Believe it or not, I’m still in college. I know you’re probably wondering how I’m traveling, going to events, shoots, meetings and still squeezing in plates, going to school and meeting deadlines all at the same time. Actually, I have no idea as well! haha! But kidding aside, after 5 years of studying and working at the same time, I’m finally blogging about this topic and sharing with you my journey so far :) While my Instagram posts and snaps make it all look so easy, it’s actually the complete opposite. I’ve had so much weird looks whenever I say I’m still in college and still have about a year to go. Sometimes, they even say, “Eh ang tagal mo na sa college diba? Kailan ka ba magragraduate? (But you’ve been in college for so long already, right? When are you graduating?” and it’s actually made me feel bad the first few times I’ve heard it. It’s especially hard when I see my batchmates post their graduation photos online or how they’re already working. But after awhile, I finally realized that I’m lucky to be in this situation. That God’s giving me the energy and opportunities to do both at the same time! :) My course is not an easy one. I’m studying MMA (multimedia arts) in College of Saint Benilde and while I don’t have to be in class all the time, I have a lot of plates to submit. Here’s a blogpost to hopefully inspire those of you who are still in school to follow your dreams because with the right recipe, you can do it too :)
1. When you’re given the opportunity to do something you really love, you don’t have to choose between going to school and doing that. You can do both. I have a lot of classmates who have stopped going to school because of freelance work and the money that pays. While opportunities like these don’t always come, don’t stop school. Finishing college is important no matter what you want to do after it :)
2. Don’t let money blind you from getting that diploma. I know it’s easy to set school aside for the moment to do what you love especially when you can earn money doing it but don’t let it get to you. Money comes and goes but a college degree is one of those things that NOONE can ever take away from you once you have it.
3. The trick is to find the balance between the two. Find a schedule that allows you to do both. My trick for the past two years was to not full load my subjects and just take three/four maximum so that way I have time to do both! :) I even only got a schedule where I only go to school on Mondays (8 am till 9 pm straight) so that I’m free to travel and work on the other days. Tuesdays are meant for me to do my plates! Lucky for me, I can do it anywhere because it’s almost always done on my laptop :)
4. Have a planner to help you remember what you have to do. You’re no superwoman so you will need all the help you can get so you can excel in both! Write down on a calendar or even just use your phone to help you make a checklist of things you have to do for both school and work and when you need to submit them :) For me, I even go the extra mile and use the alarm of my phone.
5. Seek the support of people around you. I’m very lucky that I have parents who always do and a sister who saves me when I need to do something for school. Look for a friend, a parent or even a sibling to do the same for you :) Also, when you have them, someone can check on you once in awhile :) Whether you want to admit it or not, when no one’s checking on us, we tend to procrastinate and settle for mediocre!
6. Be thankful. When you’re always thankful, you don’t take advantage of things that come to you whether it’s the means to go to school or the opportunity to live your dreams. When you’re always thankful, you’ll treasure both and would want to do it at the same time in the best way possible :)
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