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Work/Life Adjustments: Advice From Your Peers


work/life balance

Pursuing your graduate or professional degree was an important life-changing choice.  Now that it is time to get started, we have provided some tips and advice on work/life balance from your peers who began their graduate and professional programs last fall.  Every student, and every student work/life situations are different.  This information is provided as general guidelines for students to apply to their own personal situation as it relates to each student.  There is no "right way," but these suggestions have worked for students in the past and hopefully, will work for you too.  Remember, you can always find assistance through your advisor and others at the University of Toledo if you should need it.  Refer to the "Where to Go for Help" tab in this guide for additional information and resources.

  • "Make time for yourself - while it may seem like school is everything/the only thing in life, it isn't - make time for friends and family."

  • "School is your first and foremost priority and that can be difficult to adjust to.  Balance is needed though!  Keeping an organized planner is essential for you to plan ahead and keep on top of things."


  • "Make restrictions for yourself to check your email and Blackboard - don't constantly check it on your phone and feel that you need to act immediately - give yourself 24 hours to respond/take action if it is not absolutely necessary."


Food and Meals
  • "Crock pot meals are great because you can prepare them at the beginning of the week and be able to put this food in Tupperware and bring it for lunch everyday.  Sometimes a PB&J everyday can get old."

  • Especially in the clinical areas: "I wasn't used to having to pack my lunch because my days were much shorter.  In grad school, your classes will typically take the whole day.  Make sure you have a good lunch to make it through!  Buy a nice lunch box!!"


  • "Do work study if you can - it is a huge help."

  • "Buy the core textbooks - they will be worth it."


Study Tips and Strategies
  • "Work ahead - get things done during the week so you can have at least one day during the weekend to yourself."

  • "Make sure you keep electronic files/copies of your notes, assignments and projects (and backup these files)."

  • "Think about Capstone early and choose projects that relate to it when you can."

  • "Make the Most of Fieldwork experiences."

  • "I take an hour after class to relax before starting to study, give yourself a break."

  • "Plan ahead, if you have a big test coming up try to finish whatever paper or assignment you also have that week ahead of time so you can focus more on the test."

  • "Time management is important during the first semester."


Support and Encouragement
  • "Your classmates are great supports!  Share resources and tips with one another."

  • "Ask your mentor questions!"

  • "Develop a good rapport with your faculty advisors/mentors."

  • "Relax - you will pass and you will graduate!"



Last Updated: 6/9/16