Balancing College, Work, Social Life

Whether it's back to school after the winter break or starting college for the first time, getting into the groove of things can be tough for students.
January 12, 2014 5:21:02 AM PST

A lot of them work part-time. So how do you balance classes, your job and your social life. Mathew Stewart, CEO College Works Painting, came into our ABC 7 Eyewitness News studio to share tips.

Mathew's Tips:

Set goals for each category:
- number of credit hours
- other academic considerations this semester
- How much money do you need to earn?
- How many hours a week do you hope to spend with friends?

Make a monthly calendar and stick to it:
- homework assignments
- exams
- project due dates
- work-related training
- meetings
- travel
- personal events

Have a contingency plan:
- Make a shift-trading alliance with a co-worker: agree that you will trade shifts if one of you is up against an academic deadline
- Have a rainy day fund to offset expenses when you have to miss work because of school

Treat school like a job:
- Don't be tempted to skip out because of an unforeseen distraction.
- Show up.

Gain Practical Business Experience:
Seek opportunities that give you practical business experience that you can take with you beyond college.