Balancing College Life with Everyday Demands

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Lesson 3
Narration to Process Analysis
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July 20, 2010

At the age of 27 I found myself in a downward spiral; I was stuck in a dead end job with a family to support but lacked the necessary skills I needed to start a fulfilling career. I knew that going back to college was a necessity to break this cycle, but with all of my obligations how would I make college work for me? I began researching college brochures and one day the answer came to me; an online education. I choose when to study, how to study which allows me the ability to handle all my priorities while moving at my own pace. Penn Foster laid the foundation to accomplish what I needed to advance; now it’s up to me to succeed at this new endeavor. So just how can one meet the challenge of maintaining a good GPA with all the demands of everyday life? Establishing a healthy balance. To me, having balance means being able to set challenging demands for my everyday life and being able to meet them. In my life there are four major demands I wish to achieve by giving each the time and proper attention that it deserves. The first of which is work, the main basis of my current survival. Family, the second and most important part of the equation, keeps me focused and is the emotional support needed to survive long nights and hard courses. Next in the equation are higher learning; the dedication and time needed to maintain a high GPA while earning a diploma. Lastly, most often overlooked “Me, Myself and I,” taking the time to clear my mind and relax. The only way I achieve balance in my work, home, school and social life is with Time management and Organization. I start off with the exam planner that was sent as an outline of the courses divided equally. Figuring about two weeks between exams I now plan out my schedule for the month. I set a goal of what I wish to accomplish for this month. Now I plan out my week, using my work schedule as the first priority, usually having a four day...
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