Home | Find an Apartment | News & Events | Special Offers | Resources | Contact Us
How to Succeed In College While Maintaining a Job

How to Succeed In College While Maintaining a Job

work life balance Having a job while going to college full-time can be quite the challenge. You’re trying to juggle classes, homework, work, your social life and the battle to stay sane. If you’re a full-time student and have a job, there are many challenges that make balancing your life stressful. But it can be done! Here’s how you can successfully maintain a job and a full-time college schedule.

Set Realistic Goals

A full-time student schedule is typically 12 to 15 credit hours, which is on average 3 to 5 courses per semester. Yet, you can still succeed academically as long as you remain focused and don’t take on too many courses. Have honest objectives; pick and choose what leisure activities you’ll have to sacrifice, and work equally hard at your job and in your classes.

Many schools, such as UConn, offer online courses that help meet your lifestyle needs. Consider this option when picking classes, particularly ones you may not be too excited about that are a graduation requirement. Another option is to stretch out your semesters and consider summer school. It’s a lot easier to stretch out your time over a period of years rather than trying to do too much all at once.

Get Ahead

Even if your time management skills aren’t the best, you can improve by strengthening your organizational skills. Organize your days, week and month ahead of time. Make a schedule for when you plan to study either before or after work or both. Perhaps you can do your reading during breakfast and research or homework a few moments after getting home from work. Just be sure not to wait until the last minute to where you lose sleep and gain stress. Have a designated location to do your school work. The more organized with your time and responsibilities you are, the more likely you are to stick to your plan.

Communicate with Your Employer

There will come a time, particularly during exams, that your stress levels increase and it may affect your work. Some employers are flexible and may adjust your work schedule to help meet your school needs. If you’re studying something that will help you become a more knowledgeable employee in the industry you’re in, it will also look good to your company. Many companies have tuition-assistance for this very reason.

Communicate with your Professors

Let your professors know that you also have a job. Perhaps, like your boss, they too will be flexible like when it comes to their office hours if you need to ask questions after class, or maybe even an assignment deadline. They’re also a great resource on how to best approach your school work if you ever find yourself not understanding certain subject matters instead of spending countless hours studying and stressing. Use every resource available to you; you’d be surprised how many people are willing to help you.

Remember Your Goal

Don’t forget why you are in school. You are doing this to improve your life, open up opportunities, and help you become more stable. Do not give up and always know there are people all around you willing to help.

At CTBest, we offer convenient living near colleges and the workforce. Life moves at a fast pace and we understand the need for flexibility regarding living situations. For more tips on college, life and more, visit our News and Events page. If you’re interested in living in the middle of school and work, visit ctbestapts.com or call Desiree at 203-223-1665.

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply