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Old 06-20-2012, 08:16 AM   #21
 
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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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Old 06-20-2012, 09:09 AM   #22
 
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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
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:40 AM   #23
 
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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.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:55 AM   #24
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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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Old 06-20-2012, 10:34 AM   #25
 
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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
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #26
 
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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
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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Old 06-20-2012, 07:32 PM   #27
 
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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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Old 06-20-2012, 09:11 PM   #28
 
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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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