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  • ec3782a 7:06 pm on March 25, 2014 Permalink
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    4 Tips on Managing Your Time Commitments 

    To give you some background, in addition to my 17 hour internship with the Grameen Foundation I also work at a sports bar and help coordinate a swim school that practices in the AU pool. I am involved as a Brother of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and a player on the AU Club Volleyball Team and oh yeah, I also go to class!

    How do I manage my time commitments? I have a time turner like Hermione in Harry Potter. Just kidding, but sometimes I wish I did! I’ve had a great deal of practice at time management—so I never feel too overwhelmed. Let me share some of my favorite time management tips:

    1.    Always have a planner/schedule.

    At the beginning of the semester I organize my basic schedule (class, work) accordingly so that I can get hours at each job and avoid conflicts. This semester I have so much going on that I made a schedule on the computer and printed out several copies to fill in each week. Have a hard copy to back you up help—that way you don’t have to rely on your own memory. Use whatever works for you: Google, iCal, or good ole fashion pen and paper.

    2.    Pencil in some fun

    Make sure your schedule includes time to do something you WANT to do. Whether it be catching up on Netflix, going to the gym, cooking, hanging out with friends, playing soccer, whatever you love—make time to enjoy it. Taking a few minutes to release endorphins will make you more productive and happier! Each week I look forward to taking time out to play volleyball, go to the gym, and watch Modern Family or Law & Order!

    3.    Work at work

    As young, energetic college students most of us are very good at multi-tasking. However, sometimes it gets hard to juggle everything at once without letting something fall through the cracks. In order to ensure my internship work is high-quality I’ve had to separate it from my other jobs and school work. This semester, I only work on my internship during the 17 hours I am in the office.  This is the time I check my email and work on my deliverables. Compartmentalizing like this helps prevents stress and feeling of being overwhelmed.

    4.    Enjoy what you do

    Don’t get stuck in an internship where you feel useless, bored, or stressed. Select a job in a field you are interested in or want to learn more about. Take every opportunity to network, meet people, and absorb as much as you can. Take on additional projects that may interest you—you’ll be hard pressed to find an employer that will say “no” when you ask for more work. This will give you experience and keep you busy/entertained. Take advantage of your internship to learn as much as you can—you may decide you love the field or maybe it isn’t for you.

    Hope some of these tips help you manage your lives and increase your productivity and happiness levels J Feel free to contact me with any questions.


  • Zach C. Cohen 11:40 pm on August 4, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , chuck lewis, , , , investigative reporting workshop, , , time management   

    Why I intern abroad 

    I’ve been asked a lot recently — by friends in the U.S., by American friends in Costa Rica, by Costa Rican friends in Costa Rica — why I’m continuing my internship at PBS MediaShift while studying abroad at la Universidad Nacional.

    It’s a two-pronged answer, one answer more honorable than the other.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 4:18 am on June 27, 2013 Permalink
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    8 tips for telecommuting 

    My past two internships have been in an office, where I’ve had a morning and afternoon commute, had a limited lunch break, had to wear a suit, etc.

    Doesn’t sound that appealing.

    But working from home has its own difficulties and opportunities.

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  • Zach C. Cohen 10:08 pm on June 19, 2013 Permalink
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    Balancing vacation and internships 

    It’s always an odd balance to strike: As a student, I’ve always valued summer as time to relax and not worry about homework or other academic responsibilities.

    But for the past two summers, I have not done that. I have worked, often fulltime, in order to get more work or internship experience under my belt. Evenings were my only time to do anything but work. And even then, sometimes my internship flooded over into home. I even had a summer class last year in the evenings, and readings for that often took up any time I would have had to read for fun.

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  • Amanda Osborn 11:39 pm on November 16, 2011 Permalink
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    Never Underestimate the Power of Being Organized 

    There’s a lot expected out of an American University student. Most of the people I know are full-time students holding down one or more jobs/internships. It’s not just the fact that they are busy, but that they are busy excelling with each role they have. Student, employee, intern, coworker… the list (and pressure) goes on.

    One of the things I’ve found that has helped me get through this very busy and demanding semester is my organizational skills. I’ve always been fairly organized, but this semester has definitely given me ample opportunities to sharpen and refine those skills. Planning ahead, being proactive, managing my time, knowing when I’ll be where doing what – those are all crucial to staying afloat when one has (almost) too much going on.

    Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the demands of one role and let the responsibilities the other roles require to fall to the side. It’s never a good idea to focus more on the role of an intern at the cost of the role as a student (or vice versa). That’s why being organized is key. People have different ways of staying organized (planners, to-do lists, calendars synced to smartphones, etc) but how you stay organized doesn’t matter. The most important part is that you are organized; then everything will become that much more manageable and – dare I say it – sometimes, almost easy. The best part is that organizational skills are transferable and can always be put to use, so developing and refining them can never hurt!

  • Allison Godfrey 1:41 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink
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    Thinking Ahead (too much) 

    Organization can be great sometimes. When you’re ahead on your work, tasks at your internship, or whatever it is you’re working on- it’s always a good feeling. Or when you know you’ve laid out specific times to get things done- you can feel more at ease with your workload. Between working at my internship, my job at the career center, a full load of classes (that are not very easy), and being on the executive board for my sorority- I’ve had to become a pro with time management. For the past two semesters, I’ve been constantly calculating my next move. But who am I kidding, even before Junior year I was a planner. It’s just my nature.

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    • miranda78 5:30 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know a lot of people in the same situation for you. It is extremely frustrating! Hopefully, this makes you feel better so you know you are not alone in these sentiments.

    • Linda Benesch 6:13 pm on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know the feeling, I applied for about 6 different internships and I’ve only heard back from one so far (with a rejection) and it is so frustrating. I really like your attitude of trying to embrace the unexpected, that’s what I will try to do too.

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