How can I avoid being burned out while working a part-time job as a full-time college student?
I was an early graduate out of high school, and I just completed my first semester of college (Nursing major, going for my BSN). I have a 4.0 GPA, and would like to work part-time starting in the fall. My parents are worried about me getting burned out/the job adversely affecting my grades. I can understand their concerns, and getting burned out is the last thing I want to do, but I would like to be able to become more financially independent, and a job is certainly an avenue with which to do that. Time management has not been a problem in the past. Can anyone tell me about their experiences? I’ve applied at Starbucks (on campus) and am looking at a few other places. I would just love to hear some input. Thank you in advance!
Coming from a person that’s been working and going to school since she was a Junior in high school, I think I may be able to help.
First, take it slow. Like unbearable, not really making much slow. This is usually the first mistake I see people make that come from going to school to working. I’d say just working the weekends for a little bit, until you get the hang of going to school and working long shifts. Then, when you feel ready (so, maybe two weeks to a month), add one week day, usually a Friday or a Monday, something will still coincide with the working.
Soon, you’ll get into the the rhythm of going to school and working but always remember to have a steady work schedule. Make it so that you always have one or two days off. For example, in high school, I always had Tuesdays and Thursday off, mostly because in the fall I would have practices for things but in the Spring I kept it because it gave me those two guaranteed days of freedom. Keep something like this and you wont have that dreaded feeling of having to work everyday on a week that you have a major assignment due.
It’s always good to know that when you need to take a break, due. If you think you’ve taken too much on, just face the facts and limit working (school is always more important).
As a major point, always try and ask off for the week of finals. It’ll do you good. Make sure you ask early, though, so as to beat everyone else.
And finally, pick a job that you know you’ll like and you feel you could do properly. If you hate your job, it’ll make you burn out faster. Trust me on this one.
Anyways, I hope I’ve helped! Good luck with everything, hon!
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