Posted by Thuy Vien on
Monday, May 17, 2010
I interviewed some classmates who work full-time and take 1-2 classes each quarter about how they balance work, graduate school and “the rest of life”. Their advice follows:
- Be willing to ask for help. The two areas are with scheduling family responsibilities and schoolwork. Make use of professor’s office hours; it may save time and energy spent in frustration trying to lessen the gap in knowledge that can be easily accomplished with a few minutes with a professor.
- Go for a walk to clear your head. Take time for hobbies and eat well. These are easily overlooked, but they are important!
- In picking classes, get recommendations from classmates about the teaching styles of different professors.
- Plan to spend 3-4 focused hours per week outside of class for each class.
- To ease communication for group assignments, designate a communication leader whose role is to make sure the group’s project advances on schedule and who can coordinate communications within the team.
- Consider going one of the two-week international study tours: it's a great way to see the world and learn about international business