The eternal struggle of students, employees, and basically anyone who does anything, has to be balance. Balancing work and school is a challenge that freelancers and a number of students in fact, have to manage throughout their time at school. This situation is not unfamiliar to Ivy Mendoza, one of Zestagram’s freelancers and a full-time student at Far Eastern University Manila.
We at Zestagram took the liberty of having her for an interview regarding her experiences with the lifestyle and challenges many freelancers and students maintain, as she tells us how she balances school, work and well, having a life!
Alright so basic questions first, what’s your full name and how old are you?
I’m Ivy Mendoza, 18 years old.
Where do you study currently, what year are you in and what program are you taking?
I’m currently taking Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Far Eastern University, incoming 4th year student.
Alright, so, what exactly do you do as a freelancer? What kind of work do you do?
I started as an academic tutor for any general subjects aside from Math. Cause I’m really not into numbers aside from money. Yet Gladis, pushed me to explore more. She told me Math was easy but it’s just not. Yet I got not choice but to study it for my tutee.
Then I accepted a Writing Class for an Ateneo graduating student. I think he’s studying business that time.
I also tried practicing the skills that my program has taught me such as shooting music videos and such.
Oh, I agree with you there hehe I’m not a fan of Math either, so, you work as a part-time tutor, how long have you been tutoring?
Oh and apart from tutoring, you also do a bit of videography, so you carry multiple skills I see.
I’ve been with Zestagram since I got my heart broken. Lol. (But true). I’ve started accepting service requests since October 2016.
As communication practitioners, we are expected to be multi-talented. That’s BA’s edge. Hehe
Ohh, I hope you’re feeling better now, but in relation to that, nowadays, how do you stay motivated knowing your day would consist of hours at school and then probably hours doing freelance work as well, what motivates you to get up every morning to do all this?
Working with Zestagram is like waking up in the morning with full of excitement.
While tutoring or doing other services, you really get to build relationship with them.
You’re loving your job and you’re loving those who are around it.
School is really tiring.
For example, I’m a regular student with a full load schedule. You really have to have discipline. I’m a home based tutor so it pays to put in extra time and effort.
So discipline’s quite important for you with balancing school and work.
I always hear people talking about time management, they always say it pays to have good time management but personally, how do you manage your time well? Is there any secret to good time management?
I suck with time management. But working is really a different thing. It’s not the same in school where you’re allowed to have a minimum absences or what. In work, you really have to be professional with time because everyone’s busy. We have to respect others’ time too. And the fact that we’re expected to give quality service, we should also refrain from being late and cancelling meetings without prior notice.
One thing that I can tell future freelancers with time management is that they really have to have a journal so they keep their schedule listed. It really helps!
I see, I think I’ll start keeping a journal as well hehe
Moving on, how often can school and work conflict for you? And where does your personal life fit in all of this? How can you make sure you still have time for Family and Friends even if you’re very busy?
It’s actually not a major-major conflict for freelancers cause before you accept the service request, you’ll both agree to a certain schedule. By that, you have to really make sure work won’t interfere school. That’s basically it.
I do like meeting friends all the time. And I really make time for catching up. I do it after work. A quick dinner and long drives are enough to fill the days you guys have missed.
But aside from being really outgoing, I love spending time alone – reflecting how my day was and my heart is. *Laughs*
Ohhh that’s quite lovely, yes. So, in your opinion, what might be the key or keys to succeeding in both school and work?
You have to be guided by your goals. Know your priorities. Don’t be too overwhelmed with the job and quit school unless you know you’re already capable, then go.
I’m a woman so I have a lot of subjective things to say but you really have to find what makes you happy.
It’s not true that when you love your job, you’ll no longer work a single day. Yes, it’s true. It’s tiring. You get completely exhausted. But loving school and your job drives you too really zest your best output.
So for you, it’s a matter of what is important for you, what you love and how that will drive you forward?
What you love and what makes you happy will always matter because that will keep you going.
One last question before we end, Do you have any message for all the working students, and student freelancers out there?
For all the working students and freelancers out there, my message is to always keep you head above water. Studying and working is hard. Always explore your skills and be go out of your comfort zone.
Very inspiring Ms. Ivy.
Alright, so that about wraps up this interview, thank you very much for your time and very meaningful and inspiring answers, and I do hope and wish you good luck in your future. Once again, thank you and God bless!