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Seek Out Support From Friends and Family

Going to school is a large time commitment for you and for your family.

You may find you have less time to spend with friends and family as you adjust to your new role as an online student.

Don’t feel guilty about this; instead, share with your friends and family why earning your degree is important to you and what your educational goals are.

Ask friends and family to help keep you on task and motivated throughout the semester and remember to take time to celebrate accomplishments and milestones with those who support you.

“I sat down with my family and friends when I decided to finish my degree to let them know that I wouldn’t be able to catch a movie, make dinner every night, or just hang out like I’ve been able to normally. Everyone was understanding and helped me stay accountable, even when I’d rather be relaxing with my family instead of studying for a test.”

– R. Morgan, Multidisciplinary Studies Graduate

Make the time you do spend with family and friends count!

Incorporate your loved ones in your study. Your children can help quiz you as you prepare for tests and quizzes with flashcards. You can also set aside time to do homework together every day. Ask a friend if you can practice presentations in front of them and if they will give you feedback.

While family and friends can help you get ahead, spending time together can be a form of self-care. Set aside time each week to spend quality time with your friends and family. This will help you stay connected to your loved ones and help you manage the stress of school.