I got my master’s degree online while working full-time. Here’s how I did it.

When I got my master’s degree online, I was working full-time at a television station. Managing everything wasn’t easy, but I had a few strategies for getting through it all. As I was getting my degree, I cut back on how often I saw my friends and family, but still said “yes” to plans as…

I got my master’s degree online while working full-time. Here’s how I did it.

When I got my master’s degree online, I was working full-time at a television station. Managing everything wasn’t easy, but I had a few strategies for getting through it all. As I was getting my degree, I cut back on how often I saw my friends and family, but still said “yes” to plans as long as I got my coursework done. I had to plan out everything in advance, get my coursework done ahead of time, and learn how to multi-task. By swapping shifts with coworkers and making changes to my academic plan, I was able to take my final exams and manage my coursework. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. While working full-time as a news producer, I decided I wanted to have a back-up plan in case my station was faced with layoffs or a shutdown. So I decided to get my master’s degree in sports management while still working full-time — and it was much harder than I thought. Ultimately, I achieved my goal and got my degree online in just two years while still working my full-time job. Here’s how I did it. I set a schedule for studying, reading and writing papers First things first, I had to make a schedule and figure out what would be on it. As a news producer at a 24-hour cable station, I worked 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday through Wednesday. I also knew I’d be taking six hours of courses per semester if I wanted to get my degree in two years. In addition to my job and coursework, I also wanted to maintain my social life, continue to keep the momentum of my newly launched blog, and work on my first writing column with a local publication. So, I used my dinner break at work to do assigned readings and class-related research. I also made the most of my day off — Thursdays became my library days and I would go sit in the public library for hours and write, study, and even take tests if I needed to. And although my master’s program was completely online, there were still group projects in several of my courses. And so, I used Friday mornings to do video chats with my group members so we could get our projects done on time. Since my job in news meant my schedule could change at any moment, I also decided to get a lot of my coursework done at least a week ahead of time. I realized when I needed a bit of extra academic help and I made sure I got it — even if it meant sacrificing
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