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How do you effectively juggle college and a part time job?

I have been applying for jobs for when I start college again in the fall.

Asked by CaseySavannah College of Art and Design
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First off, you're a boss. Just know that you're not crazy for thinking it's difficult to juggle your education and a job – it is!

As to how you can best juggle them, I recommend investing thought in some time management strategies. It really doesn't matter which ones you choose, as long as you're being cognizant of your time and how you're spending it. It's just more important that you stick to something and make sure you're using your time effectively. Also, time management doesn't mean only doing productive stuff all the time. Make sure to put fun in your schedule, like hanging with friends, going for walks, exercising, playing sports, etc, etc.

As for examples of strategies, you can look into the Pomodoro technique, the Get Things Done (GTD) strategy, using a calendar like Google Calendar or a paper calendar, a task list like Wunderlist or a paper list or a combination of them all! Just make sure you're doing something that's really helping you and that you're not making your life harder by spending time on a system that feels clunky to you, and that you won't even use.

Answered by AngelaUniversity of Vermont
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As someone who has been working part-time for the past year or so, I definitely agree with time management. I'm lucky in that my current job allows me a lot of downtime to read or do other homework when I am at the office. If you're not so lucky, you'll have to buckle down and carve out times to study. You might have to say no to going out with friends for a night so you can have a night in to recharge, or to finish a paper, but you can do it, and it'll be worth it!

Good luck!

Answered by NicoleUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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While in college i balanced two part-time jobs while taking five to six class course loads. Time management is a big factor in juggling those activities effectively. Not only that, but PRIORITIZING! You ever hear about the test taking strategy of answering the easy questions first?? That applies to real life as well. In your spare time, get those out of the way so when you are not in class or at work, you have that ample amount of time to gear it towards what most important.

Another thing, do your task right the first time so you do not have to waste time doing it again!

Answered by KierraFlagler College-St Augustine
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I’ve done part time and I’m a college student. Yeah time management is a big factor.

The classes I meet face to face are my harder classes. The easier classes are left online. All my onsite classes are taken the same days. Usually thats twice a week. For example, my economics class and financial accounting class meets up on Tuesday and Thursday. I make sure that I can handle these number of classes before I get exhausted. As for the time of day I choose my classes, I think about if I can make it on time for class and I’ll have the most energy.

I would usually work 3 days a week. I take a 4rth day of work unless I need more money and the school work isn’t heavy at the moment. I take a shift that will stay consistent. I come in at 10am I leave at 6:30pm everytime I come.

On my day(s) off is my catch up and social time. Use this time for sleep, errands, or hang outs. I would say if your day off is on a week day then most stores and institutions will be available.

Make sure to inform your employer about your school schedule. Most are a little understanding

Answered by ArchelideValencia College
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