Working full time and going to college


Mary recently graduated from Argosy University with a Masters in Art of Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Assessment, and received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Counseling from Liberty University in 2011. Mary currently works as the Suspension Coordinator for the local police department in Georgia where she resides. In her spare time Mary enjoys running, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with friends and family.


When you are college age all you can think about is dating, having a good time, and enjoying life but when you are like me and have had to work full-time all throughout my college career, you may think it is absolutely impossible. You may think, “I have no life” because you work and go to school. Yes, it is true that both take up a vast amount of time in your life, but the key is to learn to manage that time wisely so you can still enjoy life. The problem these days is that many students who go away to school get caught up in the social aspect of college and just don’t focus on school at all, and these students may or may not even be working. It is so easy to let work, school, or your social life take a higher priority over the other, but here are some key suggestions that worked for me while I managed working a professional career full-time while going to graduate school full-time, and STILL HAD A LIFE.

  1. Set your priorities a head of time: The idea is to take a look at your life and decide what is going to benefit you the most in the LONG RUN and set your priorities on that before trying to tackle all at the same time. Obviously, you need the job so you can pay provide for yourself, and you need the college education to get a better job; yes this means that work and school take precedence over social life.
  2. Keep an agenda or calendar: By keeping an agenda or calendar that has your school and work schedule and homework due dates on it, you are able to plan your social life around your schedule. Sometimes looking at it all isn’t quite as overwhelming as it seems while it’s all jumbled up in your head.
  3. Learn to say NO: The key to not becoming overwhelmed with school, work, and life is learning how to say no. First off, you should let your employer know that you are in school so that they know you have other priorities as well as work so when you say you can’t work an extra shift because of school they understand. Secondly, learn how to say no when someone asks you to do something. If you don’t want to say no, you can suggest a different date or time that works better around your schedule. Most people understand.

These are three easy tips that can truly save you from a life of stress and from friends telling you that you never hang out. It is easier to do than you might think, you just have to set your mind to it and do it. Never say you can’t, always say you can and you will. I am all about proving people wrong, and having been able to tackle what I did with work, grad school, and my social life, I absolutely proved them wrong. It just takes a lot of focus and time management, but YOU CAN DO IT.

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