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Balancing Work and Studying at University

Balancing Work and Studying at University

The following is a submission for StudySoup, on how students can work and be successful in their studies during college.

Having a part time job during college can be a great way to create some balance in one’s life. Working can help a student by not focusing on the stressors that come with higher education. Having friends outside the college bubble gives an outlet for sharing and interacting with people in the community. Getting some spending money might help you pay for those road trips and weekday food specials that you would otherwise pass up or have to ring home to ask for money. Employers for that new career will appreciate that you are taking initiative to start in the world of work and you can still be successful as a student.

While work has its benefits, it can also create a distraction for the real reason you are in school in the first place; which is to graduate. I was guilty of this myself during my undergrad years. I was working at a YMCA life-guarding and teaching swim lessons, and would work early in the mornings, then hustle over to class in a wet bathing suit. It was not a good look, and my buttoned-up suit and tie professor at the time let me know it. If you are doing anything from work study to internships, make sure you try to set a schedule around your classes; not the other way around. Keep your priorities in order. If you have long term projects due, try to arrange your work schedule in such a way that you have some free time to put the work together without cramming it in the night before. For those that are doing work in the service industry and might be up late, don’t schedule those 8:00 or 9:00am classes next semester if you can help it. You already know that you won’t be at your best to make those classes. Maybe StudySoup can find you the notes, but if they count attendance your grade is going to suffer.

Working can be a great supplement to learning at college and should not be feared or avoided. Make the job schedule work for you, and you can feel comfortable earning and learning.

Dr. Ethan Gregory

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 Use Sunday to Empower Your Weekdays

Use Sunday to Empower Your Weekdays

I am currently an overseas trainer working to make a private education company more productive and increasing accountability for their workers. My best advice I would give someone preparing for another grueling workweek ahead is to get as much prep-work done while you don’t have the time pressure of a workday.

Keeping a monthly plan broken down into weekly objectives and even daily objectives will outline the work ahead and help the individual prioritize short term and long term needs. Just like teacher lesson plans, a corporate worker can outline their days for the week ahead and use reminders with their smart phone app of choice or online calendars to remind them when pressing issues need to be addressed.

On the home front, Sunday is a great day to cook ahead for the week. Not just bodybuilders and busy moms are now using their Tupperware to store dinners and lunches. To work hard and stay healthy we should be putting the right kind of things in our body. If we are on a budget, having our lunch made at home might save us from the peer pressure of an expensive business lunch with the coworkers. If you are the type to stand in front of your closet and stare at your clothes hoping something comes to mind each morning, then use Sunday to order your shirt and pants in a row for the next week of workdays. Come Monday morning, you can sleep in an extra 10 minutes knowing you don’t have to worry about what tie or skirt to wear, because you have them ready to go.

Sunday is the day to set the TiVo or download those movies for date night this week. Also, if you don’t want to get the guilt trip for not calling home during the week, go ahead and set a time each Sunday to call mom or dad or grandparents. You will start your week guilt free. I adhere to the six P’s; prior planning prevents piss poor performance.

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Survive the Workday with an Apple

Survive the Workday with an Apple

This was a pitch for snacknation about my favorite office snack.

As a long time practitioner of office snacking and grazing throughout the day, I have some staples that not only fill up the stomach, but also take time to eat, and have health benefits. Taking the break to remove my eyes from the screen is healthy, as I am allowing my eyes to recover from fatigue. Eating the apple that has vitamins and natural sources of sweetness gives my metabolism a kick start and won't leave me feeling that I need something more for the next few hours.

Don't just take my word for it, check out the benefits listed by a simple Google search. As a wellness expert, I would recommend an apple as a pre-workout snack as well. Just enough calories to keep you energized, but not heavy to make you feel bloated.

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