Student Personal Goals

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Due to the cost of tuition rising and other responsibilities, many college students now have the obligation to work. I am also one of those college students who has to work in order to pay for my textbooks, my living expenses, and tuition. Therefore, I have seen firsthand how trying to manage my job and school can be disconcerting. Whenever I am walking on campus, I sometimes tend to look at other students and wonder what their lives are like. For that reason, I decided to reach out to other college students like myself that work and go to school. My main objective was to discover in what ways employment affects students academically and their everyday lives. After conducting my two interviews, I discovered that students’ grades may suffer …show more content…
However, that goal becomes mediated not only on what a student wants to achieve, but also with the perception of being able to use their skills and personal abilities. Thereby, the perception of students about their own self efficacy is a key to successfully develop actions in the pursuit of personal goals. When I asked Student #1 what benefits he had obtained while managing work and school, he said that it had allowed him to become a more organized and responsible person. He also said, “…being able to balance school and work requires a lot of organization, planning, and preparation…it has helped me grow as an adult in the sense that my life consists of so many things and I have learned how to make things work out…” As stated in the scholarly article The Effects of College Student Employment on Academic Achievement, researchers have found that “hard work built stronger academic character because it taught the students time management skills, gave them experience outside of the classroom, and provided them with more satisfaction in college …working hours forced students to be more organized and to have better time management” (2005). Being able to manage both tasks can be beneficial when it comes to having the responsibilities of school and the obligations of work. Students who work during college are also exposed to learning time management skills and it helps build their …show more content…
Due to the circumstances of having a busy schedule, finding time to socialize is difficult for students. However, it is important for students to manage their work-life effectively in order to have time to hang out with friends. As addressed by Linda Emma in Why Is it Important to Have a Social Life in College?, “Balancing the demands of a full course load and part-time jobs can become overwhelming to students. Kicking back with friends and taking some quality “me” time is great at reducing stress”. Student #1 is one of those students who has learned how to manage his work-life to the point where he has Sundays free to enjoy himself. In the interview, he shared how between Monday-Thursday he has a one hour gap where goes to the USU and works on homework. Additionally, he also does school work when he gets home from work and on Friday and Saturday mornings before going to work. This routine has worked out well for this student and on Sundays, he gets to sleep in and hang out with his

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