Column: Working around the 9-to-5 schedule

Destiny Blanchard, Opinions Writer

It’s time to address the overwhelming monotony of working a 9-to-5.

Like many of my young counterparts in college, I have a goal of getting a good job in my field that pays well and provides security. Luckily, I’ve been able to work an internship this summer that will help me learn more about my field of interest.

While I’ve been able to learn a lot and work on interesting projects, I quickly realized how uncomfortable I am with having to work a traditional schedule.

In the past few years of college, I have had part time jobs and class every week. I became accustomed to not having the same schedule every day and working when it was best for me.

In addition to working when it was convenient for me, I also had the luxury of working in whatever setting was best for me. I tend to study better while blasting my playlist and burning a candle, but that’s obviously not something you can do in the office.

Another issue I have is the way my day and week flows. I wake up in the morning and the first thing is to get ready to go to work and leave.

My projects do switch around and I don’t have the exact same tasks everyday but the repetition of sitting at a desk for most of the day, 5 days a week is emotionally draining.

Once I leave and get back to my apartment the day is nearly gone.

Still, 9 to 5 jobs do have a lot of benefits.

Most of these work environments have a good sense of community; many people end up meeting friends and significant others in these jobs. It also allows for consistency for those who need it, usually with set schedules and guaranteed weekends off.

The only real “solution” to working a 9 to 5 is to work for yourself.

Unfortunately, this is not feasible for most people and it takes a lot of time and money to be able to run your own business.

You have to be someone who’s willing to put in the effort to do what you love and work on your own time.

I’ve always had the idea that I would work for myself eventually. Fortunately, I have plenty of time to make that happen.