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What are some ways I can keep myself sane while attending grad school and working full time?

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I'm going back to grad school and planning on working full time. I know my life will be extremely busy for the next 2ish years and I live in a small town away from any big city adventures #time-management #graduate-school #working-full-time #school #lawschool

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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!
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Kristan’s Answer

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Hi Megan! Sort of inline with what Jordan is saying, try and plan ahead as much as is feasible. If you have the opportunity to get some homework/projects done ahead of time, I would advise that because we all know things can pop up at random times. I also found that working gave me more motivation to finish my tasks and helped me schedule my time more efficiently. Also, listen to your body, if you feel that you are becoming overtired or anxious, take a break. You will do great, good luck!!
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Jesus’s Answer

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Hi Megan! I completed my grad school also while working full time! I would really advise to balance your work, family, and free time! What is your work Schedule? I was working 7Am-3Pm & did my school online! Worked on my homework after work. I dedicated at least 5-6 hours a week to work on homework, maybe little more if I have a test to complete. I will say that I have lots of late nights working on homework, but it paid off in the end. I wish you the best on your career and school. 

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