Being a university student and working part-time can be really stressful. How do you balance it all? How do you deliver on what’s expected from you at work without neglecting your studies? Well, here are a few tips.
Stick to your schedule
If you don’t already have one, it’s imperative that you create a schedule as in yesterday! It’ll help you plan and use your time more effectively. You don’t have a lot of time to waste, since you’ll probably have to be at work when you’re not in school, so you’ll need to have a strict schedule that allows you to study and complete assignments. Remember to set aside time to do something fun, too — even if it’s just an hour a week.
Take advantage of every opportunity
You’re going to have to be resourceful, which means looking at tiny opportunities that you can use to complete prescribed and suggested readings or notes. For example, if you use public transport, you could read on the way to and from work, or make notes for assignments on your phone during the commute. Be resourceful!
Acknowledge the small accomplishments
One way to stay motivated is to take stock of even the smallest accomplishments. For example, if you managed to complete an assignment a couple of days before it’s due, or if you’ve stayed on schedule for a week straight, you could treat yourself to a movie or some chocolate. Remember we get to the big accomplishments, one small victory at a time.
Ask for help
When in doubt, ask for help. Speak to your lecturer or course co-ordinator about scheduling in consultation time if you’re struggling. Most university campuses also offer counselling and career advice if you’re feeling a little bit stuck. It’s important to reach out to someone for assistance so that you don’t find yourself frustrated and alone — you’ll be surprised at how many people are actually willing and able to help you out.
Take time off for self-care
At the end of the day, you’re relying on your mind and body to get you through school and work, so it’s important to make sure you take care of them. Take time off to go jogging, give yourself a facial or pedicure. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water and keep a balanced diet — the last thing you want is to have your body running on junk food and caffeine.
The most important thing to remember is to be organised and keep the right attitude. You might not get it right from the very beginning, but with the right mindset, you’ll find a balance. Good luck!