Essay on Challenges

Essay by andreabrown57University, Bachelor'sA, November 2009

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We all experience major and minor challenges in our life. How we handle them on a daily basis determines our physical, as well as our mental well-being. There are three challenges that I will discuss that relate to my life. The first would be, adjusting to the extra responsibilities of Higher Education. The second would be, learning to balance school and work. And the third would be, helping my family adjust to my new responsibilities.

Adjusting to the extra responsibilities of Higher Education is the biggest challenge for me. Having been out of school for 19 years, it’s a lot different. When I graduated from High School, my first thought was, I’m finished, no more school. Not realizing that education is never over, I decided to go to City College, but later I dropped out to start working. Working minimum wage jobs was not paying the bills, but in order to make good money, you needed to have a college background.

To help me with my challenge of Higher Education, I decided to go back to school online. Going back to school online allows me to be able to work fulltime, be at home with my children, and be in class at varies times of the day.

Being able to balance school and work is another challenge for me. I need to be devoted to my employer at all times on the job. “Working can handicap your ability to get ahead in school,” (Wahlstrom, Williams, Dansby, 1999, p. 12). In school I need to keep up with my readings and assignments so that I don’t get behind and be discouraged. The way I deal with this challenge is by being organized and using time management. By staying organized I know what has to be done. I keep all my...