Juggling the Demands of the Commerce School

The Commerce School has a reputation for being intense, especially during the first semester. Balancing lengthy readings, a variety of assignments, and endless group work can be challenging. I am going to share with you a few tips that helped me juggle all the demands of the Commerce School:

  1. Purchase a planner and use it. Without a doubt, this is the best piece of advice I can give you. By placing all of your assignments, project deadlines, and other commitments in a planner, you can easily carve out times to work on individual assignments or meet with your group. It also allows you to look into the future easily. You can quickly tell which weeks will be lighter and which will be much tougher, and then prepare accordingly.
  1. Be flexible. Especially within a group, everyone is going to have very different schedules. You are going to have to meet when you do not want to sometimes. Even if the meeting is not at an optimal time, it is better to go with that time than to push the meeting off until later. Due dates always come up more quickly than you ever expect.
  1. Use your free Fridays to your advantage. No, you do not need to work all day. Putting in two or so hours to read, however, will go a long way in making the following week easier. And if you are behind, this free time is a great way to catch up without falling further behind.
  1. Make time for the things you love. Balance is key in life. Although there will be a lot of work to do, it is important to make time for you. It can feel like you have no time to spare. You always do though. Giving just 20 minutes a day to do something you love is not that hard to do. You will feel better after you do it!

Everyone quickly finds their own ways to juggle all the demands. If you are unable to make it work, your professors are there to support you. Reach out to any of them. I can guarantee that they would be willing to help you.

Submitted by a Third-Year Commerce Student