Use your academic advisor for EVERYTHING - this person is your lifeline to Granite State College. They can tell you where to get adult financial aid information, which classes to take and how to enroll. Never let confusion or questions interrupt you mission to success!
Plan your degree - GSC has all of the classes they will offer through the spring of 2012 posted at this link: http://rockon.granite.edu:8080/courseofferings/index.html
Plan each week - Each Sunday evening I take my calendar out and write down each commitment I have for that week, from work schedule to my child's schedule to individual homework assignments. Each morning I look at it so I know what I have to get completed on that day. Become good friends with that calendar.
Take an online class - The world is relying more and more on technological advances; don't be left in the dust! You need to be familiar, if not comfortable, with completing tasks in a virtual environment in order to be successful.
Take a summer class - They are only 8 weeks long instead of the normal 12, and you will earn your degree that much quicker.
Participate - There are opportunities to get involved with the college to build a community. The Granite State College Council is one way. And it is a great way to give back.
Recognize your successes - Adult college courses are time consuming, but what better investment can you make in your and your family's future by strengthening your odds of success in your career? Take your family out to dinner after the term ends. Tell the kids when you earned an A on a project.
Have a sense of humor - Whether you want to or not, you will build relationships as a student. Recently in a class my group was struggling with an assignment. As we commiserated, we began to laugh about the comedy of errors we had made. It was a big help to get us back on track. And keep in mind on the toughest days that there is a 5 week break in between the Fall and Winter terms. ;)