Juggling Studies, Job and Family Life

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It’s been said that online college is the way to go. Be advised however without the proper techniques and skills it takes, you can get behind in all phases of studies, work and family life rather quickly.

There are steps you need to take to avoid this happening to you, as it has happened to me, until I learn to balance. You have to juggle sometimes to balance your home life; work and school.

I was forced back into the work place with the economy taking a dive. Here I was a fifty-five years year old woman, been out of school for thirty-seven years, staying at home, for the most part. I took a dead end job, what I could get, since I had no marketable skills. After being at my job at the law firm for several years, I realized that in order for me to get ahead, I would need to sharpen my skills. I figured that I have at least ten to twelve years to work; I need something that has decent benefits and pays a decent wage.

I work at a law firm, so I thought why not a Paralegal degree? I decided to do online classes, so I searched around and enrolled at an online college. I started in 2008, I thought; I can get this out of the way in 16-18 sixteen to eighteen months. Wrong, because I set out in the wrong direction.

Everything takes priority at one time or another, the most important thing to remember is, that only one thing can take priority at one time. Balance is the key to successfully juggling an online education with work and family demands; however balance requires sacrifices and compromises. Something sometimes is going to have to be delegated a secondary preference.

One of the greatest conflicts I have while I’m doing this online degree is the perceived notion of “your time is your own”, from employer, friends and family. I have to be firm when I have to have my time to do my studies.

While the attraction of online education is the ability to achieve this goal at home, that is the only difference between it and going...
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