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College students struggle with school/work balance

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Marisa Thornton, staff writer

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For some, college might be all fun and games from going to class during the day and partying at night.  For others, it’s a balance between school and work.

“I work at Gateway Academy (Daycare),” Bethany Frazier, junior elementary education major, said. “I roughly work 12-15 hours a week and am taking 17 credit hours.”

Frazier also does student teaching at an elementary school that is counted as academic credit.

“To balance work and school, I usually wake up early and go to bed late. I do this because it gives me time to think in a quiet environment. If I know that there is an assignment that is due while I am at work, I make sure to get that assignment done first before anything else and submit it,” Frazier said.

Going to bed late during college is what most college students do. How students spend their free time is different.

“I feel stressed all the time. To cope with stress, I usually like to listen to music, color, and take long bubble baths,” Frazier said.

Every student deals with stress differently and has different methods that work better. Other methods include going shopping to relieve stress or going out with friends.

“My advice to everyone who wants to work and go to school would be to find a good balance. Don’t overdo the amount of time you work so you start missing assignments,” Frazier said.

Time management can play a role when it comes to both school and work during the week. “However, this would be a great opportunity to get organized. Buy a planner to mark all of your assignments in and schedule time to do those assignments first,” Frazier said. “If you are stressing out about completing activities and working, take a step back, breathe and do something for yourself to help take your mind off everything.”

Working and balancing school may be hard for some; however, it is doable. If you are a college student balancing a job, you can learn a few ways to deal with stress as well as how you can manage your time better here.

Extra Tips to relieve stress:

  • Listen to music
  • Go on a walk
  • Go shopping
  • Plan ahead
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Keep an agenda
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Read
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