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Making the most out of Your Internship While Being a Full Time Student

Posted by Addi Rogers on Jan 13, 2014 4:28:15 AM

It’s the New Year, which means it’s back to the grind for college students around the country. Getting back into the swing of things after the holiday season can be difficult, especially for students who are entering the semester with a full course load and a new internship. Here are four ways to balance school and work so that you can excel in your internship and remain a star student.

1. Plan and prioritize.

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It’s easy to fall behind if you don’t plan and prioritize your responsibilities. The easiest way to keep up with your “To-Do” list is by using a weekly planner. Start by writing a list of your school obligations and work obligations. Then use your planner to decide when each of these things needs to be completed. If you’re a type-A, list-writing, colored pen junkie like I am, you might enjoy drawing checkboxes next to your tasks and color-coding them by category. However, a black pen will do just fine if that’s what you’re into.

2. Coffee. Lots of it.

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As an intern and full time student, if you don’t already like coffee, you better learn to drink through the pain. I’m not talking a Java Chip Frappucinno with extra whipped cream, because let’s be real here, is there even coffee in that? I’m talking straight up black as dirt, strong, bitter coffee. Trust me, after a 15 page paper on diversity issues in mass media and a project deadline for your internship, you’re going to think black coffee is the best thing that has ever happened to you.

3. Relax and recharge (without your iPhone)

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I know. You’re reading this like, “Wait, did she mean to write that? With a full class load and an internship, I’m lucky if I even have time to shower.” Shower or no shower, it’s important to make time to relax and unplug yourself from the busy world around you. Even if it’s only for 20 minutes, you’ll find that stepping away from your work and clearing your head might be exactly the boost you need to stay both successful and sane. And seriously, put your phone down.

4. Be positive.

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Being busy can be frustrating. Sometimes all you want to do is watch Netflix and mindlessly refresh your Instagram feed, but instead you’re studying for a midterm and working on a project for your internship. This is when it’s important to stay positive. Take a second to think about how lucky you are to be attending college or how beneficial your internship will be to your future career. Then, sit back down, eat one (or seven) Lindor truffles and get back to work.

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