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How can I balance college and working?

I have financial struggles therefore I need to work. I need help with managing time and having a balance so I don't stress myself out. #time #work-life-balance


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Theresa’s Answer

Having a manageable work load now, even if your degree takes a little longer to complete, will give you a better chance at completing your degree at all. I have found setting time limits for each activity allows you to compartmentalize each item you need to complete during your day and helps you stay focused on that one thing. For example, if you have to work an 8 hr shift and then go home to study, allow yourself to mentally be at work 100% instead of spending the shift worrying about the studying that needs to be done. Otherwise, you spend your day feeling pressure that you are not studying while you are at work and feeling pressure you are not giving 100% to your job while you are there. This isn't easy but I have found if you allow yourself to mentally detach from all the responsibilities on your plate and just focus on the one activity you are immersed in at the moment, the entire workload of life feels more manageable. If you are able to take down time for yourself, set the time limit. Instead of saying you are going to watch TV for "a while" to unwind, set the time limit. Give yourself 30 mins, or whatever you think you can afford, and then detach from work and school and allow yourself the 30 mins to do whatever you want. When you can separate each task you do during the day from all the rest, the feeling of being overwhelmed will decrease and you can decompress without feeling guilty. When it's time to study, give it your full attention. Full attention for an hr is better than daydreaming through it for 2 hrs. Trying to balance work and school isn't easy but it will eventually come to an end. You can do it!

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Jacob’s Answer

Hi - You have to try and find that balance, but it depends on how much you need to work for finance purposes. I personally took night classes through the years, so I could work. You can also try on-line classes, now that most schools are at that point now. See if your employer could be more flexible with your schedule. It is tough, but you can get it done! Good Luck!

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Raj’s Answer

Take the course load based on how much time you need to work. For example, if you plan to work 20 hours per week then my suggestion would be to take no more than 2 or 3 courses. You want to proceed at a pace where you do not get overwhelmed with either work or college. If you take slow pace then you will be successful at both college and work and you will feel good about yourself. If it take more than 4 years to complete college then so be it. Even if you complete college in say 6 or 7 years then you will have a better job and you will have 40 years of your work life to enjoy the financial gains and it will not even matter if you completed college in 4 years or 7 year.


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