Essay on Living Under Pressure!

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I never knew returning to school would cause so much disruption in my life. I figured that I could handle a couple of classes here and there, and eventually I would get a degree in something. I just knew that my household would run on autopilot, that I could keep a full-time job and keep up my grades, and that my family would suffer no undue stress because I was attending school. How wrong I was! The three major pressures facing me today as a student are making good grades, making a living, and making my family happy. My utmost concern as a student is my grades. I have set some very high standards for myself. In addition to my goals, the programs I am in have some pretty high expectations as well. To hold my position in the…show more content…
I do not have a flexible schedule; I cannot work the normal shift hours a person who is not in school can. Many jobs require employees to work 40 to 60 hours a week, and while going to school, I am unable to do that. Many companies look for college graduates or licensed personnel to fill vacant positions. So, instead of working a full-time salaried job with benefits, I work part time, for just a little more than minimum wage, for about 15 to 20 hours per week. This income causes a great deal of financial stress for my family of seven.   Finally, my greatest pressure is the pressure I put on myself to spend time with my family. I am away from home much more now than ever before. I go to school in the evenings, when my children are at home, and I work weekends, when my children are out of school. I almost never see my husband, except when we pass each other in the hall. This condition has gotten so bad that I posted a picture of my family in the front of each of my notebooks, just so I will not forget what they look like. I have completely forgotten how to cook, and the family board games now just collect dust on our entertainment center. We used to all go to the park every Saturday to spend the afternoon playing in the sun. I have not been to the park with my family in so long that an elderly couple recently asked my husband if I had died! I am sure my children
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