Balancing Work and School

College and high school have their similarities and differences. Balancing different workloads? That part definitely remained the same. I attend classes Monday through Thursday from about 8:00 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. From there, I typically head straight to work. There are days though, when I’d rather be any place but at work. I’ll admit it gets stressful. How do you even try to balance the ratio of how many hours you spend in class to reflect how many hours you spend studying? Furthermore, how do you add all of that studying in between working a part-time or even full-time job? At times, I honestly feel like it’s practically impossible to balance both.

What I’ve found to be beneficial is finding a job with flexible hours. Sometimes, that isn’t always possible, in which case, you can schedule your classes freely around your work schedule. For myself, it works out better to work around my school schedule. Though it can get tiring, and most definitely can get stressful, making my own schedule really gives me the motivation to push through it all. If you find yourself pressed for time, maybe next semester, switch your class schedule a little bit—open up times that you would need to further practice or study anything you learn in class. If not that, adjust your work hours. Of course, always leave time for studying of some sort. Don’t stress yourself out when it isn’t really necessary. Balance your time, consider your schedule, and form a new one that fits best for you if necessary. I’ve just learned to do the same thing, and it’s definitely made an improvement for me.

- Austin, student blogger

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All Up To You

I never quite realized just how similar college is to high school. Your high school teachers try to scare you into thinking that it is a HUGE transition and you will never have time to do anything. But honestly, it is almost the same thing, just at a different campus.

You still go to class and you still have homework. You still have to worry about where to sit on the first day and who you are going to hang out with. But my favorite thing is… it is YOUR choice to be here. And for some reason, it makes it so much more bearable (and dare I say, fun) than high school. There is no longer a desire to stay home like when you are being forced to go to high school. At college, it is your decision to register and you can make the most of it!

The main difference between college and high school is that it is all on YOU. While the faculty and staff care about the students, they are not going to hunt you down and force you to turn in work or to study. YOU have to make the decision that you want to succeed. What you do with your time here at CCBC is completely up to you. The opportunities are here if you just reach out and grab them. So make a choice.

Are you going to take everything CCBC has to offer to make your goals and dreams come true to live the life you want for yourself?

- Samantha, student blogger

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How College is Different from High School

Recently, I had a conversation with a student in high school. She was telling me how they are learning the writing format MLA. This made me think back to my days in high school when I learned this information and compared it to how my experience is in college now. In high school, the teachers would go step by step showing you how to create the proper header, cite your sources properly, and have a proper works cited page. Now that I am in college, it is much different. First of all, in high school, I was only introduced to the style of MLA. Now in college, I have been introduced to many more styles, such as APA, which I had to research how to do many of the specifics on my own. Compared to high school, in college, you are much more independent and expected to be able to many things on your own free time.

Another way you will notice that college is much different from high school is the amount of studying needed for classes. When I was in high school, a half hour of studying for a test would earn me an A. In college, I find myself studying for hours each day to earn the grades that I get. It can be somewhat of a shock for students at the beginning because they expect college to just be a continuation of high school. The truth is, it is much different. Even though it is different, that doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. You just have to focus and take it seriously.

- Abby, student blogger

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Prayers for Franklin Regional

I am sure all of you have heard about the tragedy that occurred at Franklin Regional High School. It was a tragic day of violence, but it was also a day of bravery. There were many students who were willing to risk their own safety for their classmates. These students displayed bravery and they also displayed kindness towards one another. If students can display kindness during a terrifying time, why can’t we show kindness to each other all the time? If we treated everyone with kindness, it may help to prevent something like this from happening again.

We need to think how our actions can affect others, even if it is unintentional. Maybe you have been having a bad day and you snapped at the person sitting next to you class who just asked to borrow a pencil. They don’t know you are having a bad day, so it can be taken the wrong way. Being shown kindness is something that everyone deserves.

The American Cartoonist Scott Adams once said “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”  Just think, saying hello to someone in the hallway could start your very own ripple effect. Passing along kindness to one another could help prevent more tragedies from occurring and will help to make this world a little better.

I would like to send out kind thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the tragedy at Franklin Regional High School.

 

- Abby, student blogger

Relieve Stress through Yoga

Do you ever feel stressed? Do you ever wish  you could get a good workout throughout the semester? A great way to do that is by taking yoga right here at CCBC. I have always thought of myself as unathletic, but since taking yoga at CCBC, I have learned that I am much stronger than I thought I was. Yoga doesn’t just give a good workout though! It teaches you about meditating, which can help you alleviate stress caused by school or even different factors of everyday life. Also, you learn about the history behind yoga and even healthy eating habits.

My personal experience of yoga has been very beneficial. I signed up to take it on Monday afternoons so I can start my week off on the right foot and it really helps! I take what I learn in class on Monday and from previous classes and I practice it throughout the week. Also, I incorporate meditation into my at-home yoga routines, which helps me to control my stress during the school week.

Taking yoga here at CCBC has allowed me to get into shape and find a positive outlet for my stress that builds up throughout the semester. Everything that stresses me out in my classes, I take with me to yoga and I release it in my poses. I leave class feeling as if the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders. My advice to you is, if you ever feel stressed and want a great workout, think about taking yoga when class registration starts. It may really help you throughout your semester. It has helped me.

 

- Abby, student blogger

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