Trying to balance school and work is stressful, and it’s a common challenge for most working students. You are already supporting yourself or your family, and you’re adding the extra commitment of school and homework on top of that. It’s a big deal! That’s why we want to help make it as easy as possible for you. Use these tips to help you succeed in school, keep up the good work at your job, and still have some quality free time.
Manage your time.
You might be surprised how easy it is to forget about your work shift when you’re thinking about that report due on Friday. By having a plan, you know when to focus on school and when you have to be at work. It is important to keep a calendar and block off time for studying, classes, work, and free time. It can be challenging at first, but having set times to focus on one task will help keep your mind clear when you’re involved in another part of your life.
Talk with your employer.
It’s important to let your employer know that you are a student and what your class schedule looks like. More than likely, your boss will be flexible and understand the importance of your studies. Be sure to let your boss know in advance if there is a conflict with your school schedule and work schedule. If you let them know ahead of time, they will be more likely to accommodate the changes in your schedule.
Ask for help.
Let the people you care about know that you are working while also taking classes. They will be happy to help you out when you need it. It is important to have support while trying to accomplish your educational goals and also working a job. It can be overwhelming at times, and your friends and family can help you handle the stress that comes with it.
Make time for things you enjoy.
Although your schedule is time demanding with school and work, it is important to take some time for yourself. Doing something you enjoy that can help you relax and recharge. Spend some quality time with your friends and family to take a break from your hectic school and work schedule. Don’t forget to take care of yourself!
If you are both working and going back to school, kudos to you. It’s all about planning and doing the best you can – and sometimes you just have to go with the flow.
We’d love to help you work towards your goals! If you’re considering starting or going back to school, an associate degree may be a great place to start. We’re happy to give you more information about how South College fits into your busy schedule.