Savanna has been studying online and interning remotely with Young Citizens, a UK-based charity, this semester. A new setup calls for some tried-and-tested ways to get your day going and get stuff done. Here are some of Savanna's recommendations on how to successfully manage and balance life as an online student and remote intern.
There are a lot of tips available online for how to work from home, but there are less tips on how to be a student while interning from home. Before, student life and internships would have been separated by workspaces, but now we must learn how to manage and divide out physical spaces to ensure our success. This blog post will outline some tips and tricks on how to be successful students and interns.
1. Create a Schedule.
I find that I am most successful when I outline my weekly tasks and meetings. I use Notion to keep all my calendars in one place. The calendars can be downloaded on all my devices, and any changes I make get backed up to the cloud. In my Notion, I have three pages I use daily: Homework, Meetings, and Do Today. Notion gives you the ability to add pictures and add a more artistic flare to your pages, but I like to keep my pages fairly simple and categorized.
2. Get Ready in the Morning.
Each morning I get ready and go about my daily routines in the same way I would have a year ago. I have found this makes me more successful and productive throughout the day. I set an alarm a reasonable time before I start work or school, brush my teeth, and get dressed in an outfit that makes me feel like I am ready to conquer what the day has in store for me.
Getting into a morning routine can help kickstart your mind and body for the day.
3. Set Up a Meeting Space.
Having a space where you can sit comfortably for meetings and class is important. I have two spaces. One is for class and schoolwork, and the other is for internship meetings. This helps me remember that when I am in school, I am a student and when I am working, I am an intern for Young Citizens. Both of the backgrounds behind me are simple and are not distracting to other people on Zoom. If this is not possible for your space, Zoom offers a collection of virtual backgrounds.
My workspace for school.
4. Get Active.
Each day I sit on my laptop for both business and pleasure. Between these two activities I make sure that I get up and move my body for a few hours. Sometimes I go for a bike ride, a run, or I do an at-home workout with my roommate. Getting active with your roommates is fun and silly way to bond with each other. You could try anything from a jog to a YouTube tutorial to a 30-minute living room dance party!
Hiking in Yosemite’s Tuolumne Grove of Giant sequoias.
5. Set Aside Time for Each Task.
During my work hours, I make sure I am actively working. This semester, I am taking three classes on top of my 20-hour-a-week internship with Young Citizens. With all of this work, I need to make sure that I am actually completing work during the hours I have allotted myself. In my CAPA Global Internship Course, we reiterated the fact that it is impossible to “find the time” to make up the work. Sitting down like this can be hard, but I think of it like a reward system. Once I complete my work, I can hang out with my roommate and spend the rest of the day outside. In the past I have learned the hard way that this is the most effective way for me to stay on top of my work and keep my stress levels down.
Savanna Nolau is an official Remote CAPA blogger/vlogger for spring 2021, sharing her story in frequent posts on CAPA World. An International Relations major from Suffolk University, she is remotely studying abroad and interning in London this semester.
Savanna's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.