Juggling Work and Classes

Learn how to balance work, school, and your social life

Maybe you’re paying for your own education. Or your own car. Or rent. Or perhaps you just want to be able to afford some new clothes or entertainment a few times a month. Whatever the reason, you may find yourself in need of a little extra money, and this may mean having to not only juggle school and your social life, but a job as well. Having a job while in school can help you can graduate with little to no debt if you learn how to spend and save your money wisely. You can also gain real-life skills that you can use out in the corporate world, and it can also provide a solid social outlet other than school. However, balancing a job while in school can also lead to exhaustion and poor grades if you don’t manage your time well.

Be Choosy when Picking Your Employer

Search for an employer who is flexible, and willing to work with your class schedule since your workload will vary. It is important to find an employer who will understand when you need to take a few days off to study for exams, or rearrange your schedule due to class projects or homework.

Limit Your Hours

You may find it tempting to add a few hours of work here or there to your schedule, but be wise about it. Sometimes it may be hard to say no to your employer if they ask you to work a few extra hours, but always remember that academics come first. Place a strict time limit on your work hours to ensure that your job does not interfere with school.

Schedule Your Time

When planning out your work schedule, chart your expected amount of homework and work around that. Exam times and heavy homework periods will mean fewer available hours you can work. Work may not always be as flexible as you would like, so prioritize your schoolwork, or you may find yourself in a time crunch.

Work Weekends

If possible, try to work on the weekends. This will allow you to feel far less stressed during the week.

Make Time for Fun

A busy schedule deserves some down time as well. Stress-reducing activities will help keep your life in perspective and in balance. Breaks from the everyday pressures of work and school will likely improve your performance and attitude toward your goals.


This article was written by Melissa Borowski Dronberger

Melissa Borowski Dronberger is a former staff editor for CollegeView.com. Melissa writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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