A lot has been talked about and discussed on the amalgamation of academics and the corresponding Internships annexed towards it. Additionally, there have been in-numerable articles and debates as to how the Internships can sometimes be elusive-boon as well as bane-curse.
Seeking and incorporating my understanding into this thought process and in regards to my own college life, internship and experiences – there are few trade-ups or should I say – effective ways to balance out academics and Internships effectively and smoothly.
Before you take up any new task, analyze how important it is and compare it with your current work and college activity-work if any. Rank your tasks in order of significance to balance your upcoming obligations and tasks. While giving your best in every work is essential, you need to ensure that your priorities are satisfied to meet your future goals.
Stick to your schedule
Creating a schedule always helps to complete the tasks easier. You should stick to the schedule that helps you to balance your lectures, assignments and part-time work. If you schedule your tasks well ahead, then you can avoid falling behind and slacking off in your commitments. How can you do that? Marking due dates on a calendar helps you to keep track of your deadlines.
Budget your time
Analyze the amount of time you need to spend on various tasks such as finishing an assignment or getting involved in any college work/activity. You should keep enough time during weekdays to complete your college work because you will be busy with the internship as well. To maintain such a balance, make sure you give sufficient time to enjoy things you like such as playing a sport or spending some quality time with friends and family alike.
Set goals before the week starts
Always make it a habit to prioritize the tasks right from the beginning of the week. If you have exams coming up or a research paper to finish, let your internship provider know your difficulties so that your work can be amended and sorted out to the best of your needs.
Give yourself some time to relax
One of the most important tips to balance college schedule and internship is to keep some time to relax and have fun. Never get exhausted by taking up too many responsibilities in your hand. Indulge in things you enjoy such as hanging out with friends, reading books, picking up a new hobby, playing sports, or even watching a favorite TV show. This will enhance your working capabilities, which in turn help you to tackle responsibilities in a better way.
Balancing college life and an internship is not an easy task. However, if you set your goals by following a systematic schedule, you can accomplish all your tasks without sacrificing your education.