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What advice do you have for students trying to uphold the balance between attending college and making time for hours at work?

Asked Houston, Texas

As a college student, this seems impossible at times and often intimidates me. Sometimes as a student you feel incapable of succeeding when so much is inundated onto your plate. #college #business #nursing #jobs #graduate-school #journalism #students #work-life-balance

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Rachel’s Answer


<span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>

Erika’s Answer


It takes discipline, dedication, and a good understanding on how to use their time. It’s completely normal for students to attend college and have a job on the side. My recommendation is to find a job that understands your schedule and allows flexibility around it. There’s nothing worse than having to get a job and your employer doesn’t care that you’re in college. I luckily had a part time job on-campus, so my boss knew that I had a busy schedule and allowed me to work whenever I could or even work on homework if there was not much to do. My other tips is use google calendars and add reminders of when things are due, when you have to be somewhere, and your work schedule. I also would use a planner and add everything I had to do and where I had to be, I would check it everyday and cross out things I’d finish. I also think it’s important to prioritize your time, you can decide whether to study or go out, if you use your free time for important things, you will be fine. If you prioritize your time right at the start of the week and get things done, you will have time to still have fun. Just remember it will take time, hard work, and dedication but it’s possible. Good luck, you can do it!

Mikio’s Answer

Updated Douglasville, Georgia
College is the priority. Focus! If you need a job consider online positions so you can work and go to school.

Lyndsey’s Answer

Updated Austin, Texas
Hi Jasmine - Typically as a student, there are many jobs available with flexible hours. On-campus and student-assistant jobs offer a work environment which is set up for students to succeed at school while earning money. Finding the balance is imperative, and times when school is more demanding may lean itself to reduced work hours. If you do not have this luxury and need to keep consistent hours, it might be best to take time each week to plan out your days' tasks. Outlining what needs to be accomplished each day in a week is helpful so that you're organized and feel less stress as your week begins. Hang in there!