Post # 1
I am starting my Master’s degree come Monday (but am doing pre-class assignments/readings now) and am really excited! But I’m also worried because I work full time (and sometimes very long days) and am going to school full time. I also have a family to think about and would like to keep traveling and studying my foreign languages. It just doesn’t seem like there will be enough time for it all! Plus sleeping!
How do you manage your time?
First, get off the ‘bee, right haha… but really?
Anyone else headed back to school this quarter/semester?
Post # 3
@fvsoccer: Do you mean like a re-entry student?
I was out of the game for 8 years and then I went back to do a Master’s when I was 32. It took me 5 years becuase I was working 30 to 40 hours a week, and I had to do a ton of prereqs for my engineering degree (I had no engineering at all).
It was very very very very hard, but I really wanted it. I would get up at 6am, go to bed at midnight. Every waking hour had to be productive with either work, school, homework, or boyfriend (we lived sparately). (Now he’s my H.) I seriously had to pencil him in like I did study sessions. If I was not productive every hour, I would fall behind with slim chance of catching up. Something was always jockeying for top priority and it was a constant juggling act.
I made a new motto for myself. I’m doing the best I can with what I have. If I got a B or C on an assignment, and I did my best with the time I had, then I really had to learn to be OK with that.
And yes, I did not have time for online forums 🙁
I did it with very little debt. Because I already had a nice flexible job that would let me go down to 30 hours (or less) if I wanted, I was able to keep my little house mortgage and go to school. I used only $6,000 in loans over 5 years and $2,000 was because I had to buy a car (I was carless for 8 months after a divorce). So not bad to borrow only $4,000 for school/tuition for 5 years! I did get half price tuition for being a university employee though.
Post # 4
I plan on starting in March working towards my master/Nurse Practitioner degree. The only thing making it hard is money…it’s so expensive, especially with the wedding, but I need to do it.
Post # 5
This is my last semester for a while at least.
DH and I are on oppisite scheduales so thats partially how i manage.
I only go part time tho.
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@fvsoccer: I went back last semester and am continuing into this semester. It was a CRAZYTIME! I went home most nights and wanted to cry because I didn’t know where to start with all I had to do…
Last semester I took 2 on campus classes that took up 3 nights/week and 1 REALLY INTENSE online class. Luckily those were all my requirements to finish my degree, now I’m taking a few classes at the cheaper community college before transferring them so I’m only doing 2 online classes. While working full time too. Hopefully this semester will be easier…
Post # 7
@fvsoccer: This is my last semester of my second year and I might take a short break from school after this :/
DH will be deployed during this second semester so I assume it will be pretty easy to manage my time. First semester wasn’t too bad because I set school up so that I could still be home when DH was home.
Post # 8
Well, I was working part-time and going part-time to school. I got laid off, so more time to study … I dunno, I have a child, too. I just keep reminding myself of when I will be finished, and try to power my way through it. I will be getting my Master’s after I am done. I may take a break before that so my FI can go back and finish… I am glad that I am not the only one spending nice days or snowy days, like today, studying!!! I hope and pray that it is worth all the effort!
Post # 9
@sienna76: Sorry that wasn’t clear…I graduated with two BA’s in Dec 2011. Now I am going back for my Master’s degree. I just feel like I’m “starting again” because I’ve been away and now feel out of practice with studying/serious reading. I guess your right though, I actually haven’t been on facebook/the bee much since posting because I’m trying to get all of my assignments done for the week this weekend so I don’t need to stress as much during the week.
@orchidblooms: Ugh, I agree. I get tuition assistance from the military, but only covers about 1/4 of the cost. I think it should be percentage-based so as to encourage people to go for quality, rather than whatever is cheapest…but that is a whole other topic.
@alishaloo: I wish I could do part time school, but then I can’t get loans 🙁
@mchitt329: Haha, do you just pretend that everything isn’t there in the hopes that it will sort itself out too…like if you put it off for a while you can figure out the best way to manage?
@bebelicious1: I keep reminding myself too that if I just do two classes a quarter, I can be done in two years and it will all be behind me!
One thing that I’ve been really working at this week is getting back my self-discipline. Like doing 45 minutes of work and taking a 15 min break. This seems to be working pretty well…hopefully I’ll be able to increase the work time gradually. The worst thing though is I haven’t been working much this week, so I’m not trying to study after coming home from work exhausted.
What are you all studying and where are you going? Online, or at campus?
I’m going to the University of Denver, doing the Master’s in Global Affairs. I chose it over other online programs because it seemed to be about the best program I could find that was completely online. I didn’t want to be spending a ton of money on a degree that people would say “that school sucks” about (call me an education snob if you will).
I seriously was questioning my decision though when I looked over the syllabus for each class. My coworkers who are attending a different school write a few papers that are generally between 4-10 pages. Both of my classes have 18-25 page final projects, plus weekly papers/readings. I don’t want to play the “one up” game, but I was like “maybe this wasn’t a good idea”….lol
Post # 10
Yup! Have my last semester of my 2nd undergrad. 6 credits (2 classes) left!! Can’t wait to graduate!!!
Time management is going to be interesting. My baby is due in less than a month but 1 of my classes is a moot court competition so its flexible & I don’t plan on physically attending the other except for the midterm & final. Hopefully that works out!
Post # 11
@MrsRugbee: Wow! I can’t imagine going to school with a newborn! Good luck 🙂
That was the best thing about my last semester in undergrad, I took some freshman classes that were required for graduation and only went to the tests (probably 4 classes).
To all the other bees in general, how much time do you spend on your school work per week?
Post # 12
@fvsoccer: Geez, those are really long papers. I am not looking forward to then when I do my master’s… I got to Thomas Edison State College. I take all my classes online! Some courses are something in between the two, or the students use Skype or something like that, but don’t quote me on that! I love it!!! I am sure you will do just fine, and school will fly by!