How are you adjusting to your new school and life schedule? With all the things I do, my best option is to be organized. I plan out what I need to do and stick to the schedule. I’ve had to make some changes with the practice times, due to the new semester and classes. I know I will have early mornings and late nights, but its worth it to work with these students. How do these changes affect your obligations with your community partner? So far nothing to drastic is being changed, it will be slightly difficult due to the practice change that some students may or may not make it to some of the practices but we will make it work. However, I graduate in the spring and am planning to go to USU in the fall, so I’ve had to let the team know I wont be with them next year. It hasn’t sunk in completely but until then I plan to keep a look out on another coach to take over. Describe the life skills you are using to balance all of these changes?Again being organized is a big one, my leadership skills play a big role in what I do, I know when to have fun and when to be serious and get work done. I prioritize my responsibilities to keep track of what needs to be done. Working with these students, they have an understanding that I have a busy life and I delegate tasks to them so they get a sense of responsibility. Most importantly I make what I do fun, if its not fun why do it? I enjoy what I do and I hope by my example the students I work with will learn from me.
I'm so excited to be in my last semester! I'll be graduating in May. In addition to juggling school, I'm also juggling applying to the U of U for their Bachelor's program, my Capstone clinical of which I have to put in 96 hours, and finishing up my service hours and other CES final requirements. Once I finish all those things I will need to find a full time job ASAP. It's going to be to an intense semester but also a very exciting and rewarding one. I've done so much advance preparation that I think I've left myself a manageable chunk for my final semester. It's so fun to see how everything's coming together.
I am also excited that I will be graduating this May and in my last semester. I may have more school ahead of me, but getting this far has been rewarding and exciting. Last semester was hard because it was my first semester being married, so that was new and now this semester should be easier but I also have the hardest classes I have ever taken and it is exhausting. I am the busiest now than I ever have been and I had to sacrifice my second job so that I had more time to focus on school, having enough time for homework, having time for student government responsibilities and so I could finish my volunteer hours. The more we get into the semester, it seems to be getting a little easier. Now that I have quit my second job, I have more time to focus on those things. The busier I make my schedule by saying "yes" to everything, the harder life gets but I know that I need to prioritize and try to learn to say no and focus on the more important things in my life. I need to prioritize and organize all of my responsibilities to make things a little easier as well and make the time to focus on my studies.
My school and life schedule are pretty much unchanged so no really difficulties there. Fortunately my community partner is very flexible so even if it was crazy I could still get my time in with all the wonderful animals at the Humane Society. If I had to adjust I would make use of my adaptability and determination to make sure I complete what I need to.
By organizing all of my assignments due dates to give myself time to complete them. Adding my everyday schedule just giving myself time in a day. Also being organized is another helpful tool. With keeping my commitment I have had to adjust my schedule to stay fully committed with my community partner. I am able to multitask, organized, and have a great family that is always there to help me when I'm in need.
CES - January Blog Prompt
How are you adjusting to your new school and life schedule? I had to adjust my schedule to go to school and do work-study on the same days, which has given me more time to do homework and get other life things done on the days i am not at the college. This is a change I realized i needed to make to reduce my stress and help me to find more balance for all my responsibilities and priorities. How do these changes affect your obligations with your community partner? It hasn't really affected what I do for working in the Thayne center office to help the America Reads program function properly. I give the same amount of time as last semester, just on different days. Describe the life skills you are using to balance all of these changes?I am practicing managing my stress by focusing on things as they come and prioritizing in a way that allows me to get to things in a timely manner for each day/week/month. I also remind myself regularly that I can't avoid having things go wrong and need to be prepared for when I have a problem. I do this by seeing what I can do to adjust to the glitch and then move forward in what I can do. The rest i have to let go and not worry about in that moment.
1. How are you adjusting to your new school and life schedule? This semester is difficult as it is my last one at SLCC. I really need to push myself and try to stay motivated. 2. How do these changes affect your obligations with your community partner? I have restructured my schedule and continue to work in the office at the Thayne Center. I also am trying to keep informed while at home in order to be there for the office staff as well as the community partners when they need me. 3. Describe the life skills you are using to balance all of these changes? I need to continue to rely on my organization skills as well as time management.
How are you adjusting to your new school and life schedule? I am extremely excited to be entering my final semester of nursing with SLCC! I feel like this semester is well planned already, I don't know my capstone hours yet but I do know my lab hours, and test and class schedule. Which is great because I need to be organized to stay sane. How do these changes affect your obligations with your community partner? There hasn't been any impact on my obligations to my community partner. I know that each month I need to teach art so I have it planned out and know that it just needs to be done. I am also starting a partnership with the Maliheh Clinic so I am not sure how that will play into my schedule yet but I will make time for everything. Describe the life skills you are using to balance all of these changes? I am just staying determined and motivated to get everything on my plate complete while still maintaining some organization and stress-reduction techniques.
1. Some parts are great and some aren't. I now have no class on Fridays which is awesome, more weekend and more time to work. The only bad part is on mondays and wednesdays I have a class that's later than I've been use to in the past. I've realized that I get a bit irritable being in a longer class, which I will have to work on. 2. I find that it's harder to find time to go and help do service. If needed, I can change up my work schedule so I can help on fridays. 3. Patience, determination, dedication, effort, flexibility, problem solving, responsibility, perseverance, etc.
This year has been one of the most challenging for me. I started a new job at Intermountain as a CNA in Maternity. This job requires me to work graveyards and I was struggling with school, in the beginning. Taking 14 credit hours and working two graveyards a week, there was not much that I was doing to accommodate to my needs. I was just working day by day, being employed at Intermountain for 6 months now, I feel that I am getting back into the hang of things. I did not let myself fall behind in school and I did this by keeping up on my school work, even if it meant little sleep. I have made changes in my life by using my free time to study, do homework, workout, and less time with friends. Everything has been so bittersweet! This hasn't really affected my relationship with my community partner too much! I just need to start making more time for my obligations with them!I am learning how to prioritize, become a leader, be patient, appreciate my free time and use it more sparingly.