So, my transfer from my 529 came through, and I paid my $200 deposit (it’s a non-refundable fee, but gets applied to my Fall tuition when I start classes) on Monday. I then spent Monday evening and most of my free-time on Tuesday and Wednesday re-working and debating my potential schedule for Fall.
As I mentioned last week, when I talked to the graduate adviser, she said that they don’t recommend that graduate students who are working full-time take more than two classes a semester. Initially, I was willing to go along, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked the idea of abandoning my original plan. I have to change which classes I take, because I still can’t take the first two accounting classes with BUSN 6550, but I’m going to take 3 classes this Fall.
It’s going to be rough. I know this. It’s also (only?) 16 weeks and I’ve done similar things (worked three jobs at once) for longer.
To get a sense of what I was up against, I plugged my Fall scheduled into my Google Calendar. I included the hours I’ll be working, my bus trips to and from work/school (at which time I’m going to study), and the 21 hours of studying (7 hours outside of class per class) that they recommend you allow for.
I lumped all of my classes together in the middle of the week because I had that option. That gets them out of the way, and allows me to spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday focused on my homework. If I can get my homework done on those days (many of them Ben works or hangs out with friends), then I am going to allow myself to take Monday night off from school. Ben usually gets out of work around 4:30 or 5 pm on Mondays, so that’ll be the day I get to hang out with him, which is an excellent motivator for getting my homework done in a timely fashion.
As I said, it’s going to be challenging, but I know I can do it.
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