The Echo Chamber: Planning for Stress

This semester has definitely been the most stressful semester I’ve had my entire college career. I’m a senior now, and that means more upper division courses that require more effort and attention.

This is also the first time I’ve had to work during school, which  makes studying and doing homework way more difficult.

I’ve found myself seriously organizing my time and writing every little task down in my planner so I can remember to do everything I need to in time.

However, all the classwork and graduation preparations have definitely weighed on me, and my grades aren’t as good as they’ve been before.

It’s so important for me to prioritize and make school come first, even though it’s hard when you have a job.

I’m one of the lucky ones though. My scholarships cover my tuition and all I need to worry about paying for is rent and groceries. I don’t need to work full-time while going to class.

I had respect for working students before I got my job, but now I commend them.

For all of you working full-time and going to class you’re doing a really hard thing that not many people can manage.

Maybe you find that you’re struggling in school because you need to work more to pay your bills, but you just have to take it day by day. You’ll make it out alive in the end, and that’s all that matters, right?

My  mom worked her way through school. She waited tables and worked retail jobs just to afford tuition and rent. It took her nine years to complete a four-year degree because she paid for the classes she could afford.

She wanted me to make it through school without working, but I wanted to take some financial burden off of her. I definitely admire her for her hard work, and guess what? She made it out alive and with a degree.

She told me that she survived off of macaroni and cheese cooked in the only pan she had.

School is stressful, but going to school and working is even worse. I find that the only way to manage my work (and tears) is to prioritize.


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