Hey, all you students out there!
Tbh I feel like one of the worst parts of going back to uni is maxing out your course-related costs on all the uni ‘essentials’ all within the first week! I mean, tickets to O week parties, Homegrown, and the ‘occasional’ drink are expensive right ;)
Your first year in uni is always usually pretty cruisy, but as soon as second-year hits and you’re no longer in the halls (meaning you have to pay actual rent on an actual flat) and you begin to realise just how expensive food costs you, it’s often time to get a job.
Having a job while balancing uni can be stressful at times. That’s why I’ve got a few of my top tips on how to create the perfect work-uni (and social life) balance to help you breeze through this year.
1) Plan it out
For those of you who aren’t familiar with a schedule or a calendar, now is the time to become best friends. My advice would be to print of a weekly planner, fill in all your classes (the days and times) and then look at the gaps you have in your schedule and see if you can work a job into those hours. This way you won’t have to worry about having an overlap of classes and work.
2) Stay on schedule
I can 100% guarantee you that getting behind in uni is one of the worst things to ever happen to a student. My biggest tip for all you students … stay on top of the workload. Going home at night and writing up your notes, even if it only takes 5 minutes, can be such a help in the long run. Trust me, when those assignments are piling up and your friends are begging you to come out for a fun night out you’ll be thanking me.
3) Know your limits
One of the biggest struggles you can have in uni (not so much in your first year, but most definitely during second and third year), is knowing the right balance between work and study. Make sure you don’t over commit yourself to working those long days or late nights. Be sure to have enough time set aside in your schedule to go to class, study at home, and also make that moolah. If you don’t know your limit of how many hours you can handle working each week then finding that perfect balance definitely becomes a struggle. However, once you’ve mastered that, I can promise you uni life will get that much easier.
Hopefully, these tips have been helpful and you’ll be able to find your work-study-life balance in no time.
Loren - Kimera Ambassador