This post was written by Lauren, our campus ambassador from Montclair State University.
Being a full-time college student and interning can be a difficult thing to do, but there are ways to make it work. This semester, my last semester of my senior year, I’ve been interning at an amazing magazine full time as well as attending school which has become a challenge. Up until this past week, I was interning 40 hours a week and commuting an hour each way into NYC. It was really exhausting and I was falling behind on my work for school. There are ways that you can go to school and intern without it being overwhelming. Here are some tips that I learned to balance everything:
- Talk to your advisor at school. Your advisor is there to help you out and you should take advantage of having him/her there because once you graduate, you’re on your own. Tell them your dilemma and ask what you can do. In my situation, my advisor told me that I should consider cutting back hours at my internship. Although it was a great internship, I wasn’t devoting enough time to school and it was becoming a problem. My advisor assured me that this solution would help me out a lot.
- Talk to your supervisor at your internship. This can be nerve-wracking, especially when you want to make a good impression on them. If you have to cut back hours, or can’t take on as much responsibility, let them know. I talked to my supervisor and told him that I couldn’t come in as many days anymore. He was very understanding and told me that it was no problem at all, because school is important as well.
- Make time for yourself. If there is one lesson that sticks out to me the most, make sure that you take care of yourself and take time to de-stress. I was exhausted every day and just not myself. It’s important to make sure that you take time to just sit down and breathe once in a while! Set aside a certain night every week to catch up with your friends and have some fun. Internships and school are important but it’s also important to take care of yourself so that you don’t get sick or become completely burned out!
I hope that these tips will help you to find more of a balance in your life and manage your time more wisely!