When separated, work and school are rather manageable, but together they can be a formidable opponent. Fortunately for you, it’s easy enough to tackle those two adversaries once you have figured out the necessary tips and tricks to defeat them. Yes, you may still be rather scrapped for time, and sometimes you will have the energy of a snail, but if you pick up even just one of these pieces of advice then your chances of surviving school and work should increase spectacularly.
1) Make time for yourself
You can’t expect to triumph in college if you don’t set aside some time to recharge, so make sure that you make the time to take care of yourself. It seems as if some people still romanticize the “work till your dead” lifestyle, and falling into that trap will ruin your grades before your classes have even started. You have to remember to put yourself first, because you are more important than any exam grade or internship assignment.
2) Hydrate and Feed Yourself Accordingly
If your diet only consists of ramen and Red Bull, then you will not survive a full class load, let alone a part-time job. Your body needs decent nutrients and at least one glass of water per day, so instead of chugging an iced coffee before 8 a.m. maybe you should try to eat a real breakfast. Hey, I’ll even go as far as to say that a protein bar and a protein shake are an acceptable meal. Please just make sure to listen to your body, because crazily enough it does tell you what it needs, all you have to do is listen.
3) School Comes Before Work
Schedule your classes first and then work out your work schedule with your employer, because your degree is more important that making that extra $30 that you want to spend on take-out food this week. Also, if your boss refuses to understand that school is your top priority then you shouldn’t be working for them anyways. Classes cost too much to be taken twice, so make sure to avoid being in Econ 1010 for another semester by ensuring that you have enough time to study.
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