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What is college like? Is it as difficult and stressful as everyone says it is? Is it hard working and going to school

I'll be heading into college in the fall and it's been driving me nuts. I know I'll have to get a part time job in order to afford everything and pay for tuition. I'm stressed about working so much that I won't be able to focus on my studies. I am not great at multitasking, but I know it's something I'll have to master. Should I be more worried than I already am? #collegelife #college #college-jobs

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Megan’s Answer

Hi Celine! I understand where you're coming from. I worked a part-time job all throughout college. Throughout my four years, I worked on campus, at a local mall, and eventually at a local business in my internship. The important thing is finding the right balance between your schoolwork, social life, and work. During your first semester, if you can financially, I would recommend only working a few hours per week and focusing on adjusting to your new school work and classes. It would be great to get a job on campus as they are often understanding of your educational demands and know that school is priority number one. Most schools will have an on-campus job fair at the beginning of the year. I would recommend getting a resume ready and planning to attend the job fair. You may even qualify for Work-Study, which is a form of financial aid.

If you find during your first semester that you're unable to juggle both working and school, you may want to consider working over holiday breaks in your hometown. If you work a full-time job during the summer/winter break and save your money carefully, you may have enough money to help cover your expenses throughout the year. Good luck and remember school is your #1 priority!

Megan recommends the following next steps:

Research Federal Work Study and jobs at your local college (https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2015/06/24/federal-work-study-frequently-asked-questions)

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Katie’s Answer

Hi Celine!

Congrats on getting into college! That is so exciting! I can 100% say that college was the best four years of my life and even still I wish I could go back all the time. Given that, there were times that I was stressed throughout the four years but the good news is that everyone is and as much as it might be stressful at times, going to college was the best decision I have made this far. It is also important to remember that when asking about college most people will mention the work load so it can seem overwhelming when you hear a bunch of people say that over and over again but in reality you will have stressful days but not every day is stressful and it gets easier as you go along.

My first thought when I think about college is never how stressful it was but rather how much a gained from the experience. Freshman year is hard on everyone because college is such an adjustment but once you make the adjustment, it will seem normal and your stress level will go down. It is definitely important to stay organized and keep on top of assignments but again, this will come with practice. I remember I did terribly on my first college exam. I had studied hard and had done the readings and homework but still didn't do well. I remember thinking I had made a mistake and couldn't handle college. But the truth was, I was still adjusting. By senior year I had figured out what worked for me and gotten the hang of college. So don't stress about the work load, it might seem like a lot at first but you will be able to handle it and you will love college.

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Rheana’s Answer

Hi Celine, congrats on being accepted to college! While I know you're entering a new, unfamiliar world, there is nothing to be afraid of. From my experience (I graduated from college 4 years ago), college courses are more difficult than high school. Depending on the size of your university, you may have lecture classes (100+ students), small classes (about 20 students), or a mix of both. Time management and organization will be key to your success. Don't wait until the last minute to complete assignments - schedule time each day to complete your work and prioritize based on due dates. While I understand you need to work to be able to afford college, don't let work distract you from your studies, or you'll have wasted your time! (Think about spending all this money on tuition and being so focused on work that you get poor grades - you'll regret it tremendously!) Get a student friendly job and make sure that your supervisor knows that you are in school. Try to create a work schedule that allows you enough time to get enough sleep, spend time on your studies, and have fun! Don't spend all of your time working and studying - schedule time every week to socialize, meet new people, and just enjoy the college experience. College is tons of fun - depending on your school, you'll have sports events to attend, social groups to join, and you'll meet tons of new people from across the globe. Have as much fun as you can (while being a responsible student). Trust me when I say these will be the best years of your life. Enjoy it while it lasts!