Student Voices: Working Student Ashley Paskill
Temple University, 2017
What year are you at Temple?
I’m a senior. I’ll be graduating in December.
What’s your major and what are your plans after graduation?
I’m majoring in Journalism. After graduation, I want to move to New York and write for a magazine. I’m hoping to cover topics like music.
Why do you work while in college?
I work mostly to support myself financially. I work several part time jobs to help me cover costs. I also think that it helps me with time management. I’ve learned to watch my schedule and get multiple things done at the same time.
What’s the hardest part about being a working student?
I think the hardest part is trying to juggle everything that I have to do and also find time to do the things I want to do. I use a planner to map out my days. It helps to be able to physically see what I have to get done.
I think it can also be overwhelming trying to work and go to school at the same time. I try and take breaks when I need to so I don’t get overwhelmed.
What skills have you picked up as a working student?
Definitely time management. I’ve learned to find a way to fit in all of the tasks that i need to get done. I’ve also learned how to be more focused to make sure I am completing everything.
What tips would you give working students?
Use a calendar, whether it’s a paper planner or an app on your phone. Make a list and cross tasks off when you finished them.
Also, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Find a way to manage your stress and be able to relax. Be sure to spend time with your friends and family. Allow yourself time to just sit and relax.