This blog is written by Andrew, our campus ambassador from the University of Hartford!
Let me start this blog off by saying that just going to school full-time can be stressful enough. But when you throw working at a part-time job in the mix the craziness increases. Why not just add an internship to your list, its just one more thing right? And then you have to find time to be able to do homework, meet with groups, return the phone calls from your worried parents, etc. Life can just be too much to handle sometimes, and that is exactly what happened to me.
I started off my junior year with 5 of the hardest classes I have ever taken. I am working 20 hours a week. I have a virtual internship. I am in the Student Government Association, I am in the process of being apart of the National Leadership Association at my school, I am an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, I am becoming involved with PRSSA, I have family and friends that constantly call me saying that I have fallen of the face of the earth, and it became just WAY too much.
It got to the point where I wasn’t sleeping for days in a row and I decided I had to stop. I sat down and evaluated my schedule and decided I had to find a way to make it work. The first step was to realize that school comes first, so I gave myself time to study and do homework. I also realized that I couldn’t let go of work because it was my only source of money, so I cut my hours from 20 to 14 per week. Letting go of my position as Campus Ambassador for The Intern Queen and training to be apart of the National Leadership Association is something I wasn’t willing to give up. In saying that I decided to end my time at my virtual internship. My boss there was amazing and understood what position I was in and I wish her nothing but the best. I am going to be hopefully interning in New York City when I have more time to dedicate. My life is still crazy, but very manageable.
Here are some tips to help all the young professionals out there with a bit too much on their plate:
- Dedicate a majority of a day to do something you want: Whether it is going to see a movie or catching up on sleep, just do something YOU want. After a week of busting out endless amounts of work, doing this is the best feeling in the world.
- Find someone to talk to: I know whenever I get stressed out I call my mother or my best friend. It doesn’t take much but a two-minute phone call to put everything back into perspective for me.
- Get off campus: The biggest stress reliever for me is getting into my car and driving off campus. I can go wherever I want whenever I want. Listening to music and going to get a coffee is the perfect me-time.