The entire process of figuring out whether to attend graduate school, where to attend, and how to pay for it, is one thing. How about when you actually enter your graduate school program and have to balance all sorts of obligations: work, family, homework and more? Take a look at our tips below to learn how to balance your workload when you enter graduate school.
1. Have Realistic Expectations
If you are a busy adult, you cannot expect yourself to be able to do everything perfectly all the time. If you have a house and a family, you definitely need to ask other members of your family to pitch in while you are in graduate school. If you are going to graduate school full time and just cannot balance your work, family and school needs, you may need to think about cutting back to part time graduate school. Is it really worth trying to graduate in two years if your grades and family suffer?
2. Always Look For Financial Aid
Just because you have started graduate school does not mean you cannot continue to be on the hunt for scholarships and grants. Always visit your financial aid office with regularity and see if there is any new support available. You also can be on watch for work-study programs that recently became available and fit your schedule. Also check with your grad school department to see if there are any more assistantships or fellowships available this term. You also should review the school’s website regularly to see if there is any more private funding available for needy graduate students.
3. Visit Career Placement
It is not advisable to wait until right before graduation to find out where this office is on your campus. The career placement staff should be able to help you with preparing your resume, preparation for interviews, employer information, recruiting events, and to just generally answer questions about future employment.
4. Don’t Be Reluctant to Ask for Help
If you are having a great deal of stress with your classes or with balancing school and the rest of your life, you should not be hesitant to ask for professional help. You always can visit on-campus psychological counselors who can help you to balance the various demands of your busy schedule.
5. Do Not Be Overly Obsessive About Grades
You also should not be overly concerned about the reputation of the graduate school you are attending. Once you have made the decision to attend there, do not worry abut it further. You are going to find that your career after graduate school is largely defined by who you are and your accomplishments. Employers want to know how well you match with their current needs. Of course, your grades do matter somewhat, but they are not the sole factor. Also, the rankings of graduate schools always fluctuate, and once again, that particular factor is not the most important when employers are making a hiring decision.