How to maintain a Work/School Balance
This semester I have taken a public relations internship in a nearby city. On top of this, I am still a full-time student. Some days I think I am crazy, but most days I just have a lot of fun. With a little bit of balance and a whole lot of hustle, working while you’re in school can have large benefits in the long run.
So how do I keep that balance, you may ask?
- SLEEP. | I go to bed before 11 p.m. almost every night. It’s important to get to bed as soon as you can, because the 6 a.m. mornings will come no matter what time you shut your eyes. According to the National Institute of Health, “Lack of sleep impairs reasoning, problem-solving, and attention to detail, among other effects.” Let me just point out that you need all of those in order to be a successful intern/employee/student.
- Record EVERYTHING. | While juggling many different duties, it can be easy to let something important slip through the cracks. This is the point where you should take out your dusty academic planner and jot down notes. I personally struggle to write down assignments and deadlines in a planner, but I have had to adapt to it this semester. Get used to putting every single commitment into your iPhone calendar (ex: intramural game, exam times, events for your internship), and don’t hesitate to set reminders. I’ve even taken to plastering Post-It notes on my mirror so it’s the first thing that I see in the morning. My desk at work is a plethora of notes to keep me on track. YOU WILL THANK YOURSELF LATER.
- Indulge yourself. | It’s physically impossible to work 100% of the time. Giving yourself time to just relax and enjoy yourself will help you feel recharged when you have to get back to work or school. Treat yourself for all of your hard work! That reward could be a movie night with friends, your favorite pint of ice cream, or maybe time at your favorite workout class. I tend to treat myself to Harry Potter screenings, cookie dough ice cream, and yoga classes quite frequently.
- Know your limits. | Sometimes it’s tough to admit that you are at max, especially if you’re like me. However, it’s important to remember that you aren’t doing anyone any favors when you are spread too thin. If you plan on completing an internship while maintaining a full-time student status, I recommend keeping the extra club commitments to a minimum, at least for a semester. It also never hurts to let your employer know when you are under extra stress with school. They are often very understanding for student’s situations!
With these tips, there’s no need to be afraid to take on the work/school balance! You can do it!