Graduate Study: Challenges and Strategies for Personal Success

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Graduate Study: Challenges and Strategies for Personal Success



October 24, 2011

Elwanda Whitaker


Why go out of my comfort zone and take up graduate school, knowing the hardship and sacrifices that goes with it? This paper will attempt to answer this question by laying out the reasons and benefits of pursuing graduate studies. It will explore my goals, the challenges and the strategies that I will implore to attain these goals. It will also touch some of the strengths, weaknesses, and the methods of improving my personal communications.

Graduate Study: Challenges and Strategies for Personal Success
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o During lunchtime at work, I will use my iPhone to access the main forum of my class to post comments/discussions that would count toward my participation. o At my children’s swimming and string instrument practices, I will use this opportunity to work on my team projects and to communicate with them. o At night time, around 9:30 p.m. till 11:30 p.m. when everybody are asleep, I will use this as my course material reading time.

This career endeavor is not going to be a walk in the park. It will entail hardships and lots of sacrifices. The demands that I would foresee are: 1) no time to study. I work 40-hour a week sometimes more because we are also required to take calls after work. 2) Family commitments are compromised. My children go to swimming practices every afternoon, and they also goes to their string instrument practice every Saturday. 3) Financial difficulties. This endeavor is definitely will cost money.

Strategies to meet challenges

According to Kramer (2007), there are three solutions for success in meeting the challenges for graduate studies. 1) Choose the right school. Choosing University of Phoenix, especially with their online learning system will definitely help me. 2) Time management. Having a yearly and monthly calendar with plotted due dates of important academic events, having a “to-do” list and using my iPhone application to remind me of upcoming due dates. 3) Stress management. I
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