Traveling for work or pleasure is a great way to get out of the office and explore different areas, but it can also cause some issues when looking to further your education. When I was considering applying to the IMC program, I had several concerns about how the program would mesh with my work schedule. Finding a program that allows you to work, travel, raise a family if you choose to, and have a social life (also optional, haha) can really make a huge difference in your decision. One of the great things about the IMC program is the flexibility offered!
In my current position as an Admissions Counselor, I travel often to recruit students. During the fall, I travel for two weeks straight and attend college recruitment fairs.
As you can see, my travel season starts very soon and is jam packed!
I started the IMC program when I held another position and there were no issues, but once I started my new job I worried about how travel would effect my classes. My experience with traveling while in the IMC program has actually been fairly stress free. I have taken a few trips with friends and a few trips for work and haven’t had any issues with my classes. In my opinion, the best thing is that students are given the syllabus which lays out the entire course, assignments, discussion posts, etc. from day one and allows you to work ahead if need be.
Some tips I have for those of you who travel are:
- Add your assignment due dates to your work calendar so you have reminders
- Read and work on posts during your down time (lunch break, waiting at the airport, etc.)
- Start your work early (procrastination definitely makes things difficult)
- Be sure to email your professors and let them know you will be traveling
- Start your day earlier! (I have found that getting up earlier and doing homework or reading before I start my work day has really helped me)
These tips not only help with managing homework, but they can be very beneficial when working on a major project at work too!
What are some tips you all have for getting things done when you have to travel?
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