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Balancing Work and School

College students have many tasks to juggle and sometimes it can be a challenge to keep them all up in the air. Both traditional and non-traditional students at BC3 and elsewhere often grapple with maintaining a full or part time job and keeping up with the demands of the educational process.

According to a 2015 study by Georgetown University researchers, nearly 70% of college students have some sort of employment while attending school. It’s a busy mixture and sometimes can feel as though you’re walking on a tightrope in addition to juggling. That’s where balance comes in.

Patten University in California offers these 10 tips on balancing work, school, and other life demands:

  1. Know That Things Will Not Always Balance- It is impossible to meet everyone’s needs all of the time. The key is to rotate your schedule so that the same party does not feel neglected.
  2. Let Go Of Guilt– Forgive yourself when things are not done and do your best to get back on track as soon as you are able.
  3. Resist Multi-tasking– Focus on the task at hand. You’ll get it done faster and leave time for other things that matter. Resist the temptation to plan dinner while studying or quiz yourself (in your head) while talking to your co-worker. Be present and in the moment.
  4. Pay Attention- Make family time an instrumental part of your success. Give family and friends 100% of your attention when together.
  5. Mind Your Boundaries- Picture that there is an imaginary line drawn around you protecting you from other people stealing your time. Learn it is OK to say “no” when they cross that line.
  6. Be The Boss- Don’t be afraid to make the tough decisions that will ultimately pave the way for your long-term success.
  7. Keep A Calendar- Create a master calendar and write all of your work, family & school obligations on it to get it out of your head. Then keep it with you so you can easily be reminded at a glance. If using an electronic calendar be sure to set reminders.
  8. Schedule Your Class Time- Develop a routine that you can easily follow by scheduling your class time when you know that you will be free and unlikely to miss. But remain flexible and willing to re-arrange when absolutely essential. Don’t forget that BC3 offers over 100 courses online.
  9. Stay Positive- Remind yourself every day how fortunate you are to have the opportunity get an education and earn a living at the same time.
  10. Schedule “Me” Time- Be intentional and make time for things that you enjoy doing whether that be watching your favorite TV show, reading a book, taking a walk, or attending an exercise class. This will help avoid burnout during busy times.

It is important to note that BC3 offers a variety of work study opportunities to our students. These positions can be found in administrative offices, the BC3 Bookstore, Heaton Family Learning Commons, Student Life, The Pioneer Café and many other places on campus.

Even working just a few days a week can really help with paying for school-related expenses. These jobs offer flexibility so that students may work around their class schedule. Positions are convenient providing useful job experience and transferable skill sets. For more information about how to become involved in BC3’s Work Study program visit the BC3 work study web page.

 All of us at BC3 are committed to helping you achieve success in pursuing your educational goals. As always, know that we are here to help you in any way we can. Please contact these offices if you need any assistance.

-Jerry Johnston, Admissions Representative/Business Relations