What a year.
As I near the end of this semester, the end of this year, I look back and wonder how I got through it all. I’m sure many of us feel the same as we prepare to head home for Thanksgiving, as classes wrap up.
And boy, am I tired.
I work 30+ hours a week while attending school full time. This isn’t unusual, I know. There’s a lot of you out there doing the same. A lot of us are spending 9 AM to 2 PM in classes then heading to work at 2:30, staying there until 10 and coming home to piles of homework and assignments that we barely have the energy to pick up, let alone do.
You’re not alone.
Yet somehow, through grit, determination, or by just scraping by, you made it through. Maybe your friends and family are tired of hearing you complain about your lack of free time. Maybe you’ve had little support at all this year. But you made it through, and I’m proud of you. I know how hard that is.
I’ve been doing this working student thing for almost four years now and I still have two more semesters before I graduate. At first I was a part-time student, full-time worker then I turned into a full-time student along with my full-time work. Finding a balance was tough, then that balance got thrown off this spring because my job closed down.
I had something I haven’t had since high school, three months to focus on nothing but school. I actually had energy and time to do my assignments and balance was easier to come by. I went into this semester with renewed vigor only to find that everything suddenly got harder.
Assignments were coming at a faster pace. The holidays made my work schedule amp up and some weeks I found myself working for seven days straight, squeezing in homework during lunch breaks and into the early morning hours.
But here we are, just a few days away from break and one semester closer to graduation. And I just want to say Good Job, my fellow working students. We’ve been through one weird year and thank goodness it’s almost over.