This is such a great question and something good to think about before you start! I am completing grad school in July and I have worked full time throughout the process. It is tough, but very doable! Something I do is carefully review the syllabus for my classes at the start of the term and find out which weeks are going to be the most homework-intensive. I then mark those weeks on my calendar so I know that I need to be careful when scheduling personal events. Also, at the beginning of each week, I plan which days I will study for what amount of time. I try to keep at least 2 days to myself, so that when I'm off work that day, I can relax and catch up on TV, work on a hobby or spend time with friends. If you are in a committed relationship, I would recommend keeping your partner in the loop so they know what to expect when you can't devote as much time to them. My last piece of advice is this: it's okay to take a break! My grad schedule is 1 term every ten weeks, no summer break, no spring break and only 1 week between classes every ten weeks. I had to work a few empty terms into my schedule because otherwise it would have been too much. Good luck!
Jordan recommends the following next steps:
- When the term starts, keep the syllabus in an easy place to review!
- Plan ahead for study time, work time and personal time. And stick to it!