Why You Should Not Get a Job in Your First Year

Moving to university, most of us are expecting to have changes in our life style. And getting a job is one of the most exciting and anticipating thing you probably have in mind, especially if this is your first time working and getting paid. But after a semester long of trying out, couple things crossed my mind which made me reconsidered about going to work early. Here is my story!Image result for university life

The Common Reasoning

Working and studying simultaneously. It sounds simple, and I initially thought so too. After all, how hard is it to smile and talk to customers at a store or serve drinks to people on the weekend? I saw my friends doing so all the time back in high school, and many of them did extremely well academically. So, what can go wrong with university?

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My High School Performance 

Not to be stereotype or generalized, but I now believe that university course work is on another scale comparing to that I had in high school. That does not mean my high school curriculum was easy though, because I enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program in high school, graduated as the top 5 of more than 250 grads with an average of 98.3%, along with my IB Diploma. Okay, that is a lot of bragging about me. But it made me believe I could do less study in university than other students and spend some time working. Sounds reasonable, right?

My First Semester Performance

Right now, my personal blog is doing poorly; I gave up on the position of writing for the traveling company; my other applications were rejected, and my midterm marks suffered badly. Everything just did not work for me. I went from total confidence of being at top of the class, down to to the bottom of passing the course. It was one of the worst feeling you will ever have, asides from failing the class. So, what went wrong?Related image

Realizing my Issues and Limits

It took me 2 midterm periods and almost 3 months to realize that I am not ready to tackle multiple things at once, especially drastic changes like moving out and living by myself. Outside, I appeared to be doing normal. I ate well, I slept for 7-8 hours per night, I went to class, I handed in assignments on time, I can do everything normally. But inside, everything was a mess. My mind kept getting clogged up with piles of work, with jobs, with random thoughts of how to start a business. And midterms did not go well because of that. I got a focus mind of a child, kept jumping from this topic to other topic instead of looking at my exams. My mood was affected as well; I got upset easily, kept over-reacting to small issues, argued with everyone in my family.

One day, my mom called me, and she said with a calm but worried tone “You don’t have to work this hard, son. Take your time and enjoy university life, we don’t want you to cramp everything and be sad. Money is not an issue, we can support you as much as you need.” That night, I took a deep breath and reflected on my current state. That week, I stopped everything non-related to school – my blog, my job, my business courses; and my mind had never thank me that much. It felt like the whole curtain was lifted, and I was able to think clear again. I got back to my course materials, wrote my essays, finished my lab report. And before I knew it, I got the first 100% in class. It was such a boost of motivation after those dark times.

To Wrap it up

Living by myself, getting used to study in university, going to work, all of these are way too much for a person like me to handle at a time. Rushing the process does not give you the desire results. And I took quite a painful consequence to learn that lesson. So, here is the take away for you – no matter how capable you are, do think twice before putting things on your to-do list. Prioritize what you believe is the most important, and leave those filler tasks out as much as you can. Make your life simpler, and more meaningful, you will be the happiest person on earth.Image result for success

“The most successful people are those who know what to subtract, not add, in their lives”

– (unknown).


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