September – It’s that time of year again: Back to School Season!
As the summer comes to an end, students are settling in for a new exciting school year and transitioning back into their normal daily routines. The beginning of the school year tends to be very thrilling for all: they encounter new teachers, friends and of course, learning something completely fresh. Each year, students are faced with the challenge of adapting to their new transition of education institution, such as the move between Elementary School, High School and Post-Secondary Education. We all experienced these changes differently and the outcome for each individual can either affect us positively or negatively during our time as students.
Approach from a personal experience:
As a First-Canadian generation, my parents have always instilled the value of education and how we are fortunate to live in a country that is filled with grand opportunities to create a successful future – something that can be easily be taken for granted.
Soon after graduating from High School, I began my studies at McMaster University, however found myself to be unmotivated to complete my program of studies, which resulted in enrolling at Mohawk College a year later. Since graduating from the Office Administration – Medical program in 2010, I have had various positions within the medical field. At the present time, my current position is very gratifying, however, I was longing to further my education and in hopes to reach my full potential. In 2013, I decided to pursue a bachelor’s of art degree in History from McMaster University, as I still have the thirst for my knowledge and to expand my career path. Needless to say, I am beyond excited to be graduating in June 2017!!
Below I have listed five tips on how to balance a full-time career and part-time studies based upon my experiences:
- Choose classes that do not conflict with your work schedule – options: night and online classes.
- Whatever you do, do not procrastinate! – If you are giving a due date for an assignment, start the assignment ASAP to avoid last minute drawback.
- Love what you learn – If you are passionate about your education and your career, therefore you will easily succeed both in the workplace and academically.
- Plan and Prioritize everything – your agenda/planner becomes your best friend. Write all assignment and exam dates. Create and plan your study schedule.
- Social Life – Make time for social activities with family and friends.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
– Judith Yous
Office Administration-Medical, ’10