Just being a student can be a lot. Now you’re adding an internship on top of your schoolwork. It sounds like it’ll be a lot and very stressful, but you’ll get through it.
I remember when I started my internship at the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC). I was working there for two weeks before I even started classes. My first week at GSCS was crazy because we were getting ready for an event the next week. The week of the event was crazy. I thought to myself how am I going to handle an 18 credit hour course load, have an internship, and still work another job on the weekends. I honestly had no idea how I was going to manage it, but I knew that everything I had on my plate was going to be worth it in the end.
Staying organized is the main thing. If you don’t have a planner get one. If you do, make sure you write everything down. I’m the type of person that writes everything in my planner. I also have a sticky note on my computer screen that says what I have to do that day. Above my desk in my room, I have a white-board that has bigger assignments written on it. Yes, I know this may be excessive but it’s what helps me stay organized. Check out 45 Tips on Staying Organized in College on how to stay organized during a crazy year. Everyone has their own way of staying organized and this might not be it but find what helps.
Staying ahead on school work is another way to stay organized. If you have an event coming up at work, you don’t want to be doing homework after the event. After a long days work, the last thing on your mind is school. This is why it’s best to work ahead. Wouldn’t you rather spend a whole day doing homework than going to an event all day and doing school work after? This also lets you enjoy the event. The day of you won’t be stressing over what assignments you have due, and you’ll be able to enjoy the event.
Make time for yourself. This is a huge one. You can’t devote your entire semester to school and work. Yes, those things may be your priority, but you have to make time for yourself. You need time to relax. You need time to not think about anything else that’s going on. At least once a week you need a day to hang out with your friends or do something you love. This is something I realized later in my busy schedule. I was constantly stressed and constantly worried about what I had due in school and work. I finally realized that I had to make time for myself. That time is usually Friday or Saturday night. Make More Time for Yourself talks about making time for yourself and what you’re going to do in that free time.
All of these things I learned while doing both, but hopefully this will prepare you for when you have school and an internship. I understand how hard and stressful it can be at times, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Tell me some tips that help you survive school and an internship!