Non-traditional students juggle school with adult challenges
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
Juggling work and classes is not an easy task.
I am taking seven classes this semester, and I have two jobs.
Though this is a heavy work load, both jobs are at different newspapers, and both jobs are thankfully very independent and only take several hours out of my week.
This means that I can spend more time on my studies.
However, I have a few classes with non-traditional students, and I admire their strength and ability to balance part-time, and sometimes even full-time, jobs with a full course load.
When I was trying to get into Phi Sigma Pi, I met two women who not only worked and went to school, but also had children to take care of.
I can’t even begin to imagine how stressful that must be. In order to successfully juggle all of this, one must have an incredible dedication to time management.
These people must also really know themselves and know how much they can take on at one time.
Handling projects and homework for classes, assignments and outside work for your job and helping your child do their homework has got to be very stressful, and yet these students can make it work.
Not to mention juggling other things that go along with adulthood, like keeping up with the rent or mortgage, as well as being able to pay for not only your schooling, but your child’s as well.
We were discussing in one of my classes how there should be a non-traditional day at school were students like these can be celebrated.
And they really should. I’m not saying that the traditional student doesn’t work hard, but we don’t necessarily have houses to take care of or even children, which would be in my opinion one of the toughest tasks while you’re working and going to school.
These non-traditional students show me something more: Your student life does not end at the age of 25.
You can change your mind at the age of 45 and work every single day on making your dreams come true.
And with this, it doesn’t matter if you have kids or a house or not — this applies to everyone.
Dreams really do not have an expiration date, so don’t limit yourself if you feel you are “too old” or “too busy.”
Even one class a semester can slowly take you to the place that you want to be in life, and that is what being a non-traditional (and a traditional) student is all about.