College life is sometimes depicted as one big social gathering. And while meeting new people, going to parties, and attending tailgates are certainly part of the college experience, the reality is that many college students have to work extremely hard both in and out of class. Indeed, roughly four-out-of-five college students are employed at least part time. For many, this can be a big source of stress –– even if it does reduce the burden of student debt. Fortunately, these four-time management tips will help college students succeed in class and in the workforce:
Talk to Your Boss
Whether you work off-campus moving construction barriers for a local company, or you have a position at the university library, it’s generally a good idea to speak with your boss about your class schedule and any potential conflicts with work obligations. Let them know when you have class, and additionally, when you’ll need extra time to study or complete a big project. Most of the time, bosses hiring college students realize they have multiple priorities, and they’ll be willing to work with you to accommodate your schedule. What’s more, don’t be afraid to speak to your professors as well about being employed. Just letting those around you know your responsibilities will help them help you!
Plan Everything in Advance
The farther you can forecast your work and class schedules, the better you’ll be able to manage them. Even if you have to invest in a physical calendar, make it a point to plan out as much of the semester ahead as possible. Also, note when big assignments will be due when you receive class syllabi. These projects can sneak up on you if you’re not careful.
Account for Delays
Everyone is prone to a bout of procrastination from time to time. Furthermore, little things like car repairs, personal obligations, and unexpected traffic can put time-strapped college students behind the eight ball. If at all possible, always give yourself a little more time than you strictly need to complete a task. That way, a few small delays won’t totally wreck your plans.
Ask for Help
Pride can be a positive character trait, but it can also be quite detrimental as well. Don’t be so prideful as to refuse help from those around you. There’s nothing wrong with asking a friend to feed your cat while you head to work, for instance. Many times, college students have access to an entire support network consisting of their parents, family members, friends, fellow students, counselors, and faculty who are more than willing to lend a hand from time to time. Remember, no one achieves success without assistance from those around them. So don’t be afraid to reach out to others when the going gets tough!