When I started my graduate studies, it was quite overwhelming for me. I always studied at home after school, which was a good practice to complete the work in-time. I often had deadlines regarding my course work and the research projects that I was conducting with my professors. However, even after completing my work, I kept thinking about school and work while eating, watching television, or listening to music. This reduced the quality of the time that I was giving to myself to relax and prepare for the next day. At the time, I could not see that fixating on my work was affecting the quality of the work and ideas that I was supposed to develop. During my fourth semester, I started exploring research topics and finally selected “work and family” as the research area for my dissertation and for the next step of my professional career. When I was reading empirical studies about work-family balance, work-family conflict, and work, family and individual well-being, I learned how the workplace could easily invade family life and negatively affect an individual’s well-being. Since I am currently a graduate student and do not work as a full-time employee, I wanted to examine work-family balance in the context of home and school balance.
After learning about the negative possibilities that come from poor home-school balance, I decided to keep my work away from my home life, but at the same time I made sure that all my assigned work was efficiently completed. I could feel a positive difference in my academic productivity and also it improved my psychological well-being since I was feeling more happy, motivated, and productive. I was giving an appropriate time to my school and home life. This helped me deal with both important domains (i.e., home and school) of my life more effectively and successfully. Currently, I am not a married person. I could see some of my colleagues who were married and those who had kids and imagine their challenges. Therefore, as a student, it is extremely important to think critically and plan to deal with both work and home life, as well as family commitments, without letting them overrun each other’s boundaries. As international students, this approach may ultimately increase progress toward our studies while reducing the challenges that arise when we do not balance home and school life. In short, this may improve our academic productivity, home life, personal health, and well-being of our significant others.