I’m currently working towards my bachelors degree online, and I’ll admit that it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I thought that I would be able to work, study, still visit my family and friends, and also have some downtime. But it’s just not that easy. With this extra expense of school, I’m having to work more and find trips that allow me to study and complete homework assignments while I’m traveling. I hate having to say no to my family and friends because I have school work to complete, but I just don’t have a choice sometimes. There’s just so many things pulling me in every direction, and I want to do well in school. I want to be able to complete my degree so I can become a teacher in a few years. I’ve thought about taking a eight weeks (the length of a course online) off, just to work a lot, spend the holidays with my family and friends, and not be so distracted with everything else going on. But I’m afraid, terrified actually, that once I take time off, it’ll be really hard for me to get back into it. Last time I took a break from school, I didn’t go back for 6 years. I can’t do that again. I’m so proud of myself, and I know my family is proud of me too, for going back to school. I don’t want to stop, but I don’t want to completely overwhelm myself and miss out on significant time with my loved ones. Ugh, I’m just feeling a bit defeated right now.