06 October 2017
Singapore student Ashley Tay has thousands of follows on Instagram and Facebook, but she had to discontinue her commitment to regular updates due to her need to focus on her examinations.
According to her statements to the Straits Times, she used to spend three to four hours daily on social media, as well as devote time to photo shoots and taking on gigs for sponsors such as blogshops.
When her grades took her hit, she knew she had to stop.
The time consuming though financially rewarding work of being a social media influencer is often at odds with the time and energy resources required to focus on studies and achieve good grades.
But many students take up internships at companies even during their school semester, and learn to juggle work and studies at simultaneously. Being a social media influencer should be no different. Perhaps some kind of balance can be struck by students disciplined enough to devise and follow a routine.