If you have every worked a double-shift, you probably decided not to read this blog post. The word makes you cringe and want to double over while eating a bag of kettle corn. Okay… maybe not that dramatic, but working all day and night takes its toll on the body.
Since my second year of college, I have worked 2 jobs while being a full-time student. I wanted to save money, start building my credit, and be able to attend a music festival (which was awesome)! With 2 jobs came 2 work schedules, usually overlapping with a double-shift on the weekends. As a 20-year-old, I was not all that happy working while my friends were out to the movies.
I haven’t worked a double shift in the past year or so (whew!), but I got a taste of the memory last Friday. My day started at 8 for school, 12 for my internship, and 6:30 for my weekend job. I didn’t get home until 1 a.m. Yay.
Double shifts translate to 2 words: sacrifice and determination. I didn’t have to say yes to working both schedules, but I wanted to prove to myself I could handle the workload. Although I became pretty tired of the routine, I was appreciative of the people that had to endure that schedule on a daily basis. I knew that working this hard meant I would put even more effort into my future career.
I’m not the only person in the world that has worked 2 jobs. Some people have 3 jobs, work the graveyard shift, or are simply workaholics. But I’ve realized that work should not be my entire life, although it’s nice to see my bank account going up. It’s nice to take a break every once in a while to
The experience has helped to form me into the self-driven woman I am today. College is the reason I have worked a double shift knowing the end result would be much greater than working part-time jobs. It’s important to look ahead into the future to understand why you’re making certain decisions in the present.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by work, school, or life in general? Shoot me an email or comment, I’d love to hear about it!
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