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Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Work schedules…

Work schedules…

Hey Maria. My name is Amber Clark. My question to you is if I would like to become a full-time student as SPC, do you think that would be possible with a part time job that has inconsistent days? I just started this fall and im taking two classes. The class I’m taking requires the mentor part. (The college experience SLS 1101) I’ve asked a lot of people and cannot seem to get a straight answer. All they tell me is, well you can do anything you set your mind to. Well, that is the case but I would like some clarity from you. A former SPC graduate. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely, Amber Clark

Dear Amber,

Great question!

It is true; you can accomplish anything that you put your mind to. That being said, an inconsistent work schedule does not make things easier. It is these kinds of barriers that will motivate you in the end.

First thing you should do is to talk to your employer and ask for consistency. Let them know that you are pursuing your education and if they could be flexible and support you through this process.

A full-time student must be registered for at least 12 credit hours. That is about 4 classes, 3 credits each class. One thing you can do is to consider the way you might be scheduling your classes. If you know it is 4 classes then try to have 2 classes on Monday-Wednesday and 2 for Tuesday-Thursday.

Also, try to schedule them as close to each other and in the same campus. For example, if you are a morning person, then you can have your classes start from 8:00-9:15am and then 9:30-10:45am, you might even be able to fit in a 11:am-12:15 class. Another option would be to have all four classes in on two days like the Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday example. I know this can be a hassle but it is possible. I am positive you should be able to get this perfect schedule.

The earlier you register, the easier it is to get the classes you need.

Furthermore, don’t be afraid to work with the academic advisers. Go to the Academic Advising Center at your campus and let them know what your schedule is and about your work. They will be able to see exactly what classes you need and how to fit them together to make your life easier.

I want you to know that I support you through this process. It is possible and you can do it!

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