Fridge/ Freezer keeps turning on and off

The fridge/ freezer that came with my apartment seems to be on a cycle where it'll be "on" for a couple hours, then shut off for a little while, then turn back on. While it's off, the stuff in the freezer defrosts slightly (moreso if I open the door), which makes freezing meat basically impossible. Is this common in refrigerators? I've never really noticed it before this. It's your run-of-the mill GE. Is there some hack to keep it on all the time, or will that just make my energy bill go thru the roof?

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