Sometimes when people go to conferences they can limit themselves
to just doing the conference activities and staying to their room. Honestly
that is completely understanding because sometimes the conference events can be
draining and sometimes you just need to rest especially since many people come
to a conference the day of and jump right into the festivities after being on
the road. If you have the time and the energy, I want to encourage you to take
sometime out to explore the city you are in if you can. I know sometimes some
conferences are in remote areas and may not have much, but sometimes going to a
local restaurant can give you a preview into local life. The reason I encourage
this is because you can experience new things in the city. For example, when I
went to a conference in Atlanta, I had the chance to see Martin Luther King Jr’s
house, a graffiti alley and ate at a great sea food place. The next day I had
the conference, but I am so glad I had the chance to explore Atlanta. Sometimes
you may have to get there a day earlier, however sometimes exploring is just
what you need to set the tone for your conference weekend.
Travel tip: Try to explore, even when you are at
Being a student is already hard, but when you put in trying to do professional task such as job searching or attending conferees can add an extra bit of stress. That is my current week. I am getting closer to my final months of graduate school, which means the work load has increased since many of the deadlines are close together. (I wonder if teachers sit together to plan this out) I that begins this week and even though it would not typically interrupt my schedule since it starts on a Friday (all of my assignments are due on Friday by midnight), however when I travel I really do not like to do much of my normal day to day task. I honestly just want to go sightseeing and enjoy my time. Over a short period of time I have learned a series of tips and tricks that can potentially help those who are trying to seek professional development and being a student while working. So here are three ways to help those who are in the same boat as me.
1. Set aside time each day to do some school work: like many people when they travel, I enjoy sightseeing and experiencing new things while I am in a new town. I have learned after several failed attempts to make a to do list even when I am not in my home state. By having a to do list I can always place things that I want to do in that city on there, while still making sure I am completing all my assignments. I am typically a morning person when it comes to errands, so while traveling I will do my tourism stuff in the morning and then sit down to do some homework in the afternoon
2. Try to get the important task done before the main event: when going to conferences, the main event is the conference itself, so if we take the time to prepare our sleeves professionally and homework wise, when we return from to our rooms at the conclusion of conference day we can just relax and maybe do a few small things. Usually after a day of being a professional the last thing I want to do is write a term paper. I just want to reflect and maybe eat something So getting the major task done in advance can help ease the stress.
3. Focus: I know many people say that they can multi task, however when you give a specific task all your focus, you are able to get more done in a short amount of time. The less time you spend on a task, frees up your time to do things that you want to do. Always make sure you are always giving your all and that you are producing quality work.
Those are my tips for being a student and a professional at the same time. What are some of your professional student tips? Please feel free to like and subscribe. 😊
Also would you like to join a group of women who are going through the same task as you, please join the Facebook group Black Women in College! This group has great conversation about the graduate school, college and mental health while in school.
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