I managed to get a job at a local hotel, working graveyard shift, from 11:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. The advantage of this work is that I have time to study during the shift, in between my duties at the desk. My employer knows that I am a full-time student and gave me permission to study when no duties called.
Managing two full-time activities is tricky; my sleep schedule is in the daytime, so I have to coordinate all activities within a narrow time frame. I also have my commute to take into consideration. On a typical weekday I get up at 9:30 p.m., conduct my normal morning rituals (coffee, breakfast, shower, etc.) and leave for work at 10:20. It takes me about 25 minutes to get to work.
During my work time I study and do homework, prepare for exams, and pay bills. I know this sounds like I’m getting paid for doing personal things, but really, most of my work time is engaged checking registries, assisting in scheduling for the day, routing calls and attending to guests who arrive or leave during my shift. My time to study is in fits and starts. When I leave work at 7:00, I have to be in school at 9:30. Since the school is an hour from my house, I stop at home at 7:30 to check for any phone messages, put on a load of laundry, or simply unwind and put my thoughts toward school. During my hour at home I eat my dinner or grab a bit on the way to school.
School hours are 9:30 – 12:20. When school is finished, I like to hang out with my friends a bit before heading home. This is really my only