This is a great question!
One way to help balance this would be to take either all night classes or all morning classes and then schedule your work shifts around them. Another option could be to take online classes so that you can work them on your off days or weekends. Another idea is to take all you classes on the same day...meaning some classes meet every Monday/Wednesday/Friday and others on Tuesday/Thursday....and then schedule your work shifts for the days when classes do not meet. You could also take a 'lower' course load credit hour wise and take more semesters if that is something you could make work.
Many employers will be flexible if they know you are also a full time student. Be transparent with both your professors and your employer so that they can help you succeed in both areas.
I know working full time may not be optional, and many people do it, but it will be difficult so please make sure you take of yourself both physically and mentally. Make sure to afford yourself some 'me time'. Don't overwork yourself. Sleep, nutrition, and attitude are SO important! Work hard, but also enjoy your college experience! Best of luck!
Jennifer recommends the following next steps:
- Determine how you want to set your schedule (see the example methods in comment)
- Be transparent and open about your commitments with your employer and professors so that they can help you succeed.
- Don't forget to kick back and relax once in a while and take care of YOU!