The hardest part of college is balancing a job and school work. Between needing an almost full-time job to pay for school, excluding loans, scholarships, and grants, and needing an extra 5 hours a day to finish all classwork, it’s a wonder how young adults are graduating from college. And then after graduation, finding a career for your degree is even harder as every employer is looking for several years of experience on top of your bachelor’s degree (and even more experience with an associate’s). So it’s almost as if all college students should be given a Time Machine so they can go back in time each day to attend class, work, an internship or two, and finish the day with several hours worth of homework, not to mention any volunteer work or scholarship essays to complete.
I am personally balancing 18 credit hours of work, a part-time job and the struggle of making next semester better so I can get an internship or at least get more hours at work. But I’m also trying to balance getting almost 18-20 credit hours next semester so I can stay on track to graduate by 2021 with my bachelor’s degree. But even after I graduate, I’ll need almost 5 years of experience to even be considered for hire anywhere within my field of study.
So I’m sending good vibes out there for all college students looking for a job, an internship, a way to make it through next semester’s class load, and through the loads of loans you’re racking up. Stay strong, sleep a little more often and eat something other than ramen. If you need to take a day or even an hour to just breathe and ignore the workload, then do it. Amp yourself up to tackle the monster of an essay due next week or to go to your minimum wage job because it will be worth it, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now.