Balance of school, work, & activities

Arriving at college and realizing that you can do whatever you want whenever you want can be hard.  For me, this was especially hard because I have both a want to get involved with everything side and a lazy side.  This is why it is so important to find a balance between working, going to school, and participating in other activities.  Since I started college, I have been a full-time student.  Being a full-time student alone can take up a lot of time with going to class, doing homework, working on projects, studying, etc.  Adding work to that makes it even more challenging.  For me, working full-time while going to school wasn’t an option.  I had to find time to fit that in with my class schedule.  I would like to work more than I currently do, but I am running out of time; a day is only 24 hours! I also participate in a research group and a few clubs on campus.
Of course, school and work should take priority before activities.  This can be hard especially in Alaska where there are so many cool outdoor things to do.  It does work as a good reward though if you do get all of your work done.
Honestly, I am still trying to find out how to balance everything and still get enough sleep.  This is my fourth year of college, and I still feel like I’m trying to figure it all out.  I can’t help but think that when I am done with school I will be less busy.  Only working one job without having to study or attend classes and meetings??? That sounds like a dream to me. 

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