The start of a new semester can be both exciting and overwhelming. You’re taking the first steps toward a new career but are likely anxious about balancing school with your work and family obligations.
Here are some tips from recent Herzing University graduates that can help set you up for success.
1. Lean on your support network.
“I have practiced nursing assessments at home on my fiancé, who was a willing volunteer (bless his heart) and my dog, who was not always so willing. I practiced taking blood pressure readings on my entire family. Nursing school was not an easy journey, but I got through it with the support of my family and my nursing cohort classmates.” – Cassi Malko, BSN
2. Keep your eye on the prize.
“Think about the finish line. Think about graduation. It will be hard, but through proper time management, you will see this through.” – Erica Contreras, A.S. Business Administration
3. Get to know your advisors and instructors.
“Communication with my instructors was a key factor in helping me complete my BSN. Most of my instructors gave constructive feedback that helped with my success in the program. The behind-the-scenes student advisors and financial aid personnel also assisted me in being able to complete the program and graduate with my daughter this past August.” – Judy Reilley, BSN
4. Use your resources.
“I completed my undergraduate education in 1978—it had been almost 37 years since I wrote my last academic paper—but I knew that I was ready for a new challenge. My first weeks of class were not easy, but my instructors and professors were very dedicated and they helped me develop the writing, leadership and business skills that I needed to be successful.” – Joseph Lorenti, MBA
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
“Even though I was an online student, I always felt supported and cared for by the faculty and staff. They would regularly send me motivational quotes and call to check in and see how things were going. They were always available to provide extra help when I needed it.” – Malaika Maulsby, B.S. in Criminal Justice
6. Don’t give up!
“The best advice that I can give anyone is ‘Don’t quit.’ There will come times when you will feel like there is too much – too much work, too much homework, too much of just about everything – but remember that it will be worth it in the end.” – Stephanie Dennis, MBA
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.