MISSISSIPPI IS FOR THINKERS
Balance Work and College
Let’s not sugarcoat it—going to college and working a full-time or even a part-time job is not for the weak of heart. It’s hard work! Demands from your job coupled with the demands of your personal life are often enough to make you think there’s no way to add going to class into the mix.
But hey, it’s hard work because it’s worth so much. People with a college degree have great potential to have satisfying careers and make more money. Plus, more education broadens your horizons and enables you to be adaptable in any environment. Sir Winston Churchill said it best: “Kites rise highest against the wind—not with it.”
Check with your employer to see if they offer any incentives for you to go to college. Some offer tuition reimbursement; others allow you to take work hours to attend class.
Most colleges and universities understand the demands of students who work full-time and offer classes after work and on the weekends, as well as extended hours for student facilities, such as the registrar’s office or bookstore.
Online courses are becoming more and more common. They offer great flexibility for adults with working and family responsibilities. See the Types of Colleges section.
Some colleges also often accelerated degree programs or executive programs that are designed specifically for adults. See the Types of Colleges section.
Balance is the key! Having the support of your family, employer, and college faculty and staff will help you reach your dreams while maintaining your daily responsibilities.