Something that has come to my attention in both of my internships (that's not necessarily an issue) is time management. Oh, yes. The English major's worst nightmare—or at least mine. I've been a college student for seven semesters now, and each time I've tried to predict how I would manage my time between classes, assignments, work, and free time. I've always been wrong (very, very wrong), but that didn't stop me from trying again. It's my first semester as a senior and it's been my busiest semester at WKU by a long shot. I have numerous ways that I've tried to keep track of my time: two agendas, a to-do list, a spread sheet on excel, a notebook with details on assignments, an eight-pocket folder, and more. Before I knew it I was needing a check list for my check lists. Yeah, call me me crazy.
So I decided to throw them away. Don't ask me why, but I did.
I have one thing to keep track of it all. I use my computer (which never leaves my side—must be a writer thing?), and I separate my information based on classes in a hierarchy of what needs to be done first. I ask myself, "What it the most important thing to be done?" I also go week-by-week. I find that it's the easiest way to avoid being overwhelmed. I also have a monthly calendar that I use as an appointment book—to keep track of all important meetings and assignments.
Still think I'm crazy? Well, it's probably true.
Im the kind of person that has to have step-by-step rules, lists, and schedules. As an aspiring writer and editor it's important for me to keep training myself to stick to the habit of deadlines. Now, I still have a lot of training to do but I'm getting there. Slowly. I'm a Taurus, so at my nature I'm stubborn and a slacker. Combine the two and you learn the trick to my trade.
When it comes to managing things for the internship (I wish it was my job, already), it's fairly easy. I plan what I intend to do for the following week, and then I work on it. Press kits are prioritized first and foremost, and then the rest follows: blog posts, ezines, social media work, etc. I generally work on the internship during my free time (when I'm not in class, doing homework, or working) and I have to say—without a doubt—that it's my favorite part of each day. It's relaxing, and I'm doing what I enjoy most (next to writing and reading, of course).
Don't let all of this steer you away from completing an internship. It's hard to find the perfect opportunity to gain experience while being a full-time student. Internships are going to be the best bet, especially if they also allow you to gain course credit. Even if it doesn't exactly cover everything you want to do in your career still try to absorb all the knowledge that you can.
It's worth every drop.