I spent only one year in a traditional college setting. One year living in a dorm room with a complete stranger, working my butt off and thinking it was all very much overrated. The rest of my college career was in an online setting. I graduated with my Bachelors in Business Administration a few years later while pregnant and very much broke.
You know what I learned over the course of my college career?
I learned I’m not nearly as smart as I thought.
I always felt like I had it pretty easy in high school. I didn’t have to work all that hard and I never studied really. I mostly just wrote out my notes, committed them to memory by re-writing them and lived on easy street. When I got to college, however, I realized that the same laziness that got me through high school wasn’t going to get me through college. I actually had to work at it.
My competition (if you can call it that) was so very different.
Somehow, schoolwork was difficult and I struggled. I still did well, but it took hard work to make it happen.
That’s kind of what I’m running into now in the “real world.” High school only required me to do homework, work part-time and go out with friends. College was a bit more difficult of a balance with more hours spent on school work, more hours spent working and less hours spent on “fun” with friends, but still plenty of downtime.
Now, that balance is so much harder! I’ve got work full-time and a more-than-full-time family to tend to, as well. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever be able to get my schedule to a point where it’s possible to find “balance.” Do I go into work earlier so that I can come home earlier and spend time with my family, even if that means my work suffers because I’m not always there when needed? Or do I work later so that I can be more in-line with my colleagues’ hours and get more collaboration, even if that means my home life suffers because I get home later and have to kind of cram baths, homework, dinner and whatnot into the few hours left in the evening?
How do I know the “right” answer?
Is there a right answer?