Part Time Job In College

6 Tips On How To Juggle A Part-Time Job While Getting That 4.0 GPA

Create a pattern, know your strengths and weaknesses, and you'll be able to balance both perfectly.


I have been a full-time student for about three years and while at it, worked at my part-time job for about two and a half years. Juggling both work and school has never been easy and sometimes trying to balance them will be really hard at first, but here are some tips that can help you balance both without making either of them suffer.

1. Know what your priority is

You should have a list of what matters more to you, obviously as a full-time student, getting those As is your top priority. You have to know what your work limits are, that is, the hours you can work that wouldn't affect your academic life. You also have to know what your strengths are, know what part of the day you study better in. For example, if you study better at night, you can create a work schedule where you work mornings.

2. Have a planner

I invested in one at the beginning of the semester and it really helped me. It helped me plan my work and school schedule for up the month and through this, I got to know what my week would be like and predict if there would be a chance of my academic and work life clashing.

3. Know when to ask for help

Some days you would have to miss work for school and this can hurt your paycheck, which in turn will affect the bills you have to pay. This is when you have to know when to ask your parents or older siblings (if you have one) for help. I know we college students like to pride ourselves as independent, but it's important to know that no man is an island and you'll have to ask for help at some point.

4. Make time for rest

Working and schooling means most of your time will be filled doing something. Working always and not resting means that you will be stressed most of the time and at some point, you would break and it will hurt your academics. Create at least an hour a day to just take a nap, read a book or just to hang out with a friend.

5. Do your assignments on time

There is little to no room for procrastination when you have both a part-time job and school work. Like I said earlier, your days will be filled with either school or work, so you don't want to post-pone all your assignments till the day before its due thereby stressing yourself and putting out average work.

6. Reduce distractions 

This can be sad to hear but watching a re-run of "The Office" can wait till the end of the semester. You have to realize that some sacrifices have to be made if you want to stay ahead of your class while also working. You might not get to party as hard as your friends because you have to work the next day but keep in mind that you're investing most of your time so that neither your grades nor work will suffer.

Working and studying full-time might be hard at first but if you know what works best for you and create a pattern, neither of your work life nor academic life will suffer.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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