Kina De Santis is the Co-Founder and Director of Marketing of MotorMood and a student at Chapman University. Kina has competed in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a competition run by the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), which supports student entrepreneurs through mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level.

The best practice to manage being both the student and an entrepreneur is this: Don't do anything that will make you crazy. If taking a 20-hour a week class drives you insane, don't take it. If participating in a pitch competition during Finals week leaves you with an hour of sleep a night, don't compete. You're in school to learn, but don't let class get in the way of your learning. I'm pretty open with all of my teachers and they know what I'm working on. They understand that I may have to miss class once or twice because of my company.

Here are a few other tips and tricks:

Use the dictation button on your smart phone. Instead of typing out every email, essay or blog post, dictate. I use my iPhone and dictate content I have to write. This works really well for lengthy emails and essays.

Listen to audiobooks. Knowledge is power and I like to learn as much as possible in a short amount of time. I cannot read while I drive or put on makeup, but I can listen to audiobooks. This year I purchased a subscription to audible.com and have been able to listen to books about 3D printing and Steve Jobs.

If you have to do the project about a company, do your own. For business school, I've had to do several projects relating to companies. Every time I have such a project I choose my company. By doing so, I kill two birds with one stone. The resulting work helps my company and my project benefits from being more in depth.

Don't stay up-to-date with your work, get ahead. When I find out what my homework and projects are for the week, month or even semester, I get started on them as soon as I can. This way, it will occupy less of my mindshare.

Published on: Dec 2, 2014