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Balancing an On-Campus Job with School

 Written by    October 31, 2017

A large aspect of your college experience can include maintaining an on-campus job along with your extracurriculars and academic commitments. As a second year at Ohio State, I am working as an office assistant (OA) in a residence hall, and I have gathered a few tips on how to balance commitments while working part-time as a full-time students.

When I was in high school, I did not hold a job position outside of school, so my experiences with time management in balancing my work schedule and coursework have been limited to this year alone. Here are a few tips I would keep in mind to best balance the two involvements out!

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  • Keep your work hours consistent to fall into routine.
    • I’m not sure how scheduling works for most on-campus positions, but as an OA we have a permanent schedule set for weekdays and the weekend schedules are set at our weekly staff meetings. What I like about our consistent schedule is that I can plan my other involvements around work, since I know that those shifts are not going to change. This consistency helps me maintain some peace of mind, and I can keep my weekends flexible depending on any upcoming plans!
  • Keep in mind a possible work schedule while figuring out next semester’s classes.
    • It’s always a good idea to think about your work schedule when organizing next semester’s classes. I like to try and block most of my classes within a four hour period so scheduling for work next semester is less stressful and I have more options. Of course, this choice may not be available to everyone, so it’s important to know how many hours you plan to work permanently every week so your schedule reflects this goal.
  • Remember: classes always come first. On-campus employers should understand this.
    • You came to Ohio State to earn a degree, not solely to work part-time as a student employee. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your workload and do not feel comfortable balancing multiple commitments, don’t be afraid to speak to your manager about cutting back on hours. For some employers, such as the resident manager in the residence hall I work in, they are students, too, and can empathize with you.

So far, I have enjoyed my time as a student employee at Ohio State! I plan on continuing to be an office assistant for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year, and am excited for the upcoming experiences I will gain through my on-campus job.

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