Challenges Facing the Graduate Student

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Challenges Facing the Adult Graduate Student
Jennifer L. Phillips, BSN
HCS/504
September 20, 2010
Janet L. Blenner RN., PhD. FAAN

Graduate study poses many challenges and obstacles for this student. This paper will identify specific challenges for this writer and outline strategies to overcome those obstacles. While challenges are unavoidable, there are many techniques this writer can equip herself with and be successful.

Challenges Facing the Adult Graduate Student
The many challenges that face the potential graduate students may inhibit them from taking that first step to enrolling in graduate school. This paper will focus on personal challenges for this writer and strategies she will use to overcome them. Some challenges for this writer are working full-time, being financially responsible for others while maintaining a mortgage and family responsibilities. Time management and a novice regarding some computer programs also provide other challenges. Many obstacles have to be conquered in an effort to ensure success. Hardin (2008) contends these barriers often put her at a greater risk for being unsuccessful. The purpose for this writer entering graduate study is the hope of expanding her career opportunities to include teaching at the undergraduate level. Her motivation to return to school was two-fold. A divorce and a lengthy recovery following a work-related injury within a year inspired thoughts of facing the future being financially independent and wondering if the recovery would be without limitations to allow a return to bedside nursing. These life changes prompted soul searching and re-motivated this writer to pursue a graduate degree, a goal that had been set several years prior. As a graduate student this writer faces the challenges encompassed with being an adult. Over the past 30 years, there has been an escalation of students, primarily women, entering graduate study. According to Hardin (2008) the motivation for many women to...
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