Teen tackles job, school

Balancing a job and school sounds like a simple task.  In my case, I have it easy: traveling five minutes from home every Tuesday and Thursday to a quaint Farmers Insurance office.

Having a job is rewarding. You hold responsibilities and get a taste of what a career will feel like, not to mention the money that you will obtain.

A normally busy day becomes every day. Just like any other commitment, it can be hard to work around, especially with school and outside activities.

Sometimes you have to sort through your priorities. Now that you have school work and a job, you have to realize that you cannot do everything perfectly, there is just too much on your plate to focus on the small details.

Take into consideration that time keeps moving, there are only 24 hours in a day and eight of them should be dedicated to sleep. Get the assignments that you absolutely need to finish and put them at the top of your list.

At this point, it is better to be well rested and understand lessons in class than stay up for countless hours trying to finish a 10-point assignment.

Really think about what you have to do to get the grade you want. Then do it.

Some would argue that the best way to achieve your goals is to stay up late and get everything done. Get everything done, yes. But take a break and breathe. There is no need to deprive yourself of sleep and free time.

After work I notice that I slowly gravitate to the couch and have the ability to sit there and watch reality shows until I realize that it is already the next day. The solution for me to get my homework done is to finish an assignment and then grant myself five minutes of phone surfing time.

If you focus and set your mind to getting your homework done, you can get it done. Go to work, come home and get your homework done. Then you can move on to watching Dance Moms, since it is oh so addicting.

Ultimately having a job is a wonderful opportunity and has many more positives than negatives. If you can learn to navigate your way and work through assignments and the complications of scheduling, you will be prepared for the extremely crazed life of being an adult.