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Balancing Schoolwork and PR Agency Responsibilities

Jenna McCarthy, Associate

I’ve recently been asked how I balance my life with school and 1910 PR, but the honest answer is I don’t. I balance more. 

In July 2023, right before my fall semester, I moved to Clovis, NM. I met the man of my dreams and started a new life outside of Canyon. This started lots of challenges with school. 

Beginning to move completely online, I felt overwhelmed and out of touch with not only school but my social life. Then moving into my spring semester, I joined the staff of 1910 PR. Driving back and forth one day out of the week, an hour and half each way, was an overwhelming thought until I started the class. I did it though. I never missed a class and only had to Zoom in for one meeting.

Although I was able to make it to our all-hands staff meeting every Friday from 9 to 11:45 a.m., it was the outside work that became hard to juggle. I work full time in Clovis at Texas RoadHouse. My only days off were the day of class and the day before. So there were often times I felt like I wasn’t giving enough energy—not only towards 1910, but towards all my classes.

It was difficult to transition from in person to online. Taking online classes made me feel disconnected from the course all together most of the time. 1910 is one of the only classes that keeps me connected to my school, and I’m thankful for that.

So, when you ask me how I balance schoolwork and 1910 PR, the answer is, “I’m still working on it.” 

If you are losing interest when balancing your work, school, and personal life, there are a few things I’ve noticed. 

  • Plan your weeks out in advance. 

  • Take a deep breath. Realize that it is OK to take your time when completing your degree.

  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

  • If you’re struggling, it is OK to take a step back and ask for help.



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