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June 13, 2019

A Guide to Achieving Work-Study-Life Balance as an International Student Abroad

As an international student studying abroad, balancing your academic workload, social life, and a part-time job can be challenging.

  1. Prioritize your time: Make a schedule for your daily, weekly, and monthly activities. Prioritize your academic work, including lectures, assignments, and studying, and then schedule time for your part-time job and social activities.
  2. Be proactive with your studies: Don’t wait until the last minute to complete assignments or study for exams. Proactively manage your workload by breaking tasks into manageable chunks, and setting realistic deadlines for yourself.
  3. Maximize your study time: Take advantage of your commute time by listening to educational podcasts or reviewing your class notes. Utilize your breaks between classes to review your notes or read ahead for your next lecture.
  4. Build a support network: Connect with other international students or join student organizations. This will help you build a support network and make friends, reducing feelings of isolation and homesickness.
  5. Take care of your physical and mental health: Regular exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep are essential for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Prioritize self-care activities like yoga, meditation, or going for a walk to help manage stress.
  6. Communicate with your employer: Be upfront with your employer about your class schedule and academic workload. Ask if they can accommodate your schedule, so you can achieve a better work-study-life balance.
  7. Learn to say no: It’s okay to say no to social activities or work shifts if they conflict with your academic commitments or personal time. Prioritizing your needs and goals is crucial to maintaining a healthy balance.

By following these tips, you can achieve a healthy work-study-life balance as an international student studying abroad. Remember to prioritize your academic work, take care of your physical and mental health, build a support network, and communicate with your employer to achieve the right balance for you.

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