(Closed) Anyone in grad school?

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 3
Member
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m currently in grad school. I’m also working full time and paying for grad school out of pocket. My best advice is try your best to manage your time. It looks like I will be finishing up my Master’s about a month after the wedding so I just have to pace myself and plan accordingly. My stress level is VERY HIGH since my job is high stress and I have to excel in grad school to keep my job so there is a lot riding on this degree but I just take it one day at a time and remember to schedule alone time. I made a promise to myself this past class that I took that I would only work on my assignments outside or by the pool so that way, it was more peaceful and I felt better than being cooped up in my office.  GOOD LUCK!

Post # 4
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3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I planned my entire wedding while in my last semester of grad school. I had an internship, classes, and a job. My advice is to not get caught up in planning. Make a decision and stick with it. You can plan your wedding in 3 months… I did. I had a 6 month engagement, but planned almost everything in 3 months so I could focus on other things. Plus, I hate the idea of planning for years and years. You have time to do it, so if you want to take the entire 2 years, then that’s fine. But just don’t get consumed with it.

Post # 5
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1500 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Good question! I am in grad school too. Just finished my first year and have 2 years to go (yikes). I am worried about planning while in school too (part time, and working full-time). So I told myself I would take a semester off for the wedding, which I am sure will be within the next 2 years. We’re not engaged yet, but our timeline for engagement is around early 2012, so I figure we’d be engaged for somewhere around a year.

I am definitely interested in other Bees’ responses.

Post # 7
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@crocodilerock: I was in the EXACT same situation. I planned my entire wedding during my two-year master’s program. I got my master’s degree on June 10, 2011 and got married July 16, 2011. I promise it can be done. AND you can enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Oh, I should also note that I worked part-time as a GA while going to grad school full-time.

Post # 9
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173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

@crocodilerock: I think what is needed is a really good wedding planner. I know it may seem like a frivolous expenditure but really if you’re going to school and/or working, a planner can quickly take care of things and will even give you information that you hadn’t thought about. That’s how I am getting through it.

Post # 11
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365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I started my two year Masters program last August, got engaged in December, and am getting married in October.  I also have a GTA so I am teaching a class in addition to taking more credits than most first year students.  I am a super organized person so it wasn’t too difficult to plan the wedding while in school.  I became a BIG fan of lists though and have done a lot over summer (my program doesn’t offer summer courses).

Post # 13
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@crocodilerock: No problem! Especially because you have a longer engagement (just like I did!), you can absolutely plan your dream wedding and enjoy it while also having the time to focus on your studies. Of course, it’s a struggle at times, when you have to prepare for finals when all you want to do is plan your wedding, but you can do it! And have fun! It’s a very exciting time and you’re accomplishing so much! You should be proud. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Also, for what it’s worth, we didn’t have a wedding planner (though I’d have loved to have one!). And I got by okay. ๐Ÿ™‚

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