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Hello everyone,

This week our topic is sharing your tips about balancing school life and work. Before coming to St. Louis last summer, I had two part-time jobs while earning my undergrad degree. To be honest, I was extremely thankful that I could have a very nice part-time job working as a front desk clerk in a senior residence. During the work, I could still read my books and do homework. Having 25 hours a week of working while being a student is tough. Earning extra money is important, but you need to make sure your academics are doing alright and you can keep them up as well! Nothing is more important than your academics since your degree will help you achieve your dream career — not the part-time job (I always keep that in my mind!). So, it’s important to make sure your job or even other extra curriculars don’t ruin your academic grades.

For me to relieve my stress from my heavy workload, I choose to go to the gym and eat something that I like since exercise helps your body produce endorphins, keeping you relaxed and happy :) I definitely encourage all of you try to explore exercise that you like and gather your friends to work out together!

Student life is hard, but it’s definitely worth it and will pay off in the future. Let’s work hard and play hard in this semester. We can get through it! :)

– Kathy

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College can be crazy. It can be difficult at times to find the balance between academics, extracurricular activities, and your social life. Sometimes we tend to “over schedule” ourselves, which is never a good thing. Personally, I feel like there is one key tip that unlocks the perfect balance between all your commitments.

And what is it? Use a planner!

You’ve probably heard this multiple times, but I can’t stress the importance of using a planner enough! Mine is literally my life! I write everything down, from when my next test is to what I’m doing this weekend. I feel that I have to jot down all my responsibilities for the week, because there is no other way I’m going to remember any of them.

As far as what type of planner I like to use, I prefer a traditional planner that allows me to write all my notes down with pen, but you don’t have to use what I do! A lot of people will use the calendar on their email to keep straight what they have going on and on what days. Or you can use the calendar on your phone, which might be a more convenient option because we always have our phones on us!

Whatever type of planner you use, get into the habit of using it on a daily or hourly :) basis. It will make your life so much simpler!

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Dani

Finding Your Balance

by Dani on February 12, 2015

in College Life

College, jobs, family, friends, extra-curricular activities: a lot of college students juggle some or all of these things in their daily lives. The real challenge, however, is finding the right balance with everything and still find time to sleep. After almost three years of college life, I’ve come up with a few tricks of my own. Organizing and keeping to a schedule, setting goals, quality over quantity, “Me” time, copious amounts of coffee, and learning to say “No”.

Being organized and keeping to a schedule is extremely important for my balancing act. Knowing when my classes are, what days and times I work, and when I have free time help keep me on time and on task. This isn’t to say that every minute of my days are scheduled, spontaneity is a good thing, but the bulk of my week days are planned out, mainly for classes and work. I also write everything down in my calendar, this is a definite safe guard against forgetting something for class because I was cramming for a test.

Setting realistic goals is also at the top of my list. My biggest goal is to get through my bachelor’s in two years, then tackle my master’s. But goals can be small too, like finishing a paper early so I can take a day trip somewhere. In that sense I get to check something off my list and get a reward for the hard work. It’s a win, win situation.

Quality over quantity and learning to say “No” have been the two biggest challenges for me to learn so far. Before college, and even at the start of it, I had a very active social life. I would do things and go to events, even if I wasn’t really interested, just be seen or keep from insulting anyone. The fact was, however, that it wasn’t realistic for my schedule and I wasn’t enjoying myself most of the time. With college being my main focus, I had to learn to decide which events I wanted to attend the most, who I wanted to spend my free time with, and politely say no to anything I didn’t want to go to. With the explosion of social media event invites, the trick is deciding which ones are best for you and your free time.

Scheduling in some “Me” time is an underrated event. Everyone, even really extroverted people, should invest in some alone time to de-stress, breathe, and recharge those batteries. It can even be something as simple as your favorite café, a walk in the park, a favorite book, or an afternoon nap.

Last but not least, copious amounts of coffee is the life blood of most college students. I am proud to say that I am an avid coffee addict. I like mine black and preferably strong enough to degrease a jet engine, but however you take it, coffee has helped millions of student survive and balance the rigors of a hectic college schedule. It has kept us awake during the driest history lectures, the most confusing math problems, and those late night paper writing sessions. So caffeinate often and find that balance. Cheers!

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I think that I manage my time pretty well. Since I commute and I live 40 minutes away from Fontbonne, I’m unable to work during the school year. I usually get to Fontbonne at 8 a.m. so I can get some homework done before class. Then I usually eat lunch with my friends at 12. I usually have a 12:30 class after that. Then I do more homework for a few more hours and then I go home.

Since I have spent a major portion of the day doing homework, I get to relax for the rest of the day. I usually watch TV, go outside, or make bracelets with Austrian crystals. After dinner I take a shower, check Facebook one last time and then go to bed at 9:30. (I require a lot of sleep lol)

I also participate in extracurricular activities over the weekend. I work at McDonalds over the summer, which is only 5 minutes from my house, which allows me to walk there. I also spend about 1/3 of the summer traveling. I spend the other third of my time relaxing, shopping, and swimming.

I really like that I have a great balance in my life. I’m not overly stressed with working or studying, but I’m not spending so much time doing other things that I don’t accomplish any work either!

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Freshman Year vs. Sophomore Year

by Sarah November 10, 2014

If I had to look back at freshman year and compare it to this year as a sophomore, for starters I would say that I am a heck of a lot busier this year.  As a freshman I was mainly confused as to what was going on since it was my first time in college […]

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Student Life

by Alumni Posts April 23, 2012

Many people can look at the life of a Fontbonne student in different ways. I for one think that my life as a Fontbonne student means family — on and off campus. In many of my classes, there have been special bonds formed, even if it’s just for a semester. The bonds between the class […]

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The Balancing Act

by Alumni Posts September 26, 2011

Tonight I am going to discuss something that has been on my mind a lot recently: the balancing act between living away from home and keeping up with the family. Last year this was not a huge problem for me, and although I was living almost 5 hours away from home, the only person I […]

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