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Student Blogger: Knowing my limits

January 11, 2011

Bernice Chuang

In October, I started thinking about my course schedule for the spring semester. I toyed with adding an internship into the mix. After all, I’m now a junior and most people land their important internships junior year.

I’ll tell you right now, I ended up deciding against the internship after a careful analysis of my typical week.


  1. Academics: I’m taking 15 hours during the spring semester. The number can be deceiving because I will really be spending around 18 hours in classes, which is a hefty portion of my week! That’s not including the time I spend working on news stories outside of class.
  2. Job: I’m a resident assistant supervising about 38 residents on campus. On paper, I work around 15 hours a week although the hours can vary greatly each week. Regular duties include weekly 2 hour staff meetings, 4 hour desk shifts, and bi-weekly on-call duty, meaning I can’t leave the building for 12 hours straight and must respond to any situation that arises during the evening.  Or in the middle of the night…
  3. Campus Involvement: As the president and editor-in-chief of a student organization and publication, Her Campus Texas, a campus branch of (check it out!), my role is all encompassing. From daily site maintenance to holding staff meetings to editing stories,I spend a good chunk of time doing Her Campus work.

Now,those are the biggest pieces of my weekly pie, but there are other things like church, other organizations, a boyfriend, a social life, and studying to consider. Could I do an internship on top of everything? Sure! But could I maintain a stellar GPA, manage my time well, get “enough' sleep, and have a social life? Probably not…

What about you? Are you worried about balancing an internship and school and life?

Bernice unwinds in her (limited!) free time by watching Friends and Modern Family. Find out more about her and the rest of student bloggers here.

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Henry January 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I definitely know how you feel. I might be getting a 2nd job and add that to a pre-med’s academic schedule, and a shadowing program, and an already job…

i think as long as you enjoy what you do, it really won’t be work. it’ll be kind of “playing” haha if you know what i’m saying… and besides, it’s better to be busy now to get a better job than to get a crappier job because you were too lax when you were young…


bernice January 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

It’s great that you have a hardworking mindset! Good luck with your 2nd job this semester 🙂


Ryan Winn January 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I completely agree. This semester I was offered a great position this semester but was unable to accept it because I needed a paid position. Bummer


bernice January 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Ah, those unpaid internships definitely hurt financially! I know how that is since most journalism internships are unpaid, but I need those internships.


Anonymous January 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I was offered a film festival internship before school started. I really, REALLY wanted the internship, thinking I can earn more experience and have a change to meet professionals and celebrities in person. However, the internship was unpaid, only a year-long, required 20 hours of work per week, and far away from campus. Since college tuition and extremely limited studying time (for a science major) was an issue, I turned it down. 🙁


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