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The Balancing Act of Being an Online Student

In today's fast-paced world, the pressure to balance work, school and life is greater than ever before. With the rise of online education, many people are choosing to pursue a degree while working or managing other responsibilities, such as a family or taking care of loved ones. However, with this convenience comes the concern of how to balance everything without sacrificing one's mental health or academic performance. At the University of Advancing Technology (UAT), we understand that initially there may be some concerns, but in the long run, pursuing a degree is worth it!

Natasha Hernandez Masuma

Juggling School, Work and Life

One of the biggest concerns for online college students is how to balance school, work and life. It's not uncommon for students to feel overwhelmed by the demands of their studies and their other responsibilities. Here are some tips to help you balance everything:

Create a schedule—A schedule will help you stay organized and manage your time effectively. Make sure to include time for studying, work and personal activities. This will help you set realistic goals and know what you can accomplish without stretching yourself too thin.

Prioritize—Determine the most important tasks and focus on completing those first. This will help you avoid procrastination and manage your time more efficiently. By prioritizing, you can effectively manage those sudden and unexpected things that tend to pop up in your lives. This can be incredibly helpful in preventing falling behind on your commitments and responsibilities, ultimately reducing stress levels.

Use Your Resources—Take advantage of the resources available to you, such as online tutoring, study groups and time-management apps. This may seem like an obvious one, but when you're in the thick of it, it's easy to overlook your resources.

Practice Self-Care—Make time for yourself and engage in activities that help you relax and recharge. This will help you maintain your mental health and avoid burnout. Schedule this into your routine. If you don't and your schedule fills up, it'll be last on your list and it will drain you. Make yourself a priority!

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Why Pursuing a Degree is Worth It

While trying to balance everything can be challenging, pursuing a degree is worth it in the long run. Here are some reasons why:

Career Advancement—A degree opens up new career opportunities or helps you advance in your current career. Many employers require a degree for higher-level positions, and having a degree can demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to your field.

Personal Growth—Pursuing a degree can also help you grow personally and intellectually. You will learn new skills, expand your knowledge and gain a sense of accomplishment from completing a degree program.

Networking Opportunities—Online degree programs often provide networking opportunities with classmates, alumni, and faculty members. These connections can be valuable for career advancement and personal growth.

Balancing school, work and life can be challenging, but it's not impossible. By establishing a routine, prioritizing tasks, making use of available resources, and taking care of yourself, you can effectively handle your obligations. Obtaining a degree is a worthwhile investment that can enhance your career, broaden your professional prospects, foster personal development and offer valuable networking opportunities. So, don't abandon your aspirations for higher education—with resilience, commitment and encouragement, you can accomplish your goals.


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