By Jarrod Isbell
The 2016-2017 school year is underway, and while some grunt and groan others couldn’t be more excited. This school year can cause added stress into the lives of students, and everybody deals with it in their own way.
While not everyone has a packed schedule, some must balance school activities, jobs, and homework.
Haley Bielenberg, a student at CCC, has a heavy work-load. Bielenberg said, “It’s my first year at CCC and I have loaded my schedule with 17 credit hours. It’s a bit different than high school; my schedule is much more demanding, but I’m learning to adapt.”
Without effective time management, your schedule can go from a walk in the park to a living nightmare in the blink of an eye. Bre Gideon, a sophomore at CCC said, “While taking 14 credit hours and also working a part time job, I struggle to keep my head above water from time to time. The biggest piece of advice I can give others is to not procrastinate. Once you get behind, getting caught up becomes more of a hassle than it needs to be. Work smarter, not harder.”
Learning to overcome and adapt is a huge part of the college experience. This isn’t high school anymore, and the biggest challenge for some students is learning to balance all of their activities. Bielenberg said, “Although I do not have a job outside of going to class, I like to volunteer at local nursing homes, and that can take up a large majority of my free time. I’ve learned to use all of my free time wisely and efficiently, because I know my schedule is packed. The most important piece of advice I can give to others, is to prioritize. You need to know what you have to do and get your priorities straight, and you will get things done.”
Around midterm and final exam time, the CCC advising office will offer free workshops for students on study skills and time management. Make sure to keep an eye out for flyers throughout the campus for information on times, dates, and locations.