I guess I’m lucky that my 1st week at Fisher coincided with a long weekend for Labor Day holiday! However, I know this is not always going to be the case, which means, I need to work better at time management to ensure that I am staying ahead with this rigorous program.
So I am giving you some advice on how to manage your time and stay ahead of the game, while still enjoying somewhat of a personal life.
1) Cook in bulk on Sundays so that you have enough food for the week. Make sure you pack your meals so you are not wasting time and money on food
2) Keep up with your reading and homework assignments during the week (on the days that you DO NOT have class) Trust me, if you keep up with the work during the week, you can enjoy some free and personal time on the weekends!
3) Make time for the gym, either before or after work! You will have more energy to combat those long sessions! On days where I don’t have class, I go to the gym after work for about an hour. On class days, I either skip the gym, or go in the morning before work. Either way, make time for it and you will be HAPPY you did!
4) Use Saturday and Sunday mornings for catching up on reading and any remaining assignments you were not able to complete during the week. This way, you have the rest of Sat/Sun to enjoy the football games, and other personal activities of your liking!
5) Don’t stress! If you manager your time efficiently and plan ahead, you will not need to worry about playing catch up or feeling stressed! I had an amazing 1st week and I know that planning ahead will ensure me staying on track and enjoying this program!
I made it through my 1st real day at Fisher and my 1st class last night. I was a little nervous and wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. I am very outgoing by nature, so didn’t think I’d have a tough time making friends, but it has been years since I was last in school, and the thought did put some butterflies in my stomach. To my excitement, everyone was friendly and many had similar concerns about the 1st day. We had Economics last night, and I already formed my team for the class group project. It was very easy to strike conversations with your fellow students. Professor Campbell is also very engaging, funny and witty. I am pretty sure this is going to be an interesting class!
Everyone in the Working Professional program is going through similar circumstances and you’d be surprised to see how many work colleagues are actually in your class. That’s why it was an easy and comfortable 1st day. Please be warned, the ease was in networking and making introductions, not in the class work or the program in itself. That I have yet to gauge… of course we were all told in orientation that it’s a rather rigorous program and that you must stay on top of readings and assignments, especially that it’s now on the Semester system, which only means, same work load and less time. I will certainly write a blog on the actually program once I have more experience under my belt to share.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed my 1st class and 1st day and the connections I made. I am looking forward to Accounting tonight, since almost everyone I met in Economics is going to be in my Accounting class as well. So that just eased the introductions for this course. Now I can focus on deciphering all these Accounting formulas 🙂