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.
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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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23 Actual Quotes From Nursing Students

Behind the scenes at clinicals.
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Many nursing students actively complain about the tortures of nursing school, but those on the outside may not know how stressful it is. Here are 23 fun quotes from actual nursing students that can give you an idea of what nursing school is really like:

1. "If I died and went to hell, it would take me a week to realize that I wasn't in nursing school anymore."

2. "My GPA is higher than the number of hours I sleep at night."

3. "Is it weird that I love nursing school, but it also makes me want to cry at the same time?"

4. "Can't I just learn everything I need to know from watching Grey's Anatomy?"

5. "I laid my practice catheter on my bed to scare away my roommate's boyfriend."

6. "My clinical badge picture actually makes me look like I am a serial killer."

7. "We are literally a cult, guys. We wear the same things and in order to be a nursing student, you have to pass certain tests that involve manipulating body parts and such."

8. "We only worked 12 hours on our 12-hour shift! This is a miracle."

9. "Wouldn't that be cool if we initiated IV bags full of Starbucks coffee into each other's bloodstreams?"

10. "Are you a pulmonary embolism? Because you make me breathless."

11. "I am never getting married because I stopped talking to boys when I entered nursing school."

12. "Everyone else gets to go out, go to the bars, go on dates, work out, go to the lake, but I am just sitting here trying to pass nursing school."

13. *Holds up blank piece of paper* "This is a picture of my current social life."

14. "I just want it to be the weekend so I can have free time to work on homework."

15. "For our tests, all the answers are correct. You just have to pick the BEST answer."

16. "All I want for my birthday is a lavender stethoscope with my name engraved on the bell."

17. "On a pain scale from 1-10, I would say that nursing school is a solid 11."

18. "Do these scrubs make me look fat?"

18. "I love the pockets on our scrubs! You can literally hold anything and everything. Maybe even a puppy so that you can take it out when you start to feel sad."

19. "It is really sad how I refer to life outside of nursing school as 'real life.'"

20. "Finals week is literally every week in nursing school. We haven't gone a week without a major test this entire semester."

21. "People only respect me when I am wearing scrubs."

22. "I have my friend groups clumped into two different groups: sorority friends and nursing friends."

23. "How is school going? Yeah, nursing school sucks, but it is so worth it."

Although a lot of these quotes seem to be negative, you need to remember that it is easier to complain about the bad than it is to praise about the good. Nursing school is pretty time-consuming, as well as mentally and physically exhausting, but I would not trade it for any other major. I am blessed to call myself a nursing student, and my nursing friends have turned into one of the biggest support systems that I have ever encountered.

Oh, and all these quotes are actually quotes from me, ha.

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I Don’t Want To Admit It, But Math IS Important

Liberal Arts majors, this one is for you.

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I hate math with a passion. But I think it's necessary.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about confusing trigonometry or calculus. I'm talking about basic algebra, geometry, and other everyday math functions.

I was never an A+ math student. My dad used to be a high school math teacher, so luckily for me, if I was struggling in my math classes, I would just come home and ask Dad to "tutor" me or prep me for my tests. I feel bad for anyone who had/has a hard time with math and doesn't have such a resourceful person in their life, because I don't think I would've passed my classes without him.

Now, I haven't taken a math class in at least three or four years, but I know that being out in the workforce requires at least basic math skills. How come they teach us how to divide square roots and not applicable things like how to calculate a good tip (shameless plug - always tip your waiters at least 20%) or discounts?

There are so many necessary skills you'll use for your entire life that are not taught in schools.

Long ago when I was in 3rd grade, one of my teachers read us a book called "A Day Without Math." The book basically went through a school day where there was no math. People couldn't see what speed their car was going, cash registers didn't work, clocks were nonexistent...basically, the entire world shut down. Whenever I was frustrated and angry about my math class or a certain problem, I tried to remember that book. As much as I despised going to a math class only to leave in frustration, I knew it was for my own good.

Because when you think about it, our world really wouldn't function without math!

I wish math classes would've focused on the usefulness and practicality of their teachings instead of what was written in the textbook. Having a dad who worked in the school system, I understood that the teachers had to follow a certain curriculum, so in a way, their hands were tied. But then the issue simply gets passed higher and higher up until you reach the people creating the textbooks and curriculum school systems buy and use.

Maybe there's something we can do, whether it's petitioning for more teaching kids more usable math skills or continuously asking your teachers why you're learning what you're learning. Advocate for yourself and for future generations to learn the skills necessary to survive in our modern world, but at the same time remember that the problem doesn't necessarily stem from teachers but the curriculum being decided at levels far above their pay grade.

Moral of the story - even though I know a good majority of us (especially us liberal arts majors) are not fans of mathematics, let's work on learning and remembering the basics so our world can keep on turning.

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