Anyone manage full-time graduate school and job?

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I simultaneously finished/defended my thesis and started my first real job. I juggled both for just one quarter but it was AWFUL! So glad when the MS degree was done so I could start sleeping again.
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I worked full time while getting my MBA. I did an 11 month accelerated program where I attended class Friday night and all day Saturday. It was not as bad as I thought it would be
Currently working 20 hours a week as a Grad Assistant in Residence Life and doing 12 credits a semester in a 48 credit hour Counseling program. However although I only work 20 desk hours, my job is pretty much 24/7 since I live where I work.

It can be quite demanding and sometimes my department throws in extra stuff they want us to do in addition to school, managing a staff, managing co-eds, and out own clubs/orgs... But it is definitely doable! Get yourself a good dry erase board and be very open and honest with your instructors about your work and home life.
I understand that you do what you have to do but I don't know how y'all do it!! I have worked almost full time and gone to school and nearly had a nervous breakdown. I couldn't do it for long. So snaps to that!


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I think what helped me was my program. I had the same classmates the entire time. That meant I had more of a support system and we helped each other where we could. but we all worked full time and went to school
I think what helped me was my program. I had the same classmates the entire time. That meant I had more of a support system and we helped each other where we could. but we all worked full time and went to school
Originally Posted by scrills
Yeah, my PhD program is the cohort type so there's a built-in support system. Specifically there are two other women with whom I am particularly close, and we all help each other out, boost each other up, and generally help each other find the funny. It really, really helps!
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I agree; that's a very important point to note. Not letting yourself be guilted out of whatever downtime you get is important (At least it was for me), but *definitely* so is having a network of friends/fellow students as a support system for you as you go through your program. Having a core group of friends in my department helped a lot for staying encouraged about being able to get it all done.
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Thank you so much for all the interesting replies.

I ended up registering this week for six credits. This is my first semester as a graduate student, so I'm taking the six and we'll see how that goes.

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