It’s Not Easy To Be.. Us, Working Students

Being a working student is not an easy feat.

You feel that 24/7 is not enough for all the things you want to do.
You have to schedule everything.
You always lack sleep yet you have to have energy all the time.
You account your money and make sure you can get by until the next payday.
You decide how you’re gonna get by the next day when you’re already short.
You forget to eat or don’t as much as you used to.
Crackers and water becomes your best friends.
You don’t get to spend time with friends.
You have to apologize for every occasion you miss.
You look for another job just to meet ends, if possible.

That’s just a part of it.

I used to work Monday-Wednesday-Friday in Ayala, Makati. Attend classes on Tuesdays.. Thursdays.. and sometimes Saturdays if I have a class.

I had one sem where every Tuesday I have to attend a laboratory class first before I go to work. Or another sem where my Friday has 4 laboratory classes without breaks in between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and was very thankful for understanding professors. Or a trisem where I have Software Engineering class or Thesis A that I have to absent from work to get my papers and program done, on top of my homework and projects from our subjects and tasks given to me on work.

I had to talk to professors or my boss and swallow whatever shyness, fear or pride I have, so I can still make life more bearable. Because not only am I pressured with working while studying, there’s this thing at home which I was talking about with my older posts.

Time comes that I feel like giving up. Times where I would just cry my heart out because I can’t bear the pressure anymore. Times that I get sick of what I do and literally get sick because I don’t get enough sleep nor do I eat well enough to replenish my energy.

I might be lucky to find something within my field of study that’s why I was happy despite all the problems. I can say that there are a lot of opportunities out there, you just have to grab it. It takes a lot of courage and willpower I tell you. I have made it this far, and so can you.

I applaud each and every fellow working student for fighting for your future and going through life. Our fruits of determination, hardwork and tears will all pay off in time.

For those who will live their lives the way we do, never give up, never forget to pray. Always look at the bigger picture, always keep in mind your goals, dreams..

I hope that other people, especially those who look down on us because we are ‘nothing’ – don’t have that diploma yet or wasn’t born with a spoon in our mouths – see now that we ARE something despite everything and will learn to respect us. That is based on a personal experience.

Dare try to be in our shoes for a day, I doubt you won’t stand it even for a few minutes.

I may not have yet finished my degree, since I still have to pay off CAP Educational Plan’s supposedly-paid part of my tuition and for my last (or two) trisem(s). But I have learned a lot, especially on life lessons that you they don’t teach in the four corners of the classroom. Still I thank all those wonderful people who’ve I met in this journey and become my inspiration and guide. I thank also friends who stuck with me even when I’m at my lowest point.

Are you a working student? Or do you know someone who is? Share your stories 🙂

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