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How to Balance School with Life’s Responsibilities

Sep 21, 2015 | Harrison College

How to Balance School with Life’s Responsibilities

Balancing responsibilities at school with those at work and home can be a challenge, but there are steps you can take to ensure your continued educational, professional and personal success. If you are struggling to juggle your many responsibilities, take some time to review the tips below. Remember, if you have any questions, you can also log in to your WellConnect account or reach out to your student affairs specialist.

Find a Flexible Job

If you have the ability to search for a flexible job, try to find one that will allow you to take some time off when you need it. Sometimes, you may need to study for an exam or spend extra time on an assignment. Working for a flexible employer will benefit your educational progress.

Be Honest with Your Employer

Most employers understand the value of a college education. If you are honest about why you want to obtain your degree, your employers may be more flexible. Being honest and upfront about your academic responsibilities outside of work may urge your employer to be more supportive of your efforts and more sympathetic to the time you need to complete schoolwork. Remember, if your employer does not know what you are going through at school, he or she may not be as accommodating.

Avoid Overwork

When you work too much at your job and in school, you may become more stressed. To avoid this, talk to your employer about your work schedule. Also, you can reach out to your student affairs specialist to discuss how to maintain a flexible academic schedule that accommodates work. Our career services team also may be able to assist in finding a different work option for you while you are enrolled.

Research Tuition Assistance

You could be eligible for tuition assistance and other financial aid opportunities. This could allow you to spend less time working at your job if some or all of your educational costs are paid for. Reach out to a financial aid analyst to explore your options.

Maintain a Calendar

One of the most stressful aspects of juggling multiple responsibilities is managing your time. Staying organized by keeping a calendar is one of the best ways to manage your time. Whether you write down your work and school schedules on your phone or on a calendar that you hang on your wall, keeping track of your responsibilities is a great way to continuously push you toward success. It is also a good way to settle into a routine that you can get used to.

Ask for Help

You do not have to embark on your professional and academic journey alone. If you have family and friends in town, let them know if you need help with childcare, transportation or something else. At Harrison College, we also have resources to support you. With this network of family, friends and Harrison’s resources, you will have the opportunity to achieve your goals, even when you have numerous responsibilities.

For more information on how we can help you balance your schedule, visit our Student Affairs page.

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