Now that I’m well into my first semester of grad school I thought I’d take the time to let you all know how it’s going. Being that this is my first time going to school while working full time, I thought it’d be a good idea to only take one class my first semester. This way I would be able to learn how to properly balance my time between work and school as well as see how crazy the workload really is for grad school.
Work Load: The class I am currently taking is an introductory course to developmental disabilities & is, as the rest of my courses will be, 100% online. We have chapters we need to read each week which range from 20-60 pages depending on the context. At the end of the week, we are to post to a discussion board online and reply to at least one classmate’s post. We also have a few projects/papers to turn in throughout the semester. The writing hasn’t been so bad to be honest, but what has been challenging is getting in the habit of using APA format! We also have 4 times during the semester where we meet on our “online classroom” where the professor gives a small lecture and we’re able to ask questions. No exams, except the final which will also be online.
Time Management: Since I work in the ER, my hours are 3pm-11pm, 5 days a week & every other weekend. So, my mornings and days off are when I’m able to do school work. I’ve found that I am able to manage my time accordingly and will definitely be ready to take two courses next semester. I do miss the “in class” aspect of school but, this “all online” version is so much more convenient and I feel it really is why I’m able to balance work and school so easily.
Course Content: I am LOVING learning about developmental disabilities and cannot wait to start taking my “concentration courses” about Child Life!