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How successful grad students cope

Educators investigating Boise State’s renowned graduate programs in educational technology often say they work fulltime before asking how much time the program requires.

[At Boise State EdTech, almost all students work fulltime because we cater to working professionals who commit to about 10 hours per course per week in the fall and spring semesters.  The commitment doubles in the short summer sessions.]

EdTech students who have shared their struggles and strategies over the years seem to grasp a common thread to help them cope. The strands of that thread are attitude, organization, self-motivation, and grit.

Katie Severson summed up the nature of grad school in four other words. “It can be overwhelming.” But, she adds, if you prioritize your time and look at big-picture goals rather than day-to-day struggles, “you will accomplish more than you ever thought you could.”

“I have to admit it has been more challenging than I expected,” wrote Marco Armienta. “The level of the courses and assignments is very high and you really have to dedicate a lot of time to each course. At the same time, I feel like I’m really learning, and each module is very rewarding when I look at the outcomes.”

By all accounts, it’s worth it.

Katie Swanson Sathre: “The key is treating education like it’s a gift to yourself and not an obligation.”

Amie Cuhaciyan: “The thing that keeps me going is the sense of accomplishment that I feel.”

Sallie Draper: “I’m already seeing the benefits of the work I’m doing for class. I have learned so much that applies directly to my job responsibilities that it’s almost as if the class is an extension of my work.”

Natalie Burr: “I am using the craziness of my life to teach my children that even when we are struggling, we persevere and finish everything we start. Hard isn’t a reason to not start, nor is it a reason to quit.”

Megan Turner. “I think it is important for my kids to see my love for learning, which includes struggles along the way. I am excited to be working toward my goal and enhancing my abilities as a teacher.”

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