Tiara Samosir - “How to Survive Full-time Study and a Part-time Job”


Tiara Samosir

Tiara is a journalism student at Humber Insitute of Technology in Canada. She grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia. Tiara is a budding film critic, eager to express her opinions!


Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for help.

Seeking help from your teachers doesn’t necessarily mean asking for an extension for your assignment or project. Never use your part-time job as an excuse for anything and don’t try to take any advantage from your teachers.

Even if asking your teachers for help sounds like the most horrible idea, they are here to help you succeed. If you have any question regarding your assignment, project or test, or simply just advice, they will definitely be more than happy to help. In exchange, show them that you are not in school because someone forces you to be there. Show them that you actually care about your education and career. Most teachers usually prefer you to schedule an appointment in advance instead of showing up and blabbering about your endless problems.

Social life is just as important.

Once in a while, you owe yourself a break and enjoy a night outside school and the office. Many people don’t realize it but our social life is our social support and it is one of the most important influences on our mental health. It is the key of survival. In other words, our relationship with others is what helps us to get through tough days.

If you spend too much time hanging out with your party buddies, hanging out can be a waste of both time and money. But if you do it right, not only your social life can help you relieve stress, but also those social lives can turn into lifelong connections that will be very useful in the future.

Stay positive means stay focused.

I mentioned earlier that college years are a trial before stepping into the real world. By that, I also mean this will be one of the toughest, hardest, most complicated times of your life. These years are made to make or break you. All you have to do is survive.

Being positive is important in surviving, especially when facing tough times. I believe everyone has their own way to stay on top of themselves even though many things, even people are trying to destroy them, but I like to share with you my survival kits that got me through my three years of college:

  • Think of long-term goals.
  • Surround yourself with supportive people.
  • If you make the most out of it, you’ll get the most out of it.

There will come a time when you feel like skipping school and running away, don’t. There will be those days where you want to give up and go home, don’t. You might not see it right now, but when it’s all done you’ll be glad you didn’t back out.


“My last article before graduating from Humber.”

For those who are reading my tips, good luck with your college years! Whether you’re taking a diploma, bachelor or post-graduate program, I hope my three years of college experience can help you get the best of yours.