The Balancing Act: Balancing Life, Work, and Education

It’s challenging as an adult to balance life, family, and work – but throw education into the mix and it could be downright stressful.  It seems there aren’t enough hours in the day to juggle everything, but think about this: something happened that was important enough for you to commit to finishing your degree.  Whether it is a career change, a requirement for work, or personal satisfaction, you made a commitment to getting your degree. And good for you!

Here are some tips to make juggling just a little bit easier:

1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew!! Sure, you’re enthusiastic about college, but don’t take on more than you can handle.  If taking one course a semester is all you can do so that you can balance your life/work/family, then only take one class.

2. Make sure you carve out time each day for family/spouse/children and most importantly yourself.

3. Create a “study/class work” schedule and stick with it.  Figure out the best time of day (or night) that you can devote to your course work.

4. Get enough sleep.  Enough said.

5. Have your spouse and/or children help with housework and cooking.  Explain that this is temporary, just until you finish school.  Once you get your degree you will land that dream job and be able to afford a housekeeper! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but really – get them to help out.

6.  Take advantage of our tutoring center!  You don’t have to be having trouble in class to take advantage of this service.  Our tutors can help you be successful with your coursework.

7. If you are taking online courses, take the Blackboard Training course.  They’re free and are offered online or on campus!

I know that you’re thinking this is easier said than done, but planning is key.  Hang in there.  It’s really worth it.

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