Guest Writer: Karen Negedu, Nursing Student
When I first started working on campus, I was worried about how work would interfere with my academics. I wanted to excel in school, at work and also be available for all the events IPFW offers. The truth is, you have to pick what works for you and be intentional with your time. It gets exhausting if you do not plan your time very well. I am a part of two clubs, I work at three different offices and I have friends who I love to hang out with. There are so many opportunities available that can make me easily sway from my studies but I have consciously made the decision to become a nurse. This is why setting my priorities is important.
The truth is that some weeks are more difficult than others. When you have everything due plus a couple tests on the same week, it is hard to see the light at the tunnel or know that you will make it past that week. There was a time where I was set back because I let work, family and pressure from everything overwhelm me and it showed on my grades. As soon as I was able to pick back up, I had to keep reminding myself that others have gone through it, they made it and I too can make it. If you are ever in a position where everything falls on the same week, or it feels like everyone wants your attention, ask for help and reach out to the people who are there to support you. From my experience, the professors and advisors in the Nursing department are always there to walk you one step ahead. I have had days where work did not permit me to have extra office hours and my professors would help me find a time that works best. I have also found it helpful to surround myself with people who remind me of my homework and vice versa. This just means that there are lots of resources (personal, and professional) available to students so that you excel.
The great thing about working is that you’re learning outside of the classroom and you also get paid. Working and going to school may seem to be very difficult but what I keep learning is that it is possible and I can do it. I always carry it with me that my education is the most important thing while I am in college. Every other thing comes after it. So when you decide to work, make sure you have a good plan where your education is priority. So I wish you good luck with school, work and your studies but don’t forget to plan, and prioritize.