President, Dean’s List, Job/Internships and a Social Life: It can be done and you can still have a good night’s sleep

Amanda was born in Minnesota and enjoys helping others. Having decided to attend St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN, Amanda found her passion in public relations in the non-profit and small business sector. Throughout college, Amanda enjoyed student organizations, learning from her professors and even started a student organization on her campus, the National Society of Leadership and Success. When she is not working or helping others work toward their college goals, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, planning for her upcoming wedding, writing/learning whatever she can about public relations, volunteering and being outdoors.

Having recently graduating from college and getting a number of job interviews, I realized that there was a correlation in the questions in which each place asked me. Sure I got the tradition, “What can you do for me,” but there was one question that stood out the most; “You are so involved. How did you make it happen?”. When I was in college, I didn’t think anything of how college was. I thought I was getting through on autopilot most days with three 20oz bottles of Diet Dr. Pepper. But having matured, had a job that I loved and still in the relationship I was when I started college, I realized that I good grades, stayed involved and had a social life all happened for one reason: concentration and determination.
As a college student, I didn’t think that this was possible. I told myself when I started that only the geeky brainiac kids were able to handle everything. I have one piece of advise for you. Don’t listen to your own mind, listen to your heart. When I stopped doing this, I realized that I could do anything I put my mind to and working “two full time jobs” while going to school wasn’t so crazy.
Here is a little about me to help you understand that you are capable of being a good student and having a social life as well. I was the founder and president of a student organization on campus (National Society of Leadership and Success), I worked in the university communications office, interned with Catholic Charities, had a full class load of junior and senior level public relations classes and projects, and I had a group of friends and a fiancé. I had this and you can have this too. Here are a few things to remember and keep in mind while in college to help you achieve the dream in college you wanted.

• Balance out your day and even if you have a mountain of things to do, devote time for yourself and your friends
• Use your professors for help. Don’t do everything on your own. You don’t know everything, that is why you are in college in the first place right?
• Join a student organization and get involved. I did and that is how I started my own organization.
• Attend campus events, both cultural/educational and entertaining. You will come out a better, more concentrated person.
• SLEEP! Don’t bother with cramming every night. It doesn’t work. If you plan out and stay on top of your studies, you will get all the studying you need done. I never crammed and always had my 8-9 hours of sleep. Boy were they welcomed!
• Surround yourself with people in your field. Whether it be an internship, school club or job shadowing. This will help with your future and take some pressure out after college off your shoulders. Everyone knows a lot of your stress is created by the unknown.

I could talk all day about my experience. But I want you to have the opportunity to go out and live your dream, make it happen and have a social life as well. Remember it can be done. Listen to your advisors and college will be simpler than you thought. You will be able to do more and stress less.

I am going to stop know because reading this article you have been procrastinating long enough.  Get out there and make it happen.

Good luck and enjoy the triumphs and tragedies of college life!

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