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An e-Degree Above – Balancing Work, Family, and School

If you have a family, are working, and going to school at the same time then you are the typical college student. Many students are no longer the traditional 18 year old high school graduates heading to college. Today’s students are working during college to support themselves and their families which is like working two full-time jobs.

The average online student is between 25 and 44, employed full time and pursuing an undergraduate degree according to a survey of 68,760 online learners from 87 institutions by Noel-Levitz, a consulting company that helps colleges with enrollment and student success. More than half of the surveyed online learners are married, and 35 percent are married with kids.

Is it possible to be a successful student while also keeping up with life’s demands?  It is. Balancing family, work, and school is something many online students have in common.  By pursuing your bachelor’s degree in business online, you will be among other students in similar situations.  And this is what online leaning is best for: students who need flexibility in earning their degrees in order to fit learning into a busy life.

So how can you successfully manage work, family, and school?  Here are few tips:

  • Set reasonable expectations—be realistic with yourself.  Can you handle full-time school in addition to your work schedule and family commitments?  Sometimes it is best to attend part-time and take a little longer in completing your degree to make sure you are doing well in your courses.
  • Set ground rules for all parties—communicate with your family as to when you are available and when you will be focusing on school work. By communicating with your family, it will be easier to complete your school work and still have time to spend with them.
  • Build a routine you can stick to—set times to do your course work that work for you.  Make enough time in your schedule to study so that if something comes up you can shift it to another time.
  • Be an example—study along with your kids.  Use your own studies as an example to your kids as how to succeed in school.
  • Manage stress—as a student, parent, and worker stress is inevitable. Learn how to relieve stress by taking breaks, being active, and taking time to enjoy life.
  • Plan your academic path—figure out what steps you need to make it where you want.  Set goals for yourself and measure your progress.  Cross out completed courses on a list or use a countdown clock to measure your time to degree completion.
  • Keep your eyes on the prize—remember why you are doing all of this.  For some people it is a life-long goal to have a college degree, others need a degree in order to advance in their job.  Whatever your reason is for going to school, keep that in mind so you know why you are working so hard.
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