Three problems: time management, tuition costs, and homesickness

Amna Khaliq


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While these issues are certainly not exhaustive, but these are the most common problems I see every day in my students. Here are some tips that may help you lessen the burden and work more productively towards your school. 


Time Management:

1- Make a schedule (must schedule a time to unwind)

2- Use a calendar (hard copy or on your cell phone)

3- Stick to that calendar every single day

4- Tick mark or delete the items on your cell phone once you are finished with those tasks

5- Every single day, look at your calendar in the morning – make it a lifelong habit 

6- Make a self-commitment to complete 80 percent of these items every day

7- Get a good night’s sleep 


Tuition Cost:

1- Work part-time

2- Work as a freelancer 

3- Write a blog, make YouTube videos

4- Teach online or at the campus 

5- Save minimum 10 percent of every pay stipend 

6- Don’t shop until you drop (there is nothing wrong to buy generic brands)

7- The volunteer work does help to get a part-time or a casual job



1- Keep in touch with your family, and it is okay to tell them from time to time that you miss them 

2- Video chat with your mother (most probably she misses you too)

3- Make like-minded people your friends and have a mentor   

4- Try to cook your famous family recipe 

5- Write your feelings down (it helps to slow down and process the information)

6- Treat yourself nicely by taking yourself out for lunch, movie or a day off of doing nothing

7- Remind yourself why you moved here to begin with 

I know it is easy to say, hard to do. But please know that you are not the only one who is going through this. Whoever has gone to college, have gone through at least one of these problems. Never be shy to ask for help or advice. Going through these difficulties is part of your growth. Other common problems are feeling wasting time or procrastination, poor sleeping habits, failing to network and skipping classes. I know school life is not easy; however, if you use vitamin D – iscipline, you will certainly get the benefits in school and at the workplace. 

Amna Khaliq is a Business Management Instructor at Northern Lights College. The views expressed are her own. She believes that kindness, smiles, love, and yawning is contagious. In her spare time, she likes traveling, cooking, reading and working out.

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