Yes, I was once a Walsh student. Juggling a full-time job and going to grad school (almost full time). Completely understand the balancing act you have to do between work, school, and personal life. It is not always easy… I’ve found that a few things help make the process go a little more smoothly.
- Get Enough Rest
Getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night and eating regular meals help. For example: if you got 3 hours sleep, go to work an 8 hour day, head for a 4 hour lecture in the classroom; that is an extremely long day. After a while the lack of proper rest, will take a toll on you. I have heard so many stories of people pulling ‘all-nighters’. Essentially studying for a test through almost the entire night before an exam. I always had the mindset that if I didn’t know the material the night before the test… it wasn’t likely to be learned within a 5-hour cram session.
A science teacher in high school once recommended something to me that really worked. Each night take a topic and review it for 15-30 minutes. You don’t get so overwhelmed with the material and your brain has time to soak it in. It was a great suggestion and continued using this tip in college.
- Be Prepared & Plan
This sounds so simple, but it is very easy to get distracted with daily activities and responsibilities. Things like marking tasks on a calendar, mobile device reminders, and sticky notes all serve a purpose. They make planning your homework and study schedule a breeze! Plus, if you don’t write it down or record it, you’re likely to forget! This really elevates a lot of stress at the end of the semester.
- Ask for Help
Asking for help is something so many struggle with. (Including ME. At times I can be a little too determined to finish something by myself!) However, the truth is we can’t do everything. Typically a family member or friend is willing to lend a hand, especially if you have a full plate with home, work, and school. Our extended support system is a huge part of our success in the classroom.
Combine all these together and you should have a successful academic career at Walsh. So when you earn that degree, it makes reaching your goal that much sweeter!