaking at graduation, and you have this written in your speech, cross it out. You’ll thank me later.

Here’s a bonus for all the graduates still dating their high school sweethearts: There’s nothing wrong with staying with your high school love, no matter how many times people say, “No one marries the person they date in high school.” That said, there’s also nothing wrong with you if your high school relationship fizzles.

And finally, “Today marks the first day of the rest of your life.” HA! Every day is the first day of the rest of your life, right?

High school culminates on this one final day where all the graduates say goodbye to their friends and the parents and grandparents wish luck upon their little babies. Everyone has their piece to say. Here's my non-cliché advice: do what you want and spend time with the people you love. It doesn't get any better than that.

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