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BYU-Pathway student employees share six tips for balancing school and work responsibilities

BYU-Pathway Worldwide students are accustomed to wearing multiple hats — they are full-time employees, owners of small businesses, involved in the community, and often spouses and parents. At times it can be difficult to balance so many responsibilities on top of being a student.

BYU-Pathway’s communication team has four student employees who understand the difficulties of balancing school and work responsibilities. Here’s their advice as working students for students.


Writing and Messaging Intern, BYU-Idaho Graduate

Lauren. A Writing and Messaging Intern, BYU-Idaho Graduate

Hi, I’m Lauren! I worked multiple jobs as a full-time student while I earned my bachelor’s degree in English. Here are two tips that made a big difference for me.

  • Do your hardest task first. Most days, there is one thing in particular that I need to get done but really don’t want to do. I’ve found that when I face that thing head-on, my day is much more productive and enjoyable! It motivates me to finish the rest of my to-do list and makes the other tasks feel easier.
  • Involve the Lord. Remember that God can magnify both your time and your efforts! Make a plan, share it with Heavenly Father in prayer, sincerely ask for His help, and work hard to accomplish it. He loves you and will help you reach your goals!


Part-time Messaging Specialist, BYU-Idaho Online Student

Jessica, a part-time Messaging Specialist, BYU-Idaho Online Student

I’m Jessica! I have worked as much as I can while studying web design and development. Here are a couple ways I have learned to stay on top of things.

  • Pace yourself. You know your limits better than anyone. I realized that trying to cram in an extra class to graduate sooner does more harm than good. If your schedule is overwhelming, you’ll miss out on the joy of learning.
  • The Lord cares. When I struggle with school assignments, I pray for guidance. God always answers my prayers. I am able to think clearer and see new ways to solve problems. At times He will guide me to someone who can help me. In one way or another, answers always come!


Part-time Writing Specialist, BYU Student

Symber, a Part-time Writing Specialist, BYU Student

My name is Symber, and I just graduated with my bachelor’s degree in English. For most of my education, I’ve had to learn how to balance work and school. Here are two ways I’ve managed to do it!

  • Have a strict “no procrastination” day once a week. Typically, I like to have this day on Monday! It allows me to start the week feeling accomplished and reminds me that I can work hard. Not only does it set the tone for the rest of the week, but it ultimately provides more free time.
  • Develop a routine before starting assignments. My routine consists of (1) praying for a clear and understanding mind, (2) cleaning my work area, and (3) limiting distractions — no cell phone, social media, or TV during study time for me!


Writing and Messaging Intern, BYU Student

Marisa, a Writing and Messaging Intern and BYU Student

Hey, my name’s Marisa! As a full-time student working multiple jobs, I have two tips for balancing a busy life.

  • Put first things first. Make sure scripture study, prayer, and church attendance are happening regularly. This will allow the Spirit to be with you, which in turn makes you more productive.
  • Schedule your entire week ahead. This may seem like a lot, but it helps break tasks into manageable sizes throughout the week. Each day I know what I need to accomplish in order for it to be a successful day.

These tips and tricks will make a difference as you apply them in your busy lives. It might feel overwhelming to try to apply them all right now, but consider choosing two or three to start this week. You can do it!