It doesn’t matter who you are and where you’re from – balancing classes with work is no cakewalk.
It’s become pretty standard for students to take on a gig to pay for rent and tuition, and it’s a struggle that millions of students across the country can relate to. While it’s a great way to develop your skills and beef up your resume, it can be pretty challenging to balance the expectations of your profs and your managers.
The key to success is communicating with your employer to manage expectations and taking time for self-care to ensure you don’t burn out. With that said, we’ve all felt these following struggles:
Tired becomes your natural state of being
You drink so much coffee, you don’t know who you are without it.
The never-ending commute
Public transit is your new second home.
You have no time to pack lunches
There’s barely enough time to grab a bagel and a coffee, much less prep and pack a lunch. (But it’s not impossible – trust us!)
You end up choosing courses around your work schedule
Hello, 9am Ancient Latin elective.
Your prof’s office hours are during work hours
It’s cool, it’s not like I needed the extra help on this essay.
Your social life mainly exists at school or at work
Weekend plans? Sorry, I’ve got a shift.
When you realize you have a huge test right in the middle of your shift
Is it time to panic yet?
You have to remind your manager your availability has changed
And they inevitably forget and schedule you during a class.
Exam season. ‘Nuff said.
If you’re ever going to pass out from exhaustion, exam season would be the time for it to happen.
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